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Viet in Baltimore?

Jack | Dec 31, 2003 03:02 PM

Hi all
It's been a long time since I've posted and so am feeling a little out of the loop; am hoping also this subject hasn't been covered of late. I waited literally forever for the full page to load but, even with dsl, it just seemed never to load fully---is this another issue I've probably missed out on? Browsing subjects is really difficult if one is at all pressed for time.

I wanted any interested consumers to know that my wife and I ate at Saigon Remembered last night after a viewing of ROTK at the Senator. We've been through the ringer with SR and can actually remember when the old owners had the place out on Harford Rd., probably the last time we had a good meal there, as our couple of experiences at SR since they moved to York Rd. have been less than stellar: bland, new-tasting pho broth, no fresh condiments with the pho, etc.

Well, last night our food was all but inedible. I'm not exaggerating at all. It was lousy, and I'm not just talking little picky taste points here but truly approaching inedible. A chicken dish contained what might have been meat but really seemed more like rubbery chicken fat. I've run into this at a chinese restaurant in NY before; it's almost like a Sysco-style pre-marinated meat product substituted for meat, sort of sweet, sort of salty (umami-like msg taste), but absolutely unnatural under the teeth. What was in the dish was NOT meat whatever it was. Soy product? I dont think so. Fatty meat? Absolutely not. Whatever it was was pure: really it was like eating a poorly seasoned plate consisting totally of chicken skin.

The pork on our bun was also pre-marinated and also rubbery and weird tasting. The rice nodles were cut in uneven lengths and tasted musty and old.

Total cost of the meal, plus 4 beers, was 50 bucks.

That's the third strike for SR. The place blows. It was also packed; how horrifying to think that that's what many Baltimoreans think real Viet food is like. Wife and I miss good Viet food since our days in DC. I saw a pho restaurant out on rte 70; anyone tried it yet? Again, I apologize if this subject has been brought up in the past few months. If it has just tell me and I'll wait for the page to load and go scout it out...

Jack in Baltimore

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