Most of the business is takeaway, so Num Pang sensibly uses bread that holds to form when spread with housemade chili mayo, and perhaps coupled with an even moister ingredient like Spanish mackerel. The flavors of the fillings can sometimes seem merely tantalizing in proportion to the baguette, but they're first-rate and well-balanced.
Above: a sandwich starring Brooklyn-made Khmer-style grilled sausage ($7.50). Previously: The five-spice glazed pork belly sandwich (now $7.75) is a stalwart of Num Pang's menu. The pickled rhubarb that seemed mismatched on an early visit (in the photo below, it's largely hidden by the carrot) has lately been swapped out for more-apropos pickled Asian pear.
21 East 12th St. (University Pl.-Fifth Ave.), Manhattan (shown)
Also at 140 East 41st St. (Lexington-Third Aves.)