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Portland: Pok Pok

4 Jul

Yes, I’ve shown this before but how can I resist reliving the savoring? Chicken wings, roasted chicken, pork skewers, green papaya salad, all as good as I remember, but my new hot day fave – fresh squeezed limeade, Thai style.

Pok Pok in Portland, OR

11 Jan

Crisp skin thickly coated with a sweet, finger-licking gooey sauce, these wings are the stuff of cravings – named one of the Top Ten Restaurant Dishes in America 2007 by Food & Wine Magazine.

We found Pok Pok in a house, car port, and lawn, set in a residential area. Highly suggest reservations. A little odd to eat our noodles with a fork, but other than that, it’s the real deal.

Aree Thai

11 Jan

Aree Thai, 1150 Kingsway, Vancouver East, 604-709-9229

Doesn’t this one photo of chili sauce breathe “authentic”?

Take a good look at these chicken skewers. They are plump, full fingers, not the cut up trimmed and slim portions from a single breast. Next is a fish cake, Tom Yum soup, yellow curry, spinach w peanut sauce, and finally! – a Pad Thai with noodles that have texture. Every dish is so robust in flavor, a rice bowl per person is needed. They make their own ice cream and although the menu only lists banana, coconut, and mango, the one to ask for is the Thai Iced Tea Ice Cream. The tea kicks in as an flooding aftertaste fills the mouth.

New translation of the day – how to say “very delicious” is “arroy-d” (pronounced alloy-d).