Whether they are made with sliced bread, baguettes, pita or flour tortillas, sandwiches are one of the best foods you can get on the go, and there are many examples of them all over the world. You can get very different types of sandwiches and many countries have created their own versions of it, according to their own tastes and products. This week, we're going on a culinary adventure around the globe, and looking at the most famous sandwiches from each continent. From classics such as the Croque-Monsieur to lesser known sandwiches like the Malaysian Roti John, discover these delicious sandwiches that are a real treat for your taste buds!
Chivito - Punta del Este, Uruguay
The chivito is an institution in Uruguay. This delicious sandwich was invented in the coastal city of Punta del Este in the 1940s. Originally, it was made of bread, butter, beef and a slice of ham. Today, it is usually served with bacon, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, a hard-boiled egg, bell peppers and mayonnaise. You usually eat it with French fries or a Russian salad.
Cuban Sandwich - South Florida
Cuban sandwiches are a big part of the street food in Florida. This delicious sandwich was introduced to the United States by Cuban immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century. It is a tasty combination of ingredients, conquering everyone's palate with ham, roasted pork, cheese, pickles and mustard, all in between two slices of Cuban bread. You usually spread it with butter, then press it and heat it on a griddle, which makes it a real delight!
Croque-Monsieur - Paris, France
You don't have to go to Paris to enjoy one of its most popular dishes - the famous croque-monsieur. To make this succulent yet simple sandwich, all you have to do is get two slices of bread, put some béchamel on it, add a little grated Gruyère or Emmental, some cooked ham, put the two halves together, and cover the top with another layer of béchamel and cheese, before leaving it in the oven for a few minutes... And voilà! Easy, tasty and above all, much cheaper than the ten or twelve euros you would pay on average in a Parisian brasserie.
Franceshina - Porto, Portugal
This hypercaloric sandwich, created by a Portuguese immigrant who lived in France, is undoubtedly one of the most popular Portuguese dishes, and a culinary emblem of Porto. The franceshina is toasted bread, filled with anything from sausages, ham, mortadella, or chipolatas to beef or pork fillets, then covered bread on which you put cheese, and then put it in the oven for a few minutes to be grilled. It is served with a spicy sauce made with tomato and beer, and usually goes with fried potatoes.
Bánh mì - Vietnam
The Bánh mì is a delicious Vietnamese sandwich, which originated from the French occupation. Inspired by the colonizers, Vietnam started to produce its own rice flour baguettes, characterized by a softer and hollower interior than the original, and a thin, crispy crust giving it a spectacular texture. Traditionally, it is filled with meat (mostly pork, but you can also get beef, chicken or even fish), paté, carrots, onions, pickled daikon, chilli, cucumber and coriander, then seasoned with mayonnaise. There is also a vegetarian version with tofu and other vegetables, which is called bánh mì chay.