Update (10/20/10): The longer that Adelyn and I have had to think about this, the more we've realized that THIS WAS SOO SHITTY. I could've saved a chunk of time (to be spent watching even more cat videos on YouTube) by drawing a heaping mound of fetid poop bursting with tears (for it is a sad poop) and labeling it "CRISPY DUCK" instead of writing complete sentences. Alas. Delayed reaction. ...Actually, I might still draw it.
Update (10/26/10): Here is my sad poo:
I'm realizing now, five or so hours after I ate dinner, that my meal at Pam Real Thai Encore was sort of...un-good.
I mean, it was edible. And I ate most of it. Probably because the hunger was clouding the part of my brain that determines whether or not the food I'm eating is actually tasty.
Some backstory: This afternoon I met up with Diana, Claire, and Adelyn at the Jacob Javits Center for the Meet the Breeds show, where I determined that I'd one day like to own a chartreaux or exotic...[turns around, stares at bedroom door while imagining a fat lil' nubby cat poking its way into my room]...[imagines scooping up said cat]...[but there is no cat]...[feels sad]. Not knowing where to eat in that area because we're in that neighborhood pretty much never, after we left the show around 4:30 p.m. we walked to Hell's Kitchen, figuring that with about six Thai restaurants on every block, at least one of them would be worth eating at. After roaming around for 10 blocks we ended up at Pam Real Thai Encore because 1) I had heard good things about the original Pam Real Thai, which I didn't realize was just two blocks north, and 2) we were hungry and didn't want to spend more time looking for food (my lunch consisted of an apple and some corn chips).
I ordered the yum crispy duck, "sliced crispy duck mixed with lime dressing, roasted chili paste, onion, scallion and cilantro," along with a side of sticky rice. It seemed promising—the menu featured a whole section of crispy duck entreées and next to the dish name it said said something like "Recommended by the NY Times," although I've since found that the review is from 2001.
I can't tell if time has been cruel to this dish or if the kitchen was in apathetic mode this afternoon, but I'm putting this dish on my "do not recommend ever" list. The thin slices of duck were plenty crispy—about two steps away from incineration. That every piece was soaked in sauce made it edible; if not for that, the dryness and chewiness would've been too much to handle. It didn't taste like duck—it tasted like...dry and chewy. Adelyn's duck with ginger sauce was possibly even worse. The piece I tried was quite tough, the meat separating in little shards. No wonder she didn't want to finish it.
But as I said, I did eat most of my dish, although on retrospect I probably should've sent it back and asked for something else. I also ate all my rice and a bit of Adelyn's—the rice was perfectly fine. Diana and Claire liked their non-duck dishes.
I'm sure some of you have eaten at Pam Real Thai (or Encore); did you like it? Was my failed crispy duck an anomaly? Is is suppose to taste like that?
Writing negative posts makes me feel crappy (you may have noticed that I rarely do it), and I know you can't write a meaningful review after just one visit and one dish, but that duck...that duck bothered me, and I wanted to get it out of my head. I hope it doesn't always taste like that. :(
Okay, let's look at this cat try to catch its own reflection:
- It's so fluffy..
Heehee. Okay I feel better.