Pok Pok

Where did I eat?

Pok Pok at 3226 SE Division Street in Portland.

What do they specialize in?

Thai style sharing dishes.

What was the vibe?

Busy, crowded, fun.

What did I order?

Lychee Drinking Vinegar

Lychee Drinking Vinegar

  • Don’t get thrown off by the name “drinking vinegar”. It doesn’t sound appetizing, but it is quite delicious.
  • The floral aromatic flavour of the lychee contrasted well with the slight tang of the drinking vinegar.
  • The drink was super refreshing and an ideal pairing on a hot summer day.

Ike's Fish Sauce Wings

Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings – chicken wings marinated in fish sauce and sugar, deep-fried, and tossed in caramelized fish sauce and garlic

  • This is the dish that made Pok Pok famous, so they are a must try when you visit.
  • These wings lived up to the hype for me and they were the best chicken wings I have ever had.
  • The wings are deep-fried and very crispy while the meat is still moist on the inside.
  • The sauce is incredible and is a perfect balance of spicy, sweet, and savoury.

Papaya Salad

Papaya Pok Pok – spicy green papaya salad with tomatoes, long beans, Thai chili lime juice, tamarind fish sauce, garlic, palm sugar, dried shrimp, and peanuts

  • I was surprised by how much spice was in this dish from the Thai chili juice. If you can’t handle your spice you probably should skip this dish.
  • The papaya was crunchy and tangy and I liked the mixture of the other vegetables in the salad.
  • The one thing I wasn’t crazy about were the dried shrimp because they were quite strong and overpowered the other flavours

Chicken

Kai Yaang – charcoal roasted game hen stuffed with lemongrass, garlic, pepper, and cilantro and served with spicy/sweet/sour, and tamarind dipping sauce

  • The meat was very tender and juicy and had a slightly smokey taste to it.
  • The herbs it was stuffed with added so much flavour to it and you could definitely pick up bit of lemongrass and garlic flavour
  • Both of the dipping sauces were great. One was like a spicy sweet and sour and the other one had a fresh, tangy, and bold cilantro flavour

 Final Thoughts?

The food a Pok Pok is delicious and definitely more special than your average Thai restaurant. Make sure you come early though or you could be waiting in line for an hour.

Pok Pok on Urbanspoon

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Categories: $$ ($10-$15), $$$ ($15-$25), Portland, Thai

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