Sunday, September 19, 2010
Mentaiko Potato Sandwich
I would imagine that the potato salad sandwich is one of those "only in Japan" ideas - like corn kernels on pizza (or potatoes on pizza for that matter) it's one of those carb-overload creations that boggle the American mind. However happy Americans may be to serve their kids pizza with fries in the lunchroom or to feast on unlimited breadsticks with our pasta at Olive Garden, I think the idea that every meal should include protein has been so deeply drilled into us that an all-carb sandwich just seems deeply weird. Of course, this particular sandwich does contain protein, in the form of spicy fish eggs (mentaiko) blended with the mayo. It even includes a few grated carrots and a sprinkling of parsley. Now that I think of it, it strikes me as a somewhat Slavic concoction, if only it were on black bread instead of a chewy white roll (apologies for the missing bite in the picture above). Much as I like mentaiko in onigiri, and even on spaghetti or on a crisp baguette, I can't say I'm a huge fan of the mentaiko potato salad sandwich. Maybe I'm more American than I like to admit.