Coconut Tiger Shrimp
Where: Num Pang
Address: 1129 Broadway
Ingredients: Tiger shrimp, toasted coconut flakes, coconut milk, pickled carrots, French baguette, cucumber slices, cilantro, chili mayo
Chef Says: "The sweetness of the Coconut Shrimp balance perfectly with the acidity of the carrots, the freshness of the cilantro, and heat of the chili mayo. It touches upon your need for something sweet, salty, and spicy all in one." —Ben Daitz and Ratha Chaupoly, Chefs/Co-Owners
Why We Love It: Sometimes the mere thought of diving into a sandwich leaves us feeling sedated, but no recovery is required with Num Pang's Coconut Tiger Shrimp. Yes, there are carbs involved, a Parisi baguette with crisped edges, but subtle, Cambodian flavors manage to make you feel sustained rather than sedated. Plump shrimp have a slight sweetness owed to a coating of coconut milk, and lie on a bed of pickled carrots, cilantro, and cucumbers. A restrained smear of chili-sambal mayo adds a special something, which might be owed to the "secret love" the chef puts in the sauce. Whatever that means, it's delicious.