So, What Are You Having For Lunch at Phnom Penh Sandwich Station, Sarin Tin?
It’s all about the bread. And the weekly drive to Boston to get just the right kind for banh mi, the restaurant’s signature sandwich. “It’s lighter and fluffier, crispier on the outside and softer on the inside,” says Sarin Tin, owner of Phnom Penh Sandwich Station. The restaurant has two locations: one in Lebanon NH and the other in downtown White River Junction, VT in the space of the former Polka Dot diner. The historic Polka Dot sign has been preserved as part of Phnom Penh’s interior decor.
The banh mi may be popular with customers, but for his own lunch, Tin would choose something else, something that he and his wife, Lay Yi, used to make for themselves before they decided to add it to Phnom Penh’s menu. Click here for a peek at Sarin’s choice. It’s a dish that could help keep you warm this winter.
This is another post in a collaborative project between Artful and Daybreak in which Rob Gurwitt and I take turns interviewing Upper Valley restaurant owners, chefs, and others about what they’d order from their own menus.
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