A Sandwich A Day: Pancake with Pork at Henan Flavor

A Sandwich a Day

A new sandwich every day.

In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

"I cannot believe this costs two dollars" was my first thought as we unwrapped the pancake with pork ($2) from Henan Flavor (full review here). The maybe 5-inch wheat pancake is griddled for crisp edges and a slightly spongy crumb. It's then cut open and filled with a heavily seasoned pork filling. There's definitely hoisin and cilantro in there, plus star anise and, we're guessing, a host of other elusive spices. The filling's processed pretty fine—"Is this pork baby food?" one intern asked—but it's super-savory and juicy enough to soak into the pancake a bit, so if you can get past its pastelike character, you're in for quite a treat. For two dollars. (Two dollars!) See, still can't believe it.

Henan Flavor

68b Forsyth Street, New York NY 10002 (map) 212-625-8299