Last month, CT took a random Monday off from work. Since she works up in Stamford, she obviously doesn’t have even half of the lunch options that we have in Manhattan. When she has the rare weekday off, she likes to take full advantage of a lunch she otherwise would normally not be able to get. On this day, she decided to make a return visit to Num Pang since she liked it so much last time and they had some new menu additions. Since I work nearby and it was a slow day in the office, I joined her. Lucky me!
This time around we didn’t go too crazy with the ordering; just two sandwiches and a side.
First up was a Fall twist on their peach & bacon sandwich we had this time. Instead of peaches, they used Kadota figs ($8.25).
Once again, this was a super flavorful and delicious sandwich. The bacon was a little more prevalent this time around which contrasted perfectly with the sweet figs. The standard toppings of cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro and chili mayo really brought the whole sandwich together. Fortunately, they haven’t reduced the size of the already small sandwiches since last time as some places tend to do.
The other sandwich we shared was the Boneless Spare Ribs ($8.50) with spicy tamarind glaze. The bread was packed with a nice hefty piece of short rib that made a good meat to bun ratio. The tamarind glaze brought out some great sour/sweet flavors. I only wished the sandwich was bigger!
Unfortunately, they weren’t offering a side of ribs last time, so CT opted for the much healthier Grilled Zucchini ($6.00) with sweet onions and Chive Lime vinaigrette. The zucchini was quite fresh and only grilled for a short time so it retained some crunchiness. Squeezing the lime all over the veg made it even better with a fresh citrus zing. I was pretty hungry so I even ate some of the onions, which were nice and sweet. This side was a good change of pace from more traditional sandwich sides.
Once again, Num Pang pleased us tremendously. I really like the seasonal menu changes to take full advantage of the freshest ingredients. While the sandwiches are not cheap and one alone will probably not fill you up, the quality of the ingredients and flavors more than make up for it. They even have the ordering system down pat, so don’t be scared if there is a long line.