St Paul Sandwich!

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2006/08/16 12:45:08 (permalink)

St Paul Sandwich!

I'm heading to St Louis in a couple of weeks as part of an extended Labor Day Weekend ballpark trip (the last of the season)
I'm looking for a place that serves this St Louis specialty that will be open on a Sunday Afternoon- The earlier- the better!

Thanks in advance!!
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    Pwingsx
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/16 15:20:53 (permalink)
    A St Louis specialty called a St Paul sandwich. Things that make you go hmmmmmm.....

    Hope someone can answer this. I'm really curious.
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/16 15:42:48 (permalink)
    What about snoots? Isn't that also a St. Louis taste treat?
    From reading about the St. Paul sandwich on the old Chowhound site, it would appear that any Cantonese or "chop suey" house in town will carry your sandwich. I'd really like to hear about your experience but I suspect, just like Tony Bourdian's cobra treat, it wouldn't be for me.
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/16 15:50:02 (permalink)
    I'm not sure of the hours and I haven't been in 4 years, but Kim Van Chinese Restaurant, 2649 Gravois in South St. Louis had very good St. Pauls. The place was, and presumably still is, owned by a very nice Vietnamese couple. I LOVE South City! If you can, get to Iron Barley. It's been covered here before. The owner used to cook at another South City place, Frazier's Traveling Brown Bag.
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/16 15:55:27 (permalink)
    Kim Van is the small Chinese restaurant that was featured as the place for St. Paul sandwiches in the PBS special "Sandwiches you will Love." I visited it Cctober 2004. I don't know if it is open Sundays.

    Kim Van is a storefront in an neighborhood near downtown. The food was ordered and picked up at a walled in counter. There were about a dozen tables in disrepair and the only other people in the dinning area were two little girls doing their homework. At least on athat Friday night, all of the business appeared to be carryout and delivery.

    The sandwiches started at only $1.50. I splurged and had a "shrimp" for $2.25 and the most expensive, a "special" for $2.50.

    They were good and I would be happy to have St Pauls again, but wouldn't go far out of my way to go to that particular restaurant.

    MilwFoodlovers, by coincidence, snoots are being discussed in the BBQ forum.

    Keith
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/16 18:08:16 (permalink)
    The Sterns recommend this place on Hampton.

    http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/whereweeat/stern_stpaul.html

    Just head out west on 40/64 and it's a couple of blocks south on Hampton. A much nicer neighborhood too. You can get snoots at Smokin' Al's on the same block!

    Unfortunately, both Kim Van and Chinese Express are closed on Sunday.
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/16 18:26:58 (permalink)
    Most mid- to low-level Chinese restaurants have St. Pauls on the menu.
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/16 18:57:00 (permalink)
    Thanks all for your input so far.

    If I can't find a place open on a Sunday Afternoon, then I guess I'll have to forgo the St Paul for now. I'll be updating my itinerary for the trip within the next week or so.
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/16 20:00:37 (permalink)
    Mr. Stern is correct. You won't find a St. Paul at any place that has table service. Only the ones that have counter service will have one. I found a place open on Sunday that offers St. Paul sandwiches. I had to go by the UPS Store and stopped next door at Old St. Louis Chop Suey and picked up a menu. OSLCS is a local chain with four locations. The one closest to downtown is at 4600 Chippewa, just east of Kingshighway. It's in a small shopping center with a Blockbuster and across the street from an Office Max. They open at noon on Sunday. From Downtown, head out I-44 and exit Vandeventer/Kingshighway. Turn left on Vandeventer and then veer left onto Kingshighway. Turn left onto Chippewa and it's about a block and a half on your right.

    I haven't had a St. Paul from there, so I can't vouch for them.
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/16 20:37:14 (permalink)
    OK y'all, as you know, I am from the boonies. What the heck is a St. Paul sandwich!

    Thanks,
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/16 21:20:30 (permalink)
    The St. Paul sandwiches I've had were homemade, (not a frozen product) omelet like patty with eggs, onions, mung bean sprouts and soy sauce, with lettuce, usually anemic tomatoes, sometimes dill pickles like you would get with bbq, mayo, but in one unfortunate experience, Miracle Whip. All served between soft white bread that tasted like it was purchased at a bakery outlet. I still think Kim Van are the tastiest St. Paul I've had. I've only had three in my life,so what do I know?
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/16 21:50:53 (permalink)
    Think Egg Foo Yung on wonderbread with tomatoes & mayo
    YUMMMM (I've never ordered one, but I've made 'em)
    Thanks to that PBS program
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/17 00:03:11 (permalink)
    I didn't even know what they were when I made my comments earlier. I honestly thought wandering jew had made an error from the header to the body of the post.

    They sound wonderful. I don't think they exist here out west. I've never seen one on any Chinese menu around here.
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/17 01:15:01 (permalink)
    The PBS program showed them making this St Paul Sandwhich ...
    they had a a ladle full of eggs, sprouts, shrimp & other vegies ( an omelet ) ... which he/she pours into a wok full of hot
    peanut oil ... about six inches of hot peanut oil ... it frys up real fast looked kinda crunchy
    then they plop it on white wonder bread ... with tomato & mayo ... looked really greezy that first bite ...
    Of course when I done this at home, I keep a couple of tablespoons of oil in the wok, and try to fry it really hot (cajun cooker) trying to save them extra calories, which you add back in the form of MAYO
    Nasty wonder bread is important
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/17 09:43:03 (permalink)
    Any suggestions for a good St. Paul's sandiwich near Collinsville?

    Keith
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/17 10:59:24 (permalink)
    I went to Washington University in St.Louis and used to be a loyal fan of a Chinese carryout chain called "Chong Wah." There were a number of them around town. They made great St. Pauls and had the best fried rice I've ever tasted. Back in 1985, $4.00 bout you more fried rice and St. Paul than you could finish!

    Not fancy food, but it sure hit the spot.
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/17 18:51:07 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Sfreader

    Any suggestions for a good St. Paul's sandiwich near Collinsville?

    Keith


    Maybe Orient Wok Chop Suey in Edwardsville?
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/18 18:18:30 (permalink)
    Extreme glow- I might give Old St Louis Chop Suey a try. I also found out there is a Vietnamese Restaurant in University City called Mai Lee that has St Pauls' and they open at 11am on Sundays- they seem to be a little more expensive so maybe they're "Haute Cuisine" St Pauls!
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/08/21 15:49:18 (permalink)
    I've been meaning to give Mai Lee a try. Over on Chowhound, a couple of posters thought that it was an excellent place (for Vietnamese, not necessarily St. Pauls).
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/09/01 00:02:54 (permalink)
    Personally I like the Taste of China. It is down Gravois just a bit north of Lindberg, South of Hampton(near Grasso Plaza). Also towards St. Ann/Maryland Heights there is a Chinexican place that is called Lucky House that stays open on Sundays and should have a fair to middling St. Pauls (has been about 6mos since I ate there though).
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2006/09/01 00:10:22 (permalink)
    oh and don't forget to grab a slinger while you're here :)
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2013/07/06 07:42:09 (permalink)
    Resurrecting an old thread with an article in which NPR tries the St. Paul Sandwich.
     
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/...l-sandwich-of-st-louis
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2013/07/06 18:16:52 (permalink)
    I was reading one of these threads a few years ago and stopped by this place. It was tasty!



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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2013/07/06 20:07:16 (permalink)
    Yum!
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2013/07/06 20:17:05 (permalink)
    I haven't had egg foo yung in years. I'd love to try this sandwich. But then, I used to love chow mein sandwiches.
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    RE: St Paul Sandwich! 2013/07/08 09:48:21 (permalink)
    I was so disappointed when I wasn't able to have a St Paul Sandwich when I was in St. Louis a couple of years ago. Next trip, for sure! 
     
    As for egg foo yungs -- there is so much variation in quality.  I love a well-prepared one, but I have had really disgusting egg foo yungs at a lot of places, so I am cautious.  Some good places:  Dragon House in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, Lotus Garden in Greenwood, Indiana, and, for a really unusual version, Orange Garden in Chicago, which has something I've never had anywhere else:  sweet and sour egg foo young.  They don't make it with that awful thick neon orange sweet and sour sauce you often see these days.  It's a really subtle dark and translucent sweet and sour sauce with pineapple chunks and complements the egg foo yung patties surprisingly well. I'm going to Chicago next week for a conference, and can't wait to have it again. 
    http://eat24hrs.com/resta...rder/menu.php?id=21080
     
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