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A virgin no longer

Ira Kaplan | Jul 10, 2001 12:30 PM

Finally made it to the Holy Palace of Thai Cuisine, Sripraphai. Was it worth the long trek via public transportation from my Weehawken, N.J., home? The jury is still out.
I ordered the crispy catfish salad and the crispy pork with chili and basil leaves (no limp eater, I). The catfish salad was interesting, light catfish puffs that absorbed the sauce and other flavors in the salad almost like cous-cous. But it didn't blow me away the way some papaya or duck salads have. The crispy pork did blow me away. It was like eating ultra-crisp carnitas, Thai-style. I got it medium and I should have ordered it hot.
Since I was only able to order two items, I'll have to go back several times before I determine whether it's worth it to go there, rather than, say, Pam's in Manhattan, which is much easier for me to get to. I do appreciate that there were dishes on the Sripraphai menu that I haven't seen elsewhere, and the women who waited on me were kind as could be. One question: Has anyone tried the desert and other items in the case up front? Some of it looked scary (lime-green desert?), but much of it looked delicious.

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