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Takeout Thai: The good, the bad and the ugly.

Ziv | Jul 26, 202009:43 AM     19

This month I have been trying a lot of new Thai spots and getting appetizers or soups for carryout. Thai Select at 1713 Wilson Blvd in Arlington was my first stop this month, I got a rather good Larb Gai and a so-so Thai Iced Coffee and ate under the umbrella in the parking lot. It was a nice light bite and I will be be back.
I later picked up steamed pork dumplings (khanom jeeb?) and Yum Woon Sen noodles at Buuz Thai at 1926 Wilson Blvd in Arlington. Both were good but not interesting, somehow. If I had had the chili tray maybe I could have hotted them up or hit them with a splash of vinegar, but I didn't have it at the picnic table with me.
A week later I hit Sisters Thai in the Mosaic and saw that they had Yen Ta Fo on the menu. I have had that in Bangkok and it is a really tasty soup, the pink tofu/broth makes it a bit unique. This version was really kind of mundane, not the layered rich soup that I was anticipating. The final straw for me was something that I may be in the minority on. I like my Yen Ta Fo to be made with medium width Sen Lek noodles not the wide Sen Yai noodles. When I order it streetside in Thailand the cook always asks and I get the medium width Sen Lek noodles, not the inch wide Sen Yai noodles. I didn't think to request the thinner noodles and I battled those thick noodles to a draw in the end. I think the wide noodles are why I have never liked Drunken Noodles/Pad Kee Mao all that much, so I have to admit to a bit of prejudice with regards to Sen Yai noodles and dishes prepared with them.
After a few bouts with average Thai food, I went back to one of my favorites, Thai Noy in Westover at 5880 Washington Blvd and ordered a couple dishes that I know they do well. I got Yum Woon Sen, which is rich and flavorful, just a very nice dish. I also split a Som Tum/Papaya Salad with my girlfriend. Order it with sticky rice to soak up every drop of juice, another really nice dish. I didn't order the Larb Mu this time but it is good as well. My girlfriend got the Pad Thai with Vegies and it was thoroughly ok. I tried the Pla Goong/grilled shrimp with lime vinaigrette and again, the juice is so tasty it is worth having sticky rice to soak up every bit of it. The shrimp were good, not great. All in all, Thai Noy is my favorite Thai place in North Arlington and/or Falls Church.
I have to return to my all time favorite, Thai Square, on Columbia Pike in S Arlington to see if they are still on top of their game.

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