This was our dinner tonight: not pad see ew.
Pad see ew is a house favorite, and when we lived in Dallas I made Playing House's version several times. Tonight I realized I hadn't made it since we moved to DC (our year anniversary here is coming up quickly - whoa!), and as this dish takes just 10 minutes to throw together on the stove and I was feeling lazy, I thought I had the perfect dinner plan.
But see, to make pad see ew you need wide rice noodles. It never occurred to me that these would be difficult to procure here. I went to two different stores today in search of them, but had to come home with the skinny guys instead. Not the same. Not pad see ew.
Maybe it should have occurred to me that wide rice noodles would be difficult to find. After all, there's no Central Market in DC. I knew I'd miss Central Market when we moved, and also figured much of my one-stop shopping was over, but I truly underestimated the effort it would take to source what I consider to be everyday ingredients here. Don't believe me? In the last week alone, I've had to buy Maille dijon mustard and dried ancho chiles online. Online! The outrage! I picture myself a year ago, happily throwing anchos and mustard into my Central Market shopping cart, and want to weep. And don't even get me started on my frustration with the P Street Whole Foods...
So. Am I missing something, DCers? I'm thrilled beyond belief that I've made you my home, but I'd like cooking with great ingredients to be a wee bit easier, if you don't mind. I know there are big Asian markets out in the Virginia suburbs, but ummm... not gonna do it, in my best Dana Carvey as George Bush impression, says this urbanist. Not even for the Wegman's that I hear is the closest thing up here to CM.
So c'mon, make my day... where's the DC foodie mecca that's been hiding from me? Because paying $7 shipping for two pounds of wide rice noodles is about as likely as me battling suburbanites in traffic on a Saturday afternoon.