Dish of the week: Maketto’s num pang chicken sandwich

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Every bite of the num pang chicken sandwich ($11) at Maketto is a combination of strong and savory flavors.

Maketto, located right on H Street, offers a unique take on Cambodian and Taiwanese cuisine in a modern and airy space.

The 60 seat restaurant offers simple, but tasty dishes like pan seared leek bao ($7), crispy chicken wings ($13) and pork noodle soup ($11). All of these plates are filled with intense amounts of seasoning that is inspired by the people and flavors in Cambodian and Taiwanese culture.

Maketto offers different menus to accommodate each meal of the day, including all day, dinner and dim sum menus. But the dish that tops all of these for its creativity is the num pang chicken sandwich ($11).

This isn’t your typical chicken sandwich with an overabundance of mayonnaise or limp lettuce. The num pang chicken sandwich starts with incredibly light and chewy bread and then places a piece of perfectly breaded chicken that is both crispy and juicy.

Maketto also adds a signature house spread dressing that is light and creamy, which adds a nice consistency to the sandwich. Although they keep the exact ingredients a mystery, it’s no secret that this spread is bursting with flavor. It keeps the sandwich from getting dry and complements the chicken nicely.

The sandwich is topped with daikon, a white radish, which adds a crunch to the sandwich. The crunch also blends well with the luscious house spread.

Maketto finishes off this crispy chicken sandwich by adding a bit of bite. Jalapenos add a fiery kick to this otherwise tame sandwich. They also mix well with the spicy daikons.

Overall, the blend of spices and consistencies keeps the sandwich from being a traditional chicken sandwich. Every bite is a combination of strong and savory flavors.

Make sure you enjoy the tasty num pang chicken sandwich on Maketto’s tree-lined and bright patio. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported straight to Cambodia.

Maketto is open Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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