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Taking One For the Team in Taiwan

October 29, 2010 7:47 am ยท Posted by Nancy Einhart

I was not at all hungry when I ate this sandwich. I'd just eaten an airplane meal, which itself was shortly on the heels of lunch, but when we spied this sandwich at the Taipei airport on the way back from Bali, we had to buy one in the name of blogging.

Displayed alongside other artful but futuristic-looking baked goods, this sandwich resembled a slice of layer cake. On top, it had a graceful, savory glaze; on the sides, a nutty coating that was like a cross between the dusting on multigrain bread and an almond croissant.

Between each of the six slices was a different filling, applied lightly like a tea sandwich.

By our best estimates, the fillings included an herb butter type spread, a yummy cured fish of some kind, ham and cheese, a prosciutto-like cold cut, and what tasted like pulled pork. The sandwich lived up to its unique look; the bread tasted like a savory sponge cake, and each filling was appropriately salty and delicious. We weren't sure how to eat it, but it seemed to want to be disassembled like this, so that's what we did.

Does anyone know if this type of sandwich is common outside the Taipei airport?

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i've had them in flushing, queens but i would think you can get them from lots of other places. other common fillings: mayo and pork floss, eggs (usually done as thin egg pancakes), cucumber, i'm sure there are more that are not coming to me right now

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Bakeries all over East Asia sport similar concoctions. If you don't read the local language, you need to bring a sense of adventure, but they're a lot of fun.

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The salty dried fish part makes me salivate.

So sayeth The Andrew

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