The best sandwich in the world

Hey, I’m not joking.

I really think, even two months after having eaten it, that this was and is the best sandwich in the world.

We stopped…why did we stop here? I don’t remember. But our hotel was splat in the middle of the old town, and we walked by Ray Charly in the Petit Socco about three times before we decided to sit down and see exactly what it was that he was cooking that smelt so so so good.

Basically, it’s a pit-stop restaurant. A food truck in a building. There’s a large opening, a counter, maybe five chairs. The counter completely separates the clients from the “kitchen”, and a flight of stairs that lead somewhere upstairs. I don’t remember if there was anything on the counter, because the smell of deliciousness was too overwhelming.

A spit with chickens roasting turned quietly on the back wall, and two large hot plates simmered on the right. One had a large mass of unidentified food cooking. Just cooking. When asked, the chef/owner/manager said that it cooked all day. It was most probably onion, maybe garlic, possibly some other veggie (but maybe not) and a lot of spices.

On the other one, he cooked. For every sandwich, he cooked a handful of onion (yes, more), a handful of chicken livers and hearts, a handful of chopped chicken meat. Spices. Something green, which was not bell pepper. An egg.

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When everything was cooked, the largest loaf of bread was taken from somewhere under the counter – as large as a baguette. A whole baguette.

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Mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup. I would have done without the mayo and ketchup. And chips. So many chips.

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He wrapped it tight in a greasy baking paper and then cut it in half.

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We ate it, in silence, on the stools, while men that had been eating there for years, probably, laughed at our joy.

Yes, most definitely the best sandwich in the world.

 

(want to see what it looks like? Here‘s the only photo I found on the net)

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About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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