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Pig's ear sandwich, Uncle, Melbourne

Pig's ears have appeared on plenty of snack menus around the place for some time now, but Uncle's win is to put the crunchy, crackling-like ribbons of porky goodness onto a soft white roll with lettuce, peanuts and salty-tangy pickles. It's a baby banh mi that should come with an addiction warning.

Uncle, level 1, 15 Collins St, Melbourne, Vic, (03) 9654 0829; 188 Carlisle St, St Kilda, Vic, (03) 9041 2668

Photography: Julian Kingma


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Australia’s best sandwiches

What makes a great sandwich? Is it the perfect ratio of bread, condiment and filling? An element of surprise? Whether you're a hard-line traditionalist (a hot dog is not a sandwich!) or an ingredient rebel (an ice-cream taco is!), one thing is certain: from steak sarnies to sausage sizzles, BLTs to clubs and toasties, Australians love to love sandwiches. Here are 20 of the country's best to wrap your hands around.

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