On the Food Trail: Cake Salé
Long time no see! Okay, onward. I thought I’d give…
I tend to notice food trends in the instagram/blog world, and they’re always so fascinating to me. I’ve started researching and testing and eating, and I decided to share my findings here.
The first trend I’ve focused on is numa san, a “fat sandwich.” You can find it on instagram and such under the tag #numasan. It’s all the rage in Japan right now.
I learned about numa san from my friend Ai, who does an amazing job of documenting everything she eats (and she has done so for years). She shared a bit about this sandwich on instagram, and I immediately became obsessed.
From what Ai has told me, and what I’ve gathered and translated from around the web, the craze started when a potter named Michiyuki Onuma in Japan made this sandwich for his wife, who then shared it on instagram. He kept making them, and she kept sharing them. I think he was eating a breakfast of bacon, bread, and cabbage, and he realized he could put them all together and avoid dirtying a pan or even having to use chopsticks. I don’t often see sandwiches in Ai’s photos, so it makes it even more interesting.
The basic sandwich has toast filled with bacon (which really looks more like ham in the Japanese photos), cheese, a mound of shredded cabbage and onion dressed simply with mayo and black pepper, and whole grain mustard. There’s a TON of cabbage in there, mounded right in the middle, which makes the sandwich fat and happy. It’s a regular sandwich, but thick and crunchy, as the cabbage doesn’t wilt like lettuce does.
I tried this out today, and made a few notes for future trials. Below are the method and my notes.
Update: My second attempt turned out even better! :)
So that’s where I am with numa san! It’s fascinating – something as simple as a sandwich with cabbage can sweep the web and become a food trend. And now I have a new option for lunch. :)