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Give me your tired, your poor, your fried fishes

Thi N. | Apr 12, 200612:03 AM

I am in a mania.

I want fried fish.

I want every kind of fried fish.

I want whole Colombian fried fish. I want Southern catfish fillets fried in cornmeal. I want Thai catfish, whole, with garlic sauce. I want the best Thai fried pompano. I want Central American fried fish. I want every crispity, crunchity, glorious fried fish in the land.

Current likes (but no wonderbars) include:

Flossie's whole fried catfish - a flavorful little catfish, but fried to a dry finish. Intense and savory, but lacking a certain moist/crisp thingy. A good one, but one that I've lately begun to neglect in favor of their chicken.

Wing Tin salt-fried rock cod fillets - sometimes, perfect.

That Cafeteria-style-Place-near-the-Science-Center that serves Southern style cornmeal-battered catfish fillets. I can't remember the name. It's cheap. I think it involves a lady's name, and the words "Soul Food". I may be wrong.

I've had a few whole fried pompanos around Thai Town, but none were particularly spectacular. Yai's was pretty good.

The best single fried fish I had was the whole fried catfish at Renu Nakorn, about 6 years ago, before it's long downhill slide. Long live the old Renu. Long live Lotus of Siam.

So gimme. I need the crisp, I need the moist pure softness, I need the contrast that only fried fish can bring.


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