If you haven't heard by now, compared to the kinds of sandwiches you'll find in convenience stores in most parts of the world, Japanese convenience store sandwiches are exceptionally good. Made with fluffy white shokupan milk bread, crusts removed and shaped into perfect triangles, they're hard to resist. And while you'll find BLT, tuna salad, and many others in Japanese konbini (convenience stores), there's one golden sandwich that has a special place in the hearts of conbini fare aficionados, and that's the tamago sando, the egg salad sandwich. The late Anthony Bourdain was such a fan that he called the tamago sando at one convenience store chain "unnaturally fluffy, insanely delicious, incongruously addictive." (Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain, Okinawa episode).
FamilyMart's improved tamago sando
As some of our readers may recall, we recently introduced FamilyMart's new sandwich lineup, which features more eco-friendly packaging and improvements in sandwich quality. Among the sandwiches targeted for the upgrade was their tamago sando, now featuring 25% more filling, and an improved egg salad recipe.
Of course, we had to try one for ourselves and see what all the fuss was about.
Indeed, compared to the egg salad sandwiches at some convenience store chains, these sandwiches did look plumper. The egg salad looks creamy and inviting, a deep yellow color, with chunks of cooked egg whites blended into the egg yolks.
Holding the sandwich, the shokupan is fluffy and soft and has a lightly sweet aroma. But how does it taste?
From our experience, when a konbini egg salad sandwich is good, it rarely lasts long once we open the wrapping and take the first bite. In this case, the first bite was so good that we really needed to exercise restraint to eat it slowly for this review!
Some egg salad fillings have a bit too much vinegar for our taste, but this one was delightfully creamy and light, with the perfect amount of mayonnaise and good-quality eggs. The byline on the product name in Japanese says: "You can really appreciate the taste of eggs," and we agree wholeheartedly with that statement. The eggs are of good quality and the taste of egg yolks really does come across. It's not too salty either, which makes it easy to eat. As for the quantity, we could appreciate the additional 25% since any less would have probably left us wanting more.
All in all, this an excellent tamago sando that's definitely worth trying the next time you visit Japan (or stop by your local FamilyMart).
FamilyMart's new and improved egg salad sandwiches (たまごサンド tamago sando) cost 212 yen (228 yen with tax) and are available at approximately 16,200 FamilyMart stores nationwide, excluding Okinawa Prefecture.
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