So file this under “Unexpected Things That Happened To Me This Year”: I have a sandwich named after me. Yes, if you go to Saga in Enmore, you can order the “Lee Tran”.
It’s been on the menu since July, and initially I wasn’t sure whether to post about it or not (because, what if the sandwich bombed and no one ordered it?), but seeing as the sandwich has had a decent lifespan and people actually do ask me about it, why not lay down some details here?
So back story: I was a longtime fangirl over the broccoli and Parmesan focaccia that Saga would serve. I bought it almost every time I visited the cafe. So when Andy Bowdy came up with a sandwich remix of it, apparently my name came to mind.
So what’s “Lee Tran” actually like?
Well, it’s a pretty hefty vegetarian toastie. Wedged between thick, properly greasy slices of bread are: intensely charred broccolini, a salty jolt of capers, a monster amount of melted caciocavallo cheese (which tastes like a cross between mozzarella and Parmesan) and a warm, not-intensely-fiery fermented chilli mayo. There’s also a grilled lemon on top for you to deploy as you like (a clean zesty squeeze inside the sambo is a nice way to cut through all the creamy curds and heat). Apparently people actually dig the sambo? I’ve had people tag me on Instagram when they try it and I’ve had friends give the sandwich a good scorecard. And of course, you can discount my feelings about the sandwich as total bias, but to be honest – I really like it. I’d like it still if I hadn’t landed naming rights to it, truthfully. (And I’ve been sprung eating it, voluntarily and enthusiastically, plenty of times at Saga.)
I can’t say I “deserve” it and all credit goes to Andy for coming up with the actual sambo.
But that’s basically the background intel – about the unexpected lifetime honour of having a sandwich named after me. I guess, maybe, I can retire now?