Despite what some higher end food critics may think, we believe some of the best tasting food around is street food. It’s been a little goal of ours to try out street foods from all over the world, and Chick’n Rice at 2136 Center Street in Berkeley made that goal easier by bringing Thai street food to the Bay Area! A lot of restaurants have rice as a side dish, but theirs is anything but ordinary. They soak their rice in chicken broth and chicken fat and add in some garlic for good measure and it gives it a distinct flavor that complements the meats in an amazing way. Let’s check out each option individually!
First up from Chick’n Rice, we got the Khao Mun Gai Tod (fried chicken). It resembles Japanese tonkatsu, but has a bit of a different flavor. It comes with the chicken rice described above and cucumbers to add a bit of refreshment to the dish.
The next dish we tried was the Khao Kha Moo (braised pork). This was one of our favorites for sure. We recommend getting it with the skin if you’re looking for the most flavor. The salty moistness of the pork is super bomb, and they smartly just use regular jasmine rice instead of the chicken rice so you’re not overwhelmed. It comes with the signature Chickn’ Rice greens and an egg.
Chicken on chicken is what you get with this next plate and that’s A-OK with us. The Khao Mun Gai (poached chicken) is the original Chick’n Rice recipe and comes with the chicken rice. The chicken itself is great, but the combination of the chicken and the garlic and flavor of the chicken rice is what really makes this one nomtastic! If you’re just dipping your toes into this kind of food, this is probably a good one to start with.
Not a fan of meat? Not a problem — Chick’n Rice has got you covered with their Khao Mun Tao Hoo (fried tofu). It’s prepared with their signature greens and regular jasmine rice in order to keep everything chicken-free.
To finish off your meal, Chick’n Rice has an awesome dessert that consists of your choice of three different ice cream flavors on top of mangoes and sticky rice. The ice cream flavors you can choose from are thai tea, lychee, and coconut. We went with thai tea and definitley weren’t disappointed. We love everything about sticky rice in desserts, so we couldn’t wait to give this a try, and we definitely scarfed the whole thing down in a matter of minutes. This is a must if you stop by!
Chick’n Rice isn’t your typical Thai restaurant, but that’s what makes it unique and stand out from all the other restaurants around. Give it a try if you’re in the Bay Area and let us know what you think!
Till next time, Nomsters!