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National Park Sandwich

Unzen Veggie Sandwich

(Unzen-Amakusa National Park)




・Iwasaki Farm native cucumber
・Iwasaki Farm pumpkin
・Iwasaki Farm nalta jute
・Iwasaki Farm carrot
・Iwasaki Farm bitter melon
・Tanaka Taneno Farm okra
・Unzen hijiki
・Unzen bonito flakes
・Tomigawa Café & Bakery pain de campagne


Cooking expert Noriko Okutsu prepared our sandwitch rich with Unzen’s local vegetables. She wanted the sandwich to be free flowing, brilliant in color and feature many textures. 
Prepare a sweet pumpkin paste, enhancing the body with shiokoji salted rice malt and sesame oil. Marinate the carrot and jelly the native cucumber seeds for two fun mouthfeels. Add a crunchy accent with bitter melon, and mix the okra with the fibrous root of corn. Finally, break up the monotony of the veggie toppings with hijiki and bonito flakes. The dazzling ensemble of vegetables creates an even more sumptuous melody on the tongue at the hands of a master conductor.

We drive full on into Kyushu’s National Parks. With each park we explore not only it’s nature but also the diverse culture and people living within them. And collaborate with these individuals (farmers, fisherman, makers) to create 5 original sandwiches representing each of the National Parks.
text | Miguel Utsunomiya photography | Masahiro 'Lai' Arai (SunTalk)