Japanese Sandwiches, better than Sushi or Ramen? ★ ONLY in JAPAN

ONLY in JAPAN – Welcome to Ginza! After 20 years of living in Japan, I’ve learned to have an amazing appreciation for the food. It’s incredible! There is “sushi” —Japan’s most well-known dish. “Kaisendon” mixes it all up, fresh seafood on a bed of rice. “Okonomiyaki” —Japanese pancake with a savory sauce. “Ramen” —taking a bowl of noodles to another level! Some foods are made really fast, like this mochi. Or in large batches, like takoyaki. …just let them cool down a bit first… “Kaiseki-ryōri” at a ryokan is Japanese cuisine at its finest. It’s as much art as it is food. Some dishes are just plain weird! Like these “tako tamago”. …egghead octopi. But Japan being Japan, they found a way to make international foods their own. And that includes the sandwich. Japanized to local tastes. Sandwiches in Japan are some of the most colorful and random foods in the country. There are no rules other than food between two pieces of bread. An infinite number to choose from. And the place to go if you want to see all of the sandwiches Japan has to offer… is a train station. Before boarding a train, travellers often grab a bento or boxed lunch. But, sandwiches also have a place on the shelf in bento shops. Gourmet sandwiches and designer boxes come with higher price tags And, sometimes, a higher level of taste. Cheaper sandwiches come in cellophane wrap, but that doesn’t make them inferior. Often, it means that the ingredients and combinations get crazier since you could see the contents inside. The visual is just as important as the taste. Lunch packs are some of the cheapest sandwiches around. The variety will amaze you, and it’s fun to try. – Japanese food is perfection, and the sandwiches are exquisite. Crust cut off, sliced finger-sized Melted cheese? Yes, please. For sophisticated tastes, fruits with cream, shall we? Here, a mixed sandwich box. “Hirekatsu” and “ebikatsu” — with napkin wet, of course. Breaded shrimp fried cutlet with a delicious sauce. The sandwich just melts together with the bread Such decadence. The “hire” pork cutlet has left the plate and made its way to the most inviting bed of bread. The golden outer layer brushed with a tangy sauce. This cheese “katsu sando” — is unique Inside this luxury box — is a sandwich cut in half. The layers of pork surrounding cheese The colors, simply divine. The flavors — dancing a tangle in your mouth with every bite. Ahh yes, the “fruit sando” Red, orange and green, on white bread. Triangular in shape, opened with a red ribbon cutting. Inside is a delicate sandwich Sweet aromas of country fruit stands on a sunny day. The fruit is surrounded by fresh cream, great as either a light meal, or a dessert. An egg in dashi soup grilled sandwich is moist, and voluminous. Between the egg and bread, is a shiso leaf. Adding yet another dimension. This egg sandwich is wrapped like a present. In many ways, it is, for the palette. Break the seal. Inside, a six of your new found friends. Six finger-sized egg sandwiches, you can either share… or keep for your selfish self. Your devilish hunger will appreciate the soft bread and that oh-so-slight-resistance of the egg between. Yet another “hirekatsu sando”, from a well-known maker. It’s packaged like the luxury food it is. Unwrapped, it reveals a well-balanced “katsu sando”. Presented to us by the same maker, is this hamburg sandwich. Wrapped in a similar fashion to its cousin, this burger has been breaded and fried. Served cold, it is not your typical hamburger. But indeed, a sandwich. Bite-sized pieces, just enough meat for full flavor with the square bread. An outcast we can hardly call a sandwich. It resembles an “onigiri”, but it may even be called a sandwich. A having a delicious tomato sauce, egg and hamburg between the rice and seaweed layers Normal bread may even be as jealous as the taste is memorable. A lovely vegetable croquette, meets two layers of white bread to make the croquette sandwich. Chunks of vegetables with potatoes breaded and deep-fried with sauce. Inside is a layer of shredded cabbage and more sauce! Bring it to your lips for an enchanting bite. The amazing Japanese sandwich deserves the VIP treatment. Premium, platinum, diamond level taste in every bite. Itadakimasu. – 8pm on a weeknight in Central Tokyo Ginza, it’s a classy neighbourhood. And that means it has classy sandwiches. My favourite sandwich is served in a fancy restaurant, Madame Shrimp Grace. Among their gourmet shrimp menu entrées, is the ebikatsu sandwich. The shrimp fried cutlet is soft and tender on the inside Crispy and rich on the outside. A delicate mustard sauce bridging it with the freshly baked bread. It’s still slightly warm, the perfect restaurant-made sandwich temperature from the kitchen. I was going to eat it at the bar, with the view of the city below, but this is a sandwich best shared with a friend. Jennifer was waiting at the vending machine corner in Yūrakuchō and I had a surprise for her. The chef had wrapped the sandwich to go The perfect sandwich will always travel well, gourmet or otherwise. It lies perfectly in a plastic homemade specifically for its transit. Also fits perfectly in the hand. Let’s hear what Jennifer has to say. – Food is all about balance, and this sandwich, why is it so good? It’s because so well-balanced like, the ingredients also are so refined so this shrimp is cooked perfectly so it’s so soft and delicate in the mouth And the balance with bread and, you know? The fried part around, it’s just perfect. I think this is why it feels so good and so tasty Tasty, but very elegant taste. – What makes this sandwich my favourite of all of the other Japanese sandwiches that it’s just so delicate, the way that the shrimp is- is kind of all cut up and minced together and then deep-fried All those- all those textures sort of combined The outside is crunchy, the inside is so soft And then there’s the bread, if the bread is good it kind of brings it all together And, sandwiches isn’t something that I think of being a premium food It can’t compete with the steak but, it tastes as good as this! It might! – A sandwich in Japan can be anything you want it to be Not limited to lunch or a fast snack, it’s a meal! Like all others where creativity has no limits The only rule being that you have
to hold it in your hands to eat it. In Kyoto, there’s the Kuro wagyu millefeuille “katsu sando”. It’s got layers of wagyu beef. Sauce and cabbage on baked bread. And at Shin-Ōsaka station, I found this. The wagyu cutlet sandwich made from Matsusaka beef. Real premium stuff. The crispy fried edges of the sandwich and the softness of the bread is an ideal texture in the mouth. The last taste is the main ingredient, that wagyu in the middle. Delicious. We’re back where we first started this Japanese sandwich adventure. Kimuraya is where bread broke in the Japanese diets in the mid-1800s, and still makes
amazing baked goods today in the richest part of town. They also make a mean “ebikatsu” shrimp fried sandwich. When you feel it’s time to put the sushi and ramen away, pull out a sandwich and enjoy your food that you know well… …with a Japanese twist. Next time, we’ll head to an izakaya that uses a blowtorch, or should I say a flamethrower, to cook the food. The place is really fun, and the food? Tune in next time to find out. (If you liked it, hit that subscribe button!) (And check out another one of our shows.) (Don’t miss my second live streaming channel, ONLY in JAPAN GO.) (And check out location photos on Instagram.) またね… (mata-ne)

100 comments on “Japanese Sandwiches, better than Sushi or Ramen? ★ ONLY in JAPAN”

  1. Starry-eyed Shruti says:

    Guess what your video did to me. I paused your video for 5 mins and made myself two cauliflower (that was the only stuffing at home) sandwiches generously loaded with butter and tabasco sauce. And then enjoyed watching the rest of video while I gorged on my sandwiches. Thanks John, great dinner idea! :))

  2. Serge_B says:

    – A quoi le sandwich??
    – A la fraise!

  3. Willem VanderMeer says:

    its kiwi, not kiki

  4. Willem VanderMeer says:

    its kiwi, not kiki

  5. MaiaThalia says:

    Their sandwiches are already a reason to visit Japan

  6. Nine Ball says:

    Ramen is the best thing from Japan.

  7. Val Gracias says:

    First I used to think their Japanese anime cartoons just exaggerate how good their food looks. But in reality their food looks really pretty.

  8. ancel ancel says:

    Delicious …. but so much waste and plastic

  9. Puggle Slimes says:

    Can’t wait to go to Japan in a week!

  10. 3 1 5 7 3 says:

    I want to try them all 👌.

  11. Sheesh Kebab says:

    I wanna hop on a plane and fly there just to eat their tako yaki for lunch

  12. kayfabe mark says:

    im hunry for a sandwich now.

  13. Eifion Phillips says:

    I never want to eat sushi after i lost loads of weight because of worms. I read sushi and raw fish in general gives you worms, so i think i'll pass on that. Bread is good but not containing gluten, gluten harms the gut and causes holes in it (leaky gut).

  14. Roxie V says:

    I literally was half way n realized he wasn’t gonna eat it I’m out 5:38 min I’ll never get back in my life🙄😑

  15. beverly ledbetter says:

    Jesus, that food looks good! I'd eat sandwiches all the time if they sold them like that here!

  16. Prigz says:

    in other countries bigger is expensive in japan smaller is expensive

  17. Alvin Mercado says:

    Some of the ways they treat meat like that tomato Hamburg sandwich and the use of such a boring bread does such a disservice to sandwiches. The katsu looks like the best vehicle for that but man through in a semolina or seaseme roll in their

  18. aida bach says:

    5:00 包裝,packaging

  19. aida bach says:

    8:30 vegi

  20. ugly truth says:

    I'd like to make money as you do. Living in Japan and making videos.
    You're privileged. That sucks

  21. ugly truth says:

    Tell us, how much does YouTube pay you eh?

  22. marioamayaflamenco says:

    So childish to cut the crusts off.

  23. doug avila says:

    Is the bread Japanese milk bread? I love that bread. Not your typical white bread. It really has a soft sweet texture especially when grilled.

  24. Miss Slurpee says:

    I wish they have halal sandwich it looks savoury 😭in japan

  25. Alejandra Mendez says:

    There used to be a Japanese cafe in Redando Beach California where a Japanese couple ran together. The wife ran the cafe side. The husband ran the sushi side. I loved the cafe side. That’s the place where i learned about the Japanese sandwiches. They were always the perfect lunch. Their coffee was so good! They also made coffee jello. Lol! And green tea jiggle cake. The husband and wife eventually closed up shop to retire and went back to japan. I miss that place so much. I can’t find anything similar to it anywhere.

  26. Corsair Carl says:

    I would DESTROY those Onigiri Hamburgers, man I'm starving.

  27. Lucious says:

    pork cutlet:6.50 expensive but ok
    egg:7 wts

  28. Goblin Slayer says:

    I make even better sandwitches.

  29. Kwee Ayu Hapsari Kurniawan says:

    Damn need ebikatsu sando now 😩🤤🤤

  30. Parag Pandit says:

    How is sandwich premium and that too one made with white bread? I like Japanese sushi, ramen and curry.

  31. Dustin Donut says:

    I honestly like udon more than any other japanese food sooooo

  32. Stef Pappas says:

    Seriously…. 3:21…and even worse 3:46….cut your nails dude….you made me wanna vomit.

  33. Ja Batchzz says:

    what a shiet

  34. MrAnarkyy says:

    I got a culinary erection right now !

  35. Bboy051 SRN says:

    no soul food

  36. deewonda1952 says:

    This has got to be the most ELEGANT sandwich showcase I've ever viewed (lol!). Well done!!

  37. chrisk283 says:

    Loved the unwrapping party narration. Like the guy who did the Iron Chef descriptions of dishes only more seductive 😆.

  38. Arshad.S Shah says:

    The sandwiches look delicious but too much wastage of paper for the packages

  39. Stephanie G says:

    The next new food trend is going to be Japanese sandwiches

  40. Mina R says:

    People saying they paused the video to go make a sandwich. I left the video because it made me hungry.

  41. Roland Cabral says:

    Definitely another reason to go Japan for food tour

  42. william tombs says:

    English tea sandwiches…proper and legit

  43. edo ferrara says:

    They all look absolutely mouthwatering

  44. MrPistolfil says:

    De la merde dans un emballage, dans un emballage, dans un emballage…..

  45. Howard Kim says:

    I can't hide it any longer what makes Japan its greatest

  46. Yêu & Yêu says:

    Best sandwiches ever.

  47. shafwan aman says:

    Damn!!!! The narrator did good… My mouth is watering

  48. 88ntil says:

    Idk if I want a strawberry in between 2 slice bread lol

  49. Hellbent332 says:

    You forgot to mention your favorite…..mega-gyoza.

  50. Felipe Vieira says:

    lol the wagyu sandwiche is cheaper than the eggs one

  51. SuckMy SpinningBalls says:

    That fruit sandwich!

  52. Pushpika Gamage says:

    I've just realised that they make the sandwiches in the same way I do.

  53. Travis Gucciardi says:

    I hate the narration

  54. 0ion says:

    This only makes me wanna visit Japan more!!

  55. ?! says:

    This is my recommendation.

  56. Sword of Faith says:

    My father in law made once a doughnut sandwich. 2 pieces of bread with a doughnut in the middle. But seriously, those sandwiches look bizarre and bland to me.

  57. Theresa Dupuis says:

    BEYOND WORDS 💖 😊 💖

  58. yummy yummy says:

    Wow delicious 😋

  59. Robert Kirby says:

    Ew fingernails

  60. dah-rebuke 101 says:

    What about tbe Price!!!!!!

  61. Lucho-Core says:

    there's a lot of variety on fillings, but it seems they all use the same type of bread. There's still potential.

  62. Lucho-Core says:

    That's really friggin expensive! I don't care if it tastes like heaven, I wouldn't buy a meal that doesn't even fill my stomach halfway for the price of 2 or even 3 full meals.

  63. Linda The Necromancer of Light says:

    I want to try the dessert sandwiches 😋

  64. strxwberri.milk.studies says:

    He sounds high 😂

  65. morgan codrington says:

    I love your channel I'm in to Japanese stuff please make a video. About kawaii stuff please

  66. THE浜っ子 says:

    Watching this after my night shift makes me really hungry.

  67. CONSA. CLR says:

    The guy on the right side at 8:00 doesn’t look like a sandwich fan at all!!!

  68. Soylent GoogleCuck says:

    japan so ahead of its time :'l

  69. msm says:

    Sandwich in the UK is much better than Japanese one (from Japanese).

  70. Maylyn says:

    I made myself an opened sandwich with mayo, tomato n boiled egg on top…ahhh so damn good 😀

  71. A FEATHER AWAY Johnston says:

    We’ve been a fan of yours here in Los Angeles, CA…glad that you introduced these varieties of sandwich that tourists would be happy to try so…Japanese ??! Somewhat learned to make sandwiches…can’t wait to have one.,,was in OSAKA & lived everything 🙏🏻

  72. A FEATHER AWAY Johnston says:


  73. Claudia mariani says:

    Wow reminds me of Italian tramezzini 😍😍😍 I would definitely love these

  74. Juan Medrano says:

    Those sandwiches are pretty small if u ask me! I'm wondering how many il have to eat til' I get full!??🤔🤔😁😁 lol.

  75. melodramatic says:

    he seriously looks like an off brand ralph macchio to me

  76. johnny cashew says:

    That fake high class review thing was so good I forgot it was satire.

  77. Van Helsing says:

    The Japanese people are so creative and so smart but best of all I love their culture this is the reason why I always wanted to go Japan 100% 🇯🇵

  78. Alex B says:

    Man that woman was a total babe she just seems fun

  79. TuckerSP2011 says:

    I really love your films!

  80. destya ayu says:

    im mouthwatering :@@@@@@

  81. Herman Pops says:

    Don't you think that's a bit expensive for a sandwich?

  82. Elias Wong says:

    Eat a ducky mask? (6:59)

  83. The Potato Lover says:

    Him: Sushi, Japans well knows dish

    People: Isnt sushi Chinese

  84. Luis Funes says:

    Oh my good old pals at lunch in Tokyo

  85. Mrs.GotDRAMAbringit says:

    Some of these look really good.

  86. CheetoFireCat says:

    Wish I could try all of these. ❤

  87. Bernd Eckenfels says:

    Now I am hungry

  88. Caius Postumius Turrinus says:

    Whoever opens up a Japanese sandwich shop in Cali is going to be a billionaire…

  89. Mark McLaughlan says:

    How can you travel that far, take all those feet of film, and not put the spotlight on the very best. The egg sandwich from 7-11! I dream of those whenever I am back in Australia.

  90. karen murillo says:

    Gracias por este reportaje, amo los sandwich.

  91. Jericson Rubiano says:

    When I went to Japan last March. My first meal was Egg Sandwich bought in FK airport. So good. I'm craving…..

  92. karloavera says:

    Yum! Yum! Yum!!!

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  94. Kaytlin Justis says:

    The thing about sandwiches, is that you basically can put whatever the heck you want (within reason… or not), between two slices of whatever bread you want, and call it a 'sandwich'. Ironically, it was created by a guy who wanted to continue playing cards with his buddies without having to abandon the game. Dunno what he used to make the first sandwich, but it caught on because you can eat it with one hand! …Just a little tidbit of history! Or, if you prefer, a 'snackage'! LOL! ^^

  95. Mariana Xavier says:

    I like this video so much I spent the last 3 hours translating the subtitles to my mother tongue! My absolute favourite!

  96. ナス says:


  97. Tomo says:

    OMG Looks so nice!!

  98. Rafael Lucero says:

    Peter Von Gomm makes me more hungrier…I hate you

  99. John Symons says:

    OMG! I need to book a flight to Tokyo now! I fantasize going sandwich shopping and then having a picnic to end all picnics! LOL! Why can't we have this outside of Japan? Maybe the prices would scare away most Westerners but I am not scared! Got to go and make some sandwiches immediately! Thanks for an absolutely delicious program! Happy Eating!♥️🇯🇵🥪

  100. Laurie Penner says:

    What do they do with all the crusts?

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