sandwich battles

Everywhere I turn it’s another article or blog post about a new sandwich spot in NYC. Tasty food on the cheap sounds good to me. On the other hand, I don’t know how all these places are going to survive. It’s a little bit like the frozen yogurt explosion last year. Well, it’s not that crazy yet, but it’s getting there. I had two new asian sandwich spots on my list to try this week alone. One was a pretty big disappointment, so we won’t talk about it here. (Too bad, because it’s a cute spot.) The other was Num Pang. Oh yeah, there was a big line, and I’m no fan of lines, but it moved fast enough and the sun was out. Plus, you order from the storefront window, so it’s not as if the line snaked inside as well. And despite the limited seating upstairs, it wasn’t so hard to snag a spot.

They had a lot of options: shrimp, pork, catfish, veggie, veal. First about the catfish, it’s just right. The fish is cooked perfectly, the heat is just strong enough, and the bun is amazing. A winner all around.

But holy cow… the pork! You need to eat this. If you’re one of the only people on the planet who, like me, can’t put up with the tough, chewy meat and hard skin at Porchetta, then this sandwich at Num Pang is going to be your dream come true. The meat is perfectly tender. I’m not a big meat guy, but I’d eat this at least once a week if I lived in the area. I don’t know anything about Cambodian food, so I can’t say for sure if this is authentic, but I’d opt for this over Vietnamese banh mi any time. The guys who opened this place also own the over-priced Kampuchea Noodle Bar in the Lower East Side, but don’t let that keep you away. This sandwich spot is a must try.

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