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Nong's Khao Man Gai

A Thai food cart in Portland, Oregon.

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Simply Perfect!

  • Feb 18, 2010
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Less is definitely more at this highly praised and often talked about food stand in downtown PDX.

The one and done chicken and rice dish is perfected to the highest level.  After watching an old Bourdain episode in Singapore where he had a similar experience, I think he puts it best "this dish is deceptively complex."  It takes real skill/technique to have perfectly tender chicken, well balanced ginger/garlic sauce and delicately seasoned rice.  On my first visit I had the dish as is, next time I plan to add liver or crispy skin to see if it clouds or enhances the dish.

I find myself often seeking out these one chef, one dish joints and food carts have made that more accessible and appreciated.  In many of the negative comments I hear things like I wouldn't make this a stop for an out of towner, or I don't get boiled chicken, or the chicken has no flavor, clearly they don't understand the nuances of this stand and the dish.  

I will be back early and often... Well Done!
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February 18, 2010
Mmmmm, I'm a huge fan of Thai food, and I love simple places like this.  Those photos are great, and you make it sound phenomenal!  Besides the chicken and rice dish, do they have desserts?  I'm a sucker for Thai desserts! :)

By the way, if you look to the right, you'll notice that I updated some information for you -- I added factual information to the wiki, plus some tags (like "food" and "restaurants", which will automatically place this review into Lunch's food and restaurants archives), added some restaurant attributes and a couple of photos.  All of this really spruces up your review and makes it better organized.  For future reference, all you have to do is press the little yellow pencil symbol to make these edits.  Feel free to let me know if you have any questions! :)
February 18, 2010
They don't have any deserts, but I consider their thai iced coffee a perfect sweet cap to the delicious meal. Oh and thanks for the tips on the organizational stuff I haven't been here in a while and was told by a friend I should post, but now I will up my game thanks to you.
February 18, 2010
Darn! Well, I'll still be on the lookout for this place the next time I'm in Portland. Love me some Thai-style chicken and rice. And my pleasure! Glad to have you and your great reviews here! :)
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Nong's Khao Man Gai is a Thai food cart in the Southeast/Downtown area of Portland, Oregon.
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Address: Southwest Portland, Downtown
Phone: (971) 255-3480
Hours: Mon-Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cuisine: Thai
Attire: Casual
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