There’s nothing quite like a great sandwich. This is a re-creation of one I had in the tiny town of Tilcara, in the province of Jujuy. It features the Argentine staple Milanesa, which is a piece of protein (usually meat) pounded very thin, then breaded and fried. This milanesa, instead of the usual steak or veal, is made of textured soy protein.
Here are a few photos from my trip:
|Tilcara, Jujuy, Argentina|
|La Cascada in Tilcara, Jujuy, Argentina|
After hiking all day, my traveling companions and I were completely famished. We were thrilled to find an adorable vegetarian open air sandwich shop. The sandwiches were very tasty and the price was right: These loaded sandwiches cost us about $4 each. They were incredibly delicious, with each ingredient adding to the overall effect. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but somehow they reminded me a little of the Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches I eat whenever I’m in Houston, TX, and have been craving. I added pickled vegetables to my version in honor of my beloved Banh Mi sandwiches.
Did I mention they were good? So good I had to go back for a second one. So good that that still wasn’t enough, I had to recreate it at home.
Highlights: Hearty whole wheat bread, soy milanesa with its unctuous flavor, crunchy exterior and soft slightly chewy interior, fried egg, fresh green lettuce, beautiful sliced tomato, melty cheese, and crunchy slightly-sour pickled vegetables.