Tuna Bun from Fay Da Bakery (321 West 6th Avenue)
Could the tuna salad sandwich be improved?
Yes, but it’s not going to look like you’re used to: It’s going to be round and shaped like a sweet, floury bun.
It’s also going to be sold at a Chinese bakery chainlet rather than a traditional American diner or deli.
Enter Fay Da bakery’s $1.50 tuna bun: The filling features both rich creaminess and tinny fishiness — it’s the right mouthfeel and fattiness you would want from tuna salad but without being too mayo-laden.
At the same time, it’s quite garlicky, so the simple, no frills set-up — there are no tomato or onion slices here, just a plain and starchy nest — comes out bold and not boring.
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