“So, do you want to get some take out?”
“Sure, where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know” cough cough cough, sniffle
“Um, how about TJs?”
“Uh, I actually don’t want to eat there.”
“Ooookay, so where do you want to eat?”
“I don’t know…”
“Well, I picked already, so you have to pick now.”
“Damnit, I don’t know where I want to eat. I want something spicy with a lot of flavor, since I can’t eat anything with this stupid cold.”
“So how about that new Caribbean place on Washington?”
“Ooo! Yea, let’s go there!”
It’s never easy when I say I want to go out to eat, since I never know where exactly I want to eat. Albany John is a dear for putting up with me and my indecisivness. But this weekend, I had a vague idea that I wanted something either Indian or Caribbean, since I had the worst cold in the world and couldn’t taste ANYTHING. It was hell. Why eat if you can’t taste the delishiousness?
So, we made our way down to Golden Choice. It’s right off of Lark Street next to that parking lot and on the same block as Clayton’s Caribbean Restaurant. This is the best Caribbean place in Albany. Albany John got the Curry Goat ($6.25), pictured above. They must have sauteed the hell out of it, and stewed it for a while. It was really good.
This baby, the Curry Shrimp ($6.75) was great and tasty. We had to wait while they made it fresh. They explained that they make all the shrimp orders as they come in, because the shrimp don’t taste right when they’re pre-made. Something about the seasoning making them mushy and dry if you let it sit. It’s nice to see their attention to detail, and that even though it’d be easier to just toss the ingredients all together and scoop it out when someone wanted it, they don’t because it would be crappy. Really crappy. And there’s nothing sadder than crappy shrimp.
I really enjoyed the curry shrimp, except I didn’t know that there would be quite so many (okay, any) bell peppers in it. I picked all of those out. Thankfully, none of the bell pepper taste merged with the rest of the curry. And even if it did, I couldn’t tell. All of the flavors of the curry were separate, but blended together perfectly. Translation: The shrimp didn’t give the carrots and shrimpy taste, the carrots didn’t give the spinach(or other green) a carroty taste, but when I ate them all together, I could distinguish each flavor as their own and it wasn’t just a generic ‘curry’ flavor. Definately a surprise I wasn’t expecting, and enhanced the tastiness. Another thing I liked was that all the veggies (there were a bunch too) weren’t cooked down to a mush like veggies in Indian curries will. It wasn’t refreshing(they were coated in curry sauce afterall), but I liked the crisp texture they had. When you’re sick you really don’t want mush, no matter how tasty it is.
These meals were the small orders. I’m scared of how big the large orders are, since I could barely eat half of my curry shrimp (and I’ve eaten pounds of shrimp at a time, so I was shocked too). They also came with sides of white rice or peas & rice, and plantains or cabbage. Albany John and I both got peas & rice and plantains. The plantains were HEAVENLY. They were soft all over, nicely browned on the outside, and had that starchy, flavorful inside. I salted mine heavily, but I heavily salt everything I eat, so it would have been shocking if I didn’t salt it. The curry needed only minimal salting though. But you won’t need salt. I promise. And I was sick when I ate it, so chances are I might not even need salt if I ate it today, but that’s only a theory. I would still probably salt it.
Dd you know that peas and rice means beans and rice in Caribbean cooking? I didn’t and was pleasantly surprised by the rice and kidney beans I found in the container. I love beans, and the rice had the perfect amount Caribbean seasoning in it to keep it from being bland, but not over powering. (I’m Chinese, I’ve eaten so much white rice it flows through my veins, so given a choice of something other than plain ol white rice, I’ll choose the other thing). The rice and beans also were great to mix with the curry. The rice absorbed all the liquid curry, and it was uber delishious to eat with the rest of the curry. I like to mix my foods with rice. Albany John thinks it wierd, but I think it’s tasty. It’s also a vessel for flavors, so that curry it absorbed and eating with with actual curry… this probably doesn’t make sense. I apologize. But just trust me mixing the curry and the rice is a good thing. A really good and tasty thing.
Just a random note, I got one of Saso’s lunch boxes on the fly the other day, and WOW! They’re worth it. $14.95 for the Sushi Lunch Combo (I think that’s what its called). It’s the biggest lunch combo they have, and came with more food than Albany John and I could stomach. 2 pieces each of salmon and tuna sashimi, 1 piece each of squid, tuna, shrimp, salmon sushi (probably more, see their website) and a california roll. Oh, and some cold noodles. Woah, tasty goodness. Everyone go eat there. I also mistakenly got a philly roll. It was just… more sushi than I could eat, I’m ashamed to say. *hangs head* Also, this was the best california roll I’ve ever eaten. I usually loathe the suckers, but this was GOOD. Not that I’d order it again, as there are many better rolls, but this wasn’t one where you go ‘eh, it came with the meal, so I may as well eat it’ you go ‘mmm roll from Saso’s. gaahhhhhh’
Saso’s is having a make your own sushi lunch from 11am-1pm on April 30th. It’s $50 for the class, but I might go. If you haven’t been able to tell, I have a real Achilles Heel for Saso’s. That and I’ve never made sushi, so this could be a fun experience. Hopefully I won’t come off too creepy/astounded when I go.