Even with Eataly on its way to the Prudential Center — this may be the best carb awakening to arrive in Boston this fall.
New York-based Cambodian sandwich shop Num Pang (literally meaning "sandwich" in Cambodian) will make its way to Pru food court tentatively in mid-November, bringing the likes of peppercorn catfish and hoisin meatballs between crunchy fresh semolina baguettes to Back Bay.
The dishes read more fusion than traditional — chili mayo slathered grilled corn on the cob, raw kale-apple salads and roast chicken rice bowls round out the menu — but in founders Ben Daitz and Ratha Chaupoly’s May-released cookbook, they cite the street food of Cambodia and the art of perfected composition as their inspirations. Eataly’s own Mario Batali spoke highly of their creations in his blurb for their book, calling the duo “masters of delicious composition” and virtuosos” who know how to make “perfectly balanced sandwiches.”
The Boston location is also a bit of a homecoming for co-owners Chaupoly and Daitz, who met as students at Clark University in Worcester. The idea for the now six-year-old franchise came to them years later after pursuing separate paths in the culinary world. Chaupoly wanted a concept that spoke to his native Cambodia, and the rest is history. Delicious, delicious history.