Sep 7, 2020

This quarantine has been about food that’s both comforting and inventive. Can we blame ourselves? Food after all can give us a reassuring feeling that everything will be fine despite the world seemingly crumbling before our eyes.

[READ: What’s ‘comfort food’ anyway?]

But even before the pandemic, baking and its end-product, bread, has been known to soothe and comfort us. Hence, the rise of quarantine baking. 

But bread on its own can only go so far. Humans crave for something new always. A new flavor, a new experience. We even have a word for it in Filipino, “umay,” or the lack of joy from continuously consuming the same thing. And with the one ingredient most abundant to us in quarantine—time—everyone, from home cooks to chefs are dreaming new things or even just reimagining classics.

Sandwiches are arguably one of the easiest snacks/meals to put together. Merriam Webster defines a sandwich as “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between.” But creative chefs are blurring this very definition with never-before-seen-or-tasted combinations that make us question, why in the first place food labels are so rigid! Here are some of them.

 

Lazy Oeuf by Metronome’s very French sandwiches

What are they? French onion burger with foie gras and duck confit on brioche

What’s new? Chef Miko Calo’s takeout concept Lazy Oeuf combines convenience and comfort with her French culinary training. I mean, who stuffs prized foie gras in bread? Not that it’s any ordinary bread—it’s housemade brioche.

[READ: Metronome, Single Origin and more begin offering delivery]

 

Sambar’s Malay dish translated into a burger

What is it? Nasi lemak burger

What’s new? Known for their Pan-Asian specialties, chef Nicco Santos and Quenee Vilar have a new concept called Sambar and one of it’s best-selling items is this burger. It’s fried chicken fillet layered with sambal ikan bilis or spicy anchovy sauce tucked inside a brioche bun specifically made by home baker 28 Derby for this recipe.

[READ: No trips to Malaysia yet, but chef Nicco Santos is bringing its national dish home to you]

 

Tetsuo’s French-Japanese crowd-pleaser

What is it? Karaage croix

What’s new? If you have been closely following this East-Asian concept from it’s first branch in Katipunan to its eventual expansion in Poblacion, you know that Tetsuo’s biggest asset is their chicken dishes. This is no exception. It has the same spicy karaage that the restaurant has been known for except tucked between flaky slices of croissant together with a unique Japanese fusion condiment: Ponzu mayo.

[READ: Only 10 chicken lovers can take home this Tetsuo weekend platter per day]

 

Metiz’s very Filipino sandwich

What is it? Lechon kawali sandwich

What’s new? Apart from its crunchy, kanin-na-lang-ang-kulang, putok-batok filling lechon kawali, Metiz’s specialization in fermentation still stuns in this sandwich with green mango atchara, cucumber, liver pâté, pepper leaf, and house hot sauce.

[READ: Meet Metiz, Karrivin’s new restaurant with a focus on Filipino flavors and fermentation]

 

Panaderya Toyo’s breakfast-inspired sando

What is it? Longganisa sandwich

What’s new? Panaderya Toyo’s sandwich strays away from the over-the-top assemblage of carb, protein and greens. Instead, it borrows the form of a Japanese convenience store sando but with Filipino breakfast staples longganisa and atsara.

[READ: Order up! Toyo Eatery’s lockdown menu has silog and pansit bilao for takeout]

 

Half Saints’ refined cake sandwiches

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Eat cake like a sandwich inspired by our favorite hot drinks for merienda. What? Just some Half Saints Afternoon Bakes’ afternoon tea sweet cake sandwiches sorcery. No special occasion needed. Three cakes in one set: 1. Milk Chocolate with Dark Chocolate Chunks 2. Matcha Latte with Roasted Pili 3. Coffee with Cacao Nibs All these fillings sandwiched by a joconde biscuit topped with fancier trimmings and textures. Only P290/set plus 3% packaging fee. Available this week only. Shoutout to @aurochocolate, @kalsadacoffee, and @wrapsody.ynut – that make these lovelies extraordinary. #AllWeKneadIsLove #supportlocal Order ahead. Fill out an order form found in our highlights. More info in our bio. 🌸 As always, thank you for choosing and believing in Half Saints. 🌸💕 — What is Half Saints #AfternoonBakes? It’s our new thing where we turn into a bakery just in time for merienda. We feature new and artisanal breads and pastries weekly and bake them fresh for pick-up at 3pm, Wed-Sun. This is on top of our signature savory and sweet menu. Check out our previous post. We are operating in a pre-order system with a daily cut-off of 8pm. Anything ordered after the cut-off will be processed the next day. #halfsaints #mascarpone #cakesandwich #aurochocolate #kalsada #coffee #matcha #pili #teacakes #chocolate #joconde #afternoontea #cake #sandwich #sharehappiness #AllWeKneadIsLoved ##quezoncity #bestcafe #bestresto #mecq #quarantinelife #quarantineeats #manila #quarantineandchill

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What is it? Afternoon tea sweet cake sandwiches

What’s new? Unlike all of the other entries on this list, Half Saint’s is sweet and is meant to be eaten as a dessert. And instead of using a bread base, it has a light almond sponge cake called a joconde biscuit. A serving comes with three cakes with different fillings: milk chocolate with dark chocolate chunks, matcha latte with roasted pili and coffee with cacao nibs.

[READ: Despite potential losses due to COVID-19, these QC restaurants are helping feed medical frontliners]

 

Panko Pussy’s Philly—but not quiet American—sandwich

What is it? Gyutan Philly sando

What’s new? The quarantine brainchild of the people behind non-traditional izakaya 12/10, this sando concept—though it features more Japanese flavors—also does a little fusion, especially with the gyutan Philly. It’s a sando no doubt, complete with billowy milk bread but with the thinly sliced beef tongue mimicking the taste of a Philly cheesesteak—sans cheese.

 

The Test Kitchen’s best companion to K-Drama

What is it? K-Drama burger

What’s new? You know kimchi grilled cheese? It’s that but since this is a Josh Boutwood restaurant, you know it is about to be elevated. He does so but adding perfectly cooked ground chuck patty to the mix resulting in a cross between a kimchi grilled cheese and a cheeseburger.

 

Header photos courtesy of Lazy Oeuf by Metronome, Sambar, The Test Kitchen and Tetsuo

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