The anatomy of a superb sandwich

MANILA, Philippines — Sandwiches are usually easy to make, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. While having a piece of ham or cheese spread in between white bread will get you through five more hours in the office, is that what you really want to greet you every afternoon?

We asked four of Manila’s top chefs what would be the sandwich of their dreams. Distinctly different but equally unforgettable, they’re made with chorizo, pâté, cucumbers, and good ol' beef patties. Each of them elevates the sandwich into a filling meal, and will coax the gourmet out of any home or weekend cook. Start grocery shopping!

Theo Zaragoza

Senior Food Stylist and Managing Director of Resultado Gourmet Designs, Co.

“Theo’s Burger”

A hearty burger, just the way you like it. This one is delectably topped with sharp Manchego cheese, nutty Swiss, and finished off with bacon and sautéed onions. But it’s really the basics that set it apart—freshly baked bread and a meaty burger patty.

The Bread: Brioche, ciabatta, or any freshly baked bread

The Filling:

-       Freshly ground USDA Angus Beef, seasoned with sea salt and freshly ground pepper right before grilling. Cooked to medium and left to rest.

-       A thin layer of Manchego and Swiss cheese

-       Bacon

-       Sautéed white onions

The Condiments (& Extras):

-       Garlic aioli, made from scratch

-       Freshly cut potato fries with a spritz of truffle oil, garnished with sea salt

-       A glass of ice cold beer

Edward Bugia

Head chef for Pino, Pipino, BRGR: The Burger Project, Pi: Breakfast and Pies, Backyard Kitchen + Brew, Brgy Bagnet, and Bulalo Boy

“The Quezon Classico”

Simple doesn’t mean boring. Here’s a 5-ingredient sandwich that consists of sriracha, pâté, arugula, and red onions, blending together tart, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy flavors. An umami bomb if ever there was one.

The Bread: Soft white bread

The Filling:

-       Sriracha-mayo-mustard dressing (1:1:1 ratio), spread on the bread and toasted under a broiler

-       Chicken liver pâté

-       Arugula

-       Pickled red onions

The Condiments (& Extras):

-       Sriracha-mayo-mustard dressing made with Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise

Brando Santos

Senior Sous Chef for Unilever Food Solutions


Named after the chef’s favorite artist, Miro comprises a pillowy brioche bun and spicy hand crafted chorizo with hints of paprika, red wine, and garlic. Caramelized onions, fried egg, and a unique dressing combo brings the sandwich to a whole other level of “yum.”

The Bread: Brioche Bun

The Filling:

-       Homemade chorizo de Bilbao patty

-       Caramelized onions

-       Fried egg

The Condiments (& Extras):

-       Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise infused with lemon juice, and a tinge of Knorr Liquid Seasoning, and chopped parsley

-       Spiced roasted red bell pepper ketchup

-       Garnished with mixed baby lettuce

Boy Logro

Head Chef of 7Flavors and Host of Idol sa Kusina and Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master

“Pinoy Delight’s Sandwich”

A combination of finely chopped vegetables, this sandwich comes to life with fresh ingredients and a simple blend of flavors. The lettuce, cucumber, and tomato make this a refreshing meal for days when the temperature is a little too high.  

The Bread: Any long piece of brown bread  

The Filling:

-       Julienned lettuce

-       Julienned cucumber

-       Julienned tomato

The Condiments (& Extras):

-       Grated cucumber mixed with Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise, for dipping

-       Crispy fried potato wedges


Create mouth-watering dishes and unforgettable recipes with the help of Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise. It’s not just the number one choice for moms but for chefs and cooks as well. For more information visit the Unilever Food Solutions website