Washington, D.C., is home to the largest Vietnamese population on the Eastern Seaboard, and there's one place where that population comes together to flaunt the fruits of their culinary, commercial, and cultural labors. That place is Eden Center, a bustling shopping destination trimmed with red-shingled roofs and brimming with more pho, bahn mi, and bubble tea than anyone could sample in a single day. Venture past the stone lions that guard the entrance and you’ll reach Huong Viet Restaurant, where cooks have been bringing 36 styles of soup to a simmer for more than 20 years.Read More
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DC's Thai food scene is often a family affair. Taw Vigsittaboot of Thai X-ing appreciates this trend more than most. He has a family of good cooks to thank for his culinary skill, but he has also planted a new family tree. Back in 2007, reports the _Washington City Paper_, Taw relied on volunteers to act as waiters and menu designers, and paid them in food while he planned his expansion to a 70-seat restaurant. But even if you’re not willing to work for your supper, the homey vibe and shareable entrees at these DC spots will have you feeling like family all the same.Read More
The term “curry” dates back to British rule in India, when anything that was spicy was given such a label. While many Brits still use the name to describe any Indian food, most Indian restaurants in the West have settled on the slightly more specific definition of a vegetable, meat, or seafood dish served with a sauce made from pungent spices and herbs. But the word is rarely used in India. There, the sheer number of possible spice combinations instead merits individual titles—vindaloo and masala are two that may be the most familiar to Western diners. Whatever you call them, these traditional Indian dishes are enjoyed throughout the country, including at some of the best Indian restaurants in DC.Read More