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Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The good ’wich of the East

Mar 15, 2024 04:27 PM IST

The hero of modern Japanese cuisine is not sushi, ramen or tempura. It may be the convenience-store sandwich: Cheap, mass produced, high quality and delicious

Anyone who has spent some time eating in Japan will tell you about the greatness of Japanese food. For most of us — and for foodies certainly — the cuisine of Japan is characterised by great chefs who pay special attention to their ingredients and make, say, exquisite sashimi from lightly aged fish, or perfect rice pellets for nigiri sushi, or slice the finest wagyu so that each piece is delicately marbled with little veins of fat before it is cooked in a way that makes the melted fat moisten the meat.

How do the Japanese turn a mass-produced sandwich, with white bread and inexpensive ingredients, into a gourmet experience? (Shutterstock)
How do the Japanese turn a mass-produced sandwich, with white bread and inexpensive ingredients, into a gourmet experience? (Shutterstock)
The pork katsu sando is a popular choice but the egg version is universally loved.
The pork katsu sando is a popular choice but the egg version is universally loved.
Bread and mayo are not traditional to Japan. But the nation still makes world-class sandwiches. (Shutterstock)
Bread and mayo are not traditional to Japan. But the nation still makes world-class sandwiches. (Shutterstock)
While all mayo uses whole eggs, Kewpie’s uses more egg yolk. It also has ajinomoto for an umami kick.
While all mayo uses whole eggs, Kewpie’s uses more egg yolk. It also has ajinomoto for an umami kick.
Milk bread, mayonnaise and quality eggs are used to make easy-to-store and transport sandwiches.
Milk bread, mayonnaise and quality eggs are used to make easy-to-store and transport sandwiches.
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