I admit that natto müsli with apple pieces wasn't a good idea. This sandwich recipe sounds like a bad idea, too, but … trust me. Especially on a hot day when you're coming back from a short cycling tour in a mountainous neighbourhood, you will be happy to have this waiting in the fridge.

Preliminary considerations

  • Nagaimo is a common vegetable in Japan. Wikipedia tells me that it's available in other places, too. If you happen to be in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you think this recipe could be a hit with tourists, I guess the park administration would be happy to let you dig for all the nagaimo you need for opening the first Chilled Nagaimo Norichazuke Sandwich Shop.

  • By the way, nagaimo means long tuber and if you pronounce it naa-gaa-eemo (the aas not too long), Japanese people will know what you mean.

  • Don't get me wrong, Japanese people don't usually cut nagaimo in slices and put it on bread. That is, they never do. Oh, and they don't put norichazuke on bread, either.

  • This recipe is excellent for when you find yourself in Japan with barely any means for preparing food. Just go to the supermarket, buy bread, nagaimo and norichazuke, peel and slice, throw it all together, wrap it in the bag the bread came in and put it in the fridge. Later, eat it.

Ingredients for one sandwich

  • Two slices of standard shop-bought white bread. I used イケダパン いつもの食パン (itsumono shokupan from Ikedapan), but any kind is fine.

  • A ca. 5 cm thick piece of nagaimo (長芋). Yes, it's supposed to be slimy. Yamaimo would also work, I guess.

  • Some norichazuke. I used 風韻味匠のり茶漬 (don't ask me how to pronounce this), but any kind is fine.


  1. Clean and peel the nagaimo.

  2. Cut the nagaimo into slices to cover one slice of bread.

  3. Lay them on the bread.

  4. Sprinkle norichazuke over it. If your norichazuke comes in portion bags, don't put a whole bag or the sandwich will become too salty. Follow your taste.

  5. Shut the sandwich with the other piece of bread.

  6. Put the sandwich in a not too big food container, or wrap it in some bag or clingfilm.

  7. Put it in the refrigerator until chilled through. Don't forget to eat it.


you are freakin crazy

This is just comical. Nothing else. I think "The Onion" makes more legitimate articles than this post.