Monthly Archives: February 2012

Xe May Sandwich Shop: The Hog

Xe May Sandwich Shop
96 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

 

Banh Mi is a gastronomic example of French colonialism in Vietnam.  The sandwich uses French and Vietnamese ingredients, combined to produce a delectable East-meets-West concoction.  The Hog is a speciality banh mi that Xe May serves up with grilled pork, scallion oil, and fried shallots, all sandwiched between either a white or whole wheat baguette.  Like classic banh mis, this banh mi also includes fresh cilantro, pickled carrots, daikons, cucumbers, and chili mayo.

I was looking for a cheap place for lunch and found Xe May through Yelp as one of the highest rated places in the East Village area.  And though my expectations were high (4.5 stars is pretty significant!), I was not disappointed!  The bread had a nice crisp edge that I’m sure would sound beautiful if I had the chance to listen to it, like how Colette from Ratatouille tells us to listen for the sound of the crust.*  Oh, and the bread comes in whole wheat too if you’d like.  The fillings were tasty: grilled pork tasted a bit like char siu (Chinese bbq pork) and pickles were nice and sour to cut the sweetness of the pork.  The fried shallots were not quite crispy enough as they wilted very quickly after being caught amidst the saucy meat and juicy pickles.

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Japadog: Terimayo Dog (their signature)

Japadog
30 St Marks PL
(between Cooper Sq & Astor Pl)
Manhattan, NY 10003

 

Very yummy toasted bun with not-so-special-dog, topped with teriyaki sauce, mayo, and seaweed.  Overall, mediocre and surprisingly not that “unique” tasting.  I barely noticed the teriyaki sauce and seaweed.

 

I brought this dog home before eating it so it had cooled down significantly.  I’ll definitely give the place another shot because of all the raving reviews I’ve read about it … yeah, that’s what a good rep can do for you, give you a second chance.