5. Chivito (Uruguay)
Chivito means little goat or baby goat, but this sandwich is actually made with slices of beef with mozzarella, tomatoes, mayonnaise, black or green olives, and often also bacon, fried or hard-boiled eggs, and ham. A sloppy tower of things between pieces of bread, basically. Would eat.
7. Donkey Burger (China)
Pretty much what it sounds like. A popular street cart food in Beijing consisting of donkey meat, often with some lettuce or peppers on crispy bread called Huoshao. In Hebei province, they sometimes say, “In Heaven there is dragon meat, on Earth there is donkey meat.” So there’s that.
10. Döner Kebab (Turkey)
Meat sliced from a vertical spit thrown into a pita with any number of things including tomatoes, onions, lettuce, pickled cucumber, and chili. Beloved by drunk people on the way home from the bar everywhere. And deservedly so.
14. Leberkässemmel (Germany)
Leberkässe literally translates to “liver cheese” (YIKES), but doesn’t contain liver or cheese (PHEW). It’s a meat loaf of corned beef, pork, bacon, and onions and in sandwich form it’s just thrown on a kaiser roll with some mustard, served hot.
18. Pljeskavica (Serbia)
Pljeskavica is a burger patty made with a mixture of ground meats. According to the New York Times, butchers sometimes improvise, “adding fat from around the beef kidneys, grinding in a little pork neck, or adding baking soda or mineral water to lighten the mix.” Right, then!
Sometimes it’s served on a burger bun, but it can also show up in a pita with a pepper sauce and Serbian milk cream.
20. Bánh mì (Vietnam)
Bánh mì is actually Vietnamese for all kinds of bread, but colloquially it refers to the popular sandwich with some kind of meat (often pork or pork liver pate), cucumber slices, cilantro, and pickled carrots. It is often cheap and always delicious.
22. Rou jia mo (China)
Literally translating to “meat burger” or “meat sandwich,” rou jia mo is a popular street snack of meat (most commonly pork, but sometimes lamb or beef depending on the region), peppers and spices in flatbread. Looks spicy and a little scary, but would definitely still eat it.
23. Kaya Toast (Singapore)
A snack sandwich centered around kaya, a Southeast Asian spread made of coconut and sugar. It’s served on thick slices of white bread and sometimes an egg is thrown in. Not sure about the coconut/egg combo, but to each their own.
24. Arepa (Venezuela)
Arepa is technically the name of the thick, wonderful corn-dough bread, but the sandwiches are also commonly called arepas. Cheese, pulled pork, avocado — whatever you throw in there is gonna be good on bread like that. *swoons over bread pocket perfection*
25. Toast Hawaii (Germany)
Toast Hawaii is an open-faced sandwich with ham, pineapple, a maraschino cherry and melted cheese. Apparently Toast Hawaii is to Germans as grilled cheese is to Americans. I’m not gonna lie, that makes me deeply sad.
H/t to one of the best Wikis dead or alive: List of sandwiches
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