The trend-obsessed New York was buzzing last week since a new Cambodian sandwich eatery opened its doors on 12th Street close to Union Square. It’s called Num Pang, which means “bread” or “sandwich.” I’ve never eaten Cambodian food before, so on a Saturday afternoon I was one of many who patiently gathered outside the street-level ordering window to find out first-hand what all the hoopla was about.
Num Pang has a modest menu, six sandwiches ranging in price from $6.75 to $8.75. But don’t let that fool you into thinking there isn’t enough variety. They’ve got whatever your belly’s craving, be it coconut shrimp, grilled pork, veggies or steak. Each sandwich is served with sliced cucumber, pickled julienne carrots, fresh cilantro and chili mayo on a toasted semolina flour baguette. But wait, it doesn’t stop there. Wash it all down with a freshly squeezed blood orange lemonade. It’s a bit on the tart side, but sweetened with a touch of honey. Could this be the beginning of a new sandwich era? I definitely hope so.