I was reminded of one of the delicious meals we had in Thailand when I visited Thai X-ing over the weekend. (Thanks for the recommendation Johnna!) We went to a similar place in Chiang Mai, called Huen Phen. Like Thai X-ing, Huen Phen is a bit dark and dusty. Thai X-ing is the first place in DC that I visited that actually tasted authentic. The prices are a lot higher than Thailand, but it is worth it ($40 for 8 courses and BYOB).
We got 6 courses for 2 for only $12 at Huen Phen. The menus were very similar. They both offered a spicy salad, a soup, several dishes to serve over rice, and delicious desserts. If you can't make the trip to Thailand, I'd highly recommend Thai-Xing in DC.
If you do make it to Thailand, don't miss Chiang Mai. We met a great group of people at the restaurant and joined them for drinks at a Reggae bar. After eating and drinking, we got our daily massage. We found this great little spot next to the bar that offered 1 hour foot massages for only $5. Amazing! There's lots of rain in September, but you'll miss the crowds. Thailand was the best trip of my life and I hope to make it back someday!!
112 Rachamankha Rd, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand