For sandwich-loving souls, if you haven’t had the chance to experience the sando and the art of Japanese making of sandwich, now’s the time to do so.

A staple in Japan’s comfort food repertoire, the Japanese-style sandwich is known (and popular) for its simplicity, if not the wildly impressive array of stuffings – like meat, cream, and egg. Not only has the dish become Japan’s go-to item, but thanks to its scrumptiousness and simpleness, the dish has also now made it into many foodies’ hearts around the world.

Yet although getting a decent sando at a restaurant or upscale sando spot is a real treat, adding it to your list of home-cooked meals will also introduce your home diet to another dish so fun to make yet so succulent to eat. From wagyu to tamago and fruit sandos, we’ve curated cooking videos that will show you a step-by-step guide and sando recipe list to how you can recreate the dish at home like a pro.

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Chicken Katsu Sando

Who doesn’t like something deep-fried and carb-y? We know we do. So it comes as no surprise that this deep-fried chicken cutlet holds a very dear spot in our hearts. It’s easy to make but with a big payoff in flavours, textures, and looks. It’s instagrammable and palate-pleasing.

Wagyu Sando

Calling out all wagyu connoisseurs. This deep-fried wagyu cutlet stuffed in between slices of golden-brown toasted Japanese milk bread should be your next move. Need any more convincing? The marbled, fat-laden piece of beef oozes out a flavoursome juice which acts as an extra gourmet helper to the tonkatsu sauce.

Egg Salad Sando

The Japanese egg salad sando is not new. But it was not until last year that LA’s sando institution “Konbi” brought the egg-stuffed sandwich to world-level attention. For those who’ve seen their egg salad sando feeds sprinkled all over social media and want to make one, here’s an easy-to-follow tutorial that will blow your mind with a mouth-walloping result.

Tamago Sando

Another egg sando that will cater to your palates. For those who love the Japanese rolled omelette, tamago, this sando will turn into a sleeper hit in your mealtime. The egg is touched with a hint of sweetness and boasts a pillowy texture fit for soft food-obsessed foodies.

Fruit Sando

Part of the popular pandemic food art, fruit sandos have made a sensation in the Instagram world due to their cutesy looks. The bread and fluffy whipped cream here is used as a canvas whilst fruit with vibrant hues like strawberry, orange, and kiwi are used as vivid paints. Not only do these sandos look good, but the sweetness from the cream and brightness from the fruit also complement each other so well, creating refreshing contrast flavours which make it perfect as a dessert – or even just a snack.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok on 23 July 2020.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.