Moo Dad Deaw (หมูแดดเดียว) – Thai Pork Jerky on the Streets of Bangkok

By Mark Wiens 8 Comments
Moo Dad Deaw (หมูแดดเดียว)
Moo Dad Deaw (หมูแดดเดียว)

Frequently in Bangkok you stumble into a street food cart that’s so deliciously attractive you simply can’t pass without stopping.

Along the Bangkok street food haven of Petchaburi Soi 5 is a man who sells moo dad deaw (หมูแดดเดียว), a Thai street meat that any carnivore will appreciate.

His cart looks like it’s been rolled straight out of the slaughterhouse and onto the streets of Bangkok – loaded with hanging slivers of pork.

Bangkok street style Moo Dad Deaw (หมูแดดเดียว)
Bangkok street style Moo Dad Deaw (หมูแดดเดียว)

Moo Dad Deaw (หมูแดดเดียว) is sun dried pork, or what can basically be called Thai pork jerky.

The pork it normally sliced into little pieces and marinated in soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, and sugar before being laid in the scorching Thailand sun for a day. If you’ve explored Bangkok much, you’ve probably seen flat baskets of moo dad deaw drying out in the sun.

The sun dehydrates the pork and turns it into that oh-s0 attractive jerky texture.

Hanging on the clothesline and ready to be ordered
Hanging on the clothesline and ready to be ordered

After being dried, the moo dad deaw (หมูแดดเดียว) is then either deep fried or grilled. Both ways can be delicious, but I’m always a little fonder of grilling meat over deep frying.

This man’s cart is packed with pork and being located along the busy Petchaburi Soi 5, he gets plenty of customers who are looking for a tasty afternoon snack.

Grilling the pork jerky
Grilling the pork jerky

On the streets, the vendors normally tie three or four pieces of the dried pork together using little slivers of bamboo string. They are then grilled until fully cooked.

After being grilled the moo dad deaw (หมูแดดเดียว) is fully ready to be consumed. Each strand of pork costs 10 Thai Baht, and you can either just eat them as is, or accompany them with some sticky rice.

Thailand's finest pork jerky
Thailand’s finest pork jerky

Some pieces of moo dad deaw (หมูแดดเดียว) can be on the fatty side, but I prefer the leaner pieces.

It’s really just like Thai pork jerky, nicely marinated in soy sauce and sugar so it’s both salty and sweet, a little tough from the dehydration, and fragrant with smoke from the grill. A couple strands of moo dad deaw (หมูแดดเดียว) sure makes a tasty Bangkok street food snack.

And when the cart is that neatly decorated, it’s simply impossible not to be attracted.

Now that's a cart worth stopping at!
Now that’s a cart worth stopping at!

You’ll find moo dad deaw (หมูแดดเดียว) street food carts all over Bangkok, and you’ll even find the dish at many Isan restaurants like Isan Rod Ded (normally just the deep fried version though).

But if you’d like to go to this same street food cart, he normally positions himself somewhere along Petchaburi Soi 5 starting in the evening at about 5 pm. Sometimes he parks his cart across the street from P’Aor tom yum goong noodles.


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  • Cassandra Kerk

    6 years ago

    The only pork jerky I grew up with is “Bee Cheng Hiang”. I can fantasize these little plump succulents encased in sugar glazing bursting with flavors. Can’t wait to eat them.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hey Cassandra, good to hear you’re looking forward to it. You’ll also frequently find moo dad deaw available at Isaan (northeastern) Thai restaurants. Enjoy!

  • Nhu

    6 years ago

    Omg I just found your blog and it’s really amazing. I dont even know there is a food map in this world lol. I’ll go to bangkok in august and my hotel next to P’aor restaurant. I’ll try some foods near my place and have some feedbacks soon. Thank you and have a nice day Mark.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hey Nhu, thank you very much, really appreciate it. Hope you have a great upcoming trip to Thailand!

  • Pavvie

    8 years ago

    Small world, I live in soi 7 and I’ve tried the beef from him before it was okay. The pork might be better, I’ll give it a try. You should a whole article about these 2 sois, some of the best food in Bangkok plus the varieties is madness.

    P.s. The Joke lady in front of the stationery shop in the corner is amazing.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Pavvie, great to hear from you and awesome you’ve been to his guy too! Yes, those are two of my favorite sois for food. Thanks fort he joke suggestion. I’ve been to a few restaurants like P’Aor, but do you have any other recommendations in that area?

  • Jerky

    8 years ago

    Great Post! would like to add that surely jerky is a healthy food and most recommended also. You can try many recipes with it.