4.18.2006

Celebrate Songkran

A celebration of the Thai new year, or Songkran, is under way at Bangkok Joe's through the end of April, giving guests both a taste of traditional dishes that are thought to promote longevity and a chance to flush away negative energy with a water throwing ritual.

Sprinkle a little scented water on the Buddha statue near the entrance of the restaurant to cleanse yourself of misfortune, and then shake a "Ziem-Zee," a container full of Thai fortune sticks, to find out what the new year has in store for you.

Traditional dishes being served at Bangkok Joe's include Meang-Kum (pictured), made with shrimp, toasted coconut, ginger, shallots, roasted peanuts, lime and Thai pepper on collared green bites with lemongrass-coconut-palm sugar sauce; and Thai New Year Spaghetti, which combines wok-fried lobster with spaghetti, Thai anchovies, oven-roasted tomatoes, basil, sweet peppers, onions and scallions in a roasted chili and garlic sauce.

Bangkok Joe's
3000 K Street
202.333.4422

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