Who’s Ready For A Wild Food Adventure?
It all began with this photo: my friend Sly asked me what I thought of this “Mac ‘n’ Cheese” Sandwich – I told him I was going to make one – and one day I will, but it made me wonder: what else could be mashed up on a bun?
Well, how about this?
A Century Of Chow Mein Sandwiches!
Well, this was a new one to me – but it’s real – a “chow mein” sandwich!
And you know what? At a hundred years old, it’s not new at all!
The craze began when Frederick Wong, a Cantonese immigrant, got into the family restaurant business in Fall River, Massachusetts, in the 1920s.
He created this to provide a low cast meal for his less well off customers…and it stuck!
So, how do they still make it?
They do! – and it’s really exactly what you think!
Deep-fried noodles, morsels of pork, and sautéed vegetables are piled onto a hamburger bun and then drenched in gravy. As you can see in the photo above, the top bun perches just so.
As one online write-up noted:
“It’s a crunchy, sloppy stew that would be immensely difficult to eat with your hands despite what its name might suggest. This is the chow mein sandwich, a Massachusetts South Shore staple.”
Count me in!
I am open to mashups of all kinds, and of course, I’m no stranger to unique sandwiches – like this “chop cheese”:
Yes, I walked 5.5 miles to try this unique sandwich – click here to see where they serve it and why it’s an important part of their culture:
And remember when “Twilight” Actor Robert Pattison up’d the ante of wildest sandwiches of all time with this?
Yes, it’s a “pasta sandwich” and I still haven’t had the guts to try it, but here’s a link to the very unique ingredients and how he makes it!
I’ve shared many a “unique” sandwich with you – and even one “HANDWICH”:
I think that’s a funny one, and as they say: “you never cut funny!”
Click here to see a collection of other unique sandwiches as well, including Elvis’s favorite:
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I would happily join you in trying all of those, John! 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
Thanks Pete…I have a few “mashup” recipes coming that are not goofs but real dishes being created that allow me to re-think a traditional dish like this chow main for example!
This is ‘some’ sandwich, John.
I wanted to make sure people know it’s real and not a goof…a unique example of a food “mashup” that isn’t a joke!