Sándwich de milanesa
The milanesa sandwich (In Spanish "Sándwich de milanesa") is a type of sandwich eaten in Argentina and Uruguay. It consists of a long roll of bread split widthwise into two pieces, and filled with a milanesa, tomato, lettuce and onions. It might also include other ingredients, such as ham, cheese and fried egg. The "milanesa de pollo" variant replaces the breaded steak with breaded poultry.
In the province of Tucumán, Argentina, it enjoys great popularity. This sandwich is called "sánguche de milanesa" or "milanga" in Tucumán, and is sold in "sangucherías" and food carts. Sangucherías are a type of fast food restaurant that sells milanesa sandwiches, along with other types of sandwich such as "lomito"(which is almost identical to the Milanesa sandwich, but replaces the milanesa with a thin rib steak fillet, hence the name "lomito", which is the name of that cut in Spanish). Sangucherías do not usually form fast food chains, although there are a few exceptions. They are mostly family owned. The main difference between this variety of the sandwich and others prepared in the country is that it is always eaten warm. The sandwich is prepared in the presence of its consumer, who can oversee its preparation. The lettuce is always shredded in small bits, and the addition of onions(cooked or raw, soaked in vinegar) and ají(hot chili pepper sauce) is usually encouraged. The bread used is soft but usually toasted for a few seconds before being eaten, making it a bit crunchy in the outside. The milanesas are always fried, and might be accompanied with ham, cheese and fried eggs for a higher price.
So big is the popularity of these sandwiches in San Miguel de Tucumán, that a monument to this food was built in 2013, by local artist Sandro Pereira. Sandwicherías have been the main competitors to foreign fast food chains such as McDonald's, Burger King or Subway in Tucumán, with some of them selling as much as 500 sandwiches per night. There is also an annual "Expo Milanga", which is celebrated every 18 March, commemorating the death of José "Chacho" Leguizamón, founder of one of the most traditional sandwicherías in the city.
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