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How to Make the Perfect Egg Banjo

Updated on July 1, 2015

British Army Fast Food

Those of you that have served in or with the British Army will know exactly what an Egg Banjo is. Others will be wondering what exactly is an Egg Banjo and what do an egg and a Banjo have in common. What an Egg Banjo is the easy part - it's a fried egg sandwich. Why its called an 'Egg Banjo' might be a bit hard to swallow, but I'm assured that the explanation is right.

Egg Banjo's have been popular with British troops since WW2 because they are incredibly quick to make and taste great. All you need is two slices of buttered bread (margarine is acceptable) and a fried egg (with the yolk still a bit runny. It really is that simple a fried egg between two slices of buttered bread.

So why is this egg sandwich is called an egg Banjo?

The accepted explanation is that when eating is not unusually for the egg yolk to drip onto your chest causing the eater to hold the sandwich to one side whilst using their free hand to brush drips off their chest. The holding of the egg sandwich away from you body whilst flicking food with your fingers (mimicking a banjo player).

Is the story about the naming of an Egg Banjo true?

I know for a fact that an Egg Banjo is a Fried Egg Sandwich. The story that eating an Egg Banjo gives the impression of playing an invisible banjo might or might not be true. What do you think?

Do you believe the accepted explanation as to how a Fried Egg Sandwich came to be called Egg Banjo?

Must be time for an Egg Banjo

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Good appetite!