Food and photogenic, sandwiches are a must for Japanese street food

This Japanese sandwich made with super soft sandwich bread is the latest street food star. Bernhard Winkelmann

This Japanese sandwich made with super soft sandwich bread is the latest street food star. It’s pretty and good, it’s all the rage on social networks and new gourmet counters, revisit it or serve it up in a traditional version.

Dressed in impeccable Bermuda shirts and blouses, Kaito Hori is cold and elegant, like Benchy, his Parisian sandwich counter, those Japanese sandwiches that are as beautiful as they are delicious. There are no fake decorations in its small dining room, and the stylish furniture is all blond wood. No wonder: Kaito Hori was a fashion designer and stylist for the Commuun brand before entering the kitchen. There is no doubt that during this time he developed a talent for capturing trends. The quality of his service to Benchy now. Because, in addition to the uncluttered atmosphere of the coffee shop, its specialty fruit sandwiches are up to date, keeping fans of all Instagrammable recipes running on the Left Bank. I have to say, this snack is tempting! It’s made with two chunky slices of sandwich bread and garnished with mascarpone and whipped cream that accentuates the color of the seasonal fruit.

beautiful and beautiful

If it borrows ingredients from European cuisine, the graphics of this luscious sandwich perfectly respond to the Japanese plastic code, simple and sophisticated. “By opening Benchy, Kaito Hori said, I want to introduce the diversity of Japanese street food. Sando is not well known in France, but it has existed in Japan for more than half a century. A hundred years ago, Japan introduced to the world Open elsewhere, that’s how he discovered sandwiches and imagined making them himself, combining the convenience of eating with a graphic approach. It’s this gourmet and photogenic side that attracted Arthur Cohen, who opened Ototo last spring , a 100% Sandos pop-up restaurant.

Tamago Sando d’Ototo Bernhard Winkelmann

“With my partner, we are fascinated by Japanese culture. That is why in 2020 we created Onii-San in the Marais district of Paris, a Izakaya, the equivalent of a tavern where Japanese people usually come to eat small plates with sake. It is in this type of address that Japanese cuisine is so creative, we imagined the Onii-San menu as we browsed them, and we had delicious sandwiches made with carefully selected and even luxurious products.This is a surprise since Sando is most commonly found in small 7-11 supermarkets, where the most common egg sand, Egg Sando.Therefore, we decided to add some gourmet versions to Onii-San’s menu, such as in Wagyu,Kobe beef. It has become one of our best thanks to Instagram! “

“Traditional sando is made with food plate sandwich bread made with milk and in soup , a sourdough, or rather a roux cooked in water, invented in Hokkaido, Japan. »

Arthur Cohen, co-founder of Ototo, a Parisian restaurant dedicated to Sandos.

The success of Onii-San’s Sandos gave birth to an idea. Why not give them a place? “A more interesting, fun, alternative presentation,” Arthur Cohen said. And so, in April, rue des Écouffes, on 4e Ototo, with its façade painted by the artist André, opens its doors in the Paris district. It’s a craze for sandwiches, especially chicken, which accounts for 50% of sales. “It must be said that it was prepared with yellow chickens raised in the open”, Arthur Cohen emphasized. Because the Ototo menu is characterized by the quality of the products and the precision of the recipes. So the team worked for a long time on the development of the sandwich bread. “Traditional sando is made with food platesandwich bread made with milk and in soupa sourdough, or rather a roux cooked in water, invented in Hokkaido, Japan.

salty or sweet

Fruit Sandwich (Strawberry, Kiwi and Mango) Bernhard Winkelmann

This bread is very moist and very gluttonous as it retains its elasticity, especially when it’s unbaked. And it’s also easy to digest. Nothing to do with ham and butter buns or hamburger buns. France is the shrine of this Japanese bread: Carré Pain de Mie, bakery restaurant with a single product concept that has existed in Tokyo since 2013 and opened in 2017 on Rue Rambuteau in Paris. We read on the store’s website that sandwich bread was “imported to Japan at the end of the 19th century”e A century of the British, but its consumption only became popular after World War II, driven by the occupying American army.” The store displays three types of sandwich bread, all well-moulded: soft mochi mochi, Reminiscent of rice dough, fudge Hitori, and the crispest SakuriYou can also order savory and sweet sandwiches to take away, clubs, french croquettes, toast… However, none of these preparations bear Sando’s name…even though some have all the aesthetic qualities to showcase it!

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