There's no "L" in "Curry Favor"

Trip Start Jan 12, 2013
Trip End Feb 14, 2013

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Flag of Vietnam  , Ha Nội,
Monday, January 14, 2013

I live in China where chicken curry is pretty flavorless. But what I experienced tonight at the Bao Khanh Restaurant makes me think the Chinese are geniuses when it comes to Indian cuisine.

Check this out:
a.) The Bao Khanh offers a "curry chicken" that comes in a large bowl in a curry-colored soup that has not a hint of curry aroma or flavor. Even in China they put in enough curry "flavor" that on a smogless day you might be able to see Detroit yet still be less than 100% certain if you are supposedly eating a curried dish.

b.) The "potatoes" were french fries dumped into the tasteless sauce. At the beginning of the meal they had some kind of body to them, but by the end of the meal they dissolved in your mouth like complete pap.

c.) The "carrots" were half-cooked and semi-soft, and might have buddied up with the french fries in the broiler before being dumped in the sauce.

d.) The pieces of "chicken," which the Vietnamese usually make to perfection, were definitely from two separate carcasses. One chicken was so tough that it could have easily spent time in prison before arriving at the restaurant, and the pieces from the other bird tenderly slid off the bone and into your mouth, chewable but still tasteless. 

e.) I ate all of it--except for the french fries--because I was hungry. After finishing the meal I sat at my table hoping the waiters, two nice boys, would ask me how it was. They didn't, which was just as well, so I tipped them 20% and left with a smile.

f.) Where is the Bao Khanh Restaurant? Well, here's a hint: It's fifty paces from one of the streets that circle Hoan Kiem Lake, and it's on Bao Khanh Street! Both of these facts you will no doubt forget, but when you walk out of that restaurant and suddenly see the street sign with the same name, you'll say to yourself, "That guy was right, their curry does suck!"
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