The most essential Thai, Vietnamese, Burmese, and Indonesian food in town
10. Nong’s Khao Man Gai
609 SE Ankeny St C, Portland, OR 97214
Khao Man Gai
Nong Poonsukwattana arrived in the U.S. in 2003 with two suitcases and $70. A few years later she’d saved up just enough to buy a food cart, and went into business preparing and serving her signature dish every day until it sold out. She eventually raised enough to open a brick-and-mortar location on each side of the river. Nong’s Khao Man Gai specializes in the Thai version of chicken and rice. Poonsukwattana poaches free-range chicken in water, ginger, pandan leaves, and garlic; chicken fat gets rendered with shallot, galangal, pandan leaves, and garlic; jasmine rice is cooked in the aromatic fat and broth. The care put into each step is palpable in the final product. Go early and ask for a bag of fried chicken skins, which are almost always sold out within hours of opening.
609 SE Ankeny St C
Portland, OR 97214
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