My first grilled cheese sandwich is neither plain cheese or consists of tomato and cheese. It was in fact filled with cheese (Kraft Singles cheese, to be exact) and pickled cabbage and onions. It was from a food truck near my house in Penang specialising in hot dogs and burgers. Although we have such food trucks on almost every corner of the city, what made this particular one special was the pickled cabbage and onions. My mum disliked the idea of me having hot dogs and burgers all the time, so I happily compromised by foregoing the sausages and burgers and just stick to the pickled vegetables and cheese with grilled hot dog buns. I was contented.
Inspired by my childhood food memory, I have recreated my own version by substituting cabbage with brussels sprouts. I love the slight nuttiness in brussels sprouts that a cabbage lacks. But nothing beats the fact that my beloved enjoyed brussels sprouts without him realising it.