Khao Moo Daeng is a classic Thai dish that is very popular throughout Thailand. Many of the local eateries that serve this dish have their own very unique recipes, a combination of the ingredients and method of preparation, which they tend to keep as a closely guarded secret.
Located on Silom Road this 52-year-old restaurant, called Chuan Savoey, is well known for the authentic Khao Moo Daeng that they serve daily. Over the years, the success of Chuan Savoey restaurant has been recognised with the Thai equivalent of a Michelin Star. If you would like to visit this restaurant it is advisable to visit during the off-peak hours as there is often a long queue of hungry locals patiently waiting. Be prepared to share your table with complete strangers. View on Map
Sadly, as you can see, during the filming of this video we did not discover the secret recipe for Khao Moo Daeng. However, following an extensive search and a lot of eating, we managed to find what we believe is an authentic recipe from a well-respected Thai chef.
Rice topped with BBQ red pork and sauce
This dish is just simply delicious. It is typically eaten as a quick one-plate meal for lunch but to be honest, it is perfect for any time of the day, even for breakfast!
“Khao” – means rice, “Moo” – means pork and “Daeng” – means red.
The BBQ red pork is obviously the most important part of a great and unforgettable Khao Moo Daeng. Not only does this provide the tasty Moo Daeng or red pork, the marinade used in its preparation forms the base for the sauce topping. The other main ingredients are crispy pork belly, Chinese sausage and a boiled egg that are all placed on top of the boiled rice which is then covered with the delicious sauce topping.
In most restaurants Khao Moo Daeng will be accompanied with a side dish of whole spring onions, coriander sprigs and sliced cucumber, and if you are really lucky a small bowl of refreshing clear soup.
Good to know
It’s easy to tell if a restaurant serves Khao Moo Daeng, just look out for the BBQ red pork hanging in the shop window. For the best Khao Moo Daeng look out for a restaurant with the longest queue of locals and join them. Don’t be afraid to add a few spoons of the condiment on your table, chopped green chilli in vinegar and dark soy sauce.
Taste of Thailand
The first taste of this dish will surely bring you back for more…
It is a balanced combination of sweet, salty, and sour with a hint of herbs and spices.
There are many textures; the pork belly and Chinese sausage remain a little crispy, which is a perfect contrast to the tender sliced BBQ red pork and soft rice.
If you want a larger portion say “Khao Moo Daeng pises” – extra large portion of BBQ pork, rice and sauce, you will be charged extra
If you want something left out, like the crispy pork belly, say “Mai Sai Moo Grob” – don’t put pork belly
Ingredients for the BBQ red pork
Easy guide for the BBQ red pork
Ingredients for the sauce
Easy guide for the sauce
And finally for Khao Moo Daeng