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 : )  

Friday, March 23, 2012

By popular demand, Nam Kao Todt is on the menu!

Nam Kao Todt is one of the more elaborate Thai spicy salads (Yaam) to prepare, combining two primary components:  the Nam, which is Thai cured (lime, garlic) pork sausage and the Kao Todt, which means deep-fried rice.  The Nam sausage is pulled into bite-sized morsels.  Curried jasmine rice is hand formed into balls then deep-fried, creating what resembles the texture of Rice Crispies- airy, puffy, crunchy rice.  The rice balls are then crumbled into bits & pieces and tossed with the Nam in a bowl along with fresh chilies, lime juice, fish sauce & sugar- enhancing the four principle flavor profiles of Thai cooking:  spicy, sour, salty and sweet (respectively).  Peanuts & dried chilies are tossed in for good measure ; )

The enigma & allure of Thai cuisine lies not only in adherence to the aforementioned flavor profiles, but also the harmonious fusion of otherwise totally random ingredients.  If you love spicy, authentic, country Thai cooking- then Nam Kao Todt is a must try!

It is perhaps the complexity of these ingredients and tedious preparation, that Nam Kao Todt seldomly appears on the menus of Thai restaurants outside of the Kingdom.  We bring you this special dish to Falls Church, VA at Rabieng- home of Thai country comfort cookin'!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rabieng proudly serves Fat Tire Amber Ale!

"Named in honor of our co-founder's bike trip through Europe, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer's home brewing. Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Together with co-founder, Kim Jordan, they traveled around sampling their homebrews to the public. Fat Tire won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness". -New Belgium Brewery

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Musings on Restaurant Week & prix-fixe Thai menus...

In case you're wondering why Rabieng (and Duangrat's) does not participate in Restaurant Week, it's simple- we believe in offering the customer our full menu and the freedom of choice.  After all, it's your money and your belly, why leave it up to someone else's discretion?  

More importantly, our a la carte prices are already an outstanding value!  In fact, we are perennially awarded Very Best Bargain restaurant by The Washingtonian Magazine.  With our guest check average of $12-$15 (lunch) and $20-$25 (dinner), you can easily build your own 2-3+ course meal  for well less than  Restaurant Week promo prices (usually $20 lunch, $35 dinner- per person).  

No doubt Restaurant Week offers excellent dining value for trying out that "expense account" restaurant you've been saving for a special occasion.  The bottom line is, no need to wait for a "sale" or occasion.  Drop by Rabieng anytime for a homestyle Thai meal that will leave you and your wallet smiling!