If you have never tried Nong’s Khao Man Gai you need to put this tiny spot on your list of must-eats around Portland and get there ASAP. Serving Khao man gai, or Thai chicken and rice, the food here is simple, inexpensive, and best of all – amazing!
The classic Thai dish includes poached chicken and rice cooked in chicken broth and Thai herbs. It is served with a few cooling vegetables such as cucumbers and cilantro and a dipping sauce made of fermented soy bean puree and other seasonings such as chilies, ginger and garlic.
The dish is also served with a clear soup to help balance out the flavors. All in all, it makes for a filling meal perfect for a quick lunch.
With humble beginnings as a single food cart, owner Nong has grown the business to two food carts and a tiny standalone restaurant, all while keeping the menu simple and focused on one thing - Khao man gai.
While there are a few add-ons available such as livers, extra rice, or extra chicken, the menu is simple and straight forward.
There is even a short explanation of the process to make the simple, yet mouth-watering dish. Nong focuses on quality ingredients and sources the best chicken and produce available to make her signature dish.
To make the Khao man gai, the chickens are poached whole, the traditional way to make the dish.
The meat is then removed and chopped into bite-sized portions.
When buying Khao man gai from a food cart or to-go, it is wrapped in butcher paper to lessen the packaging footprint, and easily transport your meal to wherever you need to go.
Unwrap your package, and there you have the same delicious quality chicken and rice every single time.
Find Nong's Khao Man Gai at the original food cart on Southwest 10th and Alder Street, second food cart at Southwest 4th and College Street, or the new stand-alone restaurant at 609 SE Ankeny Street, Suite C.
Have you been to this tiny shop in Portland? What are other hidden gem type of restaurants in the area that you love?