Nong's Khao Man Gai - Portland, Oregon

No trip to Portland would be complete without at least a couple of food cart visits. We decided to try Nong's Khao Man Gai because there has been a lot of local buzz about it.
As it happens, these folks have expanded from food carts into brick and mortar locations. Due to conflicting web site and business card info, I honestly can't figure out how many locations that they have. Possibly as many as 2 carts and 2 restaurants! The basic and delicious product is Thai Chicken and Rice and they provide handy instructions into the proper procedure for consumption!
It is not nearly as intuitive as you might think!
We ordered the basic Khao Man Gai, shown in our photo with a side of chicken livers. The excellent powerful sauce is a mix of fermented soy beans, ginger, garlic, chilies, vinegar, syrup and soy sauce. It is unique and delicious! The rice is perfect and the chicken is nicely poached in stock and very tender. They include a couple of minced chilies on the side with which you can render this a blazing hot dish should you so desire! 
They offer a few variations on the basic theme and some sides you can order. We tried the Chicken with Peanut Sauce which came with steamed broccoli. The peanut sauce was excellent and full of texture. I would put this on anything!
We got ours to go but the restaurant on 13th and Burnside is perfectly comfortable with a few booths and some bar stools. I would eat here often if this was my neighbourhood!
Nong's Khao Man Gai, Downtown Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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