Location: SW 4th and Hall
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm
Portland has some amazing food carts and Nong’s Khao Man Gai is one of them. Nong Poonsukwattana opened her first cart in 2009 and quickly became the go to cart for something new – Thai street food. With a single dish of chicken and rice, Nong and her cart became the talk not of the town.
As stated, the first cart served up a single dish – khao man gai. With the second cart down by Portland State University, they have expanded the menu, adding a vegetarian version of their signature dish, a Thai chicken wing dish made with sriracha and Chinese whiskey among other items, and a pork and rice dish. The Kao Kha Muu is pork braised in Coca Cola, cocoa powder, Thai and Chinese herbs ans spices that is then shredded and placed upon jasmine rice. Pickled mustard greens and a half hard boiled egg round out the meal. The marinade from the pork permeates the the rice infusing it with a sweet spicyness that had me taking bites a bit to quickly. I forced myself to slow down and simply enjoy each bite. So good! The greens were a great addition also, mixing in a light vinegar flavor. Put it all together, cover it with Nong’s signature spicy sauce and it is one great meal.
I’m excited to see Nong and her team succeeding and expanding the menu. The khao man gai is still one of my favorite dishes, but with the expanded menu at the new cart, I will probably be visiting there more often. Check it out and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Khao Man Gai – chicken and rice – poached organic chicken with rice simmered in poultry stock and Thai herbs and served with their signature stock – $6.50 or large size for $10
- Khao Man Gai Jay – vegetarian chicken and rice – steamed veggies with jasmine rice cooked in vegetable stock and served with Khao Man Gai sauce – $6.50
- Thai Basketball Mon’s Wings – Peek Gai Nam Daeng – organic chicken wings braised in tomato, sriracha, Chinese whiskey, garlic and shallot sauce served with jasmine rice – $6.50
- Khao Kha Muu – pork and rice – pork braised in Coca cola, cocoa powder, Thai and Chinese herbs and spices and service over jasmine rice with pickled mustard greens – $6.50