Somtum Thai Kitchen
Portland has one of the best Thai food scenes in the nation, and it’s no secret, with the New York Times singling out Portland and Los Angeles as the leaders of America’s Thai food renaissance. From chef Akkapong Earl Ninsom’s regional and, at times, historical takes on Thai cooking at Langbaan, to Nong Poonsukwattana’s simple and spectacular khao man gai, the Thai chefs in Portland have developed celebrity status, selling sauces in grocery stores and developing restaurant empires.
From the strip-mall spots churning out bright bowls of som tum, to the glitzy restaurants packaging up jaw-dropping family meals, these are the must-visit Thai restaurants to visit for in-person dining, takeout, and delivery.
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