Khor Moo Yang/grilled pork neck @ Silom Village, Ealing, London
- limster Jun 30, 2012 11:01 AM
Pork neck/collar is one of my favourites. This excellent version typifies the perfect and seamless combination of fatty and meaty pork, nicely grilled to succulence without chewiness, with a background of marinate that gives it nuanced sweetness.
The tangy and spicy dipping sauce is merely ok, a good sour and chilli heat, but a background of something more like Worcestershire sauce than lime and vinegar. The sauce for the moo ping from Brixton Village's Kaosarn would have been perfect.
How's the version at Addie's Thai these days? And what about the Heron's?
Decided to try the Heron's version. Their khor moo yang comes in various salad forms, I went for the one with som tam/green papaya salad. The pork is nice but seems less fatty and more meaty than the one at Silom; it's also mixed in with the dressing of the som tam so the flavour combinations are a bit different. On the whole it worked well with the julienned green papaya, pulpy cherry tomatoes and crunchy green beans, the hot and lime sour dressing tinged with fish sauce pungency and umani binding all the components well, the many shades of sharp acidity and sourness coming together deliciously.
Also had a wonderful crab omelette -- cooked in a very hot wok, the surface burnished and crisp, below that light eggy fluffiness, with a contrast from coriander leaves that bring a delightful bit of vegetal lightness.
Incidentally, they have a printed menu in English and Thai now.
More stuff on the Heron here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/780882
Found Addies' one a bit fatty last time I went (about 9 months ago) Best recent Khor Moo Yang was at Thai Rice in Shepherds Bush / Brook Green. Fairly typical Thai restaurant, but if you start ordering 'thai style' they get the idea and the food immeasurably improves. Decent spiced Tom Sum and good fried duck in tamarind.