Boston’s Mei Mei is giving the classic egg and cheese breakfast sandwich a Chinese twist: Instead of a bagel or English muffin, scallion pancakes bookend the sandwich. Run by a trio of siblings (one brother and two little sisters), Mei Mei -- which means "little sister" in Chinese -- combines Chinese and American components in its hit sandwich, the Double Awesome.
“Traditionally, scallion pancakes are served sliced up with a dipping sauce with soy sauce and vinegar in it,” explains chef and co-owner Irene Li. “The Double Awesome is not really a traditional way to serve a scallion pancake, but to us, any piece of bread can become a breakfast sandwich.”
To make the sandwich, crispy scallion pancakes are made fresh on the griddle, then topped with melted Vermont Cheddar cheese, a dousing of local greens pesto, and finished off with runny fried eggs. Two eggs, for that matter, which make the sandwich doubly awesome.