Cheap Eats 2018: Padaek

Bangkok Golden is now called PADAEK, a Laotian fish sauce. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Padaek

cuisines
Laotian
Location(s)
6395 Seven Corners Ctr
Falls Church, VA 22044

Chef Seng Luangrath doesn’t just operate two Laotian restaurants—she started an entire movement to gain recognition for her native cuisine. It’s worked: She and son Bobby Pradachith have amassed a devoted following for their pungent, fiery cooking. They’ve converted Washingtonians to the wonders of crispy coconut rice salad with fermented pork; minced-meat laab salads tossed in herbs and fish sauce; plus off-cuts such as grilled chicken hearts and fried pig’s ear. Also good: Pork sausage; piing (grilled marinated meats); fish steamed in banana leaves; tamarind soup.

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