01/15/14 9:53am

A million years ago when I worked in an office, breakfast sandwiches—two eggs, with cheese, and bacon—as served by New York City coffee carts were a favorite way to start the day. In the culinary wonderland that is Queens, there are all sorts of breakfast sandwiches from all over the world. Today, a look at a few of my favorites.


1. Chicharron con camote at Broadway Bakery
Chicharron con camote, a sandwich of crunchy, fatty pork and sweet potatoes is a typical breakfast sandwich in Peru. The combination of the orange camote and crunchy salty pork with pickled onions and Peruvian rocoto chili pepper paste is quite satisfying. Broadway Bakery, 81-15 41st Ave., Jackson Heights, 718-457-6523

Fried crullers wrapped in eggyfried flatbread.

2. Jiān bĭng at Oriental Express Food Court
Find the jiān bĭng,or titanic Tianjin Breakfast wrap as I like to call it at the Oriental Express Food court, a few storefronts south of Golden Shopping Mall. It consists of a thin pancake coated in egg and studded with chives wrapped around a yóutiáo, or Chinese cruller. Somehow this carb-on-carb bonanza makes an old-school NewYork City egg on a roll seem like health food. Oriental Express Food Court, 41-40 Main St., Flushing (more…)

04/03/13 11:15am
A breakfast sandwich hack, Thai style.

A breakfast sandwich hack, Thai style.

“That looks kind of like crispy bacon,” was one of the first things I thought when I saw the package of Thai pork jerky ($6.50) on the counter at Thai Thai Grocery. A stack of translucent sheets of pork—seasoned with soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, black pepper, and cinnamon—sat on a paper doily inside the clear plastic box. And then I tasted it. Spicy, sweet, porky, crunchy, and, above all, mouth-watering. It was so good that I had to hide it from myself lest I eat it all in one sitting.

I forgot all about the pork jerky until I came home with a buttered toasted everything bagel this morning. What came next is what I hope to be the first of many such sandwich hacks. Layered on top of the toasted bagel, the thin ruddy sheets of Thai pork added a nice crunch, along with a spicy sweetness to this new breakfast sandwich. There is somewhat of a history of Thai folks running bagel shops in New York City. I think they’d be well advised to add my creation to their menus.

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Thai Thai Grocery, 76-13 Woodside Ave., Elmhurst, 917-769-6168