World Sandwich Day: The Best Sandwiches in Hong Kong
From Japanese sandos, American reubens, Hong Kong-style egg sandwiches and Singaporean-style kaya toast, here are the best sandwiches in Hong Kong
Most of us grew up eating sandwiches. All you need are two slices of bread, and filling as simple as peanut butter and jelly (or, if you’re Asian, condensed milk and peanut butter). Feeling fancy? Throw the bread in the toaster, stack on the sauces, and layer on your favourite protein. The simple sandwich can be anything from a convenient snack, lazy to-go meal, or even a gourmet meal fit for the queen—if you do it right.
To celebrate World Sandwich Day on November 3, we’re compiling our favourite places in Hong Kong for a good-for-the-soul sandwich. 7-11, you’ve been good to us with your fluffy, Japanese-style sandwiches, but there’s no room for you here. From American-style Reubens and hearty cheese toasties, to Japanese-style sandos with thick-cut wagyu steaks layered in the middle, here’s where to celebrate this very special day.
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It’s almost impossible to write about sandwiches without mentioning Hong Kong’s favourite New York-style bodega, Fat Chad’s. Come for a ridiculously indulgent Reuben that’ll cure your homesickness for Katz’s—made with corned beef, smoked mozzarella and Russian dressing on malted rye bread. They also do a mean Cubano sandwich with plenty of ham and cheese, as well as their creamy egg sandwich.
Fat Chad’s, G/F, 119B, Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 5536 9665, fatchads.com
Cut Sando Sound Bar
Opened by twin restaurateurs Caleb and Josh Ng, Cut Sando Bar made waves when it first opened. With numerous sando options to choose from such as the brisket sando with cabbage, chicken katsu sando, a luxe tamago and caviar sando, and a special pre-order only marbled steak sando, we’ve got our eyes on the egg and bacon sando which comes with an inch-thick egg filling and two layers of bacon spread delicately on the bread on each side.
Cut Sando Sound Bar, G/F, 8-10 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2952 2766, twins-kitchen.com/cut-sando-sound-bar
Katsumoto Sando Bar
For a very meaty, very indulgent sandwich meal, head over to Katsumoto Sando Bar. The sister restaurant of Katsumoto in Sai Ying Pun, Katsumoto Sando Bar specialises in Japanese sandwiches with their most popular dish on the menu being the meaty wagyu sando. Toasted bread, A5 Australian wagyu steak sandwiched paired with toasted Hokkaido milk bread. Yes, please.
Katsumoto Sando Bar, B/F, 67 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2511 6860
Shady Acres may be a wine bar, but their food menu allows them to truly stand out from the crowd. While their Impossible burger is a classic must-order whenever you visit, next time give one of their sandwiches a go. Come on your night out and savour a gourmet five-cheese toastie with jalapeno, mustard and house pickles. The bread is grilled to perfection, with a crispy golden layer of cheese on the outside, and gooey, melt-in-your-mouth cheese on the inside.
Shady Acres, G/F, 46 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong; instagram.com/theshadyacres
Shui Kee Coffee
Plastic stools, foldable wooden tables and the blasting AC sets the mood for Shui Kee Coffee, a cha chaan teng hidden inside Sheung Wan Cooked Food Centre. Hong Kong-style sandwiches are one of the best and affordable sandwiches there are in the city, and Shui Kee Coffee has got the craft down. Try the popular beef and egg bun, served with sesame sandwich bread. With plenty of green onion mixed in the scrambled eggs, it’ll feel light and fluffy without being overly heavy.
Shui Kee Coffee, Shop 17, Cooked Food Centre, 2/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building And Civic Centre, 345 Queen's Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; +852 2850 8643
Another spot in Hong Kong to get your Reuben fix, Morty’s in Central and Wan Chai has your back. Try the classic pastrami sandwich, or a vegetarian-friendly portobello burger—savoury, juicy and stacked with slices of portobello, rocket and onion. On Mondays from 4pm, Morty’s offers a 1kg Reuben sandwich challenge where brave contestants can take on the mission to finish the entire sandwich in 30 minutes. They also offer buy one get one Reuben sandwiches on Tuesdays from 4pm if you think a regular-sized sandwich will do the trick.
Morty’s Wan Chai, G/F, 8-10 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; Morty’s Central, Shop 12-14, Lower Ground Floor, Jardine House,1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, instagram.com/mortyshk
Bakehouse, Hong Kong’s leading sourdough bakery and restaurant, offers a Cubano on the lunch and brunch menu. Imagine a warm and toasted Cuban bread sandwiching plenty of pulled pork, swiss cheese, and creamy mustard, with a single jalapeno placed on top. Don’t leave without getting one of their sourdough egg tarts either.
Bakehouse, G/F, 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; instagram.com/bakehousehk
Rempah Noodles may be known for their authentic laksa, but their side dish of kaya toast is enough of a reason to make a visit on its own. The golden-brown slices of thin toast are slathered with a thick layer of kaya and butter, giving the sandwich its signature buttery, coconut flavour that’ll make you drool.
Rempah Noodles, G/F, 18 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 3618 4863, rempahnoodles.com