Food, Havana

What is a Cuban Sandwich Anyway


Food stand in Old Havana, Cuba (2018)

Most Cuban Sandwiches in Cuba are pretty basic: bread, meat, and a condiment. You can find the pan con jamon y mayonesa sold on just about every corner in Old Havana.  But in the United States, a Cuban sandwich can come in a number of varieties.

Pizza place in Old Havana, Cuba (2018)

mixto is a popular grab and go lunch in Cuba consisting of sliced roasted pork, thinly sliced ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, and mustard on Cuban bread.

Medianoche is similar to a Cuban sandwich except it is served on egg loaf and sometimes without ham. It’s popular as a late night snack, hence the name medianoche.

Pan con lechón is a traditional pressed sandwich that most people think of when they think of a Cuban sandwich. It is the first Cuban sandwich that I tried when I ate at Margon restaurant in midtown Manhattan. It contains roasted pork, mojo sauce, and onions on Cuban bread.

Pan con bistec is a pressed sandwich similar to pan con lechón except sirloin steak replaces the roasted pork.

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