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Rabieng (and its neighbors)

Wayne Keyser | Nov 29, 2004 02:00 PM

No big news here - just a very pleased word about the Thai Street Food menu at Rabieng.

It seems that every time I take a recommendation from Chowhound, I get an experience that is at least exciting, and sometimes really eye-opening!

Lunched at Rabieng Sunday and found friendly service and VERY carefully-prepared food presented with panache. The "little bits" on the street food menu (only some of which matched my idea of dim sum, which is the menu's subhead) were really nice, with a caveat or two.

The dumplings were flavorful and perfectly cooked, though I thought them priced a little high (hard to quibble about two or three bucks, but the price/value in my view ranged from "that's a fair price" to "hmmmm....")

The sticky rice topped with beef had very nicely flavorful beef, but for me the surprise was "Oh, THAT'S how sticky rice should be cooked!"

The tempura vegetables were PERFECT (and plenty)

The fried plantains were also perfect, but I expected more (compare at Taqueria El Charro Caminante, where three bucks gets you more than you can possibly eat of platanas fritas) - I know we're comparing a carryout to a fairly nice table-service place, but still...

The rice noodles with roast pork were nicely non-sticky, the meat worthy of eating in small bites and pausing to savor the complex flavor.

I wondered at the large display of red wine bottles in an Asian place, but after the meal I opined that red wine would go very nicely with the selections I experienced.

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NOTE:

You're missing something if you don't go into the Middle Eastern market a couple of doors down (I have never ventured into Duangrat's Thai market next door) - HUGE blocks of halavah to be cut to order, six or eight varieties of feta cheese, the same of olives (at a very good price), enough packaged and canned goods to make some really nice holiday gift baskets when combinmed with the nice array of gift items displayed (faux icons and Greek plates, cookware, etc).

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