Thai Style Fried and Grilled Chicken
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In Peru we have a national chicken dish called “Pollo a la Brasa”, which is basically spit roasted chicken marinated with secret sauces, every locale has their own special marinade and every single person in Peru has their favorite Pollo a la Brasa restaurant (unless they are vegetarian of course).
Pollo a la Brasa is especially tasty on Sundays and when hungover, although some people eat it many times a week. The chili side sauce is a must at every meal and families fight over who has control of the sauce dish.
My husband isn’t Peruvian and he loves the stuff. There is nothing better than ordering chicken from Pardo’s Chicken while laying and bed and watching a movie. Although eating it at the actual restaurant has the special crispy wings factor. Well, so there is no Pollo a la Brasa in Phuket but there sure are two Thai style chicken delicacies that have become pretty good replacements, and one of them you can even get for breakfast at 7 in the morning. Both are sold in roadside stalls and even though they are prepared differently are both delish.
Close to our apartment in Bangkok, around the corner from Soi Cowboy, in front of the MRT Asok Station there was a gai taud stall but it wasn’t as nice as the one where I get out weekly staple from here in Phuket. The rice didn’t have the crispy shallots and the flavor wasn’t as nice. The girl didn’t wear a hijab maybe that was the reason. I don’t know what I´m going to do when we have to move and I crave gai taud. I´ll have to learn how to make it myself.
So, Thai style fried chicken, ¨gai taud¨ (ไก่ย่าง); Doing my respective research to write this post, I read that the Muslim style fried chicken is superior to the other, non Muslim variety. I had not realized this fully but thinking about it, it is completely true. In our neighborhood, there are four fried chicken stalls and the one with the signs in Arabic and halal logos served by the nice lady in hijab is definitely the best.
It’s a flavor thing, also a crisp thing. Her sticky rice with crunchy shallots is also so yum that my kiddos can never get enough. There was a fried chicken stall in Bangkok, around the corner from Soi Cowboy just outside the Asok MRT Station but the one here in Srisoontorn, just outside the purple Super Cheap is far better. Sometimes I only buy wings, cause why not! And yes, you can get fried chicken at dawn.
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