Friday, March 20, 2009

Num Pang 03-20-2009

Location: 21 E. 12th St.
Time: 7pm
People: RB and myself

Feelings: The owners of our favorite Cambodian noodle shop, Kampuchea, recently opened this Cambodian sandwich (aka "Num Pang") shop in Union Square. The tiny cramped space was overwhelmingly crowded with people who await their first bite on Num Pang. A man stood near us pointed out that no one in the kitchen was wearing gloves as they formed the sandwiches. That observation made me feel a little uneasy, but the amazing aroma coming out from the grill assured me that this will be a good experience regardless.

Our coconut tiger shrimp and peppercorn catfish were both served on garlic buttery toasted mini baguette (from Parisi Bakery in Little Italy) with cucumber, cilantro, pickled carrots, and delicious home made chili mayonnaise. Shrimp smelled a bit on the fishy side, but the catfish was spicy and well cooked. RB, a sandwich lover,will certainly go back there for more, but I felt that $7 for a small sandwich was a bit overpriced. I will only go back there if RB is treating.

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