Christmas 2014 and now entering the new year!

2014 was such a scrumptious year! For Christmas, we picked a cookbook off the bookshelf and cooked a couple of dishes from it. Fun fun! 🙂

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Vichyssoise, skirt steak and some red wine jus over it!

For New Year’s Eve, we decided to stay in and chill with my favorite Thai food!

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This restaurant, Thai Square, is on Columbia Pike in Arlington. Doesn’t look like anything special from outside but THEIR FOOD IS SO GOOOOOOD!

Now I’m indeed ready for 2015! It’s gonna be another fantabulicious year. 🙂 Happy new year!!

[Restaurant Review] Thai Square – Arlington, VA

▣ Location: 3217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

▣ Tel: 703-685-7040

▣ Thai

▣ Yelp Rating: ★★★★☆ (as of August 22, 2012) – Click stars for more info!

……THE.BEST.THAI.RESTAURANT.OUTSIDE.OF.THAILAND……

Since I went to Thailand last year, I’ve fallen in love with Thai food. I would totally trade it with Korean food, which I grew up on my entire life until now. I even took a cooking class during the three week long trip in Chiangmai, Thailand. Absolutely fun! Now that I’m in the states, I see Thai restaurants literally everywhere. It wasn’t like this when I was here 5 years ago. In this case, “the more, the better” doesn’t necessarily work because you have too many to choose from! If you live in Arlington, your “which Thai restaurant do you want tonight?” problem is about to kiss goodbye to you. Thai Square it is!

The picture is my second favorite Thai dish: Floating Market Noodle Soup. Guess where they usually sell them? 😉 These noodles are Thai people’s comfort food and they don’t even cost a dollar in Thailand. You see small restaurants selling just this noddle soup quite easily. No other restaurant in the states has given me those fried noodles to go with this noodle soup so far but Thai Square knows how to serve this dish. I didn’t even ask for the fried noodles and honestly I didn’t even expect those when I opened the bag at home. You season it with fish sauce, pepper flakes and/or sugar, which are btw their staple condiments. It’s got so many different flavors that it tastes crazy! Sour, sweet, meaty, herby, salty, fishy, spicy and you name it!

What’s best here, though, is my favorite dish! Remember my first post on the blog? Fried rice with shrimp (←click for details)! The thing about that dish is that you can’t really mess it up. I haven’t had any bad experience with it. Plus, my coworkers are all hooked now! However, not messing up is one thing but being the best at cooking the best dish in the world is another! THEY KNOW THAI FOOD. Even their take-out/delivery food tastes goooooood!

Great service. Greater location. Greatest food. What more needs to be said? Do I get paid to advertise this restaurant (hmm.. that would be nice)? They don’t even know I write about them. I WANT EVERYONE TO TRY THIS RESTAURANT! That’s all.

Next time you go there, get a nice cold glass of Thai iced tea with your scrumptious meal!

Asian Festival DC 2012

 

ASIANFestival 2012

☆ Where: GMU in Fairfax

☆ When: July 21, 2012~July 22, 2012

☆ Best Part: Are you kidding me? FOOD!

I am not gonna lie. I knew nothing about this even until this morning and I just randomly saw what one of my tweeps posted “… at the Asian Festival…” when I was trying to figure out what to get for lunch. And to be completely honest, I still have no clue what this festival is all about. However, I do know that it comes back every year and they have great, fun food selections there!

The food picture up there is Liang Mian (涼麵), a kind of chinese noodle dish, which literally means ‘cold noodles’. These gingery, vinegary noodles were only ONE DOLLAR! Nothing in this world is a dollar these days even at the dollar store after taxes! The portion was really small but when you are there, you want to go for variety rather than “quantity”!

Lunch consisted of: Dosa (Indian crepe with dips), Liang Mian (Chinese cold noodles), Dinuguan (Filipino meat dish… I didn’t know exactly what it was but I just found out when I got home.. Click the link.. Might be a little disturbing ;)) and Gway Teow (My all-time favorite noodle soup from Thailand – It’s gonna be another post when I get the recipe down).

If you missed it today, check it out tomorrow! If you can’t make it this year, you know where to go back next year! Happy weekend!!

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Thai Fried Rice with Shrimp

Thai Fried Rice with Shrimp

My absolute favorite food in the whole world. If I had to choose one dish to eat for the rest of my life, this would be it! No brainer! Sometimes, Thai restaurants don’t even have this on their menu, so this is what I do. “Can I have fried rice with shrimp? A fried egg on top. Spicy fish sauce on the side, please.” Surprisingly, every single Thai restaurant brings out exactly the same thing. I’ve never failed with this one.

-Behind story on this: I was in Thailand in 2011. I ended up walking into a very “not super clean” marketplace and no one there spoke English. I was dying of hunger so I just pointed at some food this guy was eating. This was it. I fell in love right away!

Please share the recipe if you know the secret!