We ahve not been to Ruan Thai very much of late so tonight Kay and I remedied that. While I thinnk we should not have ordered 2 fried dishes, the meal was very satisifying in a way that our recent Wheaton/SS Tahi forays have not been. The other fault is that we ordered 4 spicy dishes and were warned that one was very spicy and none of them really were anything more than medium or not very hot. We had:
Yum Watercress - fried watercress & seafood with a decidedly not spicy dip. Very rich and quite good. Needed more heat and would have been great at a dinner for 4.
#10 Catfish- what a dish. Some sort of ground or chopped catfish in a batter fried into a lacy catfishy cake with no visible catfish bits. I used the Som Tum as a topping to balance again the richness of the fried food. We finished every bit, ate the lettuce garnish and were lickig the plate when we decided that they might be upset if we broke the pates and ate them.
Som Tum - the way I like it with a good lime juice bite and plenty of small drid shrimp. While the tomato was just ordinary, ti is better then the wilted tomatos I have had recently at the Thai joint a couple of blocks away. Again, needed heat.
Beef salad. Same lousy tomatoes (hey, go to the Silver Spring Farmer's Market once a week and buy a couple of flats of tomatoes, its summer huh?) but the flavors were perfectly balanced and nicely lime flavored. We ignored this dish eating the catfish and the other two and when we got to it the beef was a little cold and chewy. I prefer teh pork salad which keeps tender longer and I always forget this fact.
2 beers, $30 with a 20% tip, very good service. Back at the top of our Thai list for the area.