Food Porn: Khao Mok Gai

 

Khao mok gai at Areesaa Rote Dee

Say hello to one of my favourite Thai dishes – khao mok gai. This southern dish, best described as a Thai version of a biryani, is made up of a hunk of chicken, beef or lamb, slowly marinated in a rich blend of spices including cinnamon, turmeric and bay leaves. The meat, ideally on the bone and definitely fresh and juicy, is served atop a bed of glistening yellow rice, also infused with the spices to create a rich, even flavour.

The dish may be heavily inspired by Indian and Arab cooking techniques, but it is given an unmistakably Thai flavour with the addition of a spicy, citrus-tinged sauce made with cilantro and plenty of fresh chillies – heed my advice and pour it right over the top without a moment’s thought. Some spots serve a sweet chilli style sauce instead, but this isn’t nearly as good. For undoubtedly the very best khao mok gai in Bangkok, and perhaps all of Thailand, head to Areesaa Rote Dee, unexpectedly near the Khaosan Road backpacker enclave in the capital’s Banglamphu area – don’t miss their beef satay, either!

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