Eim Khao Mun Kai

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80 Good

A Thai-style chicken-and-rice specialist in the heart of Elmhurst.

81-32 Broadway, Queens, NY, 11373



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The lowdown

Khao mun kai, which means “oiled-rice chicken” (eim means “full”), is the popular Thai adaptation of a common Hainanese street food and the specialty of this Elmhurst storefront shop, by which we mean that’s all they’ve got. It’s enough; in fact, it’s plenty. Whole chickens are boiled, jasmine rice is cooked in the stock, a zingy garlic-chile-ginger condiment is Vitamixed. That the plastic-plated result, along with a cup of broth and some slices of cucumbers, looks a bit like convalescent food belies how satisfying this oiled-rice chicken is. It’s a bit removed from the Jewish pick-me-up chicken in the pot, but the soul-soothing effect is similar.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

What you need to know

Recommended DishesKhao mun kai.

DrinksNo Alcohol

Noise LevelCivilized