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The most "interesting" asian dishes in NOVA, DC and MD??

I thought it would be a cool idea to start a list of the most interesting, exotic, unusual asian dishes that are offered around the area. I am new to the area so I am always on the lookout for fun things to go try.

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  1. Budae Jigae at Seoulia in Beltsville. Hot Dogs, Spam, pork, kimchi, tofu & veggies (aka Korean army base soup).

    1. Yum watercress at Ruan Thai.

      1. Here are my top five, giving emphasis to the unusual.

        Mieng Muang Luang: Rice paste wrap, Bangkok Golden in Falls Church. Even Seng's Lao customers are surprised to find this dish on a restaurant menu. She makes it just because it is one of her favorite things to eat.

        PALAKACHI TAKATLI BHAJI
        Spinach cooked with buttermilk, peanuts and blacksalt. Passage to India in Bethesda.

        Gram Fritter Salad, Myanmar in Falls Church. A salad literally served in gravy.

        Shredded radish, Joe's Noodle House in Rockville.

        Pork with crispy bread, Sichuan Jin River, Rockville.

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        1. re: Steve

          Wow, they have palakachi takatli bhaji on a restaurant menu?? My mother-in-law makes this when she visits us from India, but it's definitely "home cooking' " - I will have to,try it if I'm ever in Bethesda. An interesting find indeed!

          1. re: anakalia

            It is easily one of the best things I've ever eaten in my life. I have to fight my kids for it. (of course, I do not have the advantage of a family version).

            I have made a special trip to Bethesda for it. If you go, other items you must have are the PANCHPHORNER PARMAL SHAAK Baby gourds tempered with Panchphoren (five seeds)and the mah ki dal, spices and pickles from the last page of the menu.

            1. re: Steve

              I hear a chow lunch in the making...

        2. A tie between the Shrimp Uttapam and Palak Chaat at Rasika.

          1. this is my newest fave and crave: Goi Hên ---- baby clams with pork sauteed with special spices, herbs, peanuts on top of mixed vegetables served with sesame rice crackers.

            it is like a thai larb amped up on savory and herbal flavor steroids. the baby clams are sweet and tender and the ground pork is juicy and delicate. the herbs are super fresh. it is truly delightful.

            WORTH every cent of the $15 price tag. enough for two to share as a substantial appetizer. or one hungry hogger. <ahem>

            from rice paper restaurant in falls church's eden center.

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            lotus root salad from phung huoang restaurant, also in eden center. good vietnamese soups there, too.

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            1. re: alkapal

              bangkok golden's lao menu (the one you have to ask for specially) ---> fermented fish salad. although "fermented," it is bright and fresh, with a nice, slightly-sour lime dressing and lots of fresh herbs. i suspect it is tilapia, which i normally don't like (even though it is now the ubiquitous fish).

              special crispy rice salad with the ground lao sausage -- on the "specials" board yesterday…maybe for the holidays. spicy hot and savory, with herbs and nice crunchy rice in with the sausage. the lao sausage is added to this regular lao menu item --> "43. NAM KHAO/CRISPY RICE SALAD $ 8.95 Crispy & spicy rice with herbs, shredded coconut & seasoned with lime juice, onion, ham. Served with fresh lettuce."

              ps, anytime you see their sausage, get it. it is some of the best sausage you'll ever have.

              give them some business; they said things have been slow since the election.

              http://www.bangkokgolden7corners.com