If you’re looking for amazing Thai food in the DMV, you’re welcome in advance. I can’t even begin to tell you guys how much I loved Soi 38’s food. They’re located on 2101 L Street NW, and I’m not gonna lie, parking’s a bitch.
Sung and I went to cover them for lunch a while back, and it was a struggle, like it took him a good 20 minutes to find street parking…and that’s AFTER he tried to park in a garage – too bad it was full. Maybe it was just a cray day, but guys, their food is worth rush hour traffic, parking problems, and so much more.
The interior was really cool, and I feel like this would be a great place for date night! Definitely make a reservation though because I’m sure it gets packed. We honestly couldn’t believe how busy it got, and it was just lunch! The second the clock hit 11:45, people poured in, and the entire restaurant was full by 12:15 with a line by the door. Yeah, that’s how legit their noms are.
As per usual, we got a variety of different dishes to sample and shoot. My favorites were their Pad Thai, their Ped Roti, and their Kua Kling. I know listing Pad Thai is basic AF, but their version was different. The noodles were actually cooked properly, and they didn’t give me diabetes, ha. I just really enjoyed the chewy texture of the noodz, and the flavors were super on point.
The Kua Kling (aka spicy ground pork) was interesting, and I mean that in the best way possible – I’d never had it before, but it hit the spot because it had copious amounts of chili pepper and lemongrass. They gave me enough for 3 meals so I enjoyed it for the next couple of days because who doesn’t love having leftovers.
I’m a spice fiend so I added a ridonkulous amount of thai chilis to the mix to up the ante because I’m crazy like that. My stomach definitely paid for it the next day, but it was worth the pain! Who else loves spicy food?
And here’s a pic of the Ped Roti I told you guys about earlier! It’s an app that has duck, cucumbers and scallions, and I think it’s marinated in hoisin. Whatever it is, it’s legit one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. I could’ve easily downed 5 of these, but I exercised restraint and just had one piece. If you go though, you NEED to try this starter. It’s just everything right in the world rolled in a roti shell.
I’m kind of bummed we didn’t get dessert because everything looked so nomtastic, but that just means I’ll have to go back ASAP. My mom’s actually coming to visit soon so I’m planning on taking her. She’s super picky so I’m curious to hear what she thinks. Oh, and before I forget, make sure you guys get a thai iced tea. Both Sung and I freaked out over it, and he went as far to say that it was “last meal” material.
Alright guys, what did you think of Soi 38? Does this food look good or does it look good? Ha. I’m so nerdy it hurts, but sorry not sorry. Comment below with your favorite Thai dish or your favorite Thai restaurant in the DMV area! I’m always looking for new places to try so I’d be uber grateful.
Anywho, a huge thanks to the wonderful Sung Shin for the badass photography! And for those of you interested, read more about my DMV adventures here and more on noms here. Until next time, friends! Sending food coma vibes from MD.