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
- 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 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 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
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
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.