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Detroit Digest: A Motor City Original -- Asian Corned Beef Egg Rolls

February 06, 2020, 11:00 PM

Like the classic coney dog, the Asian corned beef egg roll is a Detroit original.

It's the intersection of two worlds -- a Chinese-Jewish delight concocted in 1978 at a shop at 13660 Wyoming St. on Detroit's west side by Vietnamese native Kim White. She had previously worked at a Jewish deli, according to Metro Times.

Now, there are multiple shops around town, and food is very affordable. A corned beef egg roll with swiss cheese goes for $3.55.

Carlos Parisi and Kyle Sammy, hosts of Deadline TV's food show, "Detroit Digest," recently stopped at the "Asian Corned Beef" shop on Gratiot on Detroit's east side. They took along veteran nosher Allan Lengel of Deadline Detroit, who grew up eating at some of Metro Detroit's classic delis including Stage, Katz's, Deli Unique, the Bread Basket, Plaza Deli, Star Deli and Steve's. 

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