Not only do I have to (please note "have to") try several versions of the Philly Cheese steak sandwich, I also have to try an Italian restaurant in the Gaslamp District that a fellow foodie, in a different country thought sounded close to what you'd find in Italy. This is very high on my list of have to do.
I have to revisit DZ Akins Deli. I have to expand my Sushi repertoire. I'm sure I'm missing a few more but right now I can't think of them.
Today I added to the list, I have to find good Pad Thai. I've never had Pad Thai before and have heard nothing but rave reviews about it. I've been wanting to try it for the longest time and today I saw it on the menu of a Chinese restaurant. It just jumped out at me from the menu.
Should I have known better than to order a Thai dish in a Chinese restaurant! I did it anyway and am I sorry. I've read the ingredients in the recipes, and it has the things I really like, so how could I not like the completed dish.
My first observation was that is was non-de script except for the level of spice. It was spicy enough without being overdone but the flavors under the spicy-ness were muddied, that's the only word I can think of.
Nothing seemed to blend well and I couldn't even distinguish any of the ingredients. And there definitely, positively, absolutely, was not one iota of peanut in that dish, they didn't even wave a peanut over it.
I'm going to try it other places and make it myself before I give up and decide I just don't like Pad Thai.
This photo is what I brought home for the raccoons. I put it out for them tonight, if it's still there in the morning I'll let you know.