Fall River-Style Chow Mein Sandwich Even Better With This Added to It
Recently, we put the beloved Fall River-style chow mein sandwich head-to-head against the Salem-style chop suey sandwich, and it’s no surprise the SouthCoast staple was the winner.
However, when discussing the Battle of the Bunned on the air, a strange-sounding suggestion began trickling in from the callers.
“Well, have you tried the chow mein sandwich with vinegar?” a caller asked.
This suggestion had me intrigued.
“You mean malt vinegar, I assume?” I responded. After all, malt vinegar makes things like french fries taste even better, combining the sour with the savory, so that seemed like a natural if not overpowering fit.
“No, regular plain white vinegar,” she replied.
I dismissed it as just one person’s odd taste buds, but then other callers brought it up as well. I was getting app chat messages on our station app that also suggested trying the chow mein sandwich with some white vinegar sprinkled all over the noodles.
Well, today I put their suggestion to the test, and I was pleasantly surprised with how well the flavors combined.
I ordered a chow mein sandwich for lunch from Fairhaven’s Wah May, and sat down at my desk with the sandwich and a bottle of white vinegar. I spooned a little vinegar onto the noodles, unsure of just how much to use for fear that it might ruin the taste of the sandwich.
After a few bites, however, I found that I was generously slathering the vinegar all over the dish.
There may not have been the best-smelling scent wafting from my office this afternoon, but it sure was delicious.
I can’t say I’ll always slather my chow mein sandwich in white vinegar, but I’m definitely keeping the bottle in the cabinet of the station kitchen for the next time I want to add a little zing to my lunch.
If you’ve never tried it yourself, don’t be as skeptical as I was. Give it a shot, you certainly won’t be soured by the experience.