I've mentioned this in a couple of prior posts, which have not garnered much interest, but I thought I'd post one more time and then be done with it.
My prior posts expressed curiosity about how well the green sandwiches sold in Chinatown and made famous to many of us through the writing of Calvin Trillin would hold up in the refrigerator. For many of us, it is too difficult to visit Chinatown everyday, so I was hoping to get a few to keep in the fridge at work for lunch.
Not having received any responses, I decided to risk a few dollars and try it myself. So Tuesday night after work, I took the F train to the East Broadway stop and walked south on East Broadway to Forsythe, where I bought three green sandwiches for $1 each from a stand on the corner and took them home with me and put them in the fridge. (My guess is that the sandwiches I bought were prepared that morning, sat on the shelf at the corner stand much of the afternoon, and did not make it into my refrigerator until after I stopped for dinner at Fried Dumplings on Mosco Street.) The next morning, I took them to work with me, put two in the fridge at work, and left one out to come to room temperature for me to eat at lunchtime. I took a second one out of the fridge this morning and ate it for lunch today.
So far, the sandwiches have held up incredibly well. Certainly the bun did not taste as fresh as it would have when the sandwich was first made, but it was not stale, nor was it soggy from the filling. The filling of Chinese greens was still crisp, fresh tasting, mildly spicy and delicious.
I will try the third one for lunch tomorrow, but in general I would rate this experiment a success and plan to replicate it in the future. For $1 a day, I can enjoy a delicious, filling and (I believe) nutritious lunch.
And now I promise I won't post any more about the green sandwiches, except in reponse to responses to this post!