This post is actually about the third time I have visited this restaurant in Sterling, Virginia. Thai restaurants are a dime a dozen around here, and most of them taste about the same. I order the same thing almost every place I go – red curry with chicken. So when my wife Teresa suggested we go to her favorite place for lunch, I thought, great, I like curry, let’s have at it.
That was the first time I tried the restaurant. You go up to the counter, order your food and sit down. It’s a lot like Panera. So the first time, the curry was fine, but a little dissapointing. Definitely not the best I have had. Not the worst, either. But nothing special. My wife had the Pad Thai (which I usually do not order because I love Thai curry so much) and I tried it, noticing it tasted better than most Pad Thai, a lot of fresh flavor going on there. The second time we went, I tried a spicy chicken dish I can’t remember the name of. It was also fine, and I appreciated the authentic flavor, but it was very heavy on the fish sauce and not as spicy as I hoped for.
The third visit was different. We started with Teresa’s favorite thing at the shop, the fried tofu with sweet peanut sauce.
The tofu is fantastic. It’s crispy and crunchy on the outside and moist, piping hot, perfect tofu on the inside. For the entree, Teresa suggested I try the Kai Raberd or “exploded egg.” I wasn’t too sure – all I could picture was an egg on a plate – but she insisted it’s a customer favorite and her co-worker is obsessed with the dish. So I gave it a shot – what did I have to lose?
It turned out to be the right thing, and now I, too, am obsessed! It’s actually got quite a bit of meat which is soaked in a spicy-sweet thai sauce. Underneath it all is a fried egg with a runny yolk, which breaks all over the rice, chicken and sauce. In short: it was great. One of the best Thai dishes I have ever had. Now it’s all I want to order! (Well, the tofu, too.)
We also tried these shrimp roll things, which made a better photo than a meal. (they were fine, but a little plain)
So definitely try out Thai by Thai if you are in the northern Virginia area. The Kai Raberd and Pad Thai are a step above the usual and, I think, the best things to order here!
Thai by Thai
46930 Cedar Lake Plz
Sterling, VA 20164
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