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Jul 28, 2014 10:44 AM

chinese roast pork sandwich-new york deli style. help my dad please.

hello all, my dad keeps reminiscing about the Chinese roast pork sandwich he used to eat in the lower east sid eof new York around various diners. I am looking for someone that really knows this sandwich as far as a recipie and the proper bread,garlic and pork. also if you know of a great place serving this sandwich.thanx all.

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  1. Diners on the les?? Or little cafes and bakery shops in chinatown...?
    Serious eats has a chinese roast pork recipe that could be a good starting point

    1. Similar thread way back when with little results.

      Realistically, the diners in the outer boroughs, NJ, and LI suburbs might be your best bet.

      1. This write-up in eGullet by Arthur Schwartz explains the origin and spread of the sandwich, mentions likely sources (although several years out-of-date) and, most importantly, provides a recipe!

        I'm glad you resurrected this query, as I've been interested in it since it last came up here a few months back.

        1. Is it possible he means a banh mi?

          9 Replies
          1. re: Pan

            I'm sure he doesn't mean banh mi. The sandwich he is looking for was a staple of diners and delis all over Brooklyn when I was growing up. I know it is still available at Bassett's, 1404 Avenue X in Brooklyn.

            1. re: foodiemom10583

              I;ve never seen it in a deli, but it was as you say "a staple" in most diners in Brooklyn. I have never seen it in Manhattan, but I'm sure it existed. It is still available in Brooklyn diners. There's one on Flatlands Ave. near Ralph ( used to be Herbie International), Lindenwood Diner used to have it. I doubt if you can find it in Manhattan, except somewhere like Shopsin's could surprise with it, or if there is anything like Big Nick's still around in Manhattan.
              The sandwich was the very red colored on the edges of the pork , on garlic hero bread and it had duck sauce on it.

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                I had one once about 30 years ago, but never again.

                At least 2 Brooklyn delis carried it: Bassett's and Adelman's. I'm sure there were more as I'm just speaking from personal experience in my old neighborhood.

                Good call on Shopsin's. I'll bet they would do a nice job with it.

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  lt was one of my favorite dishes in the diners l went to, growing up on LI.

                  1. re: howdini

                    This sandwich was once a staple at the non-kosher Jewish style delis and diners in the area. My dad used to order it all the time. Can't say I've seen it around much lately.

                2. re: foodiemom10583

                  Bassett's does list "Asian roast pork" on the menu board, but my counterman didn't know from garlic bread; prosaic "Italian bread" was the only option for my hero. No duck sauce, either; I made do with lettuce, tomato, and spicy brown mustard.

                  Dave Cook

                  1. re: DaveCook

                    That sandwich used to be a weekly special at Bassett's. My experience with it was about 30 years ago. I tried it once and once was enough.

                    I'm sure times and tastes have changed and there's not much call for it these days. It is a little surprising that you couldn't get garlic bread. If I remember correctly, that was the best part of the sandwich.

                    1. re: foodiemom10583

                      When done well, it's so much the best part of the sandwich that I don't need the rest of the sandwich.

                      1. re: DaveCook

                        The garlic bread is easy enough to make. I think I may go to King Yum , get their roast pork, slice it a bit thinner, find some Saucy Susan duck sauce ( if it exists) and my one of those sandwiches, that I haven't had in many years. They tasted so good.

              2. From a previous thread ( )... Still outer borough, but Court Street Grocers continues to make a fancified version of what I assume the OP is asking for:

                Macho Man or Woman, $10.10 - Pork Shoulder, Cabot Cheddar, Coleslaw, Pickled Peppers, CSG Duck Sauce, on Garlic Bread

                The one that I had about a year ago was delicious.