On's Thai Kitchen Nam Thok: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 59

An off-menu variant of Nam Thok at On's.
Sure, On's Thai Kitchen on University Avenue offers the usual suspects: spring rolls, green curry, pad Thai. But it's worth exploring the further corners of the menu's authentic, home-style Thai cooking and considering lesser-seen dishes such as Pad-Phong-Ga-Lee (curried crab with scrambled eggs), Hu mok (a spicy fish custard), and, pictured here, the Nam Thok (a bolder, more satisfying version of the familiar Lao dish, larb).

Nam Thok, a spiced meat salad with lettuce and fresh herbs, is made with sliced meat instead of ground, as the Lao version offers. This dish is actually the Nam Thok Kor Moo Yang, an off-menu variant of the traditional Nam Thok, and it's made with the same seasoning mix--roasted rice, fish sauce, lime, minced onions, shaved lemongrass curls, and plenty of chilis--and served with lettuces, cilantro, and mint to add a counterbalancing coolness. But the fattier cut of pork in this version lends to its succulence, and marinating the meat causes the flavors to seeps into all its crevices. This combination of grilled meat wrapped up in fresh herbs and lettuce tastes just as tongue-tingling as it were purchased from a Bangkok street vendor.

On's Thai Kitchen
1613 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651.644.1444

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 60: Flamingo Restaurant's vegetarian combo

No. 61: Sea Change's brioche pain perdu

No. 62: Haute Dish's "steak and eggs"

No. 63: Tremblay's Sweet Shop's salt water taffy

No. 64: Bars Bakery's Turtle Bar

No. 65: Pizzeria Lola's Lady Zaza Pizza

No. 66: In Season's fried oysters

No. 67: Cave Vin's steak frites

No. 68: Everest on Grand's cabbage and potatoes

No. 70: Surly's Coffee Bender

No. 71: Quang's bun tom xao

No. 72: Maple bacon doughnut at YoYo Donuts

No. 73: Cupcake's mini cupcakes

No. 74: Willy D's ribs

No. 75: Salsa a la Salsa's fried chocolate truffles

No. 76: Anodyne's Artichoke Melt

No. 77: Origami's steamed duck

No. 78: B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar

No. 79: Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello

No. 80: Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche

No. 81: Little Szechuan's bamboo tips with chili sauce

No. 82: Oceanaire's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake

No. 83: Aperitif's Nonni's Meatballs

No. 84: Christos's Saganaki

No. 85: Sesame seed bagel at Seven Stars Coffee House

No. 86: Lemon ricotta pancake at Hell's Kitchen

No. 87: Blackbird gourmet banh mi

No. 88: Tank Goodness cookies

No. 89: Gal Bee at Sole Cafe

No. 90: Porter & Frye's El Pelon

No. 91: Coffee News' fish and chips

No. 92: Bread & Chocolate's Fabulous Fudge Bar

No. 93: People's Organic panna cotta

No. 94: Sea Salt Eatery crawdad po' boy

No. 95: Fuji Ya's Tofu Don

No. 96: Ike's Food and Cocktails The Weekender Bloody Mary

No. 97: Punch's Toto pizza

No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie

No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato

No. 100: Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes

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