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Food Thing: Num Pang

April 13, 2009

Num Pang Sandwich Shop
21 E. 12th Street, Manhattan

Conveniently located for my library runs to NYU and grocery errands at Union Square, Num Pang delivers a bourgie-fied Cambodian variation on banh mi, offering up pulled pork with honey, peppercorn catfish, coconut tiger shrimp, and hoisin veal meatball sandwiches. I tried the meatball sub–a handful of subtly spiced orbs stuffed in a fresh crispy bun with mayo, some shredded carrots, a few sprigs of cilantro, and a couple of slices of cucumber. The result was rich and tasty, but a little too genteel on the tongue for my fermented, fishy and freaky banh mi cravings. And at double the price of my usual Sunset Park connection.

Evaluation: Qualified Thumbs-Up.

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