Updated： November 13, 2018
5 Sandwhiches Only Japanese People Could Have Come Up With
These sandwiches are staples in Japan but are highly unlikely to be found anywhere else. See what Japanese sandwiches look like, both sweet and savoury.
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Yakisoba means fried noodles, which is a dish you can often find at teppanyaki restaurants or that people make by themselves on a metal plate when they have a barbecue. Yakisoba noodles are fried with a special soy-based sauce, and they often have pork and onions mixed into them. It's a really nice comfort food that nearly everyone loves by itself, but surprisingly, the Japanese enjoy it too as a sandwich filling. This sandwich is tasty for sure, but it's rather high in carbs as you can probably imagine.
The katsu sandwich has deep-fried pork cutlets as the main filling. Although meat sandwiches, especially ones made with cold cuts, are standards everywhere, it's unusual to have a sandwich with a deep-fried filling. Pork katsu is another dish that is often eaten on its own in Japan. Whoever had the idea of using the cutlets as a sandwich filling should be saluted because these sandwiches are the best when you want something filling and tasty.
Potato Salad Sandwich
The potato salad and the sandwich are just very common foods of western cuisine, but the Japanese made the unlikely marriage of the two to create a sandwich of their own. Potatoes, being the starchy vegetables that they are, are not something generally thought of being a sandwich filling. Nevertheless, the combination works surprisingly well. You'll love the smooth texture of this one.
Crustless white bread with seasonal fruit fillings and whipped cream is what you can find at high-end fruit parlors such as the famous TAKANO fruit parlor in Tokyo. The idea of a sweet fruit-based sandwich is quite the novelty for most people that live outside of Japan. The combination works so well to make a light, fresh dessert. Although they are a staple at retro cafes and fruit parlors, these sandwiches aren't just fancy desserts; you can find them commonly in convenience stores too.
Anko Butter Sandwich
The anko butter sandwich is another dessert sandwich. This one is inspired by traditional desserts that have anko paste (mashed sweet adzuki beans) as a sweet filling. Anko goes surprisingly well with butter or margarine, which is why this type of sandwich is popular. You can also find anko and butter toasts on the menu of many authentic cafes.
There are so many other types of Japanese style sandwiches that are less popular than the ones mentioned above but that you are likely to encounter in Japan. If you're a sandwich lover, make sure to check out the bread shops in Japan to see what they have to offer. A good place to visit for some excellent, only-in-Japan sandwiches is Yoshida Pan in Tokyo. See the link below for more information.
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