A Tale of Two Fillings: Beijing’s Best Sandwiches

A Tale of Two Fillings: Beijing’s Best Sandwiches
By Robynne Tindall , eChinacities.com

Beijing is awash with delicious food options, but sometimes only a sandwich will hit the spot. Everyone has his or her favorite sandwich combination. White or brown bread? Mustard or mayo? To make sure you never have to endure a trip to Subway, we've trawled the city to come up with our list of Beijing's best sandwiches.

1) Pulled pork sandwich: Home PlateView In Map
Homesick Americans from across Beijing flock to Home Plate to enjoy a taste of real Southern BBQ. Thankfully however, you don't have to be American to enjoy one of Home Plate's delicious pulled pork sandwiches (35 RMB).  Almost a meal in itself, the huge bun comes packed with tender pulled pork topped with a BBQ sauce with just enough spice to keep you reaching for your beer. Sides (10 RMB) include spicy Texan-style ranch beans, potato salad and corn bread (5 RMB per piece). If you still have room to spare after all that, we recommend an order of fried pickles (35 RMB) followed by pecan pie for dessert.

Add: 35 Xiaoyun Lu Courtyard, Chaoyang District, Beijing (from DongsanhuanBeilu, head 20m north of the Xiaoyun Lu intersection and take the first right)
Tel: 010 5128 5584
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00-22:00
Website: http://homeplatebbq.com

2) Rustico sandwich: Moment Café View In Map
Tucked in a quiet corner of Sanlitun Soho, Moment Café is the perfect spot to while away an afternoon working or chatting with friends. However, it's their Mediterranean inspired sandwiches that we keep going back for. Our favorite is the Rustico sandwich (49 RMB), which combines parma ham, parmesan, garlic butter and parsley spread on toasted Panini bread, creating an intensely savory sandwich.  The sandwiches here certainly aren't the cheapest option in Beijing, but the quality of the ingredients and presentation really stands out.

While you're there, don't forget to try one of their signature sweet crepes. The Mia crepe (37 RMB) – filled with Nutella and topped with crushed cookies – will satisfy even the most demanding of sweet teeth. 

Add: B1-525, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址:北京朝阳区工体北路三里屯Soho B1-525
Tel: 010 8590 0724
Opening hours: Daily, 12:00-22:00
Website: www.momentbj.com

3) Spit-roast chicken sandwich: Sweet SpotView In Map
Conveniently located in the basement of the China World Mall, Sweet Spot is a boon for hungry CBD office workers. The stylish bakery not only produces decadent cakes, they also have a range of delicious sandwiches and Panini to eat in or take away. Their spit-roast chicken sandwich (32 RMB) is a must try. Some of the best ciabatta we've had in Beijing contains a generous helping of juicy shredded roast chicken, topped with lettuce and just the right amount of mayo. If you need an afternoon pick up, coffees start from 15 RMB for an espresso.

Add: EB118, B1/F, China World Mall, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6505 0885
Opening hours: Daily, 08:00-21:00

4) Po'boys: NolaView In Map
Set on a leafy, quiet street in the heart of the embassy district, Nola serves up hearty New Orleans food. It is also the only place in the city you can find po'boys, a traditional Louisiana-style submarine sandwich, supposedly invented in New Orleans in the 1920s to feed striking workers who were jokingly referred to as "poor boys". You can choose from a range of fillings starting from 48 RMB, including pulled pork, fried shrimp and Andouille sausage (again, a rarity in Beijing).Our vegan friends also tell us that Nola makes a mean vegan BanhMi with smoked tofu (49 RMB).

Add: 11 Xiushui, Nanjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 8563 6215
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 08:00-23:00; Sat-Sun, 10:30-23:00

5) Local flavor: Beijing's sandwiches stand upView In Map
Beijing's two local options, donkey sandwiches and roujiamo, hold their own against the city's myriad Western-style options.

Roujiamo are a Shaanxi specialty, consisting of pork stewed in a richly spiced broth, which is then roughly minced and stuffed inside a pitta-style bread. Our favorite roujiamo can be found at Shaanxi restaurant Qin Tang Fu (which has several branches in Beijing), but they are widely available across the city.

Donkey sandwiches seem to be held as somewhat of a weird Chinese food "rite of passage", but in reality they make a delicious, and very cheap, lunch or dinner. Similar to a roujiamo, donkey sandwiches are made up of shredded donkey meat inside a flaky, hot-out-of-the-oven bun. There are hundreds of donkey sandwich shops around town, especially in the older streets around Guijie and Gulou, so keep an eye out for the characters 驴肉火烧 and find your favorite. The local Wang Pangzi (王胖子火烧) chain is clean and reliable.

Add: 128 DongsiBeiDajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6407 1211
Website: www.qintangfu.net

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