September 16, 2017

The Club: International Sandwiches – Show Notes

Hey Sandwich Enthusiasts! These are the show notes for our most global episode. If you haven’t listened to it yet, you can listen by clicking here.

General Show Notes

  • Andrew has never left the country as of the recording of this episode.
  • Most of the interviews in this episode were recorded via Google Hangouts and Skype.
  • Turner is the most well traveled.
  • This episode consists of eight “mini-interviews” with people from all around the world about their country’s sandwiches.
  • We frequently discuss the five pillars of sandwiches in this episode, which is described in our fifth episode. Click to listen!
  • This is one of the only episodes so far that does not discuss cannibalism.
  • England is considered as the worst sandwich cuisine by our sandwich experts.
  • Sandwich breakthrough: pies are considered sandwiches by our experts.
  • Poutine is not considered a sandwich.
  • Turner Matthews – The Renegade Sandwich Artist: Crafted with Chaos
  • Lindsay appreciates tiny sandwiches, tiny silverware, and tiny things in general.
  • Burritos are considered sandwiches. Sushiritos are not considered sandwiches.
  • New term: Quickleverb. To quickly pickle a vegetable.
  • The Bahn Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich with strong influence from France.
  • Countries with the best sandwich cuisines: United States, France, Germany, Mexico.
  • Turner believes the United States is currently in the Golden Age of Sandwiches.
  • Delicatessens originated in Germany in the year 1700. (Source)
  • Sandwich breakthrough: Lindsay and Turner convince Andrew that a tamale is considered a sandwich.
  • The Big Mac Index – an informal way to use big mac prices around the world to determine the value of a currency.
  • Movie Titles: Hamburger in Paris, With Ranch in her Hair, They Ranched into the Sunset
  • American sandwiches that are embarrassing worldwide: fluffernutters, spam sandwiches, bolognea, peanut butter and jelly, and fat sandwiches.
  • Our sandwich hosts do not understand America’s ranch fascination.
  • Late Night Slice is a pizza place in Columbus, Ohio that offers a ranch sauce with a jaded history.
  • Lindsay cannot eat ranch because a bully put ranch in her hair in elementary school.
  • Here is the video that Turner described which features people from North Korea reacting to various American BBQ:
  • “Ranch” is one of those words that can be used as a verb to create awkward reaction.
  • The only song in this episode is The Club Theme Song. While editing, I decided that the episode simply works without additional music.

Sandwiches Discussed

  • Gua Bao (Taiwan)- Pork belly bun with soy sauce, pickled mustard, greens, cilantro, powdered peanuts, sometimes some white sugar. More information here. Served commonly with Miso Soup.
    • Thank you Pei for introducing this sandwich!
  • Empenadas (Venezuela) – Deep fried dough pockets filled with meats, fish, cheese, veggies.  More information here.
    • Thank you Paola Dios for introducing the world to your favorite empenada, the Tuna Empenada (tuna, lemon juice, salt, pepper, cilantro).
    • Best place to find them: Food trucks.
  • Chip Butty (England) – Bun, “chips” (which are actually french fries), and condiments. More information here.
    • Thank you Michelle Paradis for letting us know about your favorite, the Egg & Bacon Butty (Butty with bacon, “dippy egg,” and butter).
    • Best place to find them: Food trucks in England and sporting events.
  • Spaghetti Sandwich (Japan) – Spaghetti on toasted bread, often with lettuce and tomato. Found worldwide, though it is generally associated with Japan (and sometimes Dominican Republic)
  • Chimichurri (Dominican Republic) – Often called a Chimi. Cabbage salad (white vinegar, salt, oil, sliced red onions), seasoned meat, pink sauce (ketchup, mayo, chives).
    • Thank you Juanita dilia Olivio for introducing this sandwich to us! (pssst… feel free to follow her on instagram)
    • Perfect for the beach.
  • Smörgåstårta (Sweden)A savory sandwich type that is presented similar to a birthday cake. Pictures and information here.
  • Arepa (Ecuador) – Stuffed cornmeal-based discs. Normally stuffed with cheese, meat, and other fillings. More information here.
    • Thanks to Annie Albuja for discussing these delicious pucks of cheese and bread!
  • Bánh mì (Vietnam) – Pork pate, pickled veggies (carrots, jalapenos, daikons, cucumbers), spicy aioli, on french bread. Can be made vegetarian or with chicken. More information here.
  • Jibarito (Puerto Rico) – Steak, lettuce, tomato, lettuce, with crispy plantains as a bun. More information here.
    • Thank you Natalia (and baby) for introducing us to this tasty sandwich!
    • Tip: Do not overcook the plantain. Must have a soft interior and a crunchy outside.
    • Recommended place: Melao Bakery in Kissimmee, FL
  • Torta (Mexico) – Ham, cheese, on a rounded bun like a turtle. More information here.
    • Thank you Rocio Rangel for telling us about your favorite torta, the Salmon Torta (Salmon, lettuce, other veggies)!
    • You can follow Rocio on Twitter and Instagram
  • Tamale (Mexico) Masa base, filled with peppers, cheese, and sometimes meat. Steamed in a corn husk.  More information here.
  • Rojaimo (China) – Street food in China. Served with meat, cilantro, peppers, on a folded flat bread (called “mo”). More information here.
    • Thank you Meng Zhang for telling us about this delicious sandwich!
  • Scrapple (Ohio, US) – Pork scraps, cornmeal, oats, spices, all combined into a loaf and put on a bread. It is a sandwich literally made of scraps. More information here.
  • Keep Calm and Curry On Our original sandwich of the week! For the recipe and for delicious pictures, check out our sandwich of the week page!


The only song in this episode is The Club Theme Song by Jake Schlaerth. You can find out more information about him and listen to his awesome creations at his website. Note: He plays Glass Armonica for the 21st Century Fox film Logan. It’s a really great soundtrack that wouldn’t be the same without Schlaerth’s superb glass skills.

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Ranch all of you,