This New Thai Joint in Poblacion Trades Pad Thai for Fried Chicken (

(This feature was published in last July 5, 2019)

With Khao Khai Thai Chicken House’s beaded curtains, mismatched chairs, kitschy hanging lights, and tables covered in colorful floral and checkered table cloths—not to mention the wall adornments featuring the former King of Thailand and Buddhist idolatry—it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine that you’re in some open-air restaurant in Bangkok. But this eatery isn’t in the Thai capital—it’s along one of Poblacion’s side streets.

Pad thai lovers should be warned: You won’t find your beloved spicy stir-fried noodles here. Even so, you won’t miss it since this newest Thai-themed spot serves other specialties that are likely to become favorites, like Bangkok street cart-style fried chicken.

It’s no wonder that the fried chicken called Gai Tod (P115/one piece; P190/two pieces; P260/three pieces; P869/whole with three rice and three som tam or Thai green papaya salad) is fast becoming their bestseller—after all, the restaurant’s name translates to “chicken rice.” The chicken is best eaten when it comes right out of the fryer, but still manages to be perfectly crispy even if you decide to have it a little later.

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