Specialties of the house
Kai Yaang Tuua
Whole roasted BoBo chicken stuffed with garlic, lemongrass, pepper and fresh coriander. Served with spicy sweet & sour and tamarind dipping sauces. Needs Sticky Rice!
Papaya Pok Pok (Available Vegetarian)
Central Thai-style spicy green papaya salad with tomatoes, long beans, Thai chile, lime juice, tamarind, fish sauce, garlic, palm sugar, dried shrimp and peanuts, made to order in the pok pok (mortar and pestle).
Som Tam Isaan
Northeastern-style spicy hand cut green papaya salad with tomatoes, long beans, dry chili, lime juice, tamarind, fermented fish sauce, garlic, dried shrimp, luuk makhok and salted black crab made to order in the pok pok (mortar and pestle).This version is very hot, fishy, salty, sour, not sweet. Order at own risk!
Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings (Available spicy)
Natural Draper Valley chicken wings marinated in fish sauce and sugar, deep fried, tossed in caramelized Phu Quoc fish sauce and garlic and served with Vietnamese table salad. Based on Pok Pok PDX cook Ike’s recipe from his home in Vietnam.
Aahaan Kap Khao
Food eaten with rice as part of a shared meal
Yam Samun Phrai (Available Vegetarian)
Chiang Mai version of an herbal salad with white turmeric, carrot, parsnip, betel leaf, basil, lime leaf, lemongrass, sawtooth, fried shallots, cashews, peanuts, sesame seeds, dry shrimp, ground pork and Thai chiles in a mild coconut milk dressing.
Yam Makheua Yao
Smoky grilled long eggplant salad with spicy dressing of Thai chiles, lime, fish sauce and palm sugar, topped with boiled egg, dry shrimp, pork, prawns, shallots and crispy garlic. Perennial Pok Pok favorite.
Tam Kai Yaang
Spicy roasted chicken salad with long beans, tomatoes, peanuts, Chinese celery, cilantro, Thai chiles, dry shrimp garlic, lime, palm sugar, fish sauce. Made in the pok pok, the Thaiglish name for the Isaan mortar and pestle.
Naem Sii Khrong Muu Thawt
Sour cured pork riblets deep-fried and served with a side of cabbage, peanuts, ginger, chilies and jaew. Isaan Style, saep lai lai!
Laap Muu Khua Phrae
Phrae-style spicy hand-minced pork "salad" with aromatics, spices, herbs, cherry tomatoes, cracklings and crispy fried garlic. Served with phak sot. Flavored with indigenous spices of the region: Makhwen (relative of Szechuan pepper), Diiplii (long pepper) and Ma Laep (wild harvested seed that is citrusy, spicy and slightly numbing).
Laap Pet Isaan
Spicy Northeastern Thai minced duck salad with lemongrass, galangal, herbs, toasted rice powder, dried chilies, lime juice and fish sauce. Served with phak sot.
Neua Naam Tok
Spicy Isaan flank steak “salad” with fish sauce, lime and chili powder dressing, shallots, lemongrass, mint, cilantro and toasted rice powder. You’ll want to get some sticky rice, it’s hot. Try it with Beer Lao!
Het Paa Naam Tok (Vegetarian)
Spicy forest mushroom salad with lime and chili powder dressing, shallots, lemongrass, mint, cilantro and toasted rice powder. Vegetarian version of the steak salad described above.
About dining at Pok Pok
Most of the food here is meant to be eaten family-style with everyone sharing all the dishes on the table. Most of these dishes are best when accompanied by rice: Northern and Northeastern Thai dishes with sticky rice, Central and Southern Thai with jasmine rice. In Thailand, only a spoon and fork are used: the spoon to eat with and the fork to push food onto the spoon. We encourage you to try this method as it is the easiest way to eat many of these dishes. Some things are traditionally eaten with the hands such as grilled meat and sticky rice. Please ask your server for guidance if you wish. Chopsticks are normally used only when eating noodles, Vietnamese or Chinese food (they will be supplied if appropriate with a certain dish), however chopsticks are available upon request. Laew tae khun, khrap! (Up to you!)
Northern Thai smashed salad of young jackfruit, pounded in the mortar and fried in pork fat with ground pork, tomatoes, herbs and pork cracklings. Great with sticky rice!
Crispy broken crepe with steamed fresh mussels, eggs, garlic chives and bean sprouts, served with Thai Sri Racha sauce. Thai street vendor’s specialty, popular in night markets.
Kaeng Hang Leh
Northern Thai sweet pork belly and pork shoulder curry with ginger, palm sugar, turmeric, tamarind, Burmese curry powder and pickled garlic. Rich and exotically spiced, a Chiang Mai classic with Burmese origins.
Khanaa Wan Phat Naam Man Hoi
Stir fried broccolini with garlic, oyster, fish and soy sauces. Available vegetarian or w/ pork belly.
Sai Ua Samun Phrai
Chiang Mai sausage with herbs, aromatics and Burmese curry powder. Grilled and served with Naam Phrik Num (spicy green chili dip), Khaep Muu (Thai pork rinds) and steamed crudite. Rustic and spicy, should be eaten with sticky rice.
Muu Paa Kham Waan
Boar collar meat rubbed with garlic, coriander root and black pepper, glazed with soy and sugar, grilled over charcoal and served with chilled mustard greens and a spicy chili/lime/garlic sauce. Northern Thai drinking food.
Aahaan Jaan Diaw
One plate meals
Khanom Jiin Sao Naam Central Thai thin rice vermicelli with fresh pineapple, ginger, green mango, dry shrimp, Thai chilies and garlic, topped with a sweet/sour dressing and house made fish balls in turmeric coconut cream. A refined hot season favorite, often given as an offering to monks.
Cha Ca “La Vong”
Vietnamese Catfish marinated in turmeric and sour sticky rice, fried in turmeric oil with scallions and dill, served on rice vermicelli with peanuts, mint, cilantro and mam nem. Our stab at the famous dish from La Vong Restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Khao Soi Kai/Jay (Chicken/Vegetarian)
Northern Thai mild curry noodle soup made with our secret curry paste recipe and coconut milk. Served with house pickled mustard greens, shallots, crispy yellow noodles and roasted chili paste. Typically served as a one dish meal. Chiang Mai specialty with Chinese Muslim and/or Burmese origins, depending on who you talk to.
Khao Soi Neua
Mild Muslim style beef curry noodle soup made with complex
dry spice mixture and topped with coconut milk. Served with
house pickled mustard greens, shallots, crispy yellow noodles
and roasted chili paste. Muslim version of the iconic Chiang Mai
specialty. Less sweet, more mild and savory than the house version! Inspired by the version served at Khao Soi Prince and Khao Soi Islam, both decades old Chiang Mai institutions.
Kung Op Wun Sen
Fresh head-on prawns baked in a clay pot with pork belly, lao jiin, soy, ginger, cilantro root, black pepper, Chinese celery and bean thread noodles. Served with naam jiim seafood. The Chinese influence on Thai food in full evidence.
1/4# house roasted red peanuts with chiles and lime leaf
Fine Print: We use peanuts, shrimp, meat, cage-free eggs, sugar, salt, wheat & dairy products in our preparations. We buy local and natural when possible and practical. We do not use MSG. If you have allergies or fears, ask for an allergy menu. Vegetarian options are noted on the menu. Please, no substitutions. A charge of $2/person will be charged for desserts supplied by customer. A charge of $1 per take-out order will be added for packaging. We will add a $20 “corkage fee” for each bottle of wine supplied by customer. We will accommodate 3 credit cards per table, then charge $1 per additional card. We do not accept prepaid debit cards. Sorry and thanks for understanding!