10 creative sandwiches inspired by famous cities (recipes included)

Enough of ham and cheese sandwiches for picnics! Up your game with these absolutely delicious sandwich combinations you can take with you to Botanic Gardens.


1. Tonkatsu Sandwich (Tokyo)

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Ah, the exceptional Tonkatsu sando…

This Japanese fried pork cutlet sandwich puts together the softness of the bread, with the crunchiness and juicyness of the meat. This special sandwich is quite a hit in Japan, yet it’s a rare sight outside of the country, unfortunately. Luckily enough for your tastebuds, you can actually make this crisp, savoury snack at home!

Learn how to make your own from here. For a healthier spin, bake the pork cutlet instead of deep frying it.


2. Philly Grilled Cheesesteak Sandwich (Philadelphia)


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Cheesesteak is very iconic in Philadelphia; It’s both a tourist attraction and a cultural obsession. This remarkable cheesesteak is actually a long, crusty roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed ribeye beef and melted cheese. But what makes it so great? The secret lies in the balance of tastes, textures and what is often referred to as the “drip” factor. Here’s the amazing cheesesteak in sandwich form.

Learn how to make your own here.


3. Banh Mi (Ho Chin Minh City)

vietnamnese sandwich

banh mi

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Banh Mi was first introduced by the French when Vietnam was colonised. Since then, this unique sandwich gained so much popularity, it became somewhat of a national dish. Made of french baguette and flavour packed with meat and savoury Vietnamese fillings, it’s no wonder Banh Mi is like the rockstar sandwich of the country.

Get the recipe here.


4. Pineapple Char Siu Pulled Pork Sliders (Asia)

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pulled pork

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Pulled pork sandwiches (although awesome) is nothing new. BUT Char Siu pulled pork with pineapples? That’s a brand new spin. As a Char Siu lover myself, I have to say that this unusual mix of flavours are surprisingly… a very good match.

Learn how to make your own here.


5. Taco Sandwich (Mexico City)

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I mean, you had me at tacos. With or without its shell, tacos taste amazing. Sandwich is just another creative (and easier) way to have your tacos.

Get the recipe here.


6. Tofu Bibimbap Sandwich (Korea)

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Tofu Bibimbap

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You can’t exactly take a hotstone with you on a picnic, so this would do. You can’t go wrong with garlic, kimchi, and pan-fried tofu drenched in spicy red pepper sauce, stuffed into crusty rolls.

Learn how to make your own here.


7. Vegan Hummus Sandwich (Middle Eastern)

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There’s just something about hummus that makes people obsess over them. It could be that it’s simply too delicious, or that it’s extremely healthy at the same time. Do you know? This yummy Hummus sandwich is jam packed with protein!

To boost the protein level even more, throw in some nut, fruit and seed mixes.

Get recipe here.


8. Lasagna Bolognese Sandwich (bologna, Italy)

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Lasagna Bolognese

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The Bolognese consists of fried lasagna, meat sauce, sweet peppers, mozzarella, provolone, and a fried egg. You will not have a sandwich like this anywhere else and it is stunningly good. All the ingredients work perfectly together.

Learn how to make your own here.


9. Bolognese Hotdog Sandwich (bologna, Italy)

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Bolognese hotdog

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If the Lasagna sandwich is too intense, you could make your own hot dogs and top it up with premade bolognese sauce.

Get recipe here.


10. Fruity Japanese Sandwich (Tokyo & Kyoto)



fruity japanese sandwich

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Here’s a sandwich that is a treat for both your tastebuds AND your eyes.

Learn how to make the sandwich here.


If all else fails…

ham and cheese

This is universal. *thumbs up*

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