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Fluffy Egg Salad

Bourdain’s beloved Lawson’s Fluffy Egg Salad Sandwich 

Fluffy Egg Salad Sandwich Standing Tall

One Parts Unknown episode was saved on my DVR and one was airing that night. I didn’t think I was going to be able to bring myself to watch the last episode anytime soon. A few hours later, after bubbly and bacon during Sunday morning football and tri tip and red wine for the night game, I felt I could conquer it.

I’m reading a lot of touching comments and articles about the last episode on the Lower East Side. But, the behind the scenes episode stuck with me more. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a personal connection with the Lower East Side. It’s probably because the episode captures a glimpse of what Tony was like off camera. Surprise! It’s nearly identical to when he was on camera.

While watching, my husband said something along the lines of, “He’s just the right amount of asshole…just like you.” I thought about it for a second and decided to take it as a compliment. I guess I do “Only pet the baby when it’s sleeping.”

But what really got to me was the fluffy egg salad part. Just a couple days earlier while sorting through papers, I found a note I wrote about fluffy egg salad. The premise of the recipe is was that it uses a whole dozen eggs. Now, it’s that Bourdain was serious about his fluffy egg salad and I am too.

Fluffy Egg Salad Recipe Draft Note
Proof I’m not lying!

The egg salad sandwich is a staple in Japanese convenience stores. If you look closely at Bourdain’s tweet of the Lawson’s ones, there are nice size chunks of white encased in a fluffy yellow whip, a basic white bread (no crusts), and it’s packaged neatly in half complete with hello kitty labels.

Japanese Egg Salad Sandwich?

Because I’ve never had one, I can’t say this recipe is a copy cat of the Lawson’s fluffy egg salad sandwich or even that it is similar to a Japanese one. All I can say is that I’ve tested and tried a lot of different ratios and methods for a fluffy egg salad and I’m confident that this is the one.

On my last test run, I tested hand-made vs. food processor for the yolk whip. Hand-made won.

Fluffy Egg Salad Sandwich

Food Processor Method

With the food processor, it’s difficult to get the yolks smooth and creamy. Once you add in the mayo, chances are you’re going to need to run it quite a bit to get that smooth texture. Then you run the risk of mixing too much and it can cause the whip to break. You can tell in this picture by how glossy it is. This will most-likely become runny while storing which does not make for a legit fluffy egg salad sandwich. I also first chopped the whites by pulsing, but it makes it a bit difficult to control the size chunks you’d like.

Fluffy Egg Salad Broken Whipped Yolk

Hand-Made Method 

By hand, passing the yolks through a fine sieve ensures that there are no clumps whatsoever. You get tiny feather-light yolk flakes. Then you whisk in the mayo until smooth and fluffy and fold in the hand-chopped eggs. If you don’t own a sieve like this one, a fine mesh strainer and spoon will work.

Fluffy Egg Salad Yolks Being Passed Through SieveFluffy Egg Salad Fine Yolk Fluffy Egg Salad Whipped Yolk Fluffy Egg Salad

About the Mayo

Because you are only making a 1-yolk mayo, it is best to make by hand. You just need a little patience when drizzling in the oil. I made two batches of fluffy egg salad this time so I had a 2-yolk mayo and was able to use the smaller cup of my food processor. Store-bought mayo can be used here, but if you do, you might as well go ahead and buy the Kewpie Japanese mayo to really up the flavor and make it way more of a “Japanese” fluffy egg salad sandwich.

Fluffly Egg Salad Mayo

SO! There you have it. Fluffy Egg Salad Sandwich. This one is for you, my idol, hero, and make-believe friend! CHEERS!

Fluffy Egg Salad Sandwich in Hand

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Fluffy Egg Salad Sandwich in Hand

Fluffy Egg Salad

  • Author: Jillian Fae
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 1 Q

Description

Fluffy Egg Salad Inspired by Anthony Bourdain’s passion for the Japanese Lawson’s Egg Salad Sandwich


Ingredients

1 dz Lg. eggs (11 hard boiled, 1 yolk)

1 T 1 t white wine vinegar

½ t salt

¼ t dry mustard

3/4 C avocado oil (vegetable or grapeseed work too)

Salt to taste


Instructions

Mayo

Whisk together raw yolk, vinegar, salt, and mustard. Slowly drizzle in oil while whisking constantly until all the oil has been incorporated.

Yolk Whip

Separate the whites from the yolks.

Pass the yolks through a sieve into a bowl.

Whisk ½ C mayo into the yolks until smooth, light, and fluffy. If you made your mayo, you’ll have a little leftover to use for sandwiches.

Whites

Roughly chop.

Egg Salad

Fold together the yolk whip and whites.

Season to taste with salt.

Keywords: Egg Salad, Egg Salad Sandwich

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Jillian believes her passion for cooking stems from the fact that she was born and raised in Southern California. The best climate conditions for growing the finest produce all year around and the diverse mix of cuisines have always been an inspiration to her. Her love and ability to make people happy by way of delicious food began at an early age and still grows today. She is the proud Chef and Owner of Jillian Fae Chef Services, a personal chef business specializing in private dinner parties, customized menus, and weekly meal preparation.

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