St. Paul Sandwich

"A take-off of the well known Cantonese egg fu yung and local to the St. Louis area, this can now be found nationwide, in the local chop suey houses and Chinese express type restaurants. Surprisingly, the sandwich has nothing to do with St. Paul and why the sandwich is named that is unclear. But for anyone growing up in the St. Louis area might find this sandwich to be a happy memory, and a recipe almost lost to the culinary community."
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  • In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, salt, and pepper.
  • Whisk together the soy sauce with cornstarch in a small bowl or cup.
  • Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet and add vegetables, and saute over medium heat until they cook through. Set them aside to cool.
  • When cool, add the cooked vegetables, soy sauce with cornstarch, sesame oil, and main ingredient of choice (pork, ham, etc.)to the beaten eggs, stirring to mix well.
  • Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet and when hot pour in about 1/2 cup of the foo yung mixture.
  • When the underside browns, flip the patty and brown the other side.
  • Serve patty on soft white bread with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and mayo.

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  1. Thank you so much for the awesome recipe! It tastes exactly like the St. Paul that I love from St. Louis! I am from St. Louis but do not live there any more. So great that I can now not only crave these yummy sandwiches but make them at home.
  2. this was so good. reminded me of home. grew up in Belleville, Il, just across the river and this was a favorite of mine. A great taste of home. Here I am in TX and this is the closest I can get to it. Thanks so much for sharing this withus.
  3. Great recipe, delicious, cheap to make, very filling!
  4. Fantastic!! Not many people know about this sandwich. It has always been a favorite of mine! So, So glad I found the recipe!! Thnx!
  5. It appears Sue Lau doesn't know the history as those of us from STL know exactly why it is called a St. Paul. I needed a recipe since I moved away and this is pretty good. These sands are the best in the cold of winter. When I moved to Chicago and went into a Chinese joint (because these are NOT served in restaurants - only joints) they looked at me like I was speaking - Korean ;=) This recipe fills the crave.


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