In this great nation of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Canned lunchmeat seems an unlikely ingredient for a signature sandwich, but the spam sliders at Marination Mobile make tracking down the truck worth every second of your time. Add a little teriyaki glaze, some special "nunya" sauce (What's in it? That's nunya business!), and a bun that brings it all together and suddenly scary meat product becomes savory small sandwich.
The soft, sweet bread is barely capable of holding in the slaw that is piled on top of the meat. The crunchy carrots and cabbage of the slaw are a cooling, crisp contrast to both the fluffy bun and the salty slab of spam. The browned slice of disturbingly pink meat sounds scarier (to those of us not raised on the stuff) than it actually is. The nunya sauce, equally disturbingly colored--sort of an orange--is part mayonnaise, part gojuchang, part magical secret spices and really ties the sandwich together.
Marination Mobile, or 'Big Blue' as it sometimes calls itself on Twitter (@curb_cuisine) was one of the first trucks to hit the road in Seattle and still maintains a full schedule of stops in addition to the bricks-and-mortar Marination Station. It's a forerunner of mobile cuisine in Seattle, as well as a pioneer in the Korean-Hawaiian fusion genre.
And if after all this, you're still scared of Spam? Just get the Kalua pork sliders; they're almost as good and just have regular, freshly cooked pork. Or, at $2.25 a piece, just order a couple of each.
About the author: Naomi Bishop is a Seattle based food writer and marketer. Find more of her musings on her food blog, TheGastroGnome, where she claims that being a GastroGnome is not about sitting idly on the front lawn of culinary cottages. You can also follow her explorations of cooking and culture around the world at @GastroGnome.