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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Roasted Chicken 'Chimi' Salad at NUM PANG

Num Pang is known for their meat-heavy Cambodian-style sandwiches. And they’re great with cilantro and pickled vegetables on a buttery baguette, but I discovered that the flavors are just as bold and unique in salad form. I’ve been addicted to their chimchurri-glazed chicken salad this entire year. On top of bean sprouts, peppers, peanuts, and cabbage, the moist thigh meat is hearty and delicious and only enhanced by the sweet tangy dressing. Price: $10.95

NUM PANG
21 East 12th Street (between Fifth Avenue and University Place),
Greenwich Village
(212) 255-3271
140 East 41st Street (between Lexington and Third Avenue),
Midtown East
(212) 867-8889
148 West 48th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenue),
Midtown West
(212) 421-0743
119 Broadway (between 25th and 26th Street),
Flatiron District
(212) 647-8889
75 Ninth Avenue (at 16th Street),
Inside Chelsea Market,
Chelsea
(212) 390-8851
225 Liberty Street (at West Street),
Inside Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place
Battery Park City
(212) 227-1957
75 Broad Street (at South William Street),
Financial District
(646) 964-4150
numpangnyc.com

Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 75: THANKSGIVING CROISSANT at MILK BAR

There are some dishes that get lots of press, but if you don’t hurry up and taste them, they’ll be gone before you know it. With a great focus on seasonal ingredients, the high mortality rate of restaurants in this city, and the popularity of special promotional creations, there is no hesitating allowed when it comes to New York food.

Here’s a dish you can get right this minute (but not much longer). While I’m not a big fan of Momofuku Milk Bar’s desserts, this savory creation is the best Thanksgiving meal you’ll ever have inside a hot pocket. A browned and flaky croissant is flavored with herb (sage, thyme, etc.) butter and holds a treasure trove of Thanksgiving flavors: roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and peppery gravy. Stop what you’re doing and go grab one before it’s too late. Price: $4.50

MOMOFUKU MILK BAR
251 East 13th Street (between Second and Third Avenue),
East Village
15 West 56th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue),
Inside Chambers Hotel
Midtown West
15 West 56th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue),
Inside Chambers Hotel
Midtown West
382 Metropolitan Avenue (between Havemeyer and Marcy Avenue),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(347) 577-9504
561 Columbus Avenue (between 87th and 88th Street),
Upper West Side
(347) 577-9504
360 Smith Street (at 2nd Place),
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
(347) 577-9504
milkbarstore.com

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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

For those that think the sandwich phenomenon is exclusively a Western idea, think again! Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, Chinese sesame pancake sandwiches, and Middle Eastern pita sandwiches have shown their delicious faces in NY for at a few decades now. But Cambodian style sandwiches is a relatively new thing for us.

In fact before Num Pang opened in 2009, Cambodian food itself was rather unrepresented in NY. The only other place I could think of (aside from an unusual food truck) was Kampuchea Noodle Bar, which closed quite a few years ago. The chef and owner from that venture has made a name for himself with two locations of Num Pang (meaning “sandwich” in Cambodian).

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