So, how wierd is this; I'm writing an "uphill" report about a fish market?
Awhile ago, during one of the on-going banh mi discussions, when Thai Binh Market was being lauded, someone said, "Yeah, but that fish market!", to which I replied, "I totally agree; I wouldn't go near it"...
And I usually don't bother; I hit for the Vietnamese snacks, and run. But yesterday, craving ANY combination of cilantro and fish sauce, even if it required cooking them myself, I stopped in for groceries..And happened to walk back to the fish market, which has been redone and enlarged since I was last there, about a year(?) ago...And it didn't smell like fish! And I got closer, and it STILL didn't smell like fish! I was standing over an ice-filled counter, and still, no fish smell! I mean, I know any good fish market can and often does, smell, but this place was smelling better than a certain well-respected purveyor of over-priced organically corn-fed and nurtured...well, you get the idea....I was so excited, I bought 2 catfish from out of their tank, took them home, stuck my nose IN the bag, and no ammonia smell!!! I cooked them, they tasted frsh and sweet...
So, and I hereby retract my disparagueing comment. Someone is doing something right at that fish market, and it's a totally new place....No labels in English, of course, but if you want a whole fish you can afford, or fresh squid; GO!!
And the expansion, toward the back entry, which used to open out next to Bahn Mi Boston, made me wonder..If they are actually next to each other, part of the same building, then the same owner leased to both of them...Or maybe even owns Thai Binh...Maybe that's why the rent got raised; 2 bahn mi sellers in one building were too many! The Galleygirl Bahn Mi Conspiracy Theory..Soon to be a major Oliver Stone movie.
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