VIDEO: Behind the Scenes with Num Pang’s Ben Daitz

Ben Daitz is not Cambodian. But his sandwiches are (and so is his business partner), and a passport is not required to run the Southeast Asian sandwich game.

Ben Daitz is not Cambodian.

But his sandwiches are (and so is his business partner), and a passport is not required to run the Southeast Asian sandwich game. His sandwich shops Num Pang (Cambodian slang for bread or sandwich) have been changing the sandwich scene since opening a Union Square shop with the square footage of a rickshaw in 2009, and they’ve gone full-on Manhattan in the years since.

No, Ben Daitz is not Cambodian. But as he proves in this video, he does know flavor: the sweet, sour and spicy Southeast Asian kind, and the New York spray paint hip hop kind.

Want to learn more about how Num Pang created the greatest sandwich on earth? Click here.

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Scott is the photo editor of Edible Manhattan.