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BATTAMBANG - disappointed

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  • Han Lukito Aug 6, 2001 06:21 PM
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After reading glowing report about this place, I drove 30 minutes and went to Battambang last weekend but was quite disappointed

1) Amok Frei - fish in banana leaf taste and smell like it is not fresh/earthy ?? Is it suppose to taste like that ?

2) Stuffed quail - too salty !! found lots of little bones that can accidentally get ingested.

3) Softshell crab - this one is quite decent. At least i got one decent dish.

Also the wait was long !!! Sorry, i will not come back to this place.

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  1. i'm so sorry to hear you had an unpleasant experience there. the night we had dinner the dining room was definately busy, but people weren't waiting for tables. i wonder if the kitchen was just overworked and didn't have enough hands to satisfy the demands.

    the quail, even when considered boneless will still have wing and thigh bones intact to help give the bird shape and to preserve what meat there is around those bones. it is quite customary to eat these parts of the quail with your fingers, sucking the bones to get all the meat off you possibly can.

    the quail was one of my favorites there, sorry it wasn't to your liking, but i'm glad that you enjoyed the soft shell.

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    1. re: Rochelle
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      Caitlin McGrath

      Re the fish in banana leaf, it is catfish; I certainly can't say whether your was fresh or not, but because catfish is a bottom-feeder, some people find it to taste earthy...if you do a search on the homepage for "fish that tastes like dirt," you'll turn up a whole thread about this issue from earlier this year.

      1. re: Rochelle

        about the quail - there were actually little bone fragments in the middle of the stuffed meat. i don't mind the big thigh bone. but those little bone fragments really ruined it. plus it was very salty. when the chef first brought the item, he apologizes for the lateness. maybe they did it in a hurry.

        well, as they say "first impression is the one that last". better luck for me next time (maybe not in battambang).

      2. "1) Amok Frei - fish in banana leaf taste and smell like it is not fresh/earthy ?? Is it suppose to taste like that ?"
        That would be farm raised fish. It is always inferior to that caught in the wild. On the other hand it is more sustainable.

        "2) Stuffed quail - too salty !! found lots of little bones that can accidentally get ingested."
        Qual is that way. Order turkey next time.

        3) Softshell crab - this one is quite decent. At least i got one decent dish.


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        1. re: chefotto
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          Melanie Wong

          Chef Otto, thanks for your comments. I've noticed that the farm-raised bass are muddy tasting if undercooked. The ones we catch in ponds and streams have a slightly earthy taste too, but not as pronounced. Is this a characteristic of certain types of freshwater fish?

          1. re: Melanie Wong
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            Caitlin McGrath

            There was a discussion about this on general topics that may or may not shed some light.

            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Hi Melanie,

              Have you noticed this "flavor" more pronounced during certain times of the year?

              It has been my experience, (as an avid fisherperson), that fish caught in the rivers, streams, estuaries(sp?), canals, and ponds of the Sacramento valley, and surrounding areas, during the cooler months have a lesser degree of this flavor than those caught during the dog days of summer.

              Yoroshiku,
              Andy

              1. re: Andy P.

                Andy, I should have surmised that you were a fisherman. You have that awareness and patience that the best ones have, like my dad.

                I don't have enough experience with cooler climate fish to make a comparison. Seems like the boys don't get their poles out until it warms up.

                Do you find this with all types or only some? How about trout?