Korean Cubano

Almost exactly 8 years ago I made an Italian sandwich inspired by a Cubano and was excited to try this same idea with other cuisines, but clearly I wasn't THAT excited because here we are 8 years later doing it again for the first time. The way I was actually inspired this time was that I was throwing together a salad one weeknight with whatever I had in the fridge, and trying to make it more interesting than a salad can honestly be. I added some ham, kimchi, and mustard and realized how well these things all went together. I immediately added this sandwich to my schedule.
For the roast pork aspect of the sandwich, I cooked some pork shoulder chops in a bulgogi style marinade for a few hours on low heat. Mustard and swiss first. Then the pork, ham, and kimchi. Already looking good. Make sure to cook with a weight on top so its gets all pressed and toasted up. Slicing it is always my favorite part... well eating it is my favorite part, but slicing it, that's my SECOND favorite part. This thing came out awesome. All the flavors and textures were perfect. It felt like a Cubano but had just enough Korean flavors to make it a true mash-up.

Korean Cubano

  • For the pork
  • 4 boneless pork shoulder chops/steaks
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Gochujang
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 clove Garlic grated
  • 2 Green Onions sliced
  • 1 inch Ginger grated
  • 2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Seeds
  • For the sandwich
  • 1 large loaf cuban bread
  • 1/4 cup Mustard
  • 8 slices Swiss Cheese
  • 6 slices Ham
  • 1 cup Kimchi
  • butter for the pan

Instructions

  1. Makes 2 sandwiches.
  2. Mix the marinade ingredients together. Put the pork into a shallow baking dish and pour the marinade over them. Stir to coat evenly. Chill for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 275. Bake for 2 hours, flipping the meat once halfway through cooking.
  4. Cut the bread in half and then cut in the long way into a top and bottom bun.
  5. Spread the mustard evenly on all 4 pieces of bread.
  6. Top the bottom breads with 2 slices of cheese each, then 2 pieces of the roasted pork. Next top each with 3 slices of ham, then spread the kimchi over it evenly. Top with the remaining cheese and then the top piece of bread.
  7. Preheat a pan to medium heat and melt some butter into the pan. Add the sandwiches to the pan and top with a weight. Cover the pan to help the sandwich warm evenly.
  8. Flip the sandwiches when they brown on the first side and cook them on the other side covered with the weight on top.
  9. Once they are brown on both sides and heated throughout and the cheese is nice and melty, remove from heat, slice, and serve.