Khao Ka Moo

Instagram Post 8/21/2019

I confess to having a few favorite booths at HK Food Court, 82-02 45th Ave, Elmhurst, and Khao Ka Moo, the Thai food vendor ensconced in stall 16, is one of them. These top notch dishes from two separate occasions were delicious, hearty and assuredly recommended.

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Khao Moo Dang & Moo Krob: that’s two items in one dish with a mix of components. Khao means rice, moo means pork (easy to remember because of the barnyard irony), dang means red, and krob means crispy, so what we have on this plate is pork in multiple guises (sausage, crispy pork belly, red sauced) over piquantly seasoned rice with the classical accompaniments of cucumber, cilantro, perfectly complementary sauces and broth, and garlic and green Thai hot peppers wrapped and at the ready. And a hard-boiled egg.

Khao Ka Moo from the eponymous Khao Ka Moo: braised pork leg over rice (ka means leg, see above for the remainder of today’s glossary). Slow cooked in a sweet soy sauce blended with five spice and other seasonings until the meat is falling off the shank bone. Served with fresh greens and pickled mustard greens. And a hard-boiled (soy sauce) egg.

Thai street food at its finest.