Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.
Anybody who has eaten lunch from The Taïm Mobile knows just how good their falafel is – good enough to be a Vendy Award Finalist in 2011 for Rookie of the Year.
What you may not know about is the sabich (suh-beech) special, which will knock your socks off for $6.75. Surprisingly, there’s not a speck of falafel in the sandwich.
Taïm is a Hebrew word that means “highly pleasant to the taste,” and it certainly applies to the sabich. You can also get the sabich as a platter, which costs $11, and comes with 2 side dishes.
What got our attention about the sabich sandwich is the inclusion of a sliced, hard-boiled egg in the sandwich. We love hard-boiled eggs, but there’s so much more here.
So what else is in a sabich sandwich besides a hard-boiled egg?
Underneath the egg was fried (but not breaded) eggplant, Israeli salad (tomato, cucumber & parsley), pickled cabbage, hummus, tahini and amba sauce.
I’m not usually a big eggplant fan, but this sandwich is converting me. The eggplant was soft, even the rind, and the amba sauce added a slightly fruity taste.
Amba sauce is a pickled mango fenugreek chutney, but it’s the consistency of a sauce, not a thick chutney.
The sabich sandwich can be messy to eat, but it was awesome! The bites were creamy and a little tangy, all enveloped by a warm, fluffy pita bread. Add this to my top 5 sandwich list, pronto!
Taïm actually started with a small storefront in the West Village before opening the food truck. That one you don’t have to find on Twitter.