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Jan 17, 2009 08:37 AM

[London] Best Chinese Sandwich

I'm trying to find somewhere in London that does an amazing Chinese sandwich. I'm a bit stumped at the moment and would really appreciate some help.

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  1. What exactly is a chinese sandwich? Can't say I've ever heard of it, let alone try it..

    Is it a sandwich filled with char siu or roast duck or something?

    1. I don't think I ever remember seeing anything Chinese made with flour... except for noodles or buns, dumplings etc. I've never seen a Chinese sandwich. I'm far from an expert, though, and maybe others who have lived in other places will know if there is such a thing... especially in London. You may have to write about another ethnic group this time. :-)

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      1. re: zuriga1

        I've got a feeling you might be right unfortunately. I'm going to keep going. But am currently thinking of back up plans.

        But it seems that Vietnamese New Year also runs into February... so that could work JFores...

      2. Unless you mean Vietnamese banh mi or the flatbread sandwich like things they make in Xi'an, I'm confused.

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        1. re: JFores

          Your change of tack onto Vietnamese is interesting. Given that it seems that Chinese sandwiches are hard to come by... Vietnamese is a good idea. Does anyone have any advance on this:

        2. I remember getting Taiwanese sandwich back in the Flushing mall in NY. It was made using a rice flour bun (one of those white, puffy ones), pork belly and cilantro. It was excellent. Succulent pork, soft bun, snappy cilantro.

          I know that the location doesn't help, but perhaps you can look at Taiwanese places in London.

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          1. re: CTownFeedR

            Leung's does something like this called Taiwanese kebap or similar. They were out of rolls last visit, but it sounded deep.

            1. re: skut

              I'm visiting NY in March and have been reading LOTS about NY food - and I keep hearing pork buns being mentioned - perhaps something like this can be found in London?

              You can read about them/see them on the Girl who Ate Everythings great blog

              Good luck - can't wait to read about what you manage to find in London!

              1. re: iheartcupcakes

                I don't remember ever seeing anything like those pork buns in all the years I lived near NY. They look very good ....and not the usual pork buns at all.

                I used to know all the interesting spots but rarely get back there now. Email me if you want any ideas. My email in is my profile.

                1. re: zuriga1

                  Ssam Bar is Korean. Those buns are insane, best thing I ate in NY...

                    1. re: skut

                      Ah sorry - I just kept reading about these pork buns so thought something similar may be apt for this sandwich contest!

                      Zuriga - thanks v.much but I have a list as long as my arm and then some - 8 days will be FULL I think! if you known any secret cupcake spots please email!

                  1. re: iheartcupcakes

                    Thanks for the link. Looks really intereting. Awesome blog by the way.

              2. The steamed pork belly bun can be found at Leong's Legends. I have a photo of it on my blog if you're interested. If not, try one of the Chinese baked buns at many of the Hong Kong style bakeries - I like Golden Gate Cake Shop in Chinatown. Or you can try the Chinese steamed baos...the white ones you get at dim sum places. You can buy them in 6 packs in the supermarket to steam at home.

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                1. re: sulineats

                  Thanks everyone for all of your ideas. I'm really nervous about this one. I feel that I've got to find a proper sandwich really. But with a Chinese filling. I am desparate to try all of the lovely buns but are they really sandwiches? If yes. I'm over the moon.

                  1. re: Browners

                    Check out Sulineats blog photo. It's a sliced starch product (i.e. bread) filled with meat and veggies. Sounds like a sarnie to me.


                    1. re: CTownFeedR

                      Agreed. If you can buy it in London, I don't see why not.

                      The only other kind of Chinese sandwich that comes to mind is the ones filled with that neon pink 'Chinese chicken' they used to sell in low-end supermarkets. Vile!

                      1. re: DollyDagger

                        Having had a look at Sulineat's blog I agree. Looks like a sandwich to me! Let's test it out.


                    2. re: Browners

                      I don't really think that a Chinese bun is all that different from a paninni sandwich. Both are dough containing a filling....

                      Be brave!

                      1. re: zuriga1

                        You're right. Thanks for the gentle kick. I'm going to give them a go. Wish me luck.

                        1. re: Browners

                          I'd say a bun is a sandwich as its bread with a filling!!!

                          Good luck :)

                          1. re: Browners

                            Good luck.... and let us know when the piece appears in print! I love those buns and always have some in my freezer. :-)