Passion for Pork

Hubbub Pulled Pork Sandwich – Must try pork sandwich in Vancouver, BC

Mijune - Thursday, November 20, 2014


Restaurant: Hubbub Sandwiches
Cuisine: Sandwiches/Salads
Location: Vancouver, BC
Address: 859 Hornby St
Price Range: $10 or less

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Food: 4-4.5 overall, but 6 for the pork sandwich
Service: 3
Ambiance: 3.5
Overall: 4.5
Additional comments:

  • Opened this year
  • Locally owned/operated
  • Simple menu
  • House made/marinated meats
  • House made dressings
  • Bakery bread
  • Very popular for lunch
  • Healthy options
  • Clean/modern
  • Pay at cashier service
  • Affordable
  • Small selection of beer
  • Catering available
  • +$.025 for “customization”
  • Order online
  • Mon-Sat: 10:30am-9pm
  • Closed Sunday

**Recommendations: Pork Sandwich, Clean Slaw

I know I’ve found a sandwich or place I really really like, when I save my post and revisit it to try more things before I blog about it. That’s what happened here.

Quite often I like to try new places, and I’m not in the downtown core often for lunch. I also hate looking for parking. So for me to be so determined to repeat a place in downtown for lunch in a high traffic area means that there’s something irresistible about it. So what was so irresistible? The staff? Maybe, as the paper boy hats are charming, but it’s actually the pork sandwich.

The pork sandwich is seriously the highlight here. The rest of the menu is good and some things were okay, but the pork sandwich will get me through the door over and over again. Needless to say, I highly recommend it, even if you just go for this sandwich. I’d say it’s worth a 15-20 minute walk, so if you’re that far away (I consider that far) and have a 1 hour lunch break… run!

Hubbub Sandwiches only opened early this year, and I’d say that’s a bit late to catch on to the “sandwich trend” that hit Vancouver last year. There was also a burger trend, and I guess now it’s a pizza trend. But trend or not, it doesn’t matter, Hubbub Sandwiches has a formula that works, and it’s simply: keep it simple.

The menu is incredibly simple with a two step process: “pick your protein” and then “pick your side”. The toppings and ingredients are limited, but they’re high quality and individually treated with much care. They have a recipe they’ve created and it’s what works, so I wouldn’t mess around with their suggested sandwich fixings.

The sandwiches aren’t cheap, and I guess some may consider it a pricey sandwich, but I find the quality high enough that’s it’s justifiable and I saw the value because it’s freaking delicious… well at least for the Pork Sandwich. Honestly, the Pork Sandwich picked up points on anywhere else the restaurant or food lacked.

On the table:

**Pork Sandwich 6/6

  • Marinated for 24 hours to be spicy and tender, then perfectly slow roasted. $8.49
  • Our sandwich starts with a base of pickled jalapenos, creamy garlic sauce, romaine lettuce, cilantro, and crunchy caramelized onions atop a toasty baguette.
  • I’m a sucker for anything with pulled pork. This is the house favourite and no doubt the must try.
  • Oh god! I literally dream about this sandwich. Local or tourist, I’d bring anyone here… unless you’re Jewish or Halal (I say that light heartedly).
  • The baguette was a bit crusty, hard and chewy, but the top layer seemed shaved off so it was already thinner than it would have been.
  • Although I wasn’t keen on the bread, it was easily overlooked with the ingredients it was holding.
  • There was a generous amount of extremely delicious house marinated roasted pork which certainly made up for it!

  • The roasted pork used is a bit more fatty and that’s what did it. That’s where all the flavour is!
  • It’s not overly fatty or gelatinous though, and its oils and juices just soaked right into the bread and helped soften it up without making it soggy at all.
  • The pork was incredibly tender, juicy and soppy, and every bite I took would drip out delicious meat juices.
  • Initially the flavour was sweet and then right away it was tangy and then immediately after it was spicy. It’s not burn your tongue off hot, but there is a spice and it slowly picks up and lingers even after the bite is gone. It’s delicious!
  • I think there’s brown sugar in the marinade, but it’s definitely not a sweet sauce, and then there might be a bit of mustard and even some pureed pickled spicy jalapenos in the marinade to give it such a kick. It’s not a Worcestershire kick or a black pepper heat, but almost like a Mexican spicy kick.
  • It wasn’t a barbeque pulled pork sandwich and there’s no tangy, bold, or sweet barbeque sauce, or any BBQ sauce for that matter, but the flavours are of natural pork juice and marinade the meat soaks in.

  • Since it wasn’t a typical BBQ pulled pork sandwich, I loved the switch up from cole slaw to the crunchy layers of whole leaf romaine lettuce, large strips of caramelized onions, and the spicy tang of pickled jalapeno peppers. It brought the sandwich to the next level, but I couldn’t taste or see any cilantro.
  • The long strips of juicy roasted vegetables that were naturally caramelized and sweet, with still a crunch, was an undeniable factor in playing their roles in this sandwich.
  • I tasted every layer and every single ingredient and everything had a purpose.
  • The only thing I didn’t notice was the garlic mayo, and as mentioned the cilantro, but I didn’t really care.
  • I guess I could have had a stronger garlic aioli, but given that most people have to go to work, nobody wants garlic breath.
  • The flavours were incredibly well balanced and it was surprisingly quite a spicy sandwich, but it didn’t over power the natural flavour of the pork.
  • It was a perfect combination and ratio and I totally understand why they wouldn’t want anyone messing with it.
  • It’s personal tastes, but in the context of downtown, I’d choose this pork sandwich over the famous Porchetta Sandwich from Meat & Bread, or the popular Pulled Pork Sandwich from Re-Up BBQ. I like those ones too, but this one has my heart!