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If you can eat it, you can stack it between two pieces of bread.
Ratha Chaupoly and Ben Daitz of Num Pang Sandwich Shop want to brighten up your spectrum of sandwich possibilities.
Five Ways to Spice Up Your Sandwich:
The more moist and saucy the insides are, the more rugged and crunchy the bread needs to be otherwise one can be left with a big ol' mess before the sandwich gets off the cutting board. If your sandwiches feature an array of condiments, pickles, and moist meats, take an already relatively stiff baguette and toast it; this effectively hardens the outside of the bread and helps to keep the good stuff in."
2. Brighten it up with fresh herbs
Cilantro, basil, dill and mint are our favorites, and if you can find Cambodian or Vietnamese mint (also known as laksa mint), even better. Use it to make a spicy mint lime rub and marinate chicken in it for an awesome summer picnic sandwich."
Spicy Mint and Lime Rub
Combine all ingredients in a blender until finely chopped. Use as a rub or marinade.
3. Salad on your sandwich
One of our favorites is sprouts – there are so many different kinds of sprouts to choose from, and we tend to go for the spicier or nuttier ones such as radish or sunflower.
The same goes for fruit - in the summer, add grilled peaches to a bacon sandwich, and glazed pork goes great with a slice of Asian pear on top."
4. Creative condiments
You can put our own specialty, house-made chili mayo or chili yogurt on almost everything - sandwiches, grilled corn, veggies, etc."
Chili Soy Mayo
1/2 gallon soy milk
In a large bowl, combine soy milk, sugar, salt, mustard, black pepper. With a hand blender, slowly drizzle in the oil. It's very important to make sure the oil is at a slow drizzle until it begins to thicken and look like mayonnaise. Then, add oil at a slow steady stream. Let settle for 20 minutes. Add sambal and mix (add less sambal if you prefer it less spicy).
5. DIY Pickles
Just take your favorite vegetables or fruit and add them to a mix of acid (usually vinegar), sugar, salt and spices. We like adding Southeast Asian spices to our pickling mixes and toss in some coriander, ginger and cumin to taste. Sandwiches that tend to have rich proteins like grilled steak or brisket need to remain the star of the show, but finding the right pickle complement can cut through the richness and provide the perfect bright balance that make you crave your next bite."
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