Street Food Smarts: Moo Ping
By: Talk Bangkok
In There's Something About Mary, Cameron Diaz pondered why there were not more meats on sticks. She clearly had never visited Bangkok. One of the world's capitals in street food, it is difficult to walk down the street and not see a hot grill with meats impaled upon bamboo skewers, roasting in the open air. One of the most popular meats on a stick is moo ping.

Moo ping means literally barbequed pork, but refers to a very specific way of preparing the meat. This delicious treat is especially popular as a late night treat. At the pbak soi (street intersection) of RCA or Soi Convent in Silom, it is easy to find stacks of the small delights browned and beautiful ready to be ingested by party-goers who need some extra fuel.

The secret to moo ping is in the preparation. Fatty meats from the pork neck, shoulder or butt are cut into strips and marinated in a mixture of fish sauce, salt, and coconut milk for hours. The strips are then crammed onto a bamboo skewer. As the moo ping is roasting over the charcoal grill, the sugars from the fish sauce and coconut milk caramelize and brown giving the pork a delicious charred look. The result is an extremely juicy and tender stick of savory meat that is counterbalanced with sweetness from the caramelized sugars and just a hint of smokiness from the grill. At only 5 to 10 baht a skewer, its hard to not grab a skewer on the way to your next destination.

 


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