Chef Phillip Tangs East by Northeast in Cambridge specializes in Chinese-inspired small plates, a far cry from sandwiches. But amid the handmade noodles, dumplings, and salads, youll find crispy pork belly served on mantou bread. Fluffy and sweet, these steamed buns hold rich, tender pork thats crisp at the edges, pickled onions, sweet bean paste, and scallions. Protein between bready substance? Thats a sandwich. D.F.
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