Many people in Oregon likely know about Nong's Khao Man Gai, the Thai cart near SW 10th and Alder. The famed chicken-and-rice dish has fed hungry customers for about two and a half years (since around May 2009).
Several weeks ago, Nong Poonsukwattana opened her second cart right on the corner of SW 4th and College. This new bright yellow cart is at least twice the size of her original location, and with the new cart came some new dishes.
|The second location on the corner of SW 4th and College!
|A closeup of Nong's menu at SW 4th and College!
A scoop of Jasmine rice starts the plating, followed by about 4-5 wings. There may be some celery and broccoli in there as well. The sauce is then laced over the top.
|Thai Basketball Mom's Wings
(Nong's Khao Man Gai)
The sauce was extremely comforting. While it added lovely flavor, it did not upstage the chicken. It was a bit sweet, and I did not catch any whiskey flavor. The sauce wasn't very spicy on its own, but one of the workers gave me some dried chili flakes to sprinkle on top (this gave the dish a bit more punch). The celery and broccoli brought refreshing flavor and texture contrasts. A nice, filling meal!
I know people say you can't beat the original location, but in this case, the new cart wins for me. More dishes to try, and high-quality food to boot! Check out Nong's...either location! 7.5/10