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gif bee catfish(?)

Thi N. | May 14, 200307:09 PM

Was having a lunch special at Ganda, the place in the Thai Town strip mall above Palm Thai, that I wrote about.

Had a quite tasty dish there that was new to me - sort of firm catfish in a dry sauce. The catfish was - long roasted or reconstituted from dry? - but had that tang that certain Asian fish dishes do, ones that don't aim for soft and fresh-tasting, but for a concentrated fishy savor. In a dry, slightly sweet, multi-flavored sauce. My tongue is far too inexperienced to be able to figure out the flavors in any Thai sauce. But it was hearty and tasty. I asked the waitress what it was - she said something that sounded like... gif bee catfish? Gaf bee catfish? And then she said, "You know, gif bee, like," and then mimed chewing mightily on something and smiling.

I am aware that probably Ganda's is not the best version, though it was quite satisfying. Does anyone know what this dish is, what's in it, and what places do it well? I may be obsessed.


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