My Ham Sandwich

It’s the simple things.

Here’s what my favorite sandwich that I make at home looks like: bread in the form of a baguette fromGontran Cherrier, a little bit of mayonnaise (Kewpie, if you must know), and then slices of ham.

That’s it.

I remember making this sandwich once and a friend made some sort of comment about it being a poor man’s sandwich. That simply wasn’t the case.

Sure, I enjoy eating all sorts of sandwiches, some that are also similarly simple, some that have a ton of shit in them. But the point of the sandwich that I make is that by including only those 3 ingredients, I really get to enjoy and taste each fully. Add lettuce? The texture will change, and it’ll cover some of the other tastes. Add in some tomatoes and onions? Yeah, that can be good, but again, it then turns into this new mixture of tastes.

But what’s wrong with simply wanting to eat my basic ham sandwich?

I drink my coffee black, with no sugar. I’m quite happy eating a one topping pizza. Please serve my cinnamon roll as is, hold the raisins, nuts, and whatever else you thought was needed to accentuate the taste.

Nothing accentuates a taste like keeping things simple, and minimal.

By Jean Snow

Production Services Manager at Ubisoft Shanghai. Before that, half a life spent in Tokyo.