Soi 38: The Best Thai Food in Washington, DC

Where To Find Great Thai Food in DC

Nomsters, we are so shook.  Soi 38 is everything you dreamed of and then some!  Located on 2101 L Street NW, their food is an absolute must-try – no ifs, ands or buts.  We went for the lunch a few weeks back, and we were blown away, like it was easily one of the best Asian dining experiences we’ve ever had.  No wonder why this place gets so packed, and people make reservations for lunch – the food is just THAT good.

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It’s hard to choose favorites because everything we got was so delicious, but we’re more than happy to share our recommendations.  If you’re big into craft cocktails, and you’re here with a group, definitely make sure get The Emperor’s Punch for the table.  At $35, it doesn’t come cheap, but it serves 2-4 people so the cost is justified…and YOLO, ha.  It contains monkey shoulder whiskey, fresh lemon, housemade tamarind syrup, herbal tea, and chili aromatic bitters – really interesting flavors that come together for a truly fantastic drink!

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Must-try Appetizers at Soi 38

Now, to start you NEED to get their Nua Dadd Deaw ($9) and their Ped Roti ($8).  The former’s fried sun-dried beef with sriracha sauce, and the latter’s slow-roasted duck, cucumbers, and scallions wrapped in a warm roti shell.  Dip it in the accompanying hoisin sauce for a roll that will make all your dreams come true!

soi 38 rolls

Our Favorite Entrees at Soi 38

As for entrees, definitely make sure to get their Kua Kling ($16) and shrimp Pad Thai ($14).  The Kua Kling’s a spicy ground pork dish that’s made with southern style dried curry of Thailand, fresh chilis, lemongrass, and garlic.  If you enjoy spicy food as much as we do, you will LOVE this entree!  Mix it with some steamed rice for a meal that will seriously satisfy.  And if you want to add on even more heat?  Ask for a spice tray and add on extra chili peppers!  The red ones are marinated in fish sauce so they’re elevate your dish tenfold.

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Pad Thai That’s ACTUALLY Not Too Sweet

Now, their Pad Thai comes with shrimp, egg, bean sprouts, scallions, peanuts and rice noodz, and it’s the BEST pad thai we’ve ever had.  Other places overdo it with sugar and whatnot – overly sweet pad thai = no good – but everything about this dish was a do in our book.  Perfectly cooked noodles with succulent shrimp and crunchy bean sprouts?  How could we resist?  We honestly couldn’t stop eating this, and we can’t wait to go back for more!

pad thai soi 38

We were stuffed so we didn’t get to try any of their desserts, but we’re definitely going back ASAP with all our friends and family so we’ll update you guys soon.  Soi 38 was AMAZING, and we really can’t recommend them enough.  We’re so happy we finally found a legit thai place near us!  Anywho, have any of y’all tried Soi 38?  If yes, let us know what you thought by leaving us a comment below.  For more DC foodporn, check out this tab!  Until next time, Nomsters.

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