I was wondering if people could discuss their takeout “Greatest hits”. Dishes they order again and again because they like them so much.
There are two that we are addicted to and order repeatedly:
Pad Kee Mao with shrimp from Imm Thai Street Food in Berkeley. Divine unctuous velvety wide noodles with wok-char and delicious flavors. We order it “very spicy” which is too hot for us and we are spice fiends. I keep saying I will order it the next level down but keep forgetting because it seems unnatural for me to not order “very spicy” if that is an option. When I get this I always order Pad Kee Mao with chicken (mild) for our next door neighbor who loves it also.
Szechuan style soy sauce fried rice from Royal Feast in Millbrae. It’s easy to forget how amazing good fried rice can be. Which is why we are addicted to this fried rice and get it frequently. Our next door neighbor loves it too and we also get her an order as well.
Something we have noticed in our takeout from various Asian restaurants: There seems to be a problem with musty tasting dried red chilies. My winemaker husband calls it “TCA (stands for the chemical 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole)” the same thing that causes cork taint in wine. We have noticed it at multiple restaurants and have started complaining to them about it. It not only imparts an unpleasant musty flavor but also mutes other flavors (does the same thing in wine). Has anyone else noticed?