In this blog post I’m going to share with you my mother in-laws Thai chicken rice khao man gai recipe.

Khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่) is the Thai variation of Hainanese chicken rice, a dish that’s extremely popular throughout Southeast Asia.

In Thailand, specifically throughout Bangkok, you can’t walk more than a few blocks without finding a chicken rice cart or restaurant (same goes for Chiang Mai).

Keep reading for the full story and how to make Thai style street food chicken rice!

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Khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่) chicken ready to be eaten

I always thought khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่) was such an easy to make, not very time consuming Thai recipe.

That’s sort of right, but to do it correctly, requires quite a bit of time — a few hours at minimum.

Though there are many parts to this recipe, it’s pretty easy to follow, and you should be able to get the ingredients quite easily no matter where you live (at least if you live as long as you have access to an Asian supermarket or market).

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Important – read this first

For this khao man gai recipe (วิธีทำข้าวมันไก่), and in the video (which you should watch now, below or here), I made a party sized batch, 4 chickens and a proportional amount of rice.

I’m going to write down the ingredients I used for 4 chickens (we fed about 20 people) along with the following photos, but in the real recipe (further below, formatted section), I’ve gone ahead and reduced all the ingredients to ¼, or just 1 chicken (should feed about 4).

Also, there are 5 parts to this recipe:

  1. Chicken
  2. Rice
  3. Soup
  4. Sauce
  5. Serving it Thai style

Let’s get started…

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Thai version of Hainanese chicken rice

What is khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่)?

Khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่) is a relatively simple tasting dish, nothing is too strong in flavor or spice (apart from the sauce).

It’s always a comforting dish, and in Thailand it’s eaten at makeshift street food stalls and shop house restaurants, and it’s always extremely common for takeaway, where it’s wrapped up in a piece of paper to-go.

There are a few different components that make up any bowl of Thai street food khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่), including boiled chicken, rice cooked in the chicken broth and oil, sauce, and finally a chicken soup side.

First step is to boil the chicken

Part 1: Boil the chicken (วิธีต้มไก่)


Depending on how you buy your whole chickens, the first step is to take out all the organs – in Thailand I got full chickens, with head on and still filled with its organs.

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Not the most attractive photo, but someones got to do it!

So the first thing to do is prepare your raw whole chicken. First give it a wash, and take off any feather stubs that might be in it, as well as any of the outer skin.

To remove the innards, you need to take a knife and cut a small hole in the back of the chicken (under the butt), and then reach with your hand to carefully remove the entire organ system.

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There it is, the organ system removed…

You do need to be careful on this step, because you don’t want to rupture some of the organs, like the intestines, which could cause some parts of your chicken to taste a bit bitter. Just carefully remove all of the organs so you have an empty cavity in the chicken.

The next step is to stuff the feet into the body cavity, and twist the wings into a knot at the top of the chicken – I think this is just the Thai traditional way to do it, so the limbs and feet aren’t flapping around when boiling.

Next step is to take a pot that’s big enough for your chickens, and fill it with enough water to cover your chicken.

Turn on the heat and first boil the water.

When your water is boiling, add in the salt, and mix it around to dissolve it.

Then reduce your heat to low, and add in your chickens.

You can rearrange them to make sure they are all laying flat and all covered by water so they are evenly cooked. Then put your lid on, and just slowly boil the chickens, monitoring them every now and then.

For my 4 chickens, they took right at 45 minutes to finish cooking, but if you’re doing a smaller recipe, it might only take 30 – 40 minutes, and it also depends on the size of your chicken.

If you happen to have a cooking thermometer, that might be useful.

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Let the chicken cool down

The chicken should be bouncy but firm, and then once you’re determined they are fully cooked, take them out of the water and set them into a cooling tray or pan.

Chicken rice in China and in Singapore, the chicken is often boiled, then doused in a bath of ice water, in Thailand that is usually not the case, especially for street food style khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่) – instead the chicken is just boiled and left to cool down on its own.

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My favorite part was hanging the chickens

For the authentic Thai street food style, you’ll see chickens for khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่) hanging in a glass street food cabinet.

This doesn’t really make any different for the actual recipe of the dish, but it’s just a way to showcase what you serve.

That’s it for part 1 of how to make khao man gai (วิธีทำข้าวมันไก่). Just allow the chickens to cool down, probably for at least 30 minutes to an hour.

Now we’ll get started preparing everything else.

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Preparing the rice

Part 2: Rice (วิธีหุงข้าวมัน)

Some people say it’s the rice and some people say it’s the sauce that either makes or breaks a plate of chicken rice. Whatever you choose, the rice is just as important as the chicken in this recipe for khao man gai (วิธีทำข้าวมันไก่).

In Thai, khao man, actually translates to oily rice (ข้าวมัน), and in this case, chicken oily rice.


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Making chicken oil (but you can also use vegetable oil)

For the authentic recipe, you need to start by frying garlic in chicken fat oil.

If you don’t already have chicken oil, the first step is to take some chicken skin, stick it in a hot pan, and cook it until all the oil comes out – should take about 10 minutes or so.

It was honestly a little gross to me, seeing all that chicken oil come out of the skin, but the flavor results were quite wonderful.

Anyway, once the chicken skin is toasted brown and crispy, and all the oil has been released, you can then drain the pieces of chicken skin, because we’ll only be using the oil.

Alternatively, you can also just choose to use normal vegetable oil to fry your garlic, but chicken oil is the street food way.

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Thai garlic

I’m using Thai garlic, which are small, sweet and fragrant cloves, for this recipe. But if you can’t find the small cloves of Thai garlic, you can alternatively use normal garlic.

You don’t need to even peel the garlic, just toss it all into a food processor or blender, and blend it up.

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Deep fry the garlic in chicken oil

Using the hot chicken oil, deep fry the garlic on a low to medium heat. You’ll probably have to stir it continually to make sure the garlic doesn’t burn or stick to the pan.

It took me about 8 minutes to fry the garlic. You’re looking for a nice brown toasted color, and the garlic should be extremely fragrant and smell amazing.

Then you can turn off your heat, and drain and strain the garlic – we’re not going to use the oil, and then only the garlic fried in the oil.

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Fried garlic, add to rice

For the rice, I’m using high quality jasmine rice, and cooking it in a normal rice cooker. The first step is to give the uncooked rice a good rinse with water, and then drain it.

Then add in all that beautiful fried garlic, which should be a golden color.

Stir it up with chicken broth
Stir it up with chicken broth

Normally for Thai jasmine rice, the ratio is about 1 part uncooked rice to 1.5 – 2 parts liquid. I did about 1 to 1.8 or so, and it cooked perfectly.

Instead of using water to cook your rice, instead we’ll be using the chicken broth straight from the pot. After adding the broth, you can also add in a pinch of salt, up to your preference.

Once you’ve got your rice in the pot ready, give it a quick stir to make sure all the ingredients are evenly distributed and mixed through, then flatten out your rice, and press cook on the rice cooker.

The rice will probably take about 30 – 40 minutes, and once it’s finished cooking just let it sit for another few minutes. After that, open the cover, and you can give the rice a stir, making sure if fluffs up.

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Vegetables for the soup

Part 3: Chicken soup (วิธีทำซุป)

Whenever you order a plate of khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่) in Thailand, you’ll always be served a side bowl of plain chicken soup. It’s not meant to be too flavorful, mostly just a light chicken broth.


All you need to do is chop up your winter melon or daikon radish into pieces.

If you’re using winter melon like I did, first slice off the skin, then cut it into quarters, remove all the seeds and then just cut it into pieces, about 5 cm long.

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Skim off that top layer of oil

Go back to your pot of broth, and by now it should have cooled down quite a bit, and you want to skim off that top layer of chicken oil – there should be quite a lot of oil on top.

Then turn on the fire, let the soup come to a boil, and you can add in all of your winter melon.

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Boil the winter melon

As your soup is boiling, you can add in salt and pepper to taste. Your chicken soup doesn’t need to be too salty or too flavorful, it’s mostly a light chicken soup to accompany the main dish.

I boiled my soup for about 10 – 15 minutes, just to make sure the winter melon was soft.

Chicken soup
Chicken soup

For making your soup, the final step is to turn off the heat, chop up a handful of cilantro, toss it in, and give it a quick stir. You don’t want to really boil the cilantro as it will lose its flavor and turn bitter.

Soup ready, you can either serve it right away, or you can let it sit, and re-heat it when you serve the full khao man gai dish.

Making the sauce

Part 4: Thai khao man gai sauce (วิธีทำน้ำจิ้มข้าวมันไก่)

Ingredients (3x smaller recipe below):

Fermented soy bean sauce, tao jeow (เต้าเจี้ยว)

One of the main ingredients in Thai chicken rice sauce is fermented soy bean sauce, known in Thai as tao jeow (เต้าเจี้ยว).

For the vinegar, don’t use rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar, but you just want neutral distilled white vinegar.

There’s no need to add any extra salt as the fermented soy bean sauce is already extremely salty.

Some of the sauce ingredients
Some of the sauce ingredients

Once you have all the ingredients ready to go, making the khao man gai sauce (วิธีทำน้ำจิ้มข้าวมันไก่) is actually quite easy.

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Blend everything together

Just chop up the ginger, and toss everything into a blender. You want to blend everything up, and it’s really up to you how pureed you want it to be – some like it chunky, others like it more smooth. I like a medium blend.

The next step is to taste test – this is important.

If it’s too salty, you can water it down with more chicken broth from your soup.

Remember though, the sauce will be eaten with plain rice and chicken – so it can be a little on the salty side. At first I was taste testing it by itself, and it was very salty, but with the rice and chicken it was perfect.

The final step is to toss all your sauce into a pot or wok and bring it to a boil, then turn it off. I’m not totally sure why (my mother in-law said we needed to do that), but that’s what all Thais do for marking khao man gai sauce, and I think it’s just to kill bacteria and bring the sauce together.

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Khao mang gai sauce

To serve the khao man gai sauce Thai style, put it into a small individual sauce dish, or you can serve it from a big communal bowl.

The sauce is best eaten on the same day, but it should keep for a few days in the fridge.

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Street food style!

Part 5. Serving khao man gai, street food style

Ok, so once you have all the components ready, the fun part of this recipe is assembling a full plate of authentic Thai style khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่).

I normally take a small soup bowl, fill it with rice, pat it down, and then empty it onto a serving plate, so the rice has the bowl formation.

Cutting up the chicken
Cutting up the chicken

Then you want slice up your chicken using a nice sharp cleaver. I love to use Kiwi knives!

The easiest thing to do is to cut off the legs and thighs and wings, and then depending on if you want white or dark meat, you can slice off the chicken breasts, or debone the meat from the thigh.

The Thai way is to get your chicken, give it a smash with the side of a cleaver to flatten it out, and then chop it into bite sized pieces. Then place your chicken on top of the pile of rice.

Khao man gai served!

You can then take a cucumber, slice a few wedges, and serve it next to the chicken and rice.

Same goes with cilantro, often just a few sprigs of cilantro will be sprinkled on top. But I like to eat a whole handful of it.

Dish out a bowl of soup, put some sauce into a small sauce bowl, and you have just served up an authentic plate of khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่)!

In Thailand you normally eat with a spoon and fork, where your spoon is the main tool, and your fork is there to just shovel bites onto your spoon.

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I like to drown every bite in sauce

Eating khao man gai Thai style, you can first take some sauce in your spoon, put it onto a piece of chicken, mix it slightly with the rice, get a well rounded bite of rice, chicken, and sauce on your spoon, and take a bite. Then take a sip of your soup. Repeat.

First watch the video…

(If you can’t see the video, watch on YouTube here)

Thai khao man gai recipe (วิธีทำข้าวมันไก่)

NOTE: Remember, the recipe below is for a 1 chicken sized recipe (serves 4 – 5 maybe), and the recipe ingredients above, is for the exact recipe I made in the video – 4 whole chickens – party sized… but directions and method are all the same.

Time: Probably about 2 – 3 hours
Recipe size: 1 chicken and rice to go with it (but above is for 4 chickens)
Utensils: Big pots, blender
Flavors: Comforting chicken and rice
Eat it with: This is a full meal combination Thai dish

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Thai Khao Man Gai Street Food Recipe and Adventure (วิธีทำข้าวมันไก่)

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Khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่), the Thai version of chicken rice, is one of the most widely available street food dishes throughout Thailand. Follow this authentic Thai khao man gai recipe (วิธีทำข้าวมันไก่), for a taste of the streets of Thailand at home. Be sure to check out the full recipe with photos here and the full video recipe here.
Recipe type: Chicken rice
Cuisine: Thai street food
Serves: 4

Part 1: Chicken
  • 1 whole chicken
  • ½ tbsp. salt
  • Water to cover chicken
Part 2: Rice
  • ½ kg. uncooked rice (I used high quality Thai jasmine rice, nice and fragrant)
  • About ½ liter of chicken stock broth (this was an estimate, really you should use about 1 cup of rice to 1.8 cups of chicken broth, or whatever ratio you normally use)
  • ⅛ tbsp. salt
  • 50 g. Thai garlic (regular garlic will work too)
  • Chicken oil for frying (or vegetable oil will work well too)
Part 3: Soup
  • All the rest of the chicken broth
  • ½ winter melon (about ½ kg or so) – you can also use daikon radish, or even nothing
  • Sprigs of cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
Part 4: Sauce
  • 50 g. ginger (old and strong ginger is best)
  • 50 g. garlic (peel the garlic)
  • 5 – 10 Thai bird chilies (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 stalk of cilantro roots
  • About 3 tbsp. of fermented soy bean sauce (you can add more later if not salty enough, but it can be quite salty), if you can find the Thai version, that will be best)
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar (normal distilled white vinegar, NOT apple cider or rice)
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tbsp. dark soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • About ¼ – ½ cup of chicken broth, but more if it’s too salty or too thick
  • Cucumbers to garnish
  • Cilantro to garnish

Part 1: Chicken (วิธีต้มไก่)
  1. I’m not sure how you will buy your chickens, but in Thailand, I went to the market, and bought full chickens, which come with head and all insides in-tact. If your chicken hasn’t been de-gutted, you’ll need to first carefully remove the entire organ system. You have to cut a slit in the back of the chicken, about 6 cm in length, and then reach in with your hand to remove all the organs. Be careful not to break the intestines or innards as it can cause the chicken to get bitter.
  2. Once your chicken is de-gutted, stuff the feet of the chicken into the body cavity, and then twist the wings to the top of the chicken – this is just going to keep its limbs from flapping while being boiled.
  3. Put enough water into a pot to cover your chicken, and then bring it to a boil (chickens not in yet). Once your water is boiling, reduce the heat to low.
  4. Add the salt into the water and dissolve it.
  5. Add the chickens to the boiling water and boil them for about 35 – 45 minutes, if you’re only doing one chicken it might only take 30 – 40 minutes – so just keep an eye on it. If you have a meat thermometer, that could come in handy.
  6. Once the chicken is firm and bouncy, you can remove the chicken from the pot, and lay it in a pan to cool.
  7. That’s it for the boiled chicken.
Part 2: Rice (วิธีหุงข้าวมัน)
  1. For a proper Thai street food version of khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่), you need to have some chicken oil. I made some by taking extra chicken skin, putting it into a hot wok for about 10 minutes and sizzling all the oil out of it – we probably had about 1.5 cups of chicken oil. However, if you don’t want to use chicken oil, you can also just use any kind of vegetable oil.
  2. Take the garlic, and blend it up, or use a food processor. Alternatively, you can just mince it up as well. In Thailand they just use the full cloves of garlic, without even taking off the skin.
  3. Then take the minced garlic and deep fry it in either the chicken oil or vegetable oil. You want to fry it on a medium low heat, and stir it continually in the oil so the garlic doesn’t stick. You want the garlic to become nice and golden brown, without burning or getting too dark. It should take about 5 – 8 minutes.
  4. Once your garlic has been fried, strain and drain it.
  5. Add your uncooked rice to a rice cooker pot, and first give it a good rinse and drain.
  6. Add the fried garlic to the uncooked rice, along with the chicken broth (from cooking the chicken), and a bit of salt to taste.
  7. Stir the uncooked rice and broth all around, even it out in the pot, and finally press cook on your rice cooker. Let the rice cooker work its magic.
  8. When the rice finishes cooking, let it sit for a few minutes, and then open the cover and just fluff it up.
Part 3: Soup (วิธีทำซุป)
  1. Cut up your winter melon or daikon radish into about 5 cm pieces. For the winter melon, I first sliced off the skin, then cut it into quarters, removed the seeds, and sliced it into pieces.
  2. Go over to your chicken broth, and try to skim off the top layer of oil, and discard.
  3. Now bring your chicken broth to a boil, and then add in the pieces of winter melon or radish.
  4. While your soup is boiling, you can go ahead and add in as much salt and pepper to your tasting. It shouldn’t be too salty or too peppery, you’re looking for just a soothing broth.
  5. Boil your soup for about 15 minutes or so, until the winter melon or daikon radish is soft.
  6. Final step for the soup is to turn off the heat, take a handful of cilantro, chop it up, and toss it in. Give that a quick stir, and it’s ready.
Part 4: Sauce (วิธีทำน้ำจิ้มข้าวมันไก่)
  1. For the sauce, just chop up the ginger, and then just throw it, with all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor.
  2. You don’t need to blend it up completely, it can be a little chunky (depending on your preference).
  3. Transfer your blended sauce over to a pot or wok, and you want to just bring it to a boil for a few seconds – this is not really for any reason other than to kill any bacteria and make your sauce last longer (this sauce should last in the fridge for about 3 – 4 days, but of course it probably tastes the best when it’s freshest).
  4. Pour the sauce into a bowl and it’s ready to be eaten.

Once you have all the parts of your chicken rice recipe prepared, it’s then time to assemble a plate. First take a small soup bowl, fill it with rice and pat it down, and overturn it onto a plate. Then cut off a piece of chicken, chop it into bite sized pieces, and place it over the rice. You can garnish with slices of cucumber and cilantro, and serve it with a side bowl of soup and sauce.

You know what the best part about making this khao man gai recipe (ข้าวมันไก่) yourself is…?

You can serve yourself as much chicken as you want… you can even eat a whole chicken yourself if you’d like!

At a street food stall, you’ll normally only get a few bites of chicken for a 30 THB ($1) plate, but when you make it yourself, you can eat the whole chicken!

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Delicious Thai khao man gai at home!


Khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่), the Thai version of Hainanese chicken rice, is one of the most typical and widely available street food dishes you’ll find throughout Thailand.

This khao man gai recipe (วิธีทำข้าวมันไก่) is not difficult to make, you just need to get all the ingredients, and spend the time to properly prepare each of the components, which are all based around boiled chicken.

A bite of boiled chicken paired with fragrant chicken flavored rice, doused in ginger chili sauce, is a recipe for comfort food at its finest.

Hope you enjoyed this Thai street food recipe, be sure to leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

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  • Joanna Ruckenstein

    1 month ago

    Hey Mark! Can’t wait to try this recipe finally! I was wondering, when I’m in Thailand, I remember them also serving this with a dark sweet soy sauce mixture…am I crazy? And if they do, do you have a recipe for it please? Thx

  • matthew arsenault

    2 months ago

    It turned out way different from what I remember eating everything was fine then the rice came out way to salty and garlicy I think property putting the grams of Garlic would have helped

  • Kath

    2 months ago

    I really miss Thai food especially Khao Man Gai. Had been eating this regularly when I was still teaching in Phitsanulok, Thailand.
    Thanks for your recipe and video. It is really helpful. Will make Khao Man Gai soon!!!

  • Phil H

    3 months ago

    Great recipe. I normally make a Phayao style Khao Man Gai…more soupy and much stronger in flavour. Plus much spicier. Yum yum.

  • Suzanne Lee

    3 months ago

    It tasted just like the one we ate in Chiang Mai. Thank you so much.

  • Nikki Eugor

    4 months ago

    What a great recipe! There’s a restaurant here in Portland, Oregon in the US that I like to frequent, but making it at home is just as great if you have the time! Thank you for the recipe. Hope to visit Thailand soon.

  • Jo Hoeppner

    7 months ago

    The picture of everything in the blender for making the sauce looks like it has peanuts in it. But I don’t see peanuts in the recipe. I’m confused…

  • Alan Whale

    10 months ago

    Hi Mark That video was excellent. I’ve had this dish in Isaan and really like it. Armed with your recipe I’m going to give it a go this weekend.
    Sawadee Krup
    Brisbane Australia

  • Jon H

    11 months ago

    I used this as a baseline to make the dish in an Instant Pot. Turned out amazing! Thanks for your detail, video, and story behind things…helps for me to build a recipe from.

    I haven’t tasted this specific flavor since I lived in Thailand. Happy to taste it again!

  • Jon H

    11 months ago

    I used this as a baseline to make the fish in and Instant Pot. Turned out amazing! Thanks for your detail, video, and story behind things…helps for me to build a recipe from.

    I haven’t tasted this specific flavor since I lived in Thailand. Happy to taste it again!

  • dude

    1 year ago

    yum yum

  • Diane

    2 years ago

    This sounds amazing!

  • Patricia

    2 years ago

    I get so hungary watching your show and would like to try some recipes. However I am 71 years old and cannot do the amount conversions. I live in the USA and go by cups and number of garlic cloves, not grams. Please put the conversions on your recipes. Thai Chicken and Rice for example. You switch back and forth. Love your show though! Thanks.

  • anon

    2 years ago

    You are a legend

  • Amelia

    2 years ago

    Very delicious. I made this tonight it tasted so authentic. I loved the rice so tasty. The chicken was so juicy

  • Nina

    2 years ago

    Is that pâté on the side—the cubed brown thing on the plate? Is that something you make as well or buy? I’m from Malaysia, it’s really similar to the chicken rice in KL and SG and probably Vietnam but I haven’t seen pâté before looks good!

    • Sara

      2 years ago

      I think it’s not paté. It’s bloodpudding. The blood from chicken get fasten and cooked.

    • Alex

      2 years ago

      I think it’s congealed pig’s blood.

      • Tom

        12 months ago

        Yes, it is congealed pig’s blood.

  • Peter Pan

    2 years ago

    It’s awesome you sharing the authentic recipe but a pc of advice – keep it short and sweet, the video is a bit too long. Heaps of thx

  • Emmanuelle

    2 years ago

    Sawadee Ka Mark, I just came back from our farmer and bought a fresh chicken to prepare Khao Man Gai. Thanks a lot for all your wonderful youtube videos, recipe and all information about thaifood. I love cooking thaifood, my husband loves eating thaifood. As you are the role model for him, he finally starts cooking thaifood. His favorite are stinkbeans with gung. We get fresh ones in our asia shop. 3 weeks ago he tried Thai Chili Ribs Curry – a dream…. keep it up !

  • Harry

    2 years ago

    Love kao man kai
    Eat it went ever I get to Thailand

  • Lisa

    2 years ago

    Sawadee Ka Mark,
    Thank you so much for the recipe – I was recently in Bangkok and this was one of the dishes I really wanted to try. We found it on Convent St in Silom and it was so good we went back the next night for more. As I loved it so much my English Mum asked me to prepare a Thai Banquet for my brother and his family forNew Years Eve and I have convinced her that one of the dishes that I do is Khao Man Gai (I will be using your recipe and can’t wait).
    Can I ask if the vinegar is rice vinegar if it will spoil the sauce as I only have rice vinegar?

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Lisa, thank you very much and that’s awesome you enjoyed khao man gai when you were in Bangkok. Yes, I believe it’s rice vinegar for the sauce, should be fine. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

  • Betsy Wu

    2 years ago

    Thank you to share it!

  • Rency Elkomy

    3 years ago

    Thanks Mark for posting this recipe of Khao Man Khai. My mom who is Thai use to make it for my sister and I when we were little. Tonight I am making it for my family.
    Sawadika, Rency Elkomy

  • Rency Elkomy

    3 years ago

    Thanks, Mark for the recipe. My mom use to make Khai man kai when I was little. Now I’m making it tonight for my family.

  • Trudee

    3 years ago

    Thank you so much for showing how to make this delicious dish. You are so much fun to watch. And you make it look so easy and great details. I really appreciate it thank you Mark !

  • Someone

    3 years ago

    The rice was nothing like the rice in Thailand. Definitely not enough fat was in the rice. I highly recommend that the fat used to cook the garlic is included too.
    The sauce was delicious though.

  • Roy Khoo

    3 years ago

    As usual great job Mark. Always glad to see your adventures. Thanks for sharing. I am a professional chef by trade…and from Malaysia residing in the USA.

  • Andrea Gr.

    3 years ago

    This is the BEST Khao Man Gai Recipe ever! Especially the PERFECT sauce!
    We had it last night, I adjusted the recipe for 8 people (hoping for some leftovers for today ;) ), we ate it ALL with 5 …
    Thank you so much for sharing! <3

  • Susana

    4 years ago

    I’m so happy to have found your website!!! Love how detailed you are in your descriptions!

  • Emilia

    4 years ago

    Hej! Finally I found the recepie for this dish. Im from Sweden and a couple of years ago I had a boyfriend from Thailand who made this dish so wonderfully, and I miss to eat it so much! Now I can try to make it on my own. One thing I saw when I read the recepie was that you dont use ginger while cooking the chicken and rise, a thing that he did when he used to make it. Maybe that was just an extra thing, but I thought that it made it even better!

  • Gilbert Wong

    4 years ago


  • Gilbert Wong

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    This is an amazing dish and the recipe is simple to make. Love it!!! Do you also have a recipe for classic Hainan Chicken with the classic accoutrements (dipping sauces)?
    I’m a big fan and love all your videos!

  • thao

    4 years ago

    that good

  • Alison

    5 years ago

    I love this dish????the sauce and rice are my favourite components. We are back in Chiang Mai early next year so I’m on a mission to find the best place to eat this dish. Love your recipes and videos.
    Thanks Mark

  • Pheesao

    5 years ago

    I was always served a version of khao man gai in a bowl & the broth was placed over it, so the dish was slightly soupy. I loved it as a child, especially when my stomach bothered me (mostly at exams time). I continued this tradition & version as an adult. I started making khao man gai for my husband 42 years ago whenever he became ill. Now, it is the go-to “I’m sick”, food for all 11 of my children, their spouses, & their children. I miss home so much. All three of my homes have been destroyed in the name of progress. Living behind Wat Bangnamchon was the happiest time of my life. And yes, other than the slightly soupier version, I still make it the traditional way.

  • Dustin

    5 years ago

    Gai gai gai gai! Duu dee jung! Chop khao mun gai duai, gin wannee leaw. 55

    My wife calls me Mr. Chicken because I eat so much of it. You have quite the write-up, very nice work! For me it’s the fermented soy bean sauce that makes the dish. I’ve actually never had khao mun gai in Thailand, at least I don’t remember ever ordering it. What city do you sell your food in? My goal is to make it over there by some time in 2017 and live throughout the country for a year with my wife (she’s from Khon Kaen). I’ve been to Thailand four times, but I really want to immerse myself for a year to learn the language and culture more. Good luck, choak dee!

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Dustin, great to hear from you, haha, glad you love chicken so much. I don’t actually sell food, I just have a street food cart to make food and for filming recipes – more just kind of for fun and prop. Khon Kaen is great, I enjoy it there. Hope you can come back to Thailand for a longer period of time soon.

  • Kay Johnstone

    5 years ago

    Hello Mark. I am a Food Technology teacher of 11-13 year old’s, in Hamilton, New Zealand.
    I have two Thai boys in one of my Food Technology class, They are new immigrants and there English is developing well. We were designing breakfasts with the class and the boys said they had rice and chicken or pork sometimes. We started a web search and as soon as they saw your page they got very excited! As a result our class will be tasting Khao Man Gai next week. Your video and instructions are superb. I feel really confident about tackling this with the kids.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Kay, awesome to hear this, thank you for sharing. Hope you have some delicious khao man gai, and pass my greetings to you entire class!

  • Brien

    5 years ago

    When you say broth, are you talking about a store bought chicken broth, or the leftover water from boiling the chicken??
    Thank you!

    • Elishia

      3 years ago

      I was wondering the same thing!

  • ana

    5 years ago

    Love youre videos and all the pasion you put on it, I feel like I am back in Thailand.
    Thank you so much!! you really do a great job! I tried the recepie and was so good!!

  • Gavin Bolton

    6 years ago

    Hi Mark, I live part of the year on Koh Phangan Island where we have a large community of people who originate from Isaan. On KP, as we like to call it, we have our favourite vendors who specialise in one particular Isaan dish or the other. Eating out for meals is my favourite past time on the island. Khao Mun Gai is by far my first choice for breakfast. The simplicity of fragrant chicken and rice along with the spicy sauce is a perfect kick start to the day. Back in Cape Town South Africa where I live the rest of the year authentic Isaan food is not that easy to come by. Fortunately for me a Thai couple recently took over the restaurant/kitchen at my local pub and I have managed to convince them to include typical Isaan food on their menu, I must admit they were quite impressed with my knowledge of Thai food. It is great to know that all my favourites are now available a stones throw from my home on both KP and in Cape Town. P.S. I have even gone into small production runs on my Khao Mun Gai Sauce and supply my local Asian supermarket with the product.

  • Jessie

    6 years ago

    Your videos are amazing Mark – we love your enthusiasm! And love the freshness of your ingredients .. Mmm that coriander looks so gooooood. Nothing like the supermarkets of Australia! My 5yo son just loves your videos too! We’ve already made a few of your recipes & they were delish! We will attempt this one tonight. Just wanted to say thanks – we love your work, keep it up!

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hi Jessie, Great to hear from you, thank you very much for watching. Say hello to your son, and let me know how your khao man gai tastes!

  • Shane

    6 years ago

    Confesses: I am a foodie with a Mark Wins problem…..

    So much fun to watch… very amazing – to me the Thai version of thanksgiving?? Lots of effort, lots of love…. amazing fun/

    I have just recently discovered your blog… I got the chance to spend 3 weeks in Thailand a decade ago… clearly not enough time.

    Viewing your site is close to being there….

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hey Shane, thank you again for your support, so glad to connect with you. Are you planning to visit Thailand again?

  • Jonathan

    6 years ago

    Hey Mark,

    I really enjoy all of your YT-Videos and Posts on your Blog! Many thanks for all the fabulous insights in thai cuisine!

    Could you please tell us, how you got your street food cart? How much did it cost? And where did you buy or manufacture it? I’m really interested in buying one for doing some street food in Germany and I hope you can help me out a little? In March 2015 I’m going to visit Bangkok again and maybe you can recommend a place that sells these carts?

    Anyway, please keep up the really awesome work!

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hi Jonathan, great to hear from you. Thank you for your support. There are many shops throughout Bangkok to buy street food carts, often near markets, where they make them. This cart costs about $200 (6000 THB) new. I actually bought this cart off my neighbor who wasn’t using it anymore, but off the top of my head, I know a place right under the Phra Khanong BTS station where you can buy them. Send me a message when the time gets closer!

      • Jonathan

        6 years ago

        Hi Mark,
        thank you very much for your reply and for sharing this information. That sounds really promising! I’m looking forward to get in touch with you just before my travels!

        • Mark Wiens

          6 years ago

          You’re welcome Jonathan.

          • Jonathan

            6 years ago

            Hi Mark,

            tomorrow I’m going to look for a street food vendor cart at the place you recommended and at another spot in BKK. If you are by any chance in the city you are very welcome to accompany us if you like to! You can contact me by phone: 0989698176

            Best regards

          • Mark Wiens

            6 years ago

            Hey Jonathan, great to hear from you, and thank you for the invitation. I’m actually out of the country right now, will be back next month. Hope you enjoyed the food!

  • TexasinThailand

    6 years ago

    I live in Chiang Mai, and love Khao man Gai. I was searching the net for an authentic recipe. Never thought it would be another faraang that would show me how to do it. Enjoyed your video, and look forward to giving your recipe a try. An idea for you. One small restaurant here offers a second option. After they slice up the chicken slices from the display case, they bread them in panko breadcrumbs and deep fry the chicken till the breadcrumbs are browned. Of course this option is only possible if you are in a fixed location and not a street cart, but it is also a nice option.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Great to hear you live in Chiang Mai, and glad you enjoyed this recipe. That fried chicken version sounds delicious, that’s a great option.

  • Pattaya Punter

    6 years ago

    I wish restaurants here in the States served this. I’ve found one out of maybe 20 Thai places here so far that serve it and it’s just not the same as it is in the streets of Thailand.

    My favorite thing to eat in Thailand.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Glad you love khao man gai, yah it would be great if more restaurants served it in the US!

  • Dpat

    7 years ago

    Just curios if somebody knows. What is the brown wedge in some of the photos?
    I like the idea of deep frying the garlic in the chicken fat, and the sauce is quite different from the original. Thanks for the article.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hi Dpat, thank you for reading. The brown wedge is a piece of chicken blood jelly. It’s not necessary, but I just included it as it’s typical to get it on the streets of Thailand when you order it.

      • JP

        6 years ago

        Great recipe with clear explanations and photos! I’m trying it out right now. Do you happen to know how to make the chicken blood jelly? That was always my favorite part.

        • Mark Wiens

          6 years ago

          Hi JP, thank you for reading this recipe and glad you’re making it. I’m not sure about how to make the blood jelly, I normally just buy it already boiled at the market. How did it turn out?

        • Xochitl Gonzalez

          6 years ago

          JT, I am also wondering how your blood jelly turned out? I’m going to try making a pork blood terrine soon – found the recipe in “Hog.” Love blood dishes! There’s a Thai pork blood soup that I love to get whenever it’s on a menu.

  • JT

    7 years ago

    Hey Mark. Any thoughts about opening your own restaurant someday ? I can see you will do very well since you have great taste for the food and have fans all around the world. I can see your fame and fortune in the restaurant business. We would love to dine at a restaurant with all of the delicious food in one manu. Since your mother-in-law used to have the restaurant she can help. Finding investors shouldn’t be hard. I can help…

    We love this dish. My wife makes it once in awhile but the rice is not as soft. Beside the souce I think good tasty rice is the key for this dish. Of course can’t forget about the pork blood. Will have her try out your recipe. Thanks.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey JT, thank you very much for watching. Are you living in Thailand as well? Right now, no plans for a restaurant, mainly because my wife and I travel so frequently, and I really have the travel bug still! But maybe in the future, if we settle more permanently, it’s a possibility. Thanks for your support.

      • JT

        7 years ago

        We currently live In San Jose CA. We have family and friends in Thailand so we go there once a year. Yes traveling is good. We like traveling a lot too but can only take one month off per year because of the job. We plan going back to live in Thailand and travel more once we retired in 5yrs. Our friends love watching your videos.

        • Mark Wiens

          7 years ago

          Hi JT, great to hear from you, and nice to know a bit about you. Sounds like a great plan to come back to live in Thailand once you’re retired! Thank you, and your friends for watching my videos, I really appreciate it.

  • Sunny

    7 years ago

    wow the recipe looks simple but it requires quite a bit of work. Thanks for explaining this, will cook it someday.
    I think you forgot to add peanut in the ingredient list?
    this look likes peanuts to me –

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Sunny, thank you very much. I think what looks like peanuts is the fermented soybean sauce.

  • Darence Wee

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    If you want to inject a little more yumminess and tenderness to the chicken, try brining them in a salt solution. 10gm to 100gm water for 2-4 hrs depending on size of bird.

    Just my two cents worth! Try it sometime!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Darence, great, thank you for the extra tip, that sounds very good!

  • Rakhal

    7 years ago

    Wow, there really is more involved in making it than you would think by looking at it! I’ve noticed that there is two main styles of sauce with Khao Man Gai. One that looks more like orange salsa (like the one in your recipe), and one that is darker in color and more watery in consistency with bigger chunks of garlic and ginger, both are delicious! This has made me hungry! Good thing there are about seven different places that serve this within 3 blocks of my apartment (Rangnam), did you have a go-to spot when you lived in this neighborhood? Also for people who don’t like boiled chicken skin I’d recommend saying My Ow Nahng (don’t want skin). Thanks Mark!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Rakhal, thank you so much for reading. Making this recipe, I also learned that it is quite time consuming to make, even though it seems like such a simple dish. Good recommendation about the chicken skin, that’s how I normally order it too!

    • Mad

      6 years ago

      Someone have any idea of the recipe of the “darker sauce” ? I’m looking for that one! Thx :)