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The secret to this world famous egg salad sando is the soft, buttery, slightly sweet Japanese milk bread and Chef John's super-savory Kewpie-style mayonnaise.

By Chef John
April 06, 2021
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I'm not sure how this sandwich went from Japanese convenience store snack to international sensation, but what's even more surprising is that I decided to do a video for it. I've always gone out of my way to avoid egg salad, and had no plans to change that behavior this late in life, but after seeing people go nuts over this "sando" on social media, I decided to give it a go. 

Surprisingly, I didn't hate it. In fact, I kind of liked it, and have identified the two main reasons why. It comes served on soft, buttery, slightly sweet Japanese milk bread, which is the perfect delivery system, plus the salad is bound together with a super savory mayonnaise that, as my old buddy Guy Fieri might say, would taste great on a flip flop. The most popular brand of this mayo is called Kewpie, which is pretty easy to find, but just in case, I show a fairly close version using commonly found pantry ingredients.  

Mine doesn't include MSG, which is one reason people line up for the stuff, but it's still very savory, and between that and the homemade milk bread, I almost forgot I was eating egg salad. So, whether you love egg salad, and have always wanted to try this, or you're not a huge fan, but willing to taste the world's most famous version, I hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy! 

Get the recipe for Chef John's Japanese Egg Salad Sandwich (Tamago Sando).

Japanese Egg Salad Sandwich (Tamago Sando)
Japanese Egg Salad Sandwich (Tamago Sando)
| Credit: Chef John

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