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Need "Traditional" Thai Food help - Thai Deelish, Ashburn, Virginia

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Need "Traditional" Thai Food help - Thai Deelish, Ashburn, Virginia

matt8313 | Nov 29, 2011 04:44 PM

I've been pleasantly surprised by Thai Deelish in Ashburn, Va., ever since it opened. They'll put some heat in the food if you ask (and sometimes if you don't), their curries have a fascinating assortment of distinct, complex flavors, and I enjoy their weird, somewhat untraditional noodle dishes. Also, their lunch special is an amazing bargain.

But they've recently (I think) added a 'Traditional Thai Food' section to their menu -- http://www.thaideelish.com/traditiona... -- and I have to admit that I have no idea how to approach it. I have no experience whatsoever with traditional Thai food, don't know what to expect, and don't really know where to start. (It's also part of the bargain lunch special, which makes it a bigger gamble.)

The staff there is nice and has been helpful in the past, but there are also the usual language barriers that sometimes make ordering unusual things tricky, so I figured I'd see if anyone here could help.

There's a curry with seven peppers next to it; nothing on the "normal" menu goes past three peppers. Will I survive eating that? Which of the noodle soups would I be best served trying? What, exactly, is "salted raw crab"?

Any advice or suggestions -- from folks familiar with this restaurant in particular or just these dishes in general -- would be hugely welcome. Thanks!

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Thai Deelish
43330 Junction Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147

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