She recommends for good reason- picture half a dozen fresh whole natural chicken wings marinated in fish sauce and sugar, deep fried, tossed in caramelized Phu Quoc fish sauce and garlic and served with pickled vegetables. I would literally go to Pok Pok for these wings alone.
We pulled up to the original location (and the same where we took photos for this post), at Pok Pok PDX, right on Division Street in the Southeast corner of town. Our kind hostess quoted a three hour wait time. INSANITY! But we still waited. This food must have been pretty hyped for us to be willing to wait for so long. Although the wait was long, they did have a text messaging system (still currently used) for customers waiting so they can take a walk or wander elsewhere while other diners enjoy some of the best Thai food they’ve had in their life.
But before I go into what to order and all the foodie deets, I’ll let you in on a little secret. You ready?? Go with a group of 6 or more! They take reservations online and it’s the easiest thing in the world. They’ll also hold your table for up to TWO HOURS from the time your reservation begins. Reserved and decided not to show? They’ll charge you $50 (and require a cc number upfront to hold your spot). But why in tarnation would you miss your chance at those wings?
Too much chicken?? Try their Northern Thai mild curry noodle soup made with our secret curry paste recipe and house-pressed fresh coconut milk. Served with house pickled mustard greens, shallots, crispy yellow noodles and roasted chili paste. It’s another favorite Thai dish of mine and one of the best I’ve ever had (other is from Lotus of Siam in Vegas- anyone been??).
Did you like this post? Want more Portland food suggestions? Check out our post on Favorite Portland Restaurants for more delicious details!Pok Pok PDX (3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR // 503.232.1387)