If you love Thai Street Cuisine & Thai market Food, then you will love Khao Kha Moo Gup Kai (Braised Pork Leg and Rice with Egg) ข้าวขาหมู. You can find this popular street dish on food carts all over Thailand. The Khao Kha Moo ( ข้าวขาหมู ) you see in this video was recorded on Soi Diana in Pattaya Thailand.
What is Khao Kha Moo? The English translation is Stewed Pork Leg and Rice. The pork leg is stewed in broth containing soy sauce, oyster sauce, palm sugar, cinnamon, star anise, szechuan peppercorns, white pepper corns, dried shiitake mushrooms, cilantro roots, garlic and galangal and served with rice and egg.
The egg is optional. Be sure to mention to the thai street vendor if you want egg or not. If you order Khao Kha Moo and then ask “where is the egg?” once your meal is served the street vendor might be a little annoyed as you did not ask for Khao Kha Moo Gup Kai. I have experienced this first hand. haha.
If you are hesitant to eat thai street food then don’t be. I have only been sick once in all my travels and that was from eating a fish burger from Burger King. Thai street vendors generally buy there ingredients daily. They prepare enough food that once it has all been sold that pack up and go home for the night.
If you want a healthier version of Khao Kha Moo tell the street vendor you don’t want any skin ( Mai Nung ). Pork skin is very fatty but also very tasty. Up to you!!!
Get out and experiment with the tastes of Thailand. Travel is about learning what you do and don’t like and exploring new things. When in Thailand eat what the Thai’s do. Have a safe trip and enjoy your time in Thailand. Chokdee.