Element Fresh make, and deliver, pretty decent sandwiches.Sadly, they are ridiculously priced...
Christ, and I didn't even think sandwiches were sentient...
Bocata at Sanlitun Beilu, across from the 3.3 mall, is a Spanish restaurant with some very good hot sandwiches. I think the "local beef" is actually just the thinly sliced hotpot stuff, but the cheese and bread are what make it excellent. They mix a good mojito, but be careful about ordering any other drinks; Docktor Sock complained and swore that they put baijiu in his bloody mary. And Docktor Sock actually likes baijiu.
Lush in Wudaokou does some good things with meat between bread. The after 2am burger deal is a fantastic consolation prize if loudly complaining about the how you can't fit any more 100 RMB notes and magnum condoms into your wallet has failed to reward you with sideways vagina from PPG.
Grandma's Kitchen might have good sandwiches but whenever I am there I am indulging in breakfast food, so fuck if I know.
Subway is more true to its western counterpart than any other fast food chain. I wish there was one near my workplace instead of the KFC and McD's.
Is there an economical alternative to cold cuts, sort of like how Bocata uses frozen hotpot beef for its hot sandwiches? I don't want to pay an arm and a leg for imported deli meat at Jenny Lou's. What's the name for those cold slabs of fatty roast beef that I always eat at banquets?
Dando, for about 12 Kwai you can get a little pack of red meat at the the Chinese supermarkets, that is passable for salt beef. Fuck if I know what it is though, but it generally hangs out in the same section as the slabs of beef you mention, which are also not bad...
I do rather like corned beef. It was the best part of my mother's contrived efforts to convince us we were working class with bland ("Irish") boiled dinner. That sounds like the sort of thing I could jam into a day-old baguette with some grey local cheese and squeeze-bag of mayonnaise. I could eat it at the construction site of a future Subway.
Yeah, corned beef is good stuff. We used to get it because the old man is of working class Irish stock.
The shit I mentioned is good with hot mustard and cut-up Russian pickles, though that marginally defeats the orignal point of getting a cheap sandwich...
Hot mustard! That's something Chinese-American food made me believe would be nearly ubiquitous in Chinese dining establishments, like chopsticks and kung pao chicken. Where do I get that? Why should that be a luxury item? Fuck.
I've had a toasted sandwich at that Subway. They have a toaster. They just won't let you use it. Maybe this is just another example of China's conspicuous hospitality, but for guests of Wudaokou. The rest of you 屁民 will have to ask a chuan'ermonger to warm their buns.
Placing trash on that street could only be an improvement.
Bumping because of the frustrating obscurity of spicy mustard sauce relative to FOB laowai expectations.
The last time I had that condiment was on bacon-wrapped cheese-filled sausages-on-a-stick purchased from a street vendor in Tsim Sha Tsui.
This thread is now about SPICY MUSTARD SAUCE WHERE TO BUY
April Gourmet does English mustard (very hot), which is damn good stuff. Though sounds like you might be looking for something slighty different
One of my faves is Tewkesbury Mustard, which is a combination of horseradish and English mustard. Not only is bloody amazing but was even mentioned by Shakespeare. No, bloody chance of getting it here though.
Ah mustard, how I do love thee...
As an addendum to all this malarkey, any thoughts on the ultimate filling?
An old fave of mine was avocado, crispy bacon and prawns, not one for the jews-but damn tasty...
White people are going to take all of the best food of the more colorful world and put it between bread because that is the best way of consuming while driving giant SUVs drinking extra large cola with high-fructose corn syrup or sitting on giant sofas while watching a huge TV and simultaneously streaming several different hardcore pornographic videos from teh Interwebs, or whatever.