What’s for Tea? Bite Size Club Sandwich and Bacon Wrapped Enoki

    Take time during the tea to have each person share their special cup or a special tea time memory. I still remember how my mum take her own sweet time to prepare the family tea. It would be very local with some Hainanese Kopi O, nyonya kueh, banana fritters and apam balik. Me myself prefer something western as the preparation is less trouble some.

    Bacon wrapped enoki is the cross over of east and west. I tried this in a hotel buffet and was hooked to it there after. Kampungboy is a bacon lover while I like the crunchiness of enoki mushroom, making it a perfect food on the dining table.

    1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the bacon on it 3 inches apart. Set the mushrooms on the bacon slices.
    2. Season with pepper.
    3. Roll up into tight cylinders and secure with toothpicks.
    4. Roast the enoki bundles for 18 minutes, or until the bacon is browned and crisp. Drain the bundles on paper towels, remove the toothpicks and serve.
    (Recipe from Food and Wine)

    The Club Sandwich is a sandwich with cooked chicken breast and bacon, along with juicy ripe tomatoes and crisp lettuce layered between two or three slices of toasted bread with mayonnaise.

    The Club Sandwich was the favorite of former King Edward VII of England and his wife, Wallis Simpson. In fact, she took great pride in preparing this sandwich. (Information from What’s Cooking America). I took great effort in preparing this too, as this is a healthier version.

    Step 1: Prepare 3 piece of toasted bread and lightly buttered them. In fact, I did not use any butter. Step 2: Place pieces of iceberg lettuce on top of the first bread layer. Wipe the lettuce with kitchen cloth before use. Lettuce can prevent water or juices to sip through the bread if you want to pack it into lunch boxes for mid day meal. Now you can place more vege on your own choice, eg tomatoes, pickles or cucumber.

    Step 3: Layer cooked ham or bacon on top of the vege and season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Step 4: Top with a slice of low fat cheddar cheese and carefully place the second layered bread slice on top of the first layered bread

    Step 5: Spread some egg mayo or potato salad over the second layer bread

    Step 6: Pin the sandwich’s layers together by piercing them with 4 frill picks in 4 places in a diamond-like pattern.

    Step 7: Cut each sandwich diagonally into 4 square or triangular pieces and secure each piece with a pick.

    Make yourself a cup of coffee and tea, sit back, relax and enjoy your tea.


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