Nakhon Sanook is a small street food restaurant located in an alley off Luang Road. A friend of mine recommended the place to me, claiming that the khao moo daeng moo grob is out of this world, even better than the version served at legendary Si Morakot. Could that be true? I went to find out.
The first thing I noticed is that Nakhon Sanook has a very local feel. The plates of khao moo daeng moo grob are prepared from a street food cart and served to ragged tables placed on both sides of the narrow alley. Motorbikes pass by while you’re enjoying your plate of red barbecue and crispy pork.
The grandfather of the current owner opened Nakhon Sanook in the 1940s, naming it after the cinema next door. The cart was later passed to one of his sons and then to the son’s niece, who both moved the cart to new locations. All in all, Nakhon Sanook has been running for over 70 years, so the cooks have had plenty of time to refine their khao moo daeng moo grob skills.
The Food at Nakhon Sanook
The heavenly Chinese siu haau sauce is where Nakhon Sanook really stands out. The homemade barbecue sauce is the best I’ve ever had with my khao moo daeng moo grob! -*5 stars-
I also really enjoyed eating their Moo Grob (Crispy Pork). The moo grob is boiled before they grill it in a traditional charcoal oven and comes in large portions. The succulent meat is covered in a crispy layer that well surpasses other vendors, also 5 stars!
Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob (60 THB)
Moo Grob (60 THB)
Considering how much I liked the barbecue sauce and crispy pork at Nakhon Sanook, to be honest, I expected their red barbecue pork to be better. I thought it was a bit on the dry side. It would have been great to have some complimentary chillies to add some spice to the sauce and a portion of additional sweet Chinese sausage wouldn’t hurt either.
Friendly owners at Nakhon Sanook
The local atmosphere
Yes, I liked Nakhon Sanook more than famed Si Morakot. The sauce was out of this world, and the large nuggets of crispy pork were a real treat. The red barbecue pork could’ve done better but overall, I enjoyed a yummy dish of khao moo daeng moo grob. Don’t forget to add some egg and sweet Chinese sausage and you definitely have a meal you won’t regret.
Tip: Come early as the crispy pork is sold out often.
Looking for a tasty Thai dessert to finish this meal, then head to famous:
- Kor Panich for one of Bangkok's best mango sticky rice.
- Mont Nomsod for one of Thailand's most famous dessert parlours.
- Aaii Waan Yen for yummy Thai-Chinese desserts.
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