Something a Little Different? Unique Sandwiches of Japan

Rice may be the staple food of Japan, but Japanese people also love bread. When it comes to breads, there are as many types of sandwiches as there are shops specializing in them. Below are some of the unique sandwiches that you can only find in Japan.

1. Strawberry Sandwich

This is a sandwich that has fresh strawberries and fresh cream between two slices of loaf bread. The soft bread matches the richness of the fresh cream and the sweet and sour taste of the strawberries, so it's like eating a dessert. The strawberries really stand out in this kind of sandwich. The cross-section of the cut sandwich sure looks delicious.

2. Fruit Sandwich

This sandwich does not only have strawberries as the filling, but several types of fruit such as banana, melon, orange, kiwi and other fruits, together with fresh cream. Depending on the shop, there are outlets that add custard cream to suit the fruits used. You can eat this sandwich in a fruit parlor and other establishments, but you can also make your own by using fruits that you like. The trick to making a delicious fruit sandwich is to drain the water off the fruits well.

3. Katsu Sandwich

The filling of this sandwich is tonkatsu - pork cutlet covered in flour and breadcrumbs and then deep fried. It is quite heavy, so it would be best to have it when you want to eat a lot. Shops serve this in different ways, so you can decide how you like it best, such as having the bread toasted, and or having cabbage in the sandwich filling. The term "katsu" has the same sound as the Japanese word for "to win", so there are those who eat this sandwich for luck.

4. Yakisoba Bread

This is a side dish type of sandwich that has a filling of yakisoba, which is noodles fried with sauce. Don't you think that it's a unique concept to sandwich carbohydrates with carbohydrates? It seems that this sandwich began a long time ago, when a customer in a shop selling buns and yakisoba found it troublesome to eat them separately, so he sandwiched the yakisoba in the bread. This is a classic side dish that has a robust taste and volume.

5. Napolitan Bread

This is a side dish type of sandwich that has Napolitan as filling, instead of yakisoba in the yakisoba bread. Napolitan is a Japanese dish inpired by the west, and is made by sautéeing onions, bell peppers, sausages and other ingredients with pasta and then seasoning it with tomato ketchup. The resulting pasta is placed between slices of breads, so in other words, it is the Western version of the yakisoba bread. The bread and ketchup are perfectly compatible.

6. Omelet Sandwich

This is a sandwich that has thick, fluffy omelet inside. The omelet filling is a rolled Japanese-style omelet that has a taste of soup stock. It has Japanese-style seasoning, but goes surprisingly well with bread. This is a sandwich that has been enjoying skyrocketing popularity in recent years, as evidenced in stores such as Amanoya, which is famous for its egg sandwich, and who were certified in the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand.

7. Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich

This is a teriyaki-flavored sandwich that has recently become popular even overseas. The acidity of mayonnaise is the perfect match to the salty-sweet chicken that has been seasoned with teriyaki sauce, which has soy sauce, sugar and Japanese sake as the base. The crispy lettuce will help create a refreshing aftertaste. This is a filling sandwich with a nice texture of meat.

Easy to eat with just one hand, a sandwich can be just a light snack or a proper meal. The sandwiches listed above are available in supermarkets, convenience stores and other establishments as well as specialty shops. How about bringing a sandwich with you on your travels?

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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