Thursday, August 10, 2006

Sumpin Different

As mentioned in an earlier post, I will try to frequent as many local restaurants as possible. Hopefully, doing my part to spend money at the places of business of Shaw, Bloomingdale, Ledroit merchants would help them succeed, and hopefully lead to more business starts.

Tonight I went over to infamous Thai-Xing. I have heard great things about it, and finally had a chance to check it out. I ordered ahead, which shortened my wait (which is apparently legendary already). I spent only about 5-10 minutes in the cramped English Basement as Kaw prepared my food.

The smells coming from my carry-out bag were wonderful. I couldnt wait to get home to taste. I started with the spring rolls which have been described by another blog as "tight as Cohibas". It is true, there are many layers of wrapper, crispy even after the trip home. They are hearty and dense without the greasiness that normally accompanies such fare. I found the filling to taste good, but a bit dry. The wonderful spicy sweet sauce was perfect accompaniment.

This was followed by an interesting dish called Yum Woon Sen, which is billed as translucent chicken mushrooms spring onions and cilantro in lime sauce. Mine was missing the mushrooms, but the flavor was fresh and tasty. Cilantro and lime gave a great bite to the noodles.

For an entree, I was pretty conservative and tried the beef penang. The sauce smacked of fresh homemade cooking. The cream of the coconut milk was jazzed up with a good amount of spice. It was very tasty, albeit a bit salty.

All in all, very impressed. The food tasted fresh unlike many of the "new" Thai places in town. I strongly recommend this place and will visit again soon.

5 comments:

Truxtonian said...

Thai Xing absolutely rocks. I continue to be amazed by it everytime.

I got the much recommended salmon with red curry last time and was surprised above my high expectations how good it was. I also got an appetizer (can't remember the name) that was beef with cilantro, lime (?) and a few other things that was also amazing.

We might not have a lot of food establishments (besides wing carryouts) in our 'hoods, but there are definitely some great places to grab a bite to eat.

Oh-- I think the owner's name is "Taw", instead of "Kaw". Also, the Chicken Viggsittaboot (sp?) is his own recipe and is his last name. That's another great dish I love.

Anonymous said...

dude, did you get a great parking spot too?

Scenic Artisan said...

yeah, its pretty damned good.

i wish it could expand to be a restaurant.

Anonymous said...

great food, and great place. but spring rolls were my least favorite on the menu. try the drunken noodles and the salmon with red curry is great, as are the two squid appetizer dishes. well worth the wait.

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