Love Shack

by Sarah on March 26, 2010

Pok Pok, the Thai restaurant in Portland has been written about from here to kingdom come.
Here. And here. And here.  And here.  You can read more at from the Pok Pok press page here.   They’ve also been on TV here:  Pok Pok on DDD

I think the general consensus is that everyone loves Pok Pok.

Pok Pok started as a shack (right)  I loved the corregated metal roof and bamboo walls.  It was charming and rustic and felt like a vacation.

The first dish we tried was a grilled game hen. “Kai Yaang—Roasted natural game hen rubbed with lemongrass, garlic, pepper and cilantro served with a spicy sweet and sour dipping sauce. Our signature dish.”

“Phat Si Ew Muu—Fresh wide rice noodles with Chinese broccoli, pork, egg, garlic and black soy sauce stir fried in a hot wok.”

“Papaya Pok Pok—Green papaya salad with tomatoes, long beans, Thai chili, lime juice, tamarind, fish sauce, garlic, palm sugar, dried shrimp and peanuts made to order in the pok pok (mortar and pestle). Our namesake.”
This salad looks benign…refreshing, almost.  But it was hotter than a whore in church.

These dishes crack me up.  Does anyone remember Le Menu frozen dinners?  They  made food that came on these re-usable oval/rectangular plastic dishes?  Well, they looked like the dishes they had at Pok Pok.  My grandparents had a million of them and kept the dishes for my little cousins to eat off of so they wouldn’t break the regular dishes.

“Tam Ka Yaang—Roasted game hen salad with long beans, tomatoes, peanuts, Chinese celery, cilantro, Thai chilies, garlic, lime, palm sugar, fish sauce

Crab fried rice! “Khao Phat Puu—Stir-fried jasmine rice with Dungeness crab meat, green onion, garlic, egg, fish sauce, Thai chile, served with sliced cucumber and lime.”

This was just too delicious.  If I was alone, I could’ve EASILY scarfed down this whole dish and felt no remorse.

So these wings are what all the hoopla are about.  I don’t even really LIKE wings and these were really mind-blowing.  Sticky, savory, sweet and spicy.
“Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings—Fresh natural chicken wings marinated in fish sauce, garlic and sugar, deep fried, tossed in caramelized Phu Quoc fish sauce and garlic and served with Vietnamese table salad. Our daytime grill cook Ich Truong’s recipe from his home in Vietnam.”

You know you want a bite.

Ruby thinks they’re #1!

Pok Pok

3226 se division, pdx

503 232 1387 Divider


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