Photo: Erin Gleeson.
How much do we love the 2012 class of Best New Chefs? These up-and-comers excel in their own kitchens and give back to the community. Take ABC Kitchen’s Dan Kluger of New York. Kluger recently collaborated with his rockstar boss Jean-Georges Vongerichten to create a limited edition sandwich for Cambodian lunch joint Num Pang’s “Guest Chefs Give Back” series. Back in February, Mario Batali launched the program with his sausage-and-cheese-filled “Batali Pang.” For the summer round, the Num Pang crew looked to Dan Kluger for bright, fresh flavors. Kluger’s “ABC Pang” marries Num Pang’s Southeast Asian influence (cilantro, addictive spicy mayo) with ABC’s veggie-forward sensibility (as well as JGV’s chile obsession).
Here’s a snapshot: lemongrass poached chicken salad with Thai basil, jalapeños, cucumber and candied ginger piled onto a semolina baguette, and topped with crispy chicken skin (!) and spicy cashew butter. Num Pang will donate $6 from each sandwich to be shared between two charities—The Edible Schoolyard Project, which promotes garden and kitchen-based learning in New York public schools, and Double H Ranch, which provides summer camp in the Adirondacks for kids with life-threatening illnesses. The ABC Pang will be available at the chainlet's midtown and East Village locations from June 12 through July 12, for $9.25—so basically, order them for your whole office. You’ll be the new hero of the day and can always try to deduct deliciousness from your taxes.