Around the World in 12 Sandwiches

The best creations since sliced bread

There’s been a lot of sandwich talk around PureWow HQ lately--from how to build the perfect sammie to the virtues of having one for dessert. And all that talk had us wondering: What do sandwiches look like the world over? Herewith, a guide to 12 creations around the globe.


Spain: Bocadillo

Served on baguette-style bread, this no-frills sandwich is filled with any number of savory combos--from ham and cheese to egg and potato to chorizo.


Venezuela: Arepa

No traditional bread here. Cornmeal patties are stuffed to the gills with savory fixings, like shredded beef, black beans, chicken, cheese and/or avocado.


France: Croque Madame

Leave it to the French to take a basic ham-and-cheese sandwich, grill it and top it with creamy béchamel sauce and a fried egg.


Vietnam: Bánh Mì

A baguette is typically filled with pork belly, Vietnamese sausage, pâte or fried eggs, then topped with pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro, chili and spicy condiments.


Canada: Smoked Meat

We’re talking kosher brisket that’s salted and cured with spices, served on rye bread and slathered in yellow mustard. Just don’t call it pastrami.


Turkey: Doner Kebab

Lamb, chicken or beef cooked on a vertical spit is sliced and placed between thick pita bread, then layered with onion, tomato, cabbage, sumac and chili.


India: Vada Pav

Attention, vegetarians: A potato fritter is served on a soft, fluffy bun and topped with a chutney made of, for instance, coconut, tamarind and garlic.


Denmark: Smørrebrød

This one is served open-faced, with rye bread as the base. Traditionally, the bread is covered in seafood--pickled herring, smoked salmon or prawns--and garnished with boiled egg, pickled cucumber and onion.


Japan: Katsu Sando

Not your typical Japanese fare, deep-fried pork loin--similar to schnitzel--is served with shredded cabbage on sliced white bread.


Mexico: Torta

Served either hot or cold on bun or roll, tortas typically include carnitas, chorizo or pork topped with refried beans, creamy avocado sauce, queso fresco and more.


Poland: Zapiekanki

This popular street food (also known as a French bread pizza) is a baguette sliced lengthwise and traditionally served open-faced with sautéed mushrooms, cheese and a drizzle of ketchup.

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United States: Peanut Butter And Jelly

Ahh, the peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich: so simple yet so incredibly delicious.

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