I was near University Place today around lunch time, which means one thing, NUM PANG!  Regular readers of NYSF know about my love of Num Pang, and it’s been a few weeks, so there was no question about Today’s Lunch, other than what to order.

Full sandwich

I want to try everything on their menu, so Today’s Lunch is a new sandwich (for me at least), grilled skirt steak with crushed coriander and peppercorns.  Of course it had their usual sliced cucumber, fresh cilantro, shredded carrots, and spicy chili mayo.

open sandwich

This was the most expensive sandwich on their menu ($8.75), but it was obvious where the money went…into the steak.  There were 7 thick slices of grilled, medium-rare steak.  I enjoyed Carnegie John’s steak sandwich recently for lunch, but this was on an entirely different plane.

I’m going to have to start rating places on a 1-10 scale to differentiate, because while John’s steak sandwich would be an 8 out of 10, Num Pang’s was a 9.5 out of 10.  Both were very good, but one was almost as good as it can get.  I love the spicy chili mayo, too.  It kicks everything up a notch (apologies to the Emeril haters).


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