Cheap Eats 2007: Amina Thai
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Amina Thai
Address: 5065 Nicholson Ln., Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-770-9509
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Thai, Vegetarian/Vegan
Opening Hours: Open Monday and Tuesday 11 to 2:30 and 5 to 9:30, Wednesday through Friday 11 to 2:30 and 5 to 10, Saturday Noon to 10 PM, and Sunday Noon to 9 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: White Flint
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Vegetable spring rolls; shrimp salad with lime and chili paste; larb gai; green shrimp curry; clay-pot mussels with lemongrass and Thai basil; salmon with scallions, Thai basil, and shredded ginger; eggplant with Thai basil; deep-fried bananas with vanill
Price Details: Appetizers $4.95 to $7.95, entrées $9.95 to $13.95.

Arrive early for dinner and you might find owner Amina Toopet sipping soup at a table in the back of this blue-and-yellow dining room. A Muslim Thai, Toopet is the heart and soul of the place, a welcoming presence in her pink headscarf.

She’ll steer your meal to delicately crimped dumplings and perfectly fried vegetable spring rolls. Or to homestyle plates like tart shrimp salad with lime, beef stoked with chili oil, or creamy green shrimp curry that leaves a pleasant tingle. Specials like basil fish (tilapia) pungent with garlic are worth the slightly higher prices. In accordance with Muslim law, there’s no alcohol—or pork. Sweet Thai coffee and tea offer cool respite.

A marvel of a dessert is worth splurging on: banana slices wrapped in crisp rice paper sprinkled with sesame seeds and drizzled with honey and chocolate sauce. Have it à la mode with coconut ice cream for a Thai-style banana split.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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