Monday, March 14, 2016
Often called Guay Tiew Kaak in Thailand, which literally translates as "Noodles of Indians", this distinctive, aromatic noodle soup is like none you've ever tasted! We call it Maha Raja, and as the name suggests, this particular native noodle soup was born in the Southern region of Thailand, where Thai cooking is often influenced by the exotic spices & rich curries of neighboring India, Indonesia and Malaysia. The curry broth in our Maha Raja is rich in flavor, yet delicate in composition. The mildly sweet flavors of coconut & peanut are perfectly balanced by the tangy spice of chilies, garlic and lime. Rabieng's Maha Raja noodle soup is an authentic homage to the original with tender stewed cubed beef, thin rice noodles, sprouts, fried tofu, boiled egg, crispy shallots. Not many, if any Thai restaurants in America serve Guay Tiew Kaak, so what are you waiting for?!
Hi friends! Rabieng finally welcomes the fresh air of Spring with our new, refreshing & delicious deluxe Papaya Platters! Each platter is loaded with Rabieng's cool & fiery Papaya Salad and Esan (Northern Thai) favorite fixins' of pork rinds, shrimp chips, roasted peanuts & sticky rice- how cool is that?! We're not done yet- customize each platter with your favorite protein: Soft Crab Tempura, Grilled Shrimp, Fried Calamari, Crispy Wings, Moo Yaw (Thai Spam), Esan Sausage, Jerked Beef, Grilled Quail. Come enjoy the best Papaya Salad outside of Esan, only @ Rabieng!
|Deluxe Papaya Platter, served with Esan fixins' (pork rinds, shrimp chips, roasted peanuts, sticky rice) |
and choice of protein (pictured here with crispy wings)
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Once again, Rabieng has made the list of "100 Best Cheap Eats" in the Washingtonian Magazine!
"When in Falls Church, Eat Like a Thai" at Rabieng,
the home of Thai country comfort cooking …
Monday, November 17, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Nam Prik Ong (Roasted Tomato & Ground Pork Belly Dip)
A home-style snack dip of Nan Province (North).
Nam Prik Ong is a roasted paste of ground pork belly, tomato, red chilies, garlic & shallots. Its taste & texture is reminiscent of a spicy Bolognese sauce. Served with traditional sides of crisp carrots, cucumbers, romaine leafs & fried pork rinds for dipping. Don't ask us how the Thai food gods think up such ridiculously quirky, yet delicious food pairings! Just come in and try some for yourself!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Come savor a bowl! We've added Spicy Beef "Boat" Noodle Soup to our daily lunch menu! The nickname "Boat Noodles" is derived from the fact that this ever popular "meal-in-a-bowl" is the signature product of the famous Thai Floating Market in Ratchaburi, Thailand. At this canal-based market, vendors hawk various products such as freshly prepared food, fresh fruits & vegetables, right out of their boats! The Floating Market is a must visit tourist destination and THE place to enjoy an authentic hot & hearty bowl of "Boat Noodles". If you can't make it to Ratchaburi, just come to Rabieng!
There are many varieties of Thai noodle soups, Rabieng features six of the most popular! Each is prepared according to its own traditional recipe of specific protein, noodle-type, garnish and a composed broth of particular spices & seasonings. Thai noodle soups are served to the table already bursting with flavor! It is customary to tweak to personal preference the four essential Thai flavor profiles (sweet, sour, salty and spicy); just ask for the condiment tray.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
As Fall approaches, we have been working on a few additions to our repertoire of indigenous Thai fare. Rabieng is proud to introduce our version of Mieng Kham- a traditional leaf wrapped, finger snack originating in Northern Thailand. Translated, "Mieng Kham" literally means, "morsels of food in a bite".
Mieng Kham is an old world snack consisting of a small sampling of natural ingredients, each specifically chosen to tantalize the four flavor profiles of Thai cuisine: sweet, salty, sour & spicy. Traditional Mieng Kham consists of: Betel leafs, dehydrated shrimp, toasted coconut slivers, roasted peanuts, diced red onions, Thai chili peppers, ginger, and limes (with peel). Simply add a smidgen of each to a leaf, a dab of Mieng sauce (a caramel of fish sauce and palm sugar). The finished product should be a bite-sized leaf wrap.
As odd as these ingredients sound individually, the resulting combination is comparable to the filling of an "Almond Joy"- crunchy coconut & salted caramel! While we have tweaked the ingredients just a tad to suit our desired taste & texture profile, Rabieng's Mieng Kham is a homage true to authenticity. Try it with a cold beer!
Mieng Kham is simple, yet complex, delightful and delicious! It is no wonder that this rather "primitive" food remains a popular Thai snack today.
Dehydrated shrimp never tasted so good! Yes, that's a tiny wedge of lime with peel. Wrapped up and ready to enjoy!!!