A “Chow Mein” Sandwich! Here’s The History Of This Classic Dish! I’m Celebrating The Wildest Sandwiches In The World!

Who’s Ready For A Wild Food Adventure?

It all began with this photo: my friend Sly asked me what I thought of this “Mac ‘n’ Cheese” Sandwich – I told him I was going to make one – and one day I will, but it made me wonder: what else could be mashed up on a bun?

Well, how about this?

A Century Of Chow Mein Sandwiches!

Well, this was a new one to me – but it’s real – a “chow mien sandwich!

And you know what? At a hundred years old, it’s not new at all!

The craze began when Frederick Wong, a Cantonese immigrant, got into the family restaurant business in Fall River, Massachusetts, in the 1920s.

He created this to provide a low cast meal for his less well off customers…and it stuck!

So, how do they still make it?

It’s really exactly what you think!

Deep-fried noodles, morsels of pork, and sautéed vegetables are piled onto a hamburger bun and then drenched in gravy. As you can see in the photo above, the top bun perches just so.

As one online write-up noted:

“It’s a crunchy, sloppy stew that would be immensely difficult to eat with your hands despite what its name might suggest. This is the chow mein sandwich, a Massachusetts South Shore staple.”

Count me in!

I am open to mashups of all kinds, and of course, I’m no stranger to unique sandwiches:

During the height of #quarantinelife, I ordered a “make it at home yourself” kit for the legendary Donkey’s Place Cheesesteak Sandwich and here’s the link that shows how I did it:

And remember when “Twilight” Actor Robert Pattison up’d the ante of wildest sandwiches of all time with this?

Yes, it’s a “pasta sandwich” and I still haven’t had the guts to try it, but here’s a link to the very unique ingredients and how he makes it!

I’ve shared many a “unique” sandwich with you – and even one “HANDWICH”:

I think that’s a funny one, and as they say: “you never cut funny!”

Click here to see a collection of other unique sandwiches as well, including Elvis’s favorite:

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15 replies

  1. I’m up for it! I love the look of it all!!!!!! CARBS!!!!!!!

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  2. Haha~! We have similar noodle-bread combo, but not like saucy one!😂 And I’m interested in Handwich too, very unique!

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  3. Although not a sandwich easter you always amaze me with your finds, John and the boys are sandwich eaters which means I can try them out on them…:)

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  4. Hi John, I am very happy that I can eat vicariously through you and read about it on your blog. A most interesting sandwich idea.

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  5. I love these, John! Last week I didn’t have time to make a sandwich for lunch, and I was at a good ‘ole restaurant for breakfast with a friend. I ordered grilled cheese with ham, tomato and pickle. Making old favorites into new favorites is delicious. I should have asked for mac & cheese instead of cheese. Next time!

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  6. I am on board for a mac-n-cheese sandwich, AND a chow mein sandwich. Fortunately, I don’t have long to go until dinner, as it is almost 6pm here! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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