The National Sandwich Idea contest was held between 1956 and 1981. It was sponsored by the Wheat Flour Institute. Each year 20 sandwich recipes, created by Food Service professionals, were chosen as the top sandwich recipes from hundreds of entries.

The Old Chinatown Pork Burger Sandwich was the number #1 recipe chosen in 1975.

It was created by Thomas R. Giancoli. He was chef at the Riverside Inn near Seattle, WA.

The Old Chinatown Pork Burger Sandwich consists of a fried pork sausage patty that is mixed with bread crumbs, green onion, bell pepper, water chestnuts, sherry, soy sauce, minced garlic and ground ginger. It is topped with fresh bean sprouts and a homemade Sweet 'N' Sour sauce and served on a toasted, buttered, hamburger bun.


Old Chinatown Pork Burger Sandwich - 1975 #1 winner

1 pound ground pork sausage
1 cup enriched soft bread crumbs
1/3 cup finely chopped green onion
1/3 cup finely chopped green (bell) pepper
1 can (6 1/2 oz) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp dry sherry
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 small clove garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp dried ground ginger
6 large enriched sesame seed hamburger buns, toasted and buttered
Butter, softened
1 cup bean sprouts, rinsed, well drained
Sweet 'N" Sour Sauce*

Combine ground pork sausage, bread crumbs, onion,
green pepper, chopped water chestnuts, egg, sherry,
crushed garlic and ginger. Mix well.
For ease of handling, chill several hours, if desired.
Shape into 6 patties and grill until done.
Split, toast and butter buns.
Divide bean sprouts amoung the buttered bun bottoms.
Top with cooked patty.
Spoon equal amounts of Sweet 'N' Sour sauce over meat.
Close sandwich with top bun.

*Sweet 'N' Sour sauce
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/3 cup catsup
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp orange marmalade
1 tbsp prepared mustard

In a small saucepan, combine ingredients.
Heat and stir until orange marmalade melts.
Makes about 1 cup.

Makes 6 sandwiches.

Source: Tri City Herald newspaper, Aug 5, 1975