CHAO’S STREET FOOD OF THE WEEK:
“Sawasdee Tdorn Chao” (Good Morning) friends!
It’s not a bird, its not a plane, and it is not superman. But it’s pretty damn close to Mr. Clark Kent in terms of food.
“Moo Ping” or “Khao Niew Moo Ping” is the showcase for this week’s street food recommendation.
Ask any Thai person, we guarantee you most of them will agree that “Moo Ping” is one of the single greatest things that our streets have to offer. We grew up eating these as kids, as raging teenagers and now we still indulge ourselves into this semi-guilty pleasure.
We say semi-guilty because it has high fat contents but yet it has all the proteins that you need as well!
This food is like the Super-hero of Thai street food that will save your normal/hung-over mornings or even your late night cravings.
“Moo Ping” basically means “Charcoal-grilled Pork”.
In straight translation:
Moo = pig/pork
Ping = to grill/barbeque, with charcoal
(Another word that is similar to Ping is Yang, but we will get back to that next time. Yes, for those of you who are familiar with a North-Eastern Thai dish involving a chicken dish, shhhhhh)
But like any superhero, although Moo Ping is majestic enough to survive on its own (much like Batman). But it can do more justice with its ultimate side-kick, “Khao Niew” (Robin).
If you go back to our first post on the term “breakfast” where it is explained that in Thai, the word “rice/meal” can both be represented by the word “Khao”. However, in this case, we are using this in the context of Sticky Rice.
As “Khao” is rice, therefore…… the term “Niew” is??
“Khao” + “Niew” = sticky rice!
Unlike the rest of Thailand where long-grain and jasmine rice is the stable food, Sticky Rice is the stable food of the Northern and North-Eastern regions of Thailand. Although its popularity has risen to the point that you can find this anywhere in Thailand, but it will always be acknowledge as a -Eastern/ Northern delicacy.
We recommend you try “Moo Ping” on its own first, see how it melts in your mouth.
But the second time, take a bite from the BBQ stick and before you chew, pinch a fair amount of sticky rice to compliment the full taste. There will be a slight increase in the irresistible pleasures, tingling all over your taste buds.
Our personal encounters with our friends from the foreign lands have even rated this particular street food to be better than BACON (a fair comparison as they are both pork based edibles).
But we won’t decide for you of course, we would prefer it if you go out and try it for yourselves. So that there is still beauty left in the form of personal discovery.
Now just before we let you taste your first bite of “Moo Ping”. We should let you in on some local knowledge.
On the street, “Moo Ping” is usually around 5-10 baht depending on its size but the big fat juicy ones that you see in these photos (of our staff munching on his breakfast), they are 10 baht per stick.
“Khao Niew” is mostly around 5 baht per serving. You can find them perfectly shaped into rectangular blocks of rice in small plastic bags.
In the area of Chao Hostel, we recommend you for the best authenticity:
In the morning, there are plenty of these selling at the local market!! (with lots of other food!!)
Direction: Take a right turn on the Rama1 Road (the Main Road out the front of SIAM@SIAM hotel), you will need to walk for 1 block, there on your right there will be a market in the alley with Tesco Lotus on the otherside.
At Lunchtime, there will be a small food cart selling only “Khao Niew + Moo Ping” out front of the Ibis Hotel just on the way to the entrance of the BTS. (Please look at the photos)
Direction: Turn left when you are at the main road where SIAM@SIAM entrance is and keep walking for about another 120 metres.
If you would like to know how to order “Khao Niew” and “Moo Ping” in Thai (you will need to learn how to count to at least 10) then please leave a comment and we will show you the way! ☺
Happy Street Food Hunting Guys,
Chok-Dee (Chok-Dee is “good luck” in Thai) Krub