Hidden in a relatively quiet alley near Soi Phetchaburi 30 is an inconspicuous stall selling thai-styled Braised pork leg rice. I used the term inconspicuous cos I couldn’t figure out the name of the stall, only recalled that they occupy a unit amongst the row of shophouse and has a huge tree in front of the shop. For those who can read chinese, it is easily recognisable via this huge signage which roughly translates into “Thailand’s #1 braised pork leg rice“.
After satisfying our cravings for the famous Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice (pink shirt), we took a short walk crossing over the river and commenced round 2 of lunching~
The set-up of the place was simple, we took a seat under the extended canopy in front of the shop and the lady boss approached us to take our order. She recommended us the Braised pork leg rice + Daily Soup set which cost around B90 (can’t be sure but its about there) and soon a plate of tantalising braised pork leg rice was served.
Although we had just eaten the Chicken Rice, we were still attracted to this flavoursome braised pork leg rice. One quick sniff and we could smell the distinct herbs used in the gravy such as star anise, cinnamon etc, very similar to the Chinese style ones in Singapore. However in comparision the thai-style ones served here appeared to be less dark in terms of the colour of the gravy.
Not sure if they had served us a leaner portion of the meat or they only used the part with lesser fats to cook the dish, we certainly enjoyed the fats to meat ratio here. Many a times even after requesting for a leaner part to be served, we ended up foregoing a huge chunk of “fats” leaving us with a miserable portion of meat when we order this dish in Singapore. P.S I will still eat the skin, but I’ll scrap off the layer of fats (or collagen?) underneath.
The braised pork leg which was placed on top of the rice allowed the grains underneath to soak up the delicious gravy. The well-braised meat was tender and almost melts-in-your-mouth served with the crunchy and appetizing pickled mustard greens side. The tangy chilli is another key component not-to- be-missed and I think it further helps to cut through the oiliness. Despite the hot weather, this dish didn’t feel greasy and was easy to eat.
After tasting this fantastic dish, I can’t help but wonder why is this place not having the same brisk business as the Chicken Rice shop which is just a river crossing away? Perhaps the location is less prominent since its hidden in the alley? Nonetheless I believe that foodies will make their way to visit the stalls regardless of their accessibility, if the food can justify the effort~
This stall certainly goes into my list of “to-eat” places the next time I visit Bangkok! If you are shopping in Big C or CentralWorld, do make the short detour to savour the goodness of braised pork leg rice here.
I made a simple map to Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice earlier, so I’m adding this Braised pork leg stall to the map. Here it is:
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