When it was becoming evident that Portland would be my next solo trip destination, everyone around me (as if they had been trained to say the exact same phrase) told me "you HAVE to go to Nong's Khao Man Gai for their Chicken and Rice." Right off the bat I wondered if this was some sort of 53rd and 6th Halal situation but I couldn't have been more wrong.
There is one thing and one thing only they sell here: Khao Man Gai ($8). Here is the breakdown of their ever famous "Chicken and Rice":
- Chicken: Organic free range chicken from Draper Valley poached in the right temperature with salt, sugar, garlic, and ginger
- Rice: Cooked in chicken broth, ginger, garlic, shallots and galangar.
- Sauce: Fermented soybean sauce mixed with garlic, ginger, thai chili.
I honestly don't know how to do justice on this one- words + photos themselves do not really deliver the true value to this PDX style "chicken and rice."
A few things I realized about Portland and food trucks so far: A) the city is big on it- so much so that they literally make a whole village out of it B) This non-pretentious food sanctuary has so much more to offer than a single 4.5 star review restaurants.
With that said, spending an afternoon getting lost here is a pretty great idea.
NONG'S KHAO MAN GAI
1003 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205