I am continually searching for my favorite dish, and am wondering if anyone would like to suggest a version somewhere?
i like my drunken noodles (noodles of the drunks, spicy noodle, spicy basil noodle, kee mao) to have wide, chewy noodles that are both chewy and crisp in places from pan frying. i like for it to have lots of whole or sliced fresh chili peppers (adding heat, but i can pick them out).
i prefer my duck to be crispy, (at least the fat is crispy). i prefer the meat to not be too tough, although it usually is if the fat is crisp.
i do not like the drunken noodles at Sripraphai, i do not think they do well with noodles in general, and their version does not meet any of my textural goals, esp. since they use ground meat (unless you request something different) and ground chili peppers. also, their noodles never have that pan-fried quality to my limited experience. plus, i don't like the duck at Sripraphai.
i usually get these at Rice Avenue, and find it to be just about the only thing worth getting there. however, it's never spicy enough (or if i request extra EXTRA spicy, they add too many dried chilis instead of fresh). i can be pretty satisfied with it here, but the quality is inconsistent, and it's frustrating that i don't like anything else on the menu.
i think i tried it from Zabb once, but they were not particularly memorable. perhaps i need to try those again?
the thing is, i haven't done a real hard-target search, trying them at each possible place. i live NEXT DOOR to Sripraphai, so if i feel like Thai food and it's not Wednesday or a weekend, it's challenging to go elsewhere.
but i would, if you, dear reader, have an understanding of what i'm looking for and have a suggestion for me. the noodles are probably more important than the duck, as if the noodles are the way i like them, i'm very happy to have them with pork, crispy pork, or shrimp.