I'm going to show you my take on the world-famous tamago sando, plus how to make a version of a mayonnaise so addictive, it literally has a cult following. If that wasn't enough, I'm also going to tease an upcoming video for the world's most critically-acclaimed white bread.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
15 mins
1 hr
1 hr 25 mins
2 sandwiches


Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
For the Kewpie-Style Mayonnaise:
For the Sando:


Instructions Checklist
  • Place eggs in the bottom of a saucepan. Add 1/4 inch of water. Heat over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Cover and steam for 11 minutes. Turn off the heat and drain water carefully; pour cold water over and let cool.

  • Mix mayonnaise, salt, sugar, mustard, hot sauce, lemon juice, and vinegar for Kewpie-style mayonnaise together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.

  • Peel eggs. Mash in a shallow bowl with the side and back of a fork until desired texture is reached. Add salt, sugar, cayenne, heavy cream, and 3 tablespoons Kewpie-style mayonnaise. Stir to combine. Wrap and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 1 hour. Taste and adjust seasonings.

  • Butter bread slices and use 1/2 of the egg salad on each sandwich. Cut crusts off before serving if you're fancy.

Chef's Notes:

I used Dijon mustard for the Kewpie-style mayonnaise, but regular yellow will work. Also, if you have any MSG laying around, or Hondashi(R) (which is a powdered dashi base), you could add some of that for some extra savory-ness, but this version is very savory as-is.

You can use milk instead of cream to make the egg salad.

Here's the recipe for my Milk Bread, which is perfect for this sandwich.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of Kewpie-style mayonnaise. You will have enough left to make another batch (2 more sandwiches).

Nutrition Facts

759 calories; protein 17.1g; carbohydrates 30.9g; fat 63.8g; cholesterol 418.4mg; sodium 1728.7mg. Full Nutrition


Rating: 5 stars
There were only two differences between the recipe shown in the video & what I used. I didn't have any milk bread at my rural store, nor do I have the appropriate tools for making bread (like a stand mixer, dough hook, or patience), so I picked up a loaf of Artisian golden wheat, which was super fresh. Second difference: used yellow mustard vs dijon. The mayo was similar to what I use for spicy mayo when I make sushi so I was familiar with the general flavor target. I had unseasoned rice vinegar on hand, so that was extra nice (unseasoned rice vinegar & saki are used to create dashi flavoring, which is good stuff). The eggs I used came direct from a relative's farm & were insanely fresh so I SUPER appreciated Chef John's method of steaming & de-shelling eggs. It worked like a dream. Never have I had eggs this fresh peel so nicely. Only thing: the eggs were bigger than the extra large eggs you get in store (the chickens my relative has are over acheivers) so I should have steamed them an extra minute or two because they weren't -quite- as done as I would have liked. But close enough & I'm no stranger to 'undercooked' eggs, as one of my favorite comfort foods is Tomago Kakei Gohan. But everything went well. The hardest part is letting stuff chill in the fridge before consumption - as I noted earlier I'm deficient in patience. But I stuck it out. I even made one for my sister & she gave this recipe two thumbs up. This was so wonderful I will keep it as a regular 'menu' item. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Truly the best egg salad I have ever had. I ran to the store same day to get milk bread. Looking forward to making a batch when the recipe is out! I left out the dijon from Chef John's kewpie-style mayo and it was the perfect flavor for me. I did replace the lemon juice with a little less like juice as that's all I had on hand. A bit salty, even without MSG, so next batch will try halving the salt in the tamago sando, but keeping the mayo where it is at. Doubling the tamago sando and using the specified kewpie-style mayo recipe still left me with half the mayo left for another double batch of the egg salad. Three spoons of it was plenty for the consistency I wanted. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Okay, let me start off by saying I don't really like egg sandwiches but my wife does. I made this for her and she loved it. I decided to try it hoping it wouldn't be like traditional egg sandwiches and it didn't disappoint! Much better. I actually ate the whole thing! Thanks to Chef John, I don't have to throw away leftover Easter eggs! Read More