After years of hearing about the infamous Thai restaurant Pok Pok in my home town Portland, Or.'s S.E. side, I finally made it! I am happy to say, it totally lived up to all the hype. The restaurant was on a 45 minute wait by the time we made it to the hostess stand, so we bounced across the street to their neighborhood bar, the Whiskey Soda Lounge to start the evening out with a cocktail.
I sampled the salted plum vodka collins, topped with a delicious candied amarino cherry. The salted plum was muddled into the cocktail and made for a refreshingly salty sour mix, with yummy bits of plum to chew on, adding some sweetness. My friend tried a few of their house made drinking vinegars (alcohol free). The first was flavored with meyer lemon, followed by one made with honey. They were both equally refreshing and delicious, and would be great with or without alcohol.
The bartender let us know when our table was ready, and we headed back across the street. The food was just as delicious as the drinks. To calm those spicy bites, I recommend trying one of their Thai iced coffees.
My next post will be on drinking vinegars, shrubs, and I will attempt to make my own blackberry drinking vinegar, and share a recipe. Until then... feast your eyes on our fancy feast. We had the Kaeng Som Thaleh, a spicy-sour tamarind curry soup with seafood; Yam Samun Phrai, a Northern Thai herbal salad, and finally, Sii Khrong Muu Yaang, Thai baby back ribs.