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Four sandwiches for the Asian palate


Sandwiches are one of the most versatile dishes in the world, and can be a light meal or filling snack. It doesn’t always take the form of a Western-style ham and cheese combination. Asia has its own take on sandwiches too.  And they can all be easily prepared with a steam combination oven like the Electrolux EOB8851AAX.

Banh mi

Banh Mi
By bionicgrrrl
The Vietnamese banh mi sandwich is one of the country’s iconic street foods.

One of Vietnam’s most famous street foods, banh mi refers to the French style baguette that can be found on almost every corner in Ho Chi Minh city or Hanoi. Crisp, lighter and more airy than their western counterparts, banh mi is commonly sold with a variety of fillings like pork liver pate, fried eggs, grilled chicken or pork. They are accompanied by shredded fresh cucumber slices, cilantro and pickled carrots and daikon for a refreshing snack even on hot days.

Baking the light, crisp banh mi bread is slightly different from baking French baguettes. Use little to no butter or shortening in the dough. The shaping and slashing of the dough before baking is also important. The slashes act like steam vents during baking, allowing more air in the bread. However, moisture is still needed to make the bread crisp, so using the steam function in the Electrolux EOB8851AAX steam combination oven can help to yield a nice, crisp banh mi crust.

Kong bak pau

This is a Chinese-style sandwich made with mantou (steamed buns) and braised pork belly. The pork belly is stir fried with shallots and garlic until it is half-cooked, then added to a pot with dark soy sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, ginger, Chinese wine, pepper, rock sugar, salt and water. Five spice powder, cloves or star anise can be added to taste.

The mixture is then simmered for an hour. Once cooked, the pork belly is sliced and used to stuff a mantou with lettuce or cucumber and eaten.

Rice sandwich

Known as onigiri in Japan, the rice sandwich is really a rice ball made with a filling, and can take different shapes. A mould can used to help shape the rice, and once shaped, it can be wrapped in seaweed and eaten, or grilled to give the onigiri a crisp outer crust.

Using a rice cooker like the Electrolux ERC2000 can help to cook the rice to the right consistency for easy shaping when making onigiri.

Ramen sandwich

Ramen Burger
By ManEatManila
The ramen burger is a relatively recent invention from Japan.


An invention from Japan and recently popularised in the US, the ramen burger or sandwich consists of a meat patty or chashu (sliced grilled pork) between two “buns” made from ramen noodles. Other fillings include mayonnaise, cheese, bamboo shoots, lettuce and fish cake.

In Japan, a thickened ramen soup base made from either shoyu (soy sauce), shio (salt), miso (soybean paste), or tonkotsu (pork bone) can be added as a sauce.

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