Peanut butter sends a coconut postcard from Thailand. This ode to Nong’s is a real joy for us to make. Nong’s Khao Man Gai is famous in Portland for its simple premise: chicken and rice in a delicious khao man gai sauce. Her top-secret recipe for Thai peanut sauce is gently cooked and swirled into vegan coconut ice cream and dappled with a bit of chocolate and other sweets. The texture is super dense and rich; the experience is exotic and comforting; the overall effect is yummy and awesome. Nong Poonsukwattana started her business with $400 and a rickety food-cart she hauled out of some guy’s yard all by herself, spray painted, and transformed into the absolute epicenter of Portland’s amazing food cart world. She also exemplifies the kind of MacGyver-y creativity that comes from having considerable constraints. Food carts are small, so you have to make a few things work really, really well. Nong’s chicken-and-rice empire now includes two carts, one brick and mortar, and a retail line of her secret sauce.