Norwalk, CA, December 27
A horde of 'hounds, 'hound significant others (both 'houndly and kind of 'houndly), 'hound heirs and known associates of 'hounds, from near and far, converged on Renu Nakorn in the early afternoon today. During the course of the next few hours the not very hungry hounds consumed: fried stuffed wontons, chicken satay, mee krob, koong sarong, peek kai, nam kao tod, som thum, pla dook yang, sau rong hai, tom yum kung, tom kah kai, larp koong or plar, nua nam tok, kang care, kang som sea food, kang hung lay, kang ka noon on, pad thai, pad se-ew, sticky rice, combination fried rice, roasted duck curry, nam phrik noom, kang hung lay, sai oua, thum ka noon and coconut ice cream.
This correspondent can honestly report that he would have gladly eaten the entire portions of peek kai (pork stuffed chicken wings) pla dook yang (a whole charbroiled catfish), nua nam tok (charbroiled beef mixed with green onion, chile, lime juice and rice powder), and sai oua (duck sausage). The only reason why your correspondent did not hoard all of the above just for himself is not because the Mrs., directly on his left, would given him the look (and then later made his life less than pleasant), but because, he knew hound forks or chop sticks would have immediately impaled his hands on the table top had he tried to pull off such a dirty trick on his fellow hounds.
Also of note, Mrs. Chino Wayne, who is a natural born meat (hockey puck style) and potato person, and who on last being asked by her loving husband if she would like to try some Thai cuisine, responded, I dont eat Japanese), actually ate Thai cuisine for the first time in recorded history. The Mrs. enjoyed the mee krob (crispy noodles with chicken, shrimp and sweet and sour sauce), the chicken satay and the combination fried rice. Hesitant hounds can now be assured, that with Mrs. Chino Waynes sign-off on Thai cuisine, it is now safe to take your maiden Aunt Edna, who has never left the farm, to a Thai restaurant.
The peek kai, pork stuffed chicken wings also had glass noodles in them, were battered and fried and served with a sweet and sour sauce. These would be perfect bar food (if just kicked up with some heat) for your correspondent to consume with his Thai beer. So much so that, watching a quarter of an NFL game in the bar would be tolerable, as long as the wings and beer lasted.
The sai oua qualifies for Chino Wayne as bar food without the need for any adjustment. Little coins of fried duck sausage with a very nice slight tinge in the back of the throat after they have gone on to their destiny. These with some more Thai beer would be worth another quarter of an NFL game.
The pla dook yang, whole broiled catfish was exquisite. A totally black skin enclosing ivory white flesh that melted away in the mouth. A perfect contrast between the crisp charcoal like skin and the sweet, tender fish. This, without need of any further Thai beers, would make the second half of an NFL game tolerable to Chino Wayne, because he would be oblivious to what was on the TV, while in Ictalurus punctatus induced bliss.
After about three hours the hounds dispersed, and this correspondent did catch out of the corner of his eye an empty picture frame on the Renu Nakorn wall of fame, with a little note in the center of the frame. Upon closer examination it was determined that the note said: Dave Feldman, your picture could be here, if you are houndly enough to come to Norwalk for some real Thai cuisine.
Editors note: We are not sure if we are going to allow our reporter out any more, he had entirely too much fun meeting some of the faces behind the names and sharing his obsession with fellow travelers.