On a recent trip to Japan I had one task in mind: Eat all the foods! So for ten days, that is exactly what I did.
But one of the absolute best things I ate over my 10 days in Japan was this humble egg salad sandwich that cost me around $3.
This sandwich is from Lawson, a popular convenience store (aka conbini) you'll find though out the country, often in train stations. In Tokyo, you can't go more than a few blocks without stumbling upon one.
The egg salad sandwiches are pre-made and wrapped in plastic, and they can be found in the refrigerated aisle alongside soft drinks, onigiri rice balls, bento boxes, and sushi hand rolls.
Japan takes food very seriously. From the flame-grilled yakitori to the hand cut soba noodles, there's a sense of perfection in every single bite of food. And sandwiches are no exception.
In Japan, this simple yet exquisite egg salad sandwich is called tamagosando, and it's served on crustless, spongey white bread, sort of like American Wonder Bread...but even more squishy.
The egg salad itself is so creamy and smooth, it's impossible to decipher the egg whites from the yolk. It's made with Kewpie mayonnaise, an incredibly creamy mayo made with rice vinegar. The egg salad is then placed between the spongey white bread called shokupan. The portion of egg salad to bread is absolutely perfect, and each bite is a little piece of heaven.
Anyway, if you need me, I'll be trying to recreate this perfect creation in my own kitchen, and don't worry, you'll be the first to know when I get it right.