Chef Aulie Goes Back to Her Thai culinary Roots With New Menu
And Focus on Traditional Thai Ingredients and Flavors
Washington, DC – (March 29, 2016) – Bangkok Joe’s returns to the Nation’s Capital on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Chef Aulie Bunyarataphan and Mel Oursinsiri, who have been changing the face of Thai food in the region for over two decades, reopen Bangkok Joe’s with an emphasis on traditional Thai ingredients, cooking styles and flavors to appeal to diners expanding palates and openness to trying authentic global cuisines. Simple, fresh and unique cocktails will playfully highlight unique Thai ingredients. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. A Happy Hour is planned for early summer. The restaurant will seat 86 in the dining room, 10 at the Dumpling Bar, 12 at the cocktail bar, and 32 on the patio. Bangkok Joe’s is located in Georgetown’s Washington Harbour at 3000 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20007.
“We have heard from so many of our customers and neighbors that they are looking forward to the return of Bangkok Joe’s,” said Mel. “We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back.”
“I really enjoy updating traditional dishes andadding an element of excitement to old flavors,” said Aulie.“I hope my customers will love these dishes as much as I do.”
Aulie’s signature creative twist on authentic Thai ingredients and flavors is showcased in many of the new dishes such as the Fried Thai Chicken served with a grilled sticky rice cake, green papaya slaw, tomato-chill-lime Jiew, and fried shallots ($20) and the Radish “tater” tots with sautéed bean sprouts, garlic chives, egg and sriracha ($8). Other new offerings include Crispy Rice Yum with seasoned rice, Naam sour pork, ginger, peanuts and spices ($10) and Hot Pot for Two served Tom Yum style with a choice of beef brisket or seafood ($16). Gluten-free and vegetarian diners will also find ample choices from which to select.
The expanded Dumpling Bar menu features 20 of Aulie’s unique creations paired with her house made sauces. Highlights include Larb Duck Dumpling with Thai herbs and crispy shallots served in a sweet-chili zaap sauce ($10) and Lobster ‘n Shrimp Dumpling with water chestnuts, ginger-soy foam and chili oil ($11). To perfect her dumpling presentation, Aulie studied with master chef Heng Pukdepl of Suan Lum Seafood, one of Bangkok’s most renowned Dumpling Houses.
Returning customer favorites include Pad Thai with popular sen lek noodles stir-fried with bean curd, crushed roasted peanuts, bean sprouts, scallions and egg with a choice of chicken, shrimp or fried tofu ‘n vegetables, ($13 – $17) and Chicken Basil Kapow with spicy minced chicken, green beans, onions, scallions and bell peppers in a chili-garlic-basil sauce ($14).
Thai Pepper Crème Brûlée with cilantro candy and a chocolate spoon ($7) continues the reimagining of traditional Thai ingredients into dessert. Breakfast for dessert makes an appearance in the form of Fried Patongo, the Thai version of a doughnut, made of a sweet and salty dough that is deep fried and dipped in condensed milk ($6).
Thai herbs and ingredients such as Thai chili, Thai basil, ginger, lemongrass, tamarind, and hard to find traditional herbs like blue hibiscus, will find their way into drinks and specialty cocktails.
This new beginning for the restaurant is embodied by the stand alone Dumpling Bar which welcomes customers back. A dramatic red ceiling with gold embellishments wraps down from above to make the Dumpling Bar the heartbeat of the restaurant and a central focal point. Inspired by the temple Aulie’s family built three centuries ago during the time of King Rama III, the ceiling is reminiscent of the canvas-like designs found on temple ceilings throughout Thailand.
The use of bold color and repetition, a key element of Thai design, creates a powerful effect. Red, the national color of Thailand, is featured prominently. Gold accents in various shades can be seen gracing the walls, in the oval ceiling dome at the center of the restaurant and on the banquettes. Georgetown based Collective Architecture designed the restaurant.
Bangkok Joe’s is open Sunday thru Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Lunch is available daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dinner is available Sunday – Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by going to http://www.bangkokjoesdc.com
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Bangkok Joe’s is co-owned by Chef Aulie Bunyarataphan and restaurateur Mel Oursinsiri, Thai cuisine innovators who are changing the face of Thai food in the Washington, DC region. The restaurant offers traditional Thai cuisine with a modern American twist. Aulie’s innovative dishes incorporate the exotic tastes and aromas of the Bangkok street food she experienced as a child, along with Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and even French flavors she picked up as a result of her culinary experiences in the United States. The menu features a new emphasis on traditional Thai ingredients and flavors to appeal to diners expanding palates and openness to trying authentic global cuisines as well as customer favorites. A refreshed interior pays homage to Thai culture and design. When Bangkok Joe’s opened in 2003, it was home to the first dumpling bar in the Nation’s Capital. The restaurant was originally open from 2003 – 2014. In addition to Bangkok Joe’s, Mel and Aulie own T.H.A.I. in Shirlington and Tom Yum District, the first fresh casual Thai restaurant in the Nation’s Capital. Chef Aulie has been seen sharing her innovative Thai cooking style and dumpling techniques throughout the DC metro area for over two decades. Aulie is a member of the Washington, DC chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a non-profit organization of professional women of high achievement in the fields of food, wine, fine beverages, hospitality and the arts of the table. Bangkok Joe’s is located in Georgetown’s Washington Harbour at 3000 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20007. Bangkok Joe’s is open Sunday thru Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.Lunch is available daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dinner is available Sunday – Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.For more information and to make a reservation, please visit www.bangkokjoesdc.com or call 202.333.4422. Stay connected with @bangkokjoesdc on Twitter,Facebook and Instagram.