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May 5, 2008 12:04 PM

Songkran Festival pics

I finally got around to uploading my Songkran Festival pics. Local foodies who dig Southeast Asian street food will enjoy:

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  1. Thanks for bringing back the memories. My favorite item was the Floating Market Soup. Looks like you got a nice haping bowlful.

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    1. re: Steve

      I liked it so much I got two servings from two different vendors. It was a silly thing to do as I was short on cash having forgotten to visit the ATM beforehand. Do you know if I can get the Floating Market Soup at local restaurants?

      BTW, Steve, can you identify this following dish?

      The woman tried to explain to me but it couldn't understand. It has the consistency of tendon.

      1. re: Minger

        The Floating Market Soup at Nava Thai in Wheaton is supposed to be fabulous. I just got carry-out from NT for the first time yesterday (although not FMS), and it was very, very good.

        1. re: MartyL

          I had the NT Floating Mrket Soup the other weekend -- it is good, but I am afraid not as good as at the festival (where it is as good as a Bangkok street corner!). NT's version is on the sweet side, and lacks the strong undertone of star anise.

        2. re: Minger

          *Floating Market Noodle Soup
          Beef, meat balls, bean sprouts in beef broth. Your choice of vermicelli noodle, thin noodle or rice noodle.

          get thee to thai square on columbia pike in arlington...and while you are there, their som tum is revelatory (be careful not to moan or chirp too loudly).

          and man am i ticked that i missed this festival AGAIN!

          1. re: alkapal

            The noodle soups I ate in the pictures have at least two kinds of offal in them. I tasted tripe and kidney. Seems like some restaurant versions don't have them??

            1. re: alkapal

              I like the Floating Market Soup at Thai Square, however, it is not fabulous like at the Songkran Festival. At Thai Square, it can be ordered spicy or not, and I think also you can order it in a 'brown version' or not. I always ask for it 'brown' which seems to contain more cinnamon and other spices.

            2. re: Minger

              Two questions: 1) was it deep fried? and 2) what was the flavor of the sauce? If #1 is true and it was a garlic/white pepper sauce, then it was moo tod gratiem, in which case I'm horribly jealous as I haven't found a good example of that anywhere outside of Thailand. (It doesn't seem like it would be hard for a good Thai chef to make, but no restaurants here seem to make it.)

              1. re: sweth

                sweth, your inquiry made me wonder: have any hounds asked for "special" (off-menu) dishes in their fave thai resto? any luck?

                1. re: alkapal

                  Yes, I think I posted recently that Bangkok Garden in Bethesda has a special, Thai language menu from which the items I ordered were excellent. You might want to start a separate post on this topic to get more responses.

                  1. re: MartyL

                    thai square also has a thai language menu. i actually meant whether a dish not on the thai or english language menu has been prepared. posted here just because it was easy!

                  2. re: alkapal

                    Very rarely has it worked for me--they often know what dish I'm talking about, but say that (for whatever reason) they can't/don't make it.

                    (If anyone knows where I can get me some Thai fried rice with a fried egg with a runny yolk on top ("khao pad gap khai dao mai sook"?) in NoVA I will be forever grateful. For some reason, no Thai place will make this for me. Satay Sarinah used to do an Indonesian version of the same idea, but they appear to have dropped the fried egg when they changed chefs.)

                    1. re: sweth

                      There is a thai restaurant called Little Spice in Hanover, MD (close to BWI airport) that does Thai fried rice with a fried egg like you describe. I love that dish! I haven't actually eaten it there but I was dining there and went to the bathroom. Passing by the other tables on my way, I saw someone else eating this. I didn't remember seeing it on the menu so I asked the waitress. It's not on the menu but they will make it for you if you ask.
                      Also, if you like that you should try the Korean version called Bi Bim Bap. (you may already know this dish) Try to specifically get the one in the hot clay pot. It's rice, a bunch of veggies, and some meat. It comes with a fried egg on top (runny yolk and all). you put this hot sauce in and mix the whole thing together, the hot clay pot makes the rice kind of crispy. Yummy.

                      1. re: sweth

                        Nava Thai will add an egg on top if you ask. It's an option listed on the bottom left of the menu I believe.

                        Or you can just ask the server - who's English was perfect the last time I was there.

                    2. re: sweth

                      If sweth's questions are in response to my query, I think my dish is something else as the sauce is chili based and the meat is light colored and chewy, more like connective tissue than muscle.

                2. For MySpace members only - here is a link to my Songkran 2008 at the Wat Thai DC pics too. Of course I focus on the food for most of the pics :-D


                  I would have loaded it up on flickr or another free service but the file images were too big and over their size limits (Myspace allows up to 5mb per).