Pok Pok

Pok Pok NY had made quite a splash in the NY dining scene, so of course I was keen to check out the original Pok Pok on our Portland Trip.  We arrived at Pok Pok around 9pm and were told that the wait was approximately an hour and half.  The good news was that we could wait at the Whiskey Soda Lounge across the street (also owned by Pok Pok), have some cocktails, and order their famous chicken wings. 

We got 2 orders of the fish sauced wings, one spicy and one mild. The flavors of these wings are very distinctive and super yummy. Easily the best chicken wings I have ever tasted!

 VIETNAMESE FISH SAUCED WINGS

VIETNAMESE FISH SAUCED WINGS

After about an hour wait, our table was available! Yay! We ordered a bunch of items and shared family style. 

This pork curry dish was definitely the group's favorite.  The Pork was very juicy and tender.  I could have easily had this dish all to myself. 

 KAENG HANG LEH - Northern Thai sweet pork belly and pork shoulder curry 

KAENG HANG LEH - Northern Thai sweet pork belly and pork shoulder curry 

We also enjoyed the flank salad.  The lemongrass, mint, and cilantro really gave the dish a refreshing flavor. 

 NEUA NAAM TOK - flank steak salad with fish sauce, lime, and chili powder dressing, shallots, lemongrass, mint, cilantro, and toasted rice powder. 

NEUA NAAM TOK - flank steak salad with fish sauce, lime, and chili powder dressing, shallots, lemongrass, mint, cilantro, and toasted rice powder. 

The rest of the dishes fell a little flat.  They were good, but nothing special. Nothing that we couldn't get at any other Thai or Chinese restaurants.  

 SII KHRONG MUU YANNG - baby back ribs.  KAI YAAGE - charcoal roasted natural game hen   CORN ON THE COBB KUNG OP WUN SEN - prawns and rice noodles cooked in a clay pot. 

SII KHRONG MUU YANNG - baby back ribs. 
KAI YAAGE - charcoal roasted natural game hen  
CORN ON THE COBB
KUNG OP WUN SEN - prawns and rice noodles cooked in a clay pot. 

Verdict: A+. The group's consensus was that Pok Pok was not worth the 1-2 hour wait.  Instead just go to Whiskey Soda Lounge and order the killer chicken wings. 

Pok Pok
3226 SE Division Street
http://www.pokpokpdx.com