Most states have a dish or two that they’re known for. New York has plenty: Pizza, cheesecake and bagels to name a few. Texas has barbecue and Tex-Mex, California has tacos and burgers, Massachusetts has clam chowder and the Carolinas have pulled pork.
The non-stop Indiana primary coverage made me wonder what dish Indiana is known for. A first round of Google searching turned up the fact that Indiana produces a lot of corn, which doesn’t quite qualify.
But then I came across references to the pork tenderloin sandwich—sounds generic, but it’s not. Turns out, this is a very particular sandwich, related to pork schnitzel, but always made with tenderloin, and always deep fried rather than shallow-fried. It’s pounded thin, marinated overnight, breaded, fried and then served on a soft white bun with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo.
There’s even a documentary dedicated to the search for the perfect specimen, called “In Search of the Famous Hoosier Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich.” You can watch an excerpt here.
There’s an awesome blog dedicated to the pork tenderloin sandwich, featuring glamor shots of the porky goodness at various eateries (the guy seems to eat at least two a day) as well as a photo tutorial and recipes for making your own.
Any ex-Hoosiers out there know if this deliciousness is to be had in New York?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 6, 2008