Here’s where to find the best sandwiches in Hong Kong
29 Apr 2020
What makes a sandwich such a great food option, is that in essence, it’s a blank canvas for flavour for creativity to come out to play. Unpretentious and begging to be eaten on the go, there’s a reason virtually every culture has its own spin on the work lunch staple. We round up the best ones Hong Kong has to offer below.
If catered lunch is starting to sound monotonous, Schragels (a portmanteau of ‘schmear’ and ‘bagel’) is the perfect option. The freshly-baked to order joint respectfully puts the long-held belief that real bagels only exist within the confines of New York to rest.
What to try: The Loxy Lady (HK$90) topped with smoked salmon, scallion schmear, caper and red onions is the perfect lunchtime pick me up.
Shragels, available for online delivery; https://schragels.com/
Delis are the birthplace of hearty sandwiches piled with smoked meats and cheeses. Morty’s, in particular, prides itself on being a fully in-house operation, curing every premium cut of meat, pickling every vegetable and baking fresh bread loaves for the ultimate deli sandwich.
What to try: All of Morty’s smoked meat sandwiches are cared for with a secret spice blend and smoking technique that’s been passed down generations. For an authentic NYC deli-style sandwich try the Reuben (HK$130), made with smoked pastrami, swiss cheese, thousand island dressing and sauerkraut.
Morty’s Delicatessen, various locations including Shop 8-10 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, +852 3665 0890; www.mortys.hk/
Flying Pig Deli
Speciality sandwiches seem to be cropping up everywhere but you can never go wrong with the classic contenders of BLTs and roast chicken sandwiches. Flying Pig Deli’s Sai Ying Pun takeaway operation offers plenty of sandwiches options you can bring as a picnic provision or a simply indulgent treat.
What to try: If bacon isn’t up your alley, Flying Pig Deli’s “Uncle” Roast Pork sandwich topped with grilled pineapple, rocket salad, tomato and mayonnaise may just be the way to go.
Flying Pig Deli, 52-56 Centre St, +852 2523 9698; https://www.facebook.com/flyingpigdelihk/
Whether shawarmas technically fit the definition of a sandwich (see Miriam Webster: two or more slices of bread having a filling in between) is still up for debate but there’s no argument it’s a rare find in a city so usually clad with cultural diversity. Look to Maison Libanaise’ takeout menu for the goodness of a spit-roasted ‘sandwich’.
What to try: The options at Maison Libranaise are endless, but the beef shawarma wrap (HK$98) made with Baharat-rubbed beef, tomato salad, pickled cucumbers and wrapped with pita bread is a crowd favourite.
Maison Libanaise, 10 Shelley Street, Soho, +852 2111 2284; https://www.maisonlibanaise.com.hk/
Soho Banh Mi
Banh Mi might just be the paragon of elevating an existing food to an almost cult-like status. A quick grab-and-go spot, Soho Banh Mi and its unmistakable blue exterior continue to satiate the craving for the Vietnamese fused sandwich.
What to try: Written in its name, how could you not go for their highly recommended roasted pork Banh Mi (HKD $68)?
Soho Banh Mi, 8 Rednaxela Terrace, Central; +852 6380 1216; www.facebook.com/SoHo-Banh-Mi/
Build your own sandwich – or BYOS for short. For the picky eaters out there, there’s usually always a detestable ingredient that almost ruins the perfect sandwich (mayonnaise I’m looking at you). Luckily, Knead lets you customise it to your liking with the option to make it as healthy (or not) as you’d like. Salad options are also available.
What to try: Get creative with toppings like grilled eggplant, basil pesto or stick to the classics of avocado spread, bacon or brie. Add on a side (HK$15-20) of fries, soup and dessert.
Knead, G/F 28 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, +852 2851 7778; https://www.kneadhk.com/
Simple, yet hard to recreate, the Hong Kong-style egg sandwich is a city-defining dish you can’t say no to. Pair it with an iced milk tea and some light-hearted cha chaan teng gossip with the table next door and you have the perfect afternoon tea sorted.
What to try: Luen Fat’s egg sandwich (HKD $22) has consistently made it onto top picks lists with its bold taste and thick-sliced bread.
Luen Fat, Shop 1 G/F 2-4 Hau Wong Road Kowloon City, +852 2718 8832