Subway is one of the biggest restaurant chains out there, but it’s not too often we hear about the subs other parts of the world get to enjoy. These epic global Subway sandwiches, though, are proof that in the US, we’re seriously missing out on flavors.
Sure, we get the reuben back every now and then to entice us, and the new breakfast croissants are one of the best bread additions in years. But in a melting pot like the United States, we’re always craving international flavor. With all of these dope concepts from across the globe, why isn’t Subway giving us a taste of them?
Below are just a sampling of the global Subway sandwiches we’d love to see come to the US. Who knows? Adding such a diverse and eclectic lineup of sandwiches to the menu could be just the thing the sandwich giant needs to jumpstart a not-so-hot year.
Matambrito – Argentina
Matambrito refers to a pork flank steak, a popular cut of meat in Argentina. Subway’s tribute to the local favorite is a deep-fried pork patty with barbecue sauce. Given how much we love pork (especially deep-fried) here in the US, this would be a worthy addition to the menu that adds a bit of flair.
BBQ Rib – Mexico
McRib, meet your twin. Subway’s answer to the popular BBQ pork sandwich can be found in Mexico and other countries, but for some reason, it’s not out here in the United States, where it really could be flourishing. A battle of the “McRibs” between the two fast food titans would be a sight to witness.
Greek Lamb with Tzatziki – Australia and New Zealand
Subway’s equivalent of a gyro, this sub comes loaded with plenty of tender lamb and tangy tzatziki to entice the palate. This one should be a shoe-in for Subway USA, considering that Arby’s just merited their own gyro worthy enough to stay on the menu full-time.
Teriyaki Chicken – Japan
I love the USA’s Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki as much as the next guy, but a chance to get the real Japanese version would be clutch. Having that authentic taste would also stamp Subway’s credibility on global flavor.
Sub Raclette Cheese – France
Subway’s probably not gonna have the big flaming wheel to scrape raclette cheese out of, but you’ll get the same gooeyness and flavor from a toasted raclette sub. You can get this with ham, turkey, or pepperoni, although I’d personally just get them all in one.
Chicken Tandoori – India
The roasted, aromatic notes of Tandoori chicken mesh perfectly with fresh, crunchy veggies, making putting the two together a perfect match. You probably wouldn’t use bread as a traditional vessel for the two, but for Subway, and in the US, it could definitely work.
Shrimp Avocado – Japan
Japan is big on seafood and freshness, which is why they get this scrumptious sandwich. But hey, the USA has a strong fondness for shrimp and avocado as well, making this an ideal sub to bring stateside.
Chicken Parmesan – Mexico
Hold up a sec. You’re telling me that one of America’s most venerated Italian dishes has a home in Mexico, but not in the US, where Italian sandwiches and hoagies are a big deal?! The meatball sub is already here, Subway, so why not pile on the Chicken Parm?
Skagenröra – Sweden
Skagenröra refers to a creamy salad made using anything that can be considered as a “red shellfish.” In this case, Subway utilizes shrimp and crab tossed together with mayo, lemon, herbs, and spices. Swedish food isn’t super popular in the US outside of IKEA, but seafood salad is always a plus.
Mexican Chicken Sub – Germany
This sandwich could be a great way to up the fuego in Subway’s arsenal. Adding fresh jalapenos and spicy chicken to the mix gives customers a chance to satisfy the spicy desires that more and more of them are craving.
Chicken Tikka – UK
The UK’s favorite Indian dish is also wildly popular here in the United States, as you can find Tikka Masala on just about every Indian restaurant’s menu. The creamy, fragrant curry may sound strange to pile into a sandwich, and it would be sure to cause a mess, but that mess would be one of pure deliciousness.
Peri Peri Chicken – United Arab Emirates
Peri Peri, aka the African bird’s eye chili, is the key ingredient behind Nando’s famous chicken. It’s gained a cult following in Europe and the Middle East, but Nando’s hasn’t quite made it big in the USA yet. Maybe a Subway variation on the spicy poultry could be what it takes to make the flavor take off?
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