Thai fried pork rinds are perfectly crunchy over a bowl of hot chili studded with beans and spicy peppers. Rather than a traditional Thai chili pepper dip, they are paired here with a can of cool Japanese beer.
Thai Crispy Pork Skin
Known as kaep moo (แคบหมู) , pork rinds are a typical northern Thai snack, especially in Chiang Mai or Northern Thailand, where they are eaten with a hot chili pepper paste and sticky rice. In Thailand, these pork rinds are sold as two types:
1) Pork skin – light, airy, crispy style, akin to Mexican chicharron
2) Pork skin with subcutaneous fat attached – thick, crunchy, heavy (pictured below)
Orion beer is an American style beer from Okinawa, Japan that began brewing in 1957 during American occupation. Per the company website, it was started as a way to build the local economy and decrease unemployment after World War II.
Orion’s signature use of mountain spring water from the mountains located just behind the brewery, malt sourced from Germany, and hops hailing from German and Czech Republic give the beer its unique flavor.
It also happens to be Iron Chef Masuharu Morimoto’s second favorite Japanese beer according to Men’s Health magazine. Light and crisp with a velvety foam, it goes with anything, including pork rinds and American chili bean stew.