It’s no secret that Nong Poonsukwattana makes a mean Thai-style chicken and rice, but I wasn’t prepared for just how sensational (and swoon-worthy) it would actually be. Maybe there was something in the chilly Portland air, but I swear, chicken and rice never tasted so damn good!
Every order of khao man gai begins with a heap of rice that’s been cooked in chicken stock and aromatics like pandan, ginger, and garlic; it smells and tastes like a dream. Pieces of delicately poached and stupendously moist chicken are served atop the tender grains. A bowl of steaming broth is served on the side.
What takes Nong’s chicken and rice to the next level is her secret sauce, a masterfully concocted blend of fermented soy beans, fresh and pickled garlic, ginger, Thai chilies, Thai vinegar, and sugar. This sauce is everything.
This is what a khao man gai high looks like.
Nong’s Khao Man Gai (multiple locations)
609 SE Ankeny Street, Ste. B
Portland, OR 97214
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