Sandwiches from around the world

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To mark British Sandwich Week (May 12-18) we’ve rounded up our favourite sandwiches from around the world.

cubaTo mark British Sandwich Week recently we rounded up our favourite sandwiches from around the world.

Our featured image (by joo0ey) is of The Reuben, the speciality of Katz’s Delicatessen in New York but our first picture – one of the UK’s most favourite sandwiches – needs little introduction…

Chip Butty, United Kingdom

Chip Butty, United Kingdom
The Chip Butty – chips, bread, ketchup, salt and vinegar optional. Photo: Annie Mole

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The Lot – Australia

Is a burger a sandwich? There’s meat, bread and vegetables it’s true, but critics are divided. Is it still a sandwich if the meat is hot and the cheese is melted? We think it is, technically, a sandwich and that’s why we’ve included this one from Australia in honour of National Burger Day in the UK (August 27).

The Lot, Australia
It’s got the lot. The Lot! Meat (of course), cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, beetroot, pineapple and a fried egg. Photo: eyeknownuffin

Yakisoba-pan, Japan

Yakisoba noodle sandwich
Yakisoba noodle sandwich. Fried noodles with small pieces of pork, vegetables such as cabbage, onions and carrots, drenched in yakisoba sauce and in a bun. Photo: goodiesfirst

Smorrebrod, Denmark

Smørrebrød, Denmark
Smørrebrød, buttered rye bread topped with meat, fish, cheese and spreads. Photo: cyclonebill

Vada Pav, India

Vada Pav, India
The Vada Pav hails from Maharashtra. It’s a batata vada (potato fritter) between two slices of a pav. Photo: Gary Soup

Vegemite, Australia

Vegemite, Australia
The Vegemite Sandwich. Photo: crd!

Roti John, Malaysia

Roti John, Malaysia and Singapore
Roti John is an omelette sandwich on a baguette-type loaf with minced chicken or mutton, sardines, tomato-chilli sauce. Photo: Geoff & Dianne Rhodes

Pljeskavica, Serbia

Pljeskavica, Serbia
Pljeskavica consists of a mixture of ground meats such as lamb, pork, beef or veal. Grilled with onions, it’s served hot with side dishes on fresh kajmak (a dairy cream) with pita bread. Photo: Fif’

Mitraillette, Belgium

Mitraillette, Belgium
Mitraillette – means “Submachine gun”(!). It’s a demi-baguette filled with fried meat such as sausage or burger, fries and topped by mayonnaise, ketchup, Sauce andalouse, Garlic Sauce or Bearnaise sauce. Photo: Daniele Pesaresi

Broodje Kroket, Netherlands

Broodje Kroket, Netherlands
Broodje Kroket. The croquettes are filled with a beef-ragout filling, deep-fried and served in a bun. Photo: rhodes

Marmite and Chip Sandwich, New Zealand

Vegemite and chips
This legendary New Zealand sandwich is composed of slices of bread, Marmite, salt-and-vinegar chips (or crisps) and a scrape of butter or margarine. Photo: mary_thompson

Peanut butter and jelly, USA

Peanut butter and jelly, USA
Peanut butter and jelly (jam for the UK!). Photo: tracyshaun

The Gatsby, South Africa

The Gatsby, South Africa
This fish-and-chip Gatsby is enveloped by a soft bread roll. Photo: barbourians

Cuban, Cuba

Cuban, Cuba
Crusty Cuban bread topped with roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. Photo: jasonlam

Torta, Mexico

Torta, Mexico
La torta de la barda is a delicious combination of meat and cheese. Photo: gabrielsaldana

Cemitas, Mexico

Cemitas, Mexico
The cemita comes from Puebla. A light, airy egg bun topped with sesame seeds holds meat, avocado, cheese (usually panela, a mozzarella-style cheese), onions and a red sauce. Beef, thinly sliced and deep fried, is the most popular meat in a cemita. Photo: BlueberryFiles

Bocadillo, Spain

Bocadillo, Spain
Though there are many versions, a classic is hard, crusty bread rubbed with a tomato and layered with Serrano ham and sometimes manchego cheese. There are lots of versions – Serrano ham and manchego cheese with tomato for example – but this is a classic Bocadillo de Jamon Serrano. Photo: travelwayoflife

Souvlaki – pita, Greece

Souvlaki, Greece
Pieces of meat and vegetables grilled on a skewer. Pork is most common in Greece and Cyprus, but chicken and lamb are also served. Photo: Burger Baroness

Gyro – pita, Greece

Gyro - pita, Greece
The souvlaki is replaced with gyros (pork or chicken kebab; the meat is roasted on a vertical spit) and there’s chips inside too! Photo: koadmunkee

Shawarma, Turkey

Shawarma, Turkey
Shawarma, roasted meat eaten with tabbouleh, fattoush, tomato and cucumber. Photo: avlxyz

Bánh mì, Vietnam, Vietnam

Bánh mì, Vietnam
Bánh mì is a meat-filled sandwich on banh mi bread. Fillings such as pork belly, sausage, grilled chicken, sardines or tofu are garnished with slices of cucumber, coriander and pickled carrot. Photo: stu_spivack

Kati Roll, India

Kati Roll, India
Kati Roll. A tasty filling rolled up in Indian flatbread. Photo: jasonlam

Arepas, South America and the Canary Islands

Arepas, South America and the Canary Islands
Arepas are flat, round breads made of maize meal that are grilled or fried. The toppings (or fillings) are numerous – meat, eggs, cheese, shrimp, fish, tomatoes, salad. Photo: arnold | inuyaki

Francesinha, Portugal

Francesinha, Portugal
Francesinha. Bread, ham, linguiça, sausage and steak covered with melted cheese and a tomato-and-beer sauce. Photo: fortes

Bunny Chow, South Africa

Bunny Chow, South Africa
Bunny Chow. Spicy curry spooned into a scooped-out loaf of bread. Photo: The Aimless Cook

Po’ Boy, Louisiana, USA

Shrimp Po' Boy
Shrimp Po’ Boy, fried and seasoned shrimp, crunchy lettuce and piquant rémoulade sauce . Photo: Paul Lowry

Croque-Monsieur, France

Croque-Monsieur, Paris
Croque-Monsieur – a tasty combination of Gruyère cheese and ham on buttery bread. Photo: jlastras

Croque-Madame, France

Croque-Madame, Paris
The addition of a fried or poached egg on top of the ham and cheese filling differentiates the Croque-Madame from the Croque-Monsieur. Photo: DaveOnFlickr

Breakfast Roll, Ireland

Breakfast Roll
Breakfast Roll, a full Irish fried breakfast in a bread roll. Photo: LWY

Lobster Roll, New England

Lobster Rolls, New England, USA
Chunks of lobster meat with a scrape of mayonnaise in a hot-dog bun toasted in butter. Photo: yurilong

Smoked meat sandwich, Montreal, Canada

Smoked meat sandwich, Montreal
Smoked meat on rye bread, served with a pickle and a side of coleslaw. Photo: Paul Lowry

Philly Cheesesteak, Philadelphia, USA

Philadelphia cheesesteak
Steak, thinly sliced, with melted cheese in a long roll. Photo: conbon33

Doner Kebab, Turkey

Doner Kebab, Turkey
Doner Kebab. The meat – beef, veal or a mixture of these with lamb – is wrapped in a flatbed or pita and topped with tomato, onion, lettuce, pickled cucumber and chili. Photo: Alex Kehr

Frybread / Indian taco / Navajo taco, USA

Frybread / Indian taco / Navajo taco, USA
Frybread was created using the flour, sugar, salt and lard that the US government supplied to the Navajo Native Americans when they were relocated to Bosque Redondo, New Mexico from Arizona in 1864. The toppings include ground beef and sausage, beans, chopped tomato, onion, shredded lettuce, cheese and taco sauce. Photo: flavouz

Porilainen, Finland

Porilainen, Finland
Porilainen – A thick slice of sausage in white bread is accompanied by sweet onion, chopped pickled cucumber, ketchup, mustard, and sometimes mayonnaise. The Finnish for burger is purilainen so you can see where they got Porilainen. Photo: wikipedia

Gelato in a brioche, Italy

Gelato and brioche, Italy
Italy’s finest ice cream in a buttery brioche. Photo: Matteo Paciotti | Photography
Sandwiches from around the world was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Oonagh Shiel
Author: Oonagh Shiel (3252 posts)

Content Manager at Cheapflights whose travel life can be best summed up as BC (before children) and PC (post children). We only travel during the school holidays so short-haul trips and staycations are our specialities!