Pig & Khao: Intensely Flavorful SE Asian Cuisine

I want write about somewhere that I eaten more recently (by recently I mean in the past three months) – Pig & Khao. Having a two star review on the NY Times I was intrigued by Leah Cohen, a Top Chef contestant, opening this restaurant under the Fatty Crew Hospitality Group (who has brought you restaurants such as Fatty Crab and Fatty Cue).

It was a MUST TRY on my Mon.je list so I was lucky enough to grab a friend and go.

I started off with their black tea which was described to me as a coco chai. It was normal tea, nothing out of the ordinary.

Pictured above is their Sizzling Sisig which was comprised of pork head, chili, an egg, lime and cilantro. It was a dish that is meant to eat with rice or noodles (basically something neutral in taste) to complement the flavors from this dish. The fat from the pork head combined with the egg made for a very rich dish. Luckily there was some lime and cilantro to cut some of that fat flavor making this dish delicious and not for the faint-of-heart.

The Khao Soi was a red curry base dish with egg noodles, coconut milk, chicken, egg, noodles, pickled greens and shallots topped with cilantro and lime. I didn’t find the need to have a lime there but definitely asked for more cilantro. The dish was good but not memorable.

Grilled curry lamb ribs was one of the dishes that I was excited about as I saw numerous orders of these pass me by. Overall it was good though a bit salty. The cilantro helped in cutting the fat and it was tender as well, but for me personally it needed to be eaten with rice / noodles to cut the salt.

Last but not least is the dessert! This dish was really good – the turon – which was banana fritter with salted caramel ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce. Yes, it was as good as it sounds.

Not pictured in this post is their coconut rice, which was REALLY good. I highly recommend you get that with whatever main dish you’ll eat it with. Definitely worth having!

I would be willing to go back and try a few more dishes to see what the rest of the menu looks like. Overall a good place. If you find yourself there soon, be sure to prepare yourself for some intense flavors.

Pig & Khao
68 Clinton St
New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 920-4485
Website: http://www.pigandkhao.com

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