In the late 90s and early 2000s, I used to watch my fair share of weekly K-pop countdown shows. Unlike the US counterparts (i.e. TRL on MTV) many of the Korean countdown shows have survived the decades including a weekly show, “Inkigayo”. The show features the most popular songs in Korea for the week with fun weekly performances. I remember all the good old hairstyles and trendy (ugly) fashions that I (and friends) would try to copy. I think that still happens today with the newer singers…
In the last few weeks, Inkigayo has sprung up all over Korean SNS (social networking services) for a special sandwich! It seems to have caught the attention of viewers that many popular kpop idols were spotted eating or holding a specific half sandwich wrapped nicely in saran wrap. The sandwich has layers of egg and potato salad, cabbage salad and a sweet center of strawberry. The strawberry jam may seem a bit random but it brings a light sweetness to the creamy potato and sharp flavor of raw cabbage.
The store is only open to staff and the sandwich itself is only sold to idol stars as a way for the owner to provide a better quick meal for the young singers.
* The original recipe is for 4 slices of bread with the sandwich sold in halves but I only used 3 so I wouldn’t have to eat too much bread because I don’t know how to stop eating after consuming half a sandwich! Portion control is not in my books.
Inkigayo Sandwich (Korean Trendy Sandwich)
- 3 slices of bread
- 1 hard-boiled egg
- 1 (100 g) small potato
- 1½ Tbsp mayonniase
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2/3 cup thinly sliced cabbage
- 1 stick imitation crab sliced into bite-size strips *optional
- 1 tsp diced cucumber or pickle
- ½ Tbsp mayonnaise
- 1Tbsp Tbsp strawberry jam
- If you haven’t already, hard boil your eggs (Bring water to a boil and add in the eggs. Simmer for 10 minutes, drain the water then rinse the eggs in cold water and peel the shell.)
- Peel the potatoes and cut into large chunks. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Once tender, drain the water.
- In a medium sized bowl, mash the hardboiled egg with a potato masher, pastry cutter or fork. Continue to mash in the potatoes. Add in 1 Tbsp mayonnaise and mash well together. Season with pepper and salt. Set aside.
- In another medium bowl, add in the 1 cup of sliced cabbage, bite-size strips of imitation crab, 1 tsp diced cucumber or pickle and ½ Tbsp mayonnaise. Mix well together.
- Assemble the sandwich. Spread the potato and egg mashed on one slice of bread. Lay a second slice of bread on top of the mash.
- Spread strawberry jam on this slice.
- Top with the cabbage salad and lay the last slice of bread on top!
- * The original recipe assembly is bread, potato and egg mash, bread, strawberry jam, bread, cabbage salad and bread. I took out the bread between the strawberry jam and cabbage salad. If you have thin slice of very soft bread, this would work! But the bread around here was too thick for that.