Post-Pok Pok Thai Food Scene in Portland Flourishes

Over the last few years, Portland's Thai food scene has pretty much been dominated by Andy Ricker's Pok Pok empire. Recently, however, comes the next generation of Thai culinary stars that seek to build off of Ricker's own legacy, while adding some innovative twists of their own. 

Earl Ninsom of PaaDee has become a local favorite for Portland diners, with a back room offering a specialty tasting menu designed by Ninsom to highlight a number of unique Thai flavors. At fellow Thai hot spot Langbaan, reservations, which start at $75, sell out weeks in advance. The menu changes here seasonally and focuses on a regional or culinary theme.

The appreciation of Thai flavors has extended into the take-out world as well, with Portland diners seeking these traditional flavors at a number of local restaurants such as Nong's Khao Man Gai, Khao San, and Chiang Mai. Read More