You can find khao moo grob and khao moo dang most anywhere in Bangkok, but in my search for the best, I’ve always come back to Tanni (ธานี). Khao moo grob (ข้าวหมูกรอบ) is a pretty simple dish that has really grown on me over the years. The pork meat is this perfect mix of crunchy and tender which you just don’t find in other meat dishes.
“Do you like khao moo grob?” asked my friend Rakhal.
I’ve seen it around a few times, but had never actually ordered it before. Probably because a plate of pork on rice doused in a strange red sauce didn’t seem that appealing to me. I’ve enjoyed grapow moo grob many times, crunchy pork which is fried up with basil and chilies. A solid dish with a nice mix of ingredients and enough fire to give you that kick in the ass to get you going, but never khao moo grob.
“Well, it’s the best in Bangkok, let’s go check it out!”
Rakhal has a real passion for food and I love trying out new dishes, so we headed on over to Tanni (ธานี) which is about a 5 minute walk south of the Ari BTS stop. If you get there before lunch, you’ll see huge plates of pork being prepared for the lunch rush. That’s right, you can order meat by the plate! Unfortunately, we showed up during the lunchtime rush. Normally when it’s quiet, it’s a mellow place to eat, however if you show up during the rush, it instantly turns into the famous Seinfeld episode with the “Soup Nazi”. If you don’t speak Thai, I would imagine it’s even more intimidating, but we just yelled out “Khao moo grob piset sawng khap!” The staff barely acknowledge that you’ve just ordered – they’re too busy trying to stay on top of all the orders. It was a frantic mess! So before getting mowed down by the staff and new arrivals, we managed to find a couple of metal stools to sit on in the back corner, wedged between the wall and some cheerful Thais on their lunch break. And just when we were starting to wonder if they even heard our order the first time, our dishes arrived, doused in red sauce.
“I like the sauce, but sometimes they drown the whole dish out!”
I tend to agree with Rakhal, and the photo above is a good example, but over time the sauce does tend to grow on you. It’s also a little sweet for some, but I find it nice and not too overbearing. After trying it a few times, I was hooked and don’t ask for it on the side anymore. Now I’ll crave khao moo grob just like many other great Thai food dishes. The boiled egg, cucumber, and raw green onions all compliment the dish nicely as well. And depending on the time of day, can greatly impact your experience!
So if your in the area, give it a try. Some of the best in town!
Khao Moo Grob / Crunchy Pork on Rice / ข้าวหมูกรอบ
Khao Moo Dang / Red Pork on Rice / ข้าวหมูแดง