Your Next Perfect Porchetta Sandwich is from Chinatown
I guess I am currently in the middle of what one would call, a blogger limbo.
We have “officially” moved out of Beijing, so to speak. But in the next 3 weeks when our apartment is under renovation, we are going to be staying in a hotel where the closest thing to a cooking vessel is the bathroom sink with hot tap water (hotel sous vide?). How do I create something delicious when the mere act of making fruit smoothies posts challenges? Then I realised, the answer lies just around every corner in this city.
Cantonese-style roast pork. Something as abundant in Hong Kong as Starbucks are in New York. This awesome thing, is everywhere. Even if you didn’t live here, chances are you’ve seen it in your nearest Chinatown, a staple in Cantonese cuisines.
Typically served with rice, which I’ve always had my doubt on. I mean, it is a great piece of roast pork, with salty yet juicy flesh and gloriously blistered skins. But on its own, and paired with yellow mustard, in my opinion, it just isn’t the most flattering companion for steamed rice. It is however, the most perfect yet most under-utilized sandwich candidate, practically an half-way porchetta sandwich.
Here’s what you do. You chop up a whole box of these porky awesomeness, then you make a “dressing” out of minced scallions, ginger and red chilis, with pungent savouriness from fish sauce and a tang that cuts through the grease from red wine vinegar. You let this “dressing” seep through the nooks and crannies of an unapologetic pile of the chopped roast pork, into the thirsty holes of a toasted crusty roll that catches it all. Then you cap everything up with a few slices of provolone cheese, and you draw your finishing touch with a smear of yellow mustard.
Porky, crispy, drippy and zero-cooking involved. What can I say? Hotel meal.
YOU LET IT SEEP THROUGH THE NOOKS OF AN UNAPOLOGETIC PILE OF CHOPPED ROAST PORK, INTO THE THIRSTY HOLES OF A TOASTED CRUSTY ROLL.
- 1 cup finely diced scallion
- 1 1/2 tsp finely minced ginger
- 1/2 small red chili, minced
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp fish sauce, plus more to adjust
- 1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Cantonese-style roast pork, store bought or make your own, roughly chopped
- 2 crusty rolls
- 6~8 slices provolone cheese
- yellow mustard
- Mix diced scallion, minced ginger, minced chili, olive oil, fish sauce, red wine vinegar and freshly ground black pepper together. Let sit for 10 min.
- Slice the rolls in half and toast under the broiler until the edges are browned. Smear a layer of yellow mustard on the bottom, then spoon a good amount of the herb-mixture on top. Place a big pile of the chopped roast pork with another douse of the herb-mixture. Let the herb-oil seep through the pork and down into the bread. Top with 3~4 slices of provolone cheese and serve.
heather (delicious not gorgeous)April 5, 2016 at 4:02 PM
my mom always asks for extra chicharones on her favorite porchetta sandwich, which is perfect because she loves all the crispy bits on siu yuk! i’ll have to surprise her with this very soon ?
Fernando @ Eating With Your HandsApril 5, 2016 at 7:27 PM
OMG that crispy skin on the roasted pork made me go a tad crazy over here. Such a good-looking sandwich!
jessicaApril 5, 2016 at 9:13 PM
even kitchenless, your photos and flavor pairings never fail to inspire! also every sandwich you post is so DROOLWORTHY.
g-tsak@icookstuffApril 5, 2016 at 9:29 PM
attagirl ! :)
MaraApril 6, 2016 at 1:36 AM
MelindaApril 6, 2016 at 2:18 AM
Mandy this is a kick ass idea to add to your blog – meals you can make from a hotel room! Take it from someone who is frequently subjected to very randomized food situations when traveling, WE CAN REALLY USE THIS TYPE OF RECIPE.
Kara | Sorghum and StarchApril 6, 2016 at 5:53 AM
This looks incredible! I’m going to be living in a hotel for a while in August, so I’ll definitely have to give this a try!
mayaApril 6, 2016 at 9:50 PM
this is a great opportunity to look into creative ways to cook with hotel utilities (this is somewhat of a douchey chinese careless mindset, but not so if you clean up after, i guess!): toasting foiled bacon over the hot iron? boiling soup in the kettle? just putting it out there :)
WinnsApril 6, 2016 at 10:16 PM
Seriously, your like my idol. That is such a great new way to enjoy the roast pork , which I’ve always always eaten with just rice.
June2April 7, 2016 at 12:53 AM
That bread looks incredibly good, must say! Very good looking sandwich, regardless of hotel room!
ellieApril 7, 2016 at 11:22 AM
Admit it, you were valedictorian in high school, weren’t you? Or…you’re just a genius when it comes to food…?! This looks so simple but like it’s straight out of a “gourmet” sandwich shop.
NinaApril 7, 2016 at 2:54 PM
Limbo as in Inception limbo? haha,go Mandy!
SabrinaApril 11, 2016 at 7:35 AM
Nice! I love the fusion of flavors!
Rob ConnoleyApril 12, 2016 at 7:41 AM
wow oh wow! I love the flavors in this recipe! One of the hottest sandwiches in the USA right now is a porchetta sandwich at Meckelburgs in New York. I visited meckelburgs last year but ordered other things. Wish I had.
Heather @HeatherChristoApril 12, 2016 at 3:31 PM
I’m totally digging this porchetta sandwich!
YenApril 14, 2016 at 10:49 PM
I made this sandwich all the time but I used Maggi seasoning as a dressing. But I’m going to try your dressing instead, it sound delicious!
WinnsApril 19, 2016 at 3:57 AM
I know. I know, I’ve already posted but I have to tell you I made this and my family loved it. I even made the roast pork instead of buying it. The sauce is Kicked up from the take out version and super yum. I actually had some with a roast beef sandwich. Thanks for sharing ur wonderful ideas!
irulazApril 23, 2016 at 11:05 AM
wow..that an amazing recep.. thanks for sharing your recep :-)
AlexandraApril 30, 2016 at 4:31 AM
Mmm yum. Way to make the best out of a not-so-desirable situation.
kimithyMay 3, 2016 at 4:01 AM
You made THAT glorious sandwich in a kitchenless hotel? Dude, your skillz are intimidating :p
umroh desemberOctober 8, 2016 at 3:25 AM
I was practice step by step. thank for shared
umroh februariNovember 23, 2016 at 2:42 AM
wowwww maka me hungry. let’s me to shared this. thanks
http://rinduumroh.com/paket-umroh-januari/November 27, 2016 at 11:20 PM
waw yummy,,,hmmm im hungry
PT sarimadu jayanusaAugust 26, 2017 at 11:46 PM
Indahnya berbagi terimakasih
novi nur alfiahAugust 27, 2017 at 1:57 PM
its so delicious…. where are we get it… hmmm so yummyyy
Sewa Mobil PurwokertoSeptember 3, 2017 at 1:25 AM
anitaSeptember 8, 2017 at 7:26 PM
very delicious. thanks for great recipe.i will try to make it.
jurnalSeptember 11, 2017 at 10:58 PM
yummi.may i will make it for my son.
jurnalSeptember 11, 2017 at 10:59 PM
yummi. very useful. wish i could make it
Travel RaykhaOctober 25, 2017 at 12:29 PM
hmmm that sandwich looks very yummy, maybe u can share another recipes for this kind of food :)
Agen Biro RaykhaOctober 25, 2017 at 12:35 PM
wow i can see that you’re a greata chef, keep doing what you’re doing now !
Paket Umroh November ArfaOctober 26, 2017 at 9:52 PM
apparently this food is very tasty. makes me hungry
ChristyNovember 15, 2017 at 1:38 AM
Thanks for porchetta sandwich recipe. I want to cook it
Salon Muslimah JakartaJune 1, 2018 at 4:03 PM
its so very delicious…