Spicy Asian subs and the Philharmonic

Green tea pulled pork and minty summer squash pickles

About 5pm today I got an IM from L that the New York Philharmonic Orchestra was playing in Central Park at 8pm. Given the amazing weather today I decided to run home and pack a picnic dinner that we could eat in the park. I just happened to pick up a baguette at the farmers market today and I had leftover pulled pork so I figured I’d make some Asian sandwiches.

The great thing about making a ton of roast anything is that there are million things you can do with the leftovers. This spicy asian sub came together with some left over green tea pulled pork (and the spicy BBQ sauce that went along with it), some summer squash I had pickled with mint a few weeks ago and a few sprigs of fresh mint. It all came together in a matter of minutes and I even had some time to blanch some incredible green beans I found at the farmers market and marinate them in olive oil and 12 year balsamic vinegar.

We got to the park a full hour before the concert started, but as I suspected the Great Lawn was already blanketed (literally) with people. For whatever reason (probably because New Yorkers are allergic to dirt) no one was sitting on the baseball diamond. We staked out our spot right in the center.

As I listened to the music while munching away I realized that a good sandwich (or any food for that matter) should be constructed like a good orchestra. In this case, the rich earthy pulled pork laid a solid base like a tuba or cello; the tart pickles were like the trumpets and trombones adding emphasis and texture; the bbq sauce added bursts of sweetness and spice like a percussion section; the thin layer of Kewpie mayo reminded me of the smooth french horns; the mint added a breath of freshness into the sandwich like the woodwinds, and of course the bread was the conductor that brought it all together.

As you can tell from the photos below, night-time photography is not my strong suit. I brought my brightest lens with me, but it’s fixed focal length and the uneven lighting made it quite a challenge. The first one is looking south across a sea of New Yorkers (you can see the Time Warner Center in the back). The second one is of when a glowing alien beamed onto the stage and took over the orchestra (well not really). The last one I took on the run as we tried to evade the mass exodus towards the subways.

NY Philharmonic Orchestra in Central Park 2008

Time Warner Center at sunset

Fireworks in Central Park

So what makes a perfect sandwich for you?

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com/ Manggy

    Well, that’s certainly a very romantic description of a sandwich and a very romantic way to enjoy it!

    My perfect sandwich would be sweet, smoky, and slightly salty. I’m quite simple that way ;) And definitely, definitely, it should not be soggy. Ewww.

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com manggy

    Well, that’s certainly a very romantic description of a sandwich and a very romantic way to enjoy it!

    My perfect sandwich would be sweet, smoky, and slightly salty. I’m quite simple that way ;) And definitely, definitely, it should not be soggy. Ewww.

  • http://voodoolily.blogspot.com/ Heather

    Hey, that looks pretty good. My perfect sammich usually has some cheese or spicy mustard, but homemade do chua makes it good too. :)

  • http://voodoolily.blogspot.com Heather

    Hey, that looks pretty good. My perfect sammich usually has some cheese or spicy mustard, but homemade do chua makes it good too. :)

  • http://www.culinarydisaster.com/wordpress Jeff

    If you ever want to change locations for a week let me know. I have multiple smokers and grills that are legal to use. Access to pasture where pigs and cattle run free that is calming and relaxing and a garden in a month full of fresh and free veggies.

  • http://www.culinarydisaster.com/wordpress Jeff

    If you ever want to change locations for a week let me know. I have multiple smokers and grills that are legal to use. Access to pasture where pigs and cattle run free that is calming and relaxing and a garden in a month full of fresh and free veggies.

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com/ Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Awesome sandwich. I love a plain, white bread and tomato sandwich, the only embellishments being a little good salt and olive oil. Or anything with avocado :) But yours looks fab, I LOVE leftover roasts. Sounds like a fantastic night too!

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Awesome sandwich. I love a plain, white bread and tomato sandwich, the only embellishments being a little good salt and olive oil. Or anything with avocado :) But yours looks fab, I LOVE leftover roasts. Sounds like a fantastic night too!

  • http://asoutherngrace.blogspot.com/ grace

    i had my first visit to central park this weekend, and the only music i heard was some loud, chaotic drumming. :)
    that’s a good-looking sub, by the way.

  • http://asoutherngrace.blogspot.com grace

    i had my first visit to central park this weekend, and the only music i heard was some loud, chaotic drumming. :)
    that’s a good-looking sub, by the way.

  • http://cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com/ Aran

    this looks absolutely fabulous!

  • http://cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com/ Aran

    this looks absolutely fabulous!

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    That sandwich looks really good.

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    That sandwich looks really good.

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com/ We Are Never Full

    Sounds like a great sammy for a wonderful (and perfectly clear!) night in the park. You’re so right, though… New Yorkers ARE allergic to dirt!

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com We Are Never Full

    Sounds like a great sammy for a wonderful (and perfectly clear!) night in the park. You’re so right, though… New Yorkers ARE allergic to dirt!

  • http://www.thekneadforbread.com/ chuck

    Love the photo and the sub looks delicious. Looks like a wonderful evening!

  • http://www.thekneadforbread.com chuck

    Love the photo and the sub looks delicious. Looks like a wonderful evening!

  • justin

    love me some vietnamese sandwiches. they are quite popular here in california. gotta have cilantro and fresh jalapeno for that bite. mmmm. the sad/good? thing about them is they are so freaking cheap its cheaper to just buy one from a deli than make it yrself. i will take a $2 vietnamese grilled pork sandwich over a $5 american sandwich anyday.

  • justin

    love me some vietnamese sandwiches. they are quite popular here in california. gotta have cilantro and fresh jalapeno for that bite. mmmm. the sad/good? thing about them is they are so freaking cheap its cheaper to just buy one from a deli than make it yrself. i will take a $2 vietnamese grilled pork sandwich over a $5 american sandwich anyday.

  • Megumi419

    I like this sandwich I get from Market Basket in Franklin Lake, NJ. It’s a French baguette with fried eggplant, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella cheese and topped with pesto sauce.

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