Weekend Recap Part Deux: Little Serow

Little Serow

1511 17th Street NW
Washington DC 20036

In weekend Recap Part 1 I mentioned the Hubs and I ate at a restaurant called Little Serow.  I even talked about the process of actually getting to sit down to dinner.  It was such an experience that it truly deserved its own post.

Outside of Little Serow (Image Credit:sclusivo.blogspot.com)

Little Serow is an interesting little restaurant.  It only holds 28 people-ish, and the decor consists of a “tin roof” ceiling, turquoise walls and is very minimalistic. You can see the kitchen and staff working as you eat, and there are 3 servers, 1 of whom is the co-owner.  We sat at their center island on stools, which because the floor is poured concrete were off kilter.  This likely would annoy most people but I didn’t even remotely care, especially once the food came out.  (I wasn’t able to take any pictures, they do not allow flash photography  or video so I am borrowing these from other sources (which are linked)).

Little Serow (Image Credit: Bon Appetit Magazine)

The way the restaurant works is it is a $45 prefix menu plus wine/beer/drinks. 

They serve you only what is on the menu. 

If you don’t eat it, too bad, so sad.

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The wait staff was incredible.  The NICEST people you’ll ever meet.  You’d expect them to be pretentious but that they were not.

We weren’t sure which wine to go with and they were extremely accommodating and honest.  The Hubs and I both went with the recommendations.  I had a German White  and The Hubs had a Lambrusco? (not 100% certain about the name/spelling).  They brought out a little container of sticky rice & a basket of other veggies, and then proceeded to explain that these items were to be used to balance the heat and intense flavors we were about to experience.  They said it would makes sense once we started to eat.

Little Serow (Image Credit: BonAppetit Magazine)

Interest. PIQUED.

The first  of 7 “courses” came out, it was called “nam prik num“… yeah I don’t know what that means either but they served us Pork Skins which we used to dip into salsa-type mixture of chilies, shallots and shrimp paste (could be wrong about specific ingredients). It was Delicious and Spicy!! Holy heat batman! It was a gradual heat and of course we were trying to save the basket-o-veggies in case we “needed” it later, so we toughed it up and sucked down our water/wine.

Course 1 (Image Credit: http://www.tangmeister.com)

The 2nd and 3rd courses came out together the 2nd was called “tom kha gapi” which was  shrimp, ramps & galangal. OH and of course chilies… so it was spicy!! This was a soup and we were meant to dip the rice into it.   So we did delve into our reserve sticky rice and it all started to make sense in my mouth.  The 3rd course which went well with the soup was “soop naw mai” this was a salad-type mixture of bamboo shoots, salted snakehead fish topped with rice powder.  This particular dish was salty, sweet and acidic all at the same time.  The coconut in the soup helped to balance this meal.  Foodie, I am not, nor pretend to be but I’m starting to finally “get it.”

Snake Head Fish (Image Source: s3.amazonaws.com)

Soup (Image Source: s3.amazonaws.com)

The 4th course was “gai laap chiang ma” …yahhhh girlfriend ate Chicken Liver & liked it! WHAT, hold. the. phone.  This course was smokey and salty.  They served it with cabbage leaves.  It kind-of reminded me of eating Chicken Lettuce Wraps but on a whole other level.  Like to even compare the two does not do it justice.

Chicken Liver (Image Source: s3.amazonaws.com)

The 5th course was one of our favorites (all the courses were delicious) but this one deserves a special shout out.  It was called “naem khao tod” this was crispy rice, sour pork sausage and peanuts in a chili based sauce.  The crispy rice was divine! I popped one in my mouth and literally turned to hubs and said “OMG, you have to try this.”  I haven’t said that since love at first bite into the pansotti at Del Posto in NYC.

Have I mentioned yet that each and every one of these courses is incredibly spicy? 

I feel bad for course 6 because I don’t fully remember it. I think I was still in heaven from course 5 or drowning my mouth and lips with agua.  The Hubs was drunk by this point also so he’s of no help (thanks for nada homie).  It was called “gai lan bla kem” and consisted of salted fish, egg and “greens”.  I really feel bad that I cannot remember it because I know it was delicious.

The last main course came and this was the “si krong muu” or as I would call it Fall Off The Bone & Your Chair pork ribs with a mekhong (thai) whiskey sauce topped with dill & crispy onions.  I was so full at this point that it was a struggle to actually put anything more into my stomach.   But the pork was so incredibly freaking delicious, I am not even remotely exaggerating, that I powered through and ate it all anyway.  We were STUFFED… and still wanted more.

Course 7 (Image Credit: http://www.tangmeister.com)

MORE WE GOT!

The Pièce de résistance was when they brought out the coconut sticky rice for dessert. Ahhhhhhhh.  The perfect finish to the perfect meal. 

Coconut Sticky Rice (Image Source: s3.amazonaws.com)

This meal was a culinary experience like no other.  We’ve eaten at pretty good restaurants in NYC (Del Posto, Daniel… etc) but nothing quite compared to the service and taste explosion that went on during this meal.

I will caveat this by saying that this may have been the spiciest meal I’ve ever eaten.   The heat never compromised the integrity of the individual flavors.  So if you’re now interested, and no they did not pay me to write this, just be careful if you’re not adventurous and don’t like spicy food.

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Spring Cleaning…

ALRIGHT.  Busy season is officially over and life is hopefully returning back to some sort of normalcy.  As predicted 2013 has been THE PITS. I’m hoping for some sort of turnaround… if you find it, can you send it my way?

I hate to be all negativo on you, because 99% of the time I try, even with all that goes on in my life, to uphold a positive outlook on life.  Glass is half full peoples!

So here’s a teeny tiny recap to get you caught up to speed, lay it out on the table for you, vent, feel better and hopefully get this whole bloggy momentum rolling again.  Or ya know, just Spring Clean my life for you in a blog post.

January:  Left job of 5 years for new gig. One of my best girl friends moved into Hoboken :), spent a lot of time with family, I blogged a fair amount in Jan so no need to get into the deets.

February: Well, this was a rough one. I lost my Dad to Pancreatic Crappy Cancer.  Ate my feelings.  Saw “Nice Work if You Can Get It” with my best bishes. And saw my NYC Half Marathon training go to the birds. BUT Big Sis got engaged on Valentines Day! They are planning a June 2014 wedding in Spring Lake, NJ! I’m so very excited! eeep!! Aren’t they presh.

Big Sis and her Fi

Big Sis and her Fi

Girlies
Girlies
Nice Work If You Can Get It & wine in a sippy cup.

Nice Work If You Can Get It & Wine in a sippy cup.

March: Celebrated what would have been my dad’s 60th birthday without him.  Busy season hit harder than anticipated with a few “late nights” late being 10pm which was a vast improvement of my old 12/3am stints. Lost our pet rabbit Lilly who was in our lives for 8 years (seriously… 2013 can go to… whistle…). Attended a Gala at the Natural History Museum.  Ran the NYC Half Marathon with a decent time considering!! Saw Book of Mormon!!! Actually had a great 28th birthday (thank you everyone who came out for all the events)! & My Brother-in-law got engaged!!! They are planning a Nov 2013 Wedding at Pebble Beach! Hey now! I gotta brush up on my golf skillz.

NYC Half Shirt Swag

NYC Half Shirt Swag

Birthday Brunch

Birthday Brunch

BOOK OF MORM

BOOK OF MORM oh & shocker. Wine in a sippy cup.

Me & Hubs all dolled up.

Me & Hubs all dolled up.

RIP Lilly.

R.I.P. Lilly

B-I-L & His Fi

B-I-L & His Fi

Running Pals Post NYC Half

Running Pals Post NYC Half

So now we’re in April.  Busy season is over. The sun has returned, it better get warmer and I’ve been getting my butt up at 5:30AM to attend the 6am Open Barre class at Local Barre in Uptown ‘Bokes.  I’m using these classes to supplement my running.  They are sooo much harder than I thought and I’m loving it. If you haven’t done any “Barre” classes you need to get on the bandwagon. Like. Yesterday. OH. And on Tuesday I start the Blue Print Cleanse. I will def be blogging about that experience.

How do you Spring Clean?