|Pumpkin stewed in coconut at Thai X-ing|
This was Paul and Lisa’s second time eating at Thai X-ing and our first. The Sunday night vegetarian dinners had first attracted my brother and his meat-free girlfriend. Learning that the omnivore set menu Monday through Saturday could be adjusted to accommodate vegetarians in a group, Thai X-ing earned its spot as our second destination on DC Food Tour 2012.
|Cucumber soup with sausage stuffing|
|Papaya salad, Stir fried beef with mint|
Water glasses and utensils were placed in a pile in the table and along with cheap wine glasses at our request. Knowing the restaurant is BYO, we pulled out several bottles of wine we had brought along. (Note: some minor moments of amusement were gleaned from this policy. As we sipped on white Burgundy and French malbec, we tried hard not to stare as our nearest neighbors took a bottle of Yellow Tail Chardonnay very seriously.)
|Flounder with lemongrass and basil|
About that point we realized that though we had alerted the staff to the vegetarian in our midst, each of the plates brought out at up till then came with some sort of fish or animal product. This was resolved quickly, not by reducing our portion size on the meat dishes or exchanging one fish dish for a vegetable one, but simply by bringing more food.
|Mango with sticky rice|
Crying mercy, the stealthy staff whisked away the remains of our dinner plates and in their place left one dish of ripe mango and sticky rice. It was a simple, sweet ending to the sort of basic yet abundant, home-style Thai food I wish I could eat more of outside of Thailand.
As we walked back out into the District night, I leaned a bit harder on John than usual, so full was my belly. With dish after dish of delicious food placed in front of us I had failed to show restraint. A mistake, perhaps, because the night was still young: a late night reservation at the Columbia Room and nearly three hours of handcrafted cocktails were still to come.
Stay Tuned! DC Food Tour continues with a visit to DC speakeasy, The Columbia Room.
Amy Powell is a food and travel writer based in New York City. She is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and the French Culinary Institute. Follow her on Twitter @amymariepowell