Num Pang (Twitter handle: @NumPang) is a small Cambodian sandwich spot near Union Square. For about $7.50, plus tax, you can get a tasty sandwich loaded with meat. $7.50 may seem like a lot (that’s what I thought at first because I was accustomed to cheaper sandwiches in Chinatown or even in Curry Hill’s Baoguette), but for the location, it’s a good deal. Yes, you can get a similar sandwich at other places for under $4, but you definitely get your taste buds singing with their food.
Rewind..what’s a Cambodian sandwich?
Num Pang is the Cambodian name for “sandwich.” Similar to the Vietnamese sandwich, bahn mi, it is meat, pickled vegetables, and cilantro packed in a freshly baked French baguette.
At Num Pang, the sandwiches are made with a protein (beef, pork, veal, etc.), sliced cucumber, shredded pickled carrots, cilantro, and chili mayo on semolina bread. They even have a little kick to it, thanks to the chili mayo. Just be sure to get a lot of napkins – these sandwiches do get a little messy.
Some of my favorite sandwiches sold at Num Pang are the classic pork, beef brisket, or even the pork belly.
21 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003