A short time ago, I saw a link about this sandwich and clicked on it. It was Anthony Bourdain's pork sandwich on what looked Wonder Bread with a single bite taken out of it. There was a fried pork cutlet hanging out of the bread and visible chili sauce that had been spread on it. That's all it took. I needed to eat that sandwich. I read the ingredient list and had most of the items already. Here's all I can say: Anthony Bourdain's Macau-Style Pork Chop Sandwich is one of the best sandwiches I've ever had in my life. And I've had some sandwiches.
Anthony Bourdain's Macau-Style Pork is a Flavor Bomb
Save a couple of not-so-common ingredients, I had a lot of what I needed to make this pork cutlet delight. Chinese five spice was hard to find believe it or not. I tried my usual cheaper grocery stores with no luck, so then I had to buy the fancy kind that seemed a bit expensive. But you know what? I don't care because now I have enough to last through many, many batches of this incredible pork cutlet sandwich.
The other ingredient I didn't have was black vinegar. I never heard of this in my life and am now in possession of a bottle of it. Turns out, they sell it at my favorite Asian market. It was there the whole time, just waiting for me to find a use for it. In case you haven't noticed, I get excited about food. And I get really excited about new ingredients. As soon as I returned from the market, I opened the black vinegar and sipped a small spoonful. I was very surprised at the slight licorice taste to it, but I knew immediately it was going to be a flavor bomb when paired with the Chinese five spice and the other ingredients on the list.
Macau-Style Pork Sandwich is worth the wait
The only annoying thing about this sandwich is the wait time while the pork marinates. The marinade smelled so good I wanted to drink it. Let's start there. When a marinade smells like something I want to put in a glass and chug, I get even more excited about food. This sandwich is relatively easy and low maintenance to put together. You'll want to get a few of these ingredients at your local Asian market. Namely, the black vinegar, Chinese cooking wine and Chinese Five Spice. I've seen the five-spice at my grocery store many times, but they were out of the cheaper brand when I shopped for this. Had to buy the $8 brand.
Breaking down the steps to Anthony Bourdain's Macau Pork Sandwich
This is such an incredibly delicious sandwich, and you will not be disappointed. Also worth noting - this is pretty cheap to make. The recipe calls for boneless pork rib chops or cutlets, which they didn't have when I went shopping. I talked to the butcher (please don't be afraid to do this) and he pointed me to a small center cut pork roast they had on hand. I specifically told him I was making Anthony Bourdain's Macau-Style Pork Chop Sandwich and the pork I needed, and he said this was the best choice. He sliced it out back for me and I had enough for this batch of sandwiches, and I froze half for the next time. Total cost was: $8.82. So the pork portion of this sandwich was just $4.41 for eight sandwiches!
Getting the pork was an important first step, the rest of the ingredients were easy enough. Then just make the very easy marinade, pound the pork and let it marinate for a while, make a breading station, fry the pork in peanut oil and toast some plain white sandwich bread. That spicy chili sauce on top of the cutlet adds a great punch of spice and the pork is off-the-hook!
I highly recommend you give this one a try. Everyone I fed with this was thrilled and LOVED IT! I am already excited to make another batch of these sandwiches.
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