Great Cambodian Sandwiches at Num Pang
I love this place. They have terrific "cambodian" sandwiches. Although a good friend of mine from Cambodia said they don't have any sandwiches like that there, but who cares.
The place is located in the parking garage on E12th off University. The prices are reasonable and there are some seats upstairs. On the other side of the garage is a falafel place.
What a good use of space that garage thought of.
The pork belly sandwich is really good, as is the ginger brisket, the shrimp, and the peppered mackeral. The bread (num pang is Khmer for bread) are light delicious rolls. They have special sandwiches every week, and always have a couple of vegetables, the corn on the cob is good.
I couldnt locate the thread on this place, so sorry for bad searching,,But if you never checked out this place, check it out, you're in for a great suprise.
Num Pang Sandwich Shop
21 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
They now have a midtown location, on E41st btwn 3rd and Lex. I can't rave enough. My sister got their special bacon/grilled peach/grilled scallion sandwich a couple weeks ago, and I've been fantasizing about it since. Took a half hour detour from my life today to get one, and it's really sandwich perfection.
Thick slices of bacon, savory sweet grilled peach, rich grilled scallion strips, the perfect amount of jalapeno, balanced by crisp cucumber and thin pickled carrot strips, all on nicely toasted, crisp, tasty bread. It's the perfect balance of savory, sweet, crispy, and spicy, and reminded me of Saigon banh mi 10 years ago when they weren't all premade and were still unbelievably amazing.
Can't do the shrimp (allergic), but what are your other favorites there?
I like Num Pang too although I also suspected Cambodians don't use that much mayonnaise sauce in their sandwiches...
What I'm really miss are Toronto style banh mi. They generally use a thinner French-style baguette with a more crispy crust and soft interior (the one commonly used in NYC seems more like Italian bread) and they put a spicy butter onto it rather than jalapeños. Minced Chinese BBQ pork is usually a filling option - the closest thing I've seen here is grilled pork slices. Any place in the city serving this style of banh mi?
Yep I've tried both Paris Bakery locations, the jewelry shop banh mi (I think that's Saigon), and Nicky's. They are good but the bread is just different from the ones in Toronto. In general NYC banh mi seem a lot wider and bigger, more like an Italian sub sandwich and I can barely fit them into my mouth - perhaps that is why they are more expensive? In Toronto they easily fit into a paper hot dog wrapper and cost around $2. Here's a pic:
Compared to NYC style:
You'd probably have to head to Brooklyn to get better banh mi sandwiches. There's one or two in Sunset that are considered the best in NY. And I am inclined to agree.
Num Pang's bread ain't traditional banh mi bread. I think they source it from Parisi.
But the other banh mi places do use (or should use) the traditional banh mi style bread, that is lighter or different by incorporating rice flour. I think in NY, it's generally a little more overstuffed with bigger bread in general. But it's definitely not heavy (like the Parisi or Italian bread).
I think i know what pravit's thinking. many (not all) places in ny serving "banh mi" are putting asian ingredients on hero bread. this includes all the various copy cat brooklyn places (the park slop henry/hanco/home triangle of mediocrity) but definitely not Ba Xuyen, which makes a pretty good sandwich. its great for ny, but would not stack up favorably against my favorites in minnesota and california.
Here's to hoping they start serving amok trey. I've only eaten it once, in Siem Reab, but oh was it memorable.