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Chowhound Group dinner at Thai Ghang Waan in Springfield, VA

souvac | May 7, 201402:43 PM     15

Last Saturday, six of us gathered for a dinner at Thai Ghang Waan in Springfield. On my two previous visits, I was greeted with two menus. One was a one pager written in Thai and a folded menu with Thai dishes you would typically find in a lot of Thai restaurants. On this trip, they handed me the folded menu and a two pager that was written in English! I am so glad to see that there is a translated version for my friends that don't read Thai. Being a fairly large group, we were able to sample quite a lot of dishes.

Overall, I thought it was an excellent meal. We didn't have a bad dish all night. Below is a list of what we ordered. The group favorites are marked with **. Most of the dishes were on the small side, so six of us were able to finish most of the 12 savory dishes and two desserts. On average, I think if you order 3 plates for every 2 people, you would have a very satisfying meal. The crispy pork with chinese broccoli was just done so well that we ordered it again on our second round. I could go back just for the Goong Chae Nam Pla and Hoy tod. I just don't know where else to get them in the area, and they were some of my favorite dishes in Thailand. However, I will probably be making my way around the menus as everything was done so well. Attached are photos of the translated menu. The total including a big tip (~25%) was $180 with no drinks or $30pp.

Dishes ordered:

**Goong Chae Nampla (Raw shrimp with a chili, lime, garlic, sauce)
Som Tum with Pickle Crab and shrimp paste (Papaya salad)
**Sweet liver (Spicy liver salad)
**Naem Kluk Kao Tod (Thai crispy rice salad slightly different than the Lao version)
Yum Pla Dook Foo (catfish puff salad)
Suki Haeng with Seafood (stir fried bean thread noodle with suki sauce)
**Hoy Tod (Mussels Omelette)
**Pad Kana Moo Krob (Crispy pork with Chinese broccoli)
**Crispy chicken wings with basil (on the Thai written menu only)
Gaeng Ped (roast duck in red curry)
Green curry with Pork
Mango with Sticky Rice
**Khao Niew Sang ka nya (Taro custard with sticky rice, not on the menu)

Sticky Rice
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