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Nov 6, 2008 08:42 AM

Looking for sandwiches from Africa or Asia

Hi guys. Doing research on global sandwiches, and not really finding anything from Africa or Asia (other than the bahn mi). Just wondering if anyone out there knows if sandwiches exist on either of these continents? Names of dishes, recipes, links, anything would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Would you consider falafel or shawarma to be a sandwich, because it is meat and fillings rolled in a piece of bread? Some might think that Mu-shu to be a sandwich because it is meat and vegetables rolled in a wheat pancake.

    1. you mean banh mi, not bahn mi. Anyway, due to the British influence, there are a lot of sanwiches eaten in South Asia. You have cucumber sandwiches from the Brits. But then you have some types of sanwiches that you would only find in South Asia, such as a mint chutney sandwich, or a shaami kabab sandwich, queema sandich, omelette sandwich, hunter beef sandwich (kind of like roast beef), pakora sandwich...you also have the "bun" sandwiches like bun kabob, samosa bun, patty bun, which are on a white bun like a hamburger type bun. In India you have the "pao" which is also a bun (I am guessing from the Portuguese word for bread?) which is the same thing as the white bun in Pakistan, but they eat it with more veg type variations like pao bhaji (bun and veg. curry), wada pao (bun and deep fried lentil cake). I suppose you could google these for recipes or more info.

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      1. re: luckyfatima

        From China, you have the various buns (roast pork, vegetable, steamed pork, etc.). While not a "sandwich" with meat or filler between two slices of bread, the concept is similiar with dough surrounding the filling.

        1. re: luckyfatima

          Thanks guys! Very helpful so far. Would love to hear from anyone about sandwiches in Africa!

        2. India has kati rolls, various fillings rolled up in flatbreads.

          1. due to the influence of british-installed indian colonizers in east africa, you'll find local versions of samosa, pastry dough filled with meat or potatoes and vegetables. not a sandwich per se, but a similar idea.

            you generally eat ethiopian injera with stewed meat or veggies on the inside, tearing pieces of injera from a large pancake a bit at a time and then using the pancake to scoop / pick up stew. that's a little bit sandwich like.

            1. Roti John in Singapore.