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.