Thanks to Monkey's suggestion, I looked up Bangkok Noodle House. Google Map shows it's only a 12 minute drive from my office so I went there for lunch today with a friend. We each had a bowl of noodle soup, me - Floating Market, friend - Sukiyaki. We also ordered a Volcano Chicken.
When I ordered the Floating Market Noodle Soup, the waiter (who might be the owner) asked whether I've had it before. I said yes, but not at his restaurant. I said I know it's spicy and that's fine with me. So I was surprised and disappointed that the Floating Market Noodle Soup wasn't spicy at all. In fact, the Sukiyaki was spicier. I wonder if there's some miscommunication. Also, as can be seen on the restaurant's website (http://www.bangkoknoodlehouse.com/tha...), the soup's got a real muddled texture. I don't believe the version at Nava Thai was like this. What are the burgundy specks in the soup? blood? From the spoonful of broth that I tried, I liked the Sukiyaki quite a bit.
The Volcano Chicken was okay. Not particularly tender and the flavor wasn't really exciting. I did see another table order a whole fried flounder which looked great.
I wasn't blown away by what we had but there's really not any good Thai restaurant in NoVa and I've been to all the usual suspects. So I will go back to try their Chinese broccoli w/ crispy pork and other noodle soups.
So next door is a Filipino grocery store with a cafeteria style restaurant. I saw some lechon, and my friend said there might be balut as well. Can anyone shed light on what to order? I bought some chicken empanadas and their shells are actually sweet (not my cup o' tea).