Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nam Prik Ong- another deliciously quirky appetizer!

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

Spicy Beef "Boat" Noodles! (available at lunch)

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.  

Thai noodle soup is unlike Vietnamese Pho- which aside from your choice of protein, is uniformly served with rice noodles and unseasoned stock broth; leaving it as "Do-It-Yourself" using bottled condiments.  Incidentally, Sriracha, Pho's most popular condiment is an original product of Thailand.  Sriracha, Thailand is the seafood-rich coastal town where this sauce was invented.  Contrary to popular belief, Sriracha is neither native to Vietnam nor California- where "American Sriracha" aka "Rooster Sauce" is manufactured!  

BTW, "Krating Daeng" is also an original product of Thailand, but was licensed to an Austrian entrepreneur in the 90's, who aptly translated the name and rebranded it globally as Red Bull!

Home of the original "Boat" Noodles- Ratchaburi, Thailand

Vendors on the "Floating Market"


Rabieng's Spicy Beef "Boat" Noodles- rice noodles, tender slices of flank steak, Thai meatballs, crispy pork rinds, basil, sprouts & celery in a savory, Five Spice beef broth






Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Weekend Dim Sum!

Don't miss Rabieng's weekend Dim Sum & Noodle Soup lunch! 
Every Saturday & Sunday from 11AM to 3PM. 
Made to order, our menu of 30 snack-sized plates is sure to please every palate!  No waiting for cold food on a cart! 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Rabieng's Northern Style Mieng Kham Leaf Wraps!

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!!!




Tuesday, August 20, 2013

We've added a couple of brews!

Rabieng is now proudly serving Sapporo tall cans.  Sapporo is Japan's oldest brewery- enjoy this crisp, dry, refreshing lager today!  


While we were at it, we realized that we were missing a brown ale, so we've also added Brooklyn Brown Ale for your drinking pleasure!  Brooklyn, is a classic American brewery. Its rich, smooth, creamy brown ale is the perfect accompaniment to bold, intense, spicy Thai food!  Give it a try...





Monday, August 12, 2013

Washingtonian Magazine Cheap Eats 2013 Award

We made the list!  Washingtonian Cheap Eats Award August 2013 issue.  Come check us out and thank you for your support!  Click on the magazine image to read more:


Monday, September 17, 2012

It's Fall, welcome back!

Hello friends!  Rabieng welcomes you back this Fall with some adventurous additions to our menu.  We know that nowadays, you can get Pad Thai just about any where.  That said, Rabieng always strives to offer you more than the expected- an authentic taste of the obscure, indigenous food of local Thai natives.  

Some of our most delicious & satisfying foods aren't complicated, in fact, they're just snacks.  We've added some savory Thai "street-style" snacks that you're not likely to find elsewhere.  Like many things you would find off the "streets" of Thailand, some, will bring out the Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmerman in you!  But at $5 each, it pays to be adventurous!  


We'll keep these snacks a surprise until you get here, but let's just say, if you like good ol' American snacks like chips & dip, beef jerky, Rice Krispies treats & corn nuts- you'll be in for a treat : )