Salad Boat Sandwich
Salad boat sandwich is one of my favourite snacks in Taiwanese cuisine. It’s also known as “MiaoKou Sandwich” for which MiaoKou is the name of a night market in Keelung, Taiwan. This night market sell a lot of tasty food and it’s always full of tourists. This salad boat sandwich is one of the most famous street food in this night market.
The best part of this sandwich is the bread. The bread is crispy on the outside and soft in the inside. It has a little bit milk flavour and a little bit sweetness but not too strong with fresh cucumber, tomato, stewed eggs and ham plus Taiwanese sweet mayonnaise. Ohh…just one bite of this amazing sandwich can make my day full of sunshine.
Of course if you don’t like cucumber, tomato, ham and then you can change any kind of filling you like. I like my Salad boat with sweet corn tuna mayonnaise or rocket lettuce with roast chicken which is really depends on personal flavour but here I’m only introduce you the most original method that we use in Taiwan and I hope you will enjoy my recipe and have fun to make this sandwich.
Just to give you an idea of what people thought of this sandwich here they said it’s almost like eating a savoury doughnut. The dough is just like that used in a doughnut but the bread is entirely savoury and not sweet, making this sandwich extremely unique.
Credit: These photos were taken by Chris at Chris Radley Photography
Salad Boat Sandwich
Ingredients for Salad Boat Sandwich
- 350 g bread flour
- 60 g plain flour
- 45 g caster sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 15 g milk powder
- 14 g yeast
- 180 g water
- 45 g unsalted butter
- 1 egg
- Some Taiwanese style sweet mayonnaise
- Some thin slices cucumber
- Few slices ham
- Some stewed eggs
Ingredients for Taiwanese Style Sweet Mayonnaise
- 2 whole eggs
- 10 g salt
- 90 g caster sugar
- 60 g potato starch
- 20 g rice vinegar
- A little bit of oil
Procedures for Salad Boat Sandwich
Add flour, sugar salt, milk powder, egg into a mixing bowl and melt the yeast in the water and add them into the mixing bowl too.
Knead the step 1 for 5 to 10 minutes when it’s turn to a smooth ball and then add the butter to mix evenly.
Cover the dough with cling film and wet tea towel and leave it to arise for 1 hour - 90 minutes.
We separate the dough into a small balls weigh 50g for one after the dough arise to twice bigger than the original size.
Put a rolling pin in the middle of the small ball and flatten it towards the sides.
Use fingers to roll the flattened dough into an olive shape. Wet the dough in the cold water and then coat the dough with breadcrumb then leave it on the side for another 30~40 minutes to allow it to rise again.
Heat up the oil in a wok and deep-fry the bread roll for 3~5 minutes at a lower heat. Throw a small piece of bread into the oil if the temperature is right and the bread will flow on the oil with a lot of bubble immediately. I will cook three bread rolls at once in case the oil temperature drops too quickly.
Use a pair of scissor to cut the bread roll and put a little bit of mayonnaise first then add cucumber, tomato, ham and stewed eggs in it.
Procedures for Taiwanese Sweet Mayonnaise
Add salt, sugar, potato starch and vinegar into a small saucepan and cook it at the lowest gas power. Keep stirring it while cooking and once the mixture begins to turn into a sticky paste turn off the heat.
Whisk the step 1 mixture into the eggs, a little bit at once. (You will see the eggs with the mixture will start turning to a creamy colour). After this, just use the oil to change the thickness to whatever you desire. (This is the reason why I didn’t put down the amount of the oil in my recipe.)
what a great little fun snack!! thanks for sharing these little bits of sunshine!
Thanks Dennis for the ever supportive comment. I had great fun making this recipe and it’s so cool eating a savoury doughnut
I would worship this. I would even make a statue for it.
LOL, thanks Rick
Hi, This really looks good and fun to eat. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I saved it in my recipe box.
Many thanks for your lovely comment, I really appreciate positive feedback on my recipes. Please come back often for new recipes.
WOW Liv, these sandwiches look undeniable!! Look at that ham in a flower shape!! It’s so sophisticated looking
Thank you so much, I try my best to make my dishes look both fun and presentable
So beautiful in its simplicity !!!
Thanks for your comment Cristina. This is the great thing about a lot of Taiwanese food, it’s simple but looks really good and tastes even better.
Salad boat sandwich sounds just amazing! Mm. I love it. I definitely wanna try and make it. Thanks for great inspiration!!
Thanks for your kind comment. I absolutely love your youtube channel and both my husband and I love swedish meatballs, so we’ll have to give it a go. Love it love it love it
I always see this in the local bakery shops.. Now I can try making my own, especially the mayonnaise. Thanks
Hi, thanks for your comment. I used to love going to my local bakery in Taipei and grabbing a sandwich or two like this, happy days. Sadly I can’t buy anything like this in the UK so now I make my own
That is a beautiful sandwich! I was raised in Taipei, Taiwan as well, and those sandwiches bring back so many childhood memories!
Hi Elaine. Like you, these sandwiches bring back childhood memories. In many ways I miss Taipei a lot but I don’t really go back that often so I decided to start making my childhood memories. I’m sure you’ll recognise many more of these dishes on this blog
congratulations on making the top 9!!!!!!!
you certainly deserve it!
Hi Dennis, thanks for your great support as always. I love the scallops in your most recent post and your dog is absolutely beautiful.
That looks good. I wonder where I would be able to find custard sugar.
Hi, it’s just normal white sugar. Just here they call it custard sugar.
Hi Liv! Congrats AGAIN on the Top 9! Your food rocks! 🙂 I love it! This sandwich looks amazing, and its so unique – I’m not very familiar with Taiwanese food and I’ve never seen anything like it but I’m happy I can learn new dishes from you! Have a wonderful day! Cheers! 🙂
Hi Judy. Thanks for your ever supportive comments. I’m going through a phase of cooking food from my childhood memories right now and this is one of the dishes I used to a eat a lot when I was younger. Really happy you enjoy my dishes and I also hope you have a great day. Many Thanks.
Adorable! and sounds yummy.
Thanks, it is yummy 🙂
When I just looked at the picture, I nearly skipped to next entry until I read the title. Taiwanese salad boat sandwich. That is a great fresh and new twist to regular boring sandwich.
Hi, thanks for your comment. My husband and his friends laughed when they heard the name for the first time, but it made them all want to try one.
Congrats on your Top 9 again, Liv. These sandwiches are beautiful!
Thanks for your comment Jean. I really love some of your recipes. Chris and I were just drooling over a few of them, especially the pistachio cookies.
Just had to come back and say congrats on the top9 Liv!
Hi Tanantha, many thanks for your kind comment.
I learned something new today. What a wonderful treat. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
Found your blog through foodbuzz! What a great blog you have here! Love all the photos too! This sandwich looks so amazing! I wish I could take a bite!
Many thanks for your comment and I’m really appreciate.
it’s such a pretty sandwich, sounds incredible with everything made from scratch!
These are so pretty, and I’m sure they taste even better. Once again, I’m so impressed with your culinary and photography skills!
Liv this sounds so good! I’m big on bread so I really want to try this soon. I like the fillings you suggested too, sounds like a great lunch on a hot day.
Hi, you should definitely give this is go. My husband and his colleagues have all said this sandwich is just like eating a doughnut, although without the sugar. It’s very unique and great for lunch.
This is just so beautiful…
Hi, thank you for your kind comment. Liv.
Love this post! This is the kind of stuff I love eatng 🙂
This salad boat sandwich is also one of my favourite food too. many thanks for your comment. 😉