I find Rod Dee to be woefully inconsistent. But, inconsistent does mean that it is sometimes good.
On recent visits, I had noticed on recent visits the popularity of crispy fried chicken. On one evening, I noticed an entire table of eight Asian students all order some version of the dish. Crispy fried chicken on pad thai; crispy fried chicken on rice with egg, etc. . .
Ignorant of authentic Thai food, I had previously dismissed this dish as a another of those all-too-common attempts by Asian restaurants to please "popular" American tastes. Witness the ubiquitous fried chicken wings on Chinese-American menus.
When I finally broke down and ordered crispy fried chicken over pad thai last night, I was pleasantly surprised. The pad thai is still barely above average, but it goes very well with the rich greasy flavor of the fried chicken, which certainly differs from the type of fried chicken you would find at a southern-cookin' place. Warning: if you don't like greasy foods, it may not be for you. But I found it to be very good.
Anyone know anything about this dish generally?