They’re just downright a thing of comfort.
If there’s anything the Japanese have mastered, it’s definitely the art of food. They seem to have a knack for reimagining your favorite classics, turning them into their own, and taking them to a whole new level.
Enter sandos. If you’ve ever been to Japan, you’ve probably already come across these babies at konbinis (convenience stores), bakeries, or room-service menus at hotels. They’re basically Japanese-style sandwiches but picture this: your choice of filling sandwiched in between soft pillowy shokupan also known as Japanese milk bread. Are you drooling yet?
Now, you don’t have to fly all the way to Japan just to get a taste of these perfect on-the-go snacks. We’ve got that area covered. Here’s where you can find them in Manila:
Tamago Sando which literally translates to egg sandwich is the Japanese’ version of an egg salad sandwich. The Makati-based brand’s take on the original tamago sando has a creamy filling and a perfectly cooked egg that is bursting with a rich yolk flavor. They’ve also got the tamagoyaki sando which consists of a rolled egg omelette that will automatically transport you to Tokyo.
Mister Sando has got quite an extensive menu of different sando fillings. They’ve got the classic Tamago, Tuna, Karaage, Kimukatsu, Cheese Kimukatsu, and Ebi. And if you can’t commit to one flavor, they’re offering samplers that allow you to get a taste of a bit of everything.
Panko Pussy is 12/10’s daytime food delivery service that specializes in all things sando and anything pan. They’ve got 3 offerings: The Gyutan Philly, a slow-cooked beef tongue sandwich with onion, green pepper, provolone, and wasabi in toasted milk bread, The Spicy Tuna, a raw tuna, kyuri, and negi sandwich dressed in Panko’s spicy sauce and sandwiched between butter-fried sourdough rye, and lastly The Katsu Sando, a wagyu & pork menchi katsu sandwich with cabbage, pickled kyuri, cheddar, tare, and yuzu kosho in toasted milk bread.
Sandos are not just exclusive to savory flavors. In fact, fruit sandos are also popular among the Japanese and are often served as a dessert. Claudine’s Sweet Selections specializes in mixed fruit sandos filled with fresh fruits and whipped cream.
Wagyu Studio Manila – Fort Bonifacio
A5 Kobe Beef and original steak sauce topped with 24k gold flakes. It doesn’t get any better than that. That’s exactly what’s in Wagyu Studio Manila’s Chateaubriand Sando—a definite must-try!
Maisen – Shangri-La Fort
Maisen is best known for all things Tonkatsu so it’s no surprise that their Tenderloin Tonkatsu Sando, Shrimp Katsu Sando, and Pocket Katsu Sandwiches made their way to this list.
Kazunori – Pasong Tamo
Kazunori takes pride in their Ebi-packed sando that is panko battered fried to perfection and is dressed with hints of tartar sauce. The Tamago Sando, though typically seasoned with salt and sugar, their version mixes in only the freshest of Hokkaido milk, as well as their housemade Hondashi to bring out that umami taste.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse – Fort Bonifacio
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is famously known for its premium steak but their Japanese-inspired Katsu Steak Sandwich is a more affordable option for those dying to try the famed WagyuMafia Gyu-Katsu Sando.
Shizuka Cafe – Little Baguio
Shizuka Cafe is a charming little cafe situated in the heart of San Juan that offers modern Japanese as well as Filipino food. Their Katsu Sando makes for the perfect afternoon snack and is best paired with their freshly brewed coffee.
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