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The bread in these sandwiches is vaguely similar to the more common Xi’an or Beijing-style bing, but quite a bit crisper, puffier, and frankly, better. Trying the bread in Chengdu after so many sandwiches in Xi’an was sort of like having a real New York pizza for the first time after a lifetime of Domino’s. A familiar concept, but it shows you what a bit more technique can do.

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The sandwich shops offer a dizzying array of fillings, none of which I can translate, but I did my normal point-at-what-the-person-in-front-of-us-got trick and ended up with a fantastic sandwich stuffed with pork and potatoes stewed in a chili-laced broth until it almost melted into each bite.

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