Khao Man Gai is a very popular street food dish in Thailand. It has Chinese origins. Translated, it would mean: Khao = rice, man = oil, gai = chicken. The Old Town of Korat is filled with all kinds of little, easy-to- miss places that are perfect options for lunch. One of the most well-known spots for a quick, tasty, and healthy lunch is Ran Rak Café Khao Man Gai. If you’re looking for a lunch that’s not overly spicy, but still quick, affordable and absolutely delicious you ought to give this place a try.
Located adjacent to the parking lot of Old Klang Plaza (Klang 1) on Jaggaree Road, this shop boasts fantastic Khao Man Gai, which is steamed-boiled chicken served on a bed of broth flavored rice. Each dish includes a sweet and tangy spicy sauce, with hints of ginger, along with a small bowl of immensely satisfying chicken broth.
I usually get the Khao Man Gai Tod Piset. This is their boneless slices of fried chicken served on a larger plate and comes with a big bowl of broth. Piset is the word for ‘special’ in Thai and typically means larger portions of any Thai dish. In this case piset gets you the big bowl of broth, with more chicken trimmings added.
(With a glass of cha manao, or lime tea, this delicious, healthy, and filling lunch costs 110 Baht.)
Along with Khao Man Gai, Ran Rak Café offers khao ka moo (stewed pork leg over rice), khao moo grob
(deep fried thick-cut pork back on rice), somtam, noodle soup, and moo satay (grilled skewers of pork)
that are served with an out-of- this-world peanut sauce. They also have a variety of iced-coffee
beverages and an assortment of flavor-infused teas.
The staff is incredibly pleasant and the service is quick and clean. The owner is a friendly man who sits
behind his desk, graciously wai-ing each customer who comes in. He has an excellent memory and
remembers the faces of regular customers, even those who haven’t been in there in quite a while. The
front of the restaurant is open and is where all their food stalls are set up. Inside is a clean and fairly
large dining area. The place is packed by 12:15pm with customers squeezing around tables as the staff
shout out orders and deftly move between the tables with their hands full of plates of food.
They are open most days from 5:30am to 3:00pm, but are closed on Buddhist and Chinese holidays.
They also offer catering services for large meetings. If you ask a Korat local, most of them will know
about Ran Rak Café. When you get the chance be sure stop in for a great meal at lunchtime.
Their Facebook page has a map of their exact location as well as other ways to contact them directly, if