Japanese sandwiches are typically made with thinly sliced white bread. Japanese style white bread is a little different from American white bread. With a hint of butter and a slight sweetness, Japanese white bread is fluffy and elastic with a chewy texture.
Also because the sandwich was an imported concept, they have no preconceived ideas on what a sandwich filling should include. The most bizarre one for me was the yakisoba sandwich–fried noodles between bread? That’s starch between starch! But, after a bite, it wasn’t too bad. I realized anything goes, as long as it tastes good!
Think of these sandwiches like British tea sandwiches. Dainty little bites, good for a light lunch during the hot summer months.
Lily’s tuna salad sandwich is my mother’s recipe. Plain tuna and mayonnaise was too much tuna for her palate. So one day she decided to add some chopped raw cabbage! This added nutrition value as well as a crunchy texture. I tested it on the kids and it passed with no problems. It’s a good way to add vegetables to their diets if they are not good veggie eaters.
The egg salad was modified from my girlfriend’s deviled eggs. I just really liked the horseradish. If you don’t have horseradish try adding wasabi instead, it gives it a good bite! Also, the Japanese like to cut the crusts off, but I prefer to keep mine. Do it any way you wish.
- One loaf thin sliced Japanese white bread
- Lily's Tuna Salad
- one can of white tuna
- ⅛ of a cabbage - chopped
- 1-2 tablespoon chopped onion
- relish - optional
- Deviled Eggs
- 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1-2 teaspoon horseradish/wasabi - add one teaspoon at a time as strength varies.
- small bunch of parsley, chopped
- relish - optional
- salt & pepper to taste
- For Lily's Tuna Salad, add all ingredients in a bowl, and add enough mayonnaise to bind ingredients.
- For the deviled egg filling, again add all ingredients in a bowl. Don't add all the horseradish at once. Each company can vary, so be sure to taste it before adding more. Add enough mayonnaise to bind. Don't forget to taste before assembling the sandwiches and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.