St. Louis Proud: Meet The St. Paul Sandwich

April 29, 2021

When Steve Harris was asked by News 4 a year ago if he’d made a story about the St. Paul sandwich, he didn’t even know what it was. The yummy treat known as a St. Louis staple is basically a young egg on a sandwich, and those who follow the St. Louis dining scene say that anyone who loves Gateway City food should familiarize yourself with it. “It’s basically a deep-fried Chinese omelette served on white bread with pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise,” said George Mahe, restaurant editor for St. Louis Magazine. “Any self-respecting Chinese or chop suey joint has better on the menu because people ask for it.” According to Mahe, Steven Yuen, who worked at Chop Suey Park in Lafeyette Square in the 1940s or 1950s, is the person most often credited with creating the sandwich. He is said to have named it after his hometown in Minnesota. However, there are many accounts of various origins, including chefs creating the “Denver Sandwich” for logging camps and railroad gangs around the turn of the century. So Harris set out to learn about the staple foods of St. Louis and the history of where they came from.

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