Get ready to spice up your palate! 🌶️ These tender pork bones in a fiery broth are simply #FlavorExplosion. Savory Thai Street food with succulent pork bones, a spicy kick, and rich flavours.
If you’re a fan of tantalizing pork bones and crave the rich texture they offer, you’re in for a treat with Leng Saeb. This delectable Thai street food reminds me of Nilagang Buto Buto in the Philippines – simple yet profoundly satisfying.
A few years back, Mark Wiens unveiled “The Most INSANE Street Food in Thailand” in a viral video, featuring a mountain of tender-braised pork bones nestled in a flavourful, spicy broth. This dish garnered over 7 million views, leaving me curious and eager to replicate it in my kitchen.
The great news is that crafting Leng Saeb at home is a straightforward endeavour and lives up to the remarkable taste Mark promises. While you might find it unconventional to savour a dish centred around bones, these are not ordinary bones – they’re pork neck/back bones, commonly used to craft Thai noodle soup broths. They’re packed with meat, hidden away in every nook and cranny.
In fact, after simmering pork stock with these bones, I invariably end up with an ample amount of tender, succulent meat that falls right off. It’s enough to make a satisfying meal for four adults. Think of it like enjoying ribs – an abundance of bones, but even more meat. If you’re into chicken feet, this dish offers substantially more meat.
So, what does “Leng Saeb” mean? “Leng” is an abbreviation for “ia leng,” which translates to “pork spine” in Teochew Chinese. These bones are prized for their extensive cut surfaces, exposing the bone’s interior, cartilage, and marrow, infusing the broth with rich flavour and body.
Noodle soups were initially introduced to Thailand by Teochew immigrants, which is why Thai people have adopted the Teochew term. Fun fact: “Leng” actually means “dragon,” and when the spine bone is extracted from the pig, it is as lengthy as a dragon!
On the other hand, “Saeb” signifies “delicious” in Lao. When Thai people use it, it carries a double meaning, indicating “spicy and delicious.” This distinction arises from Lao cuisine’s general penchant for spiciness in comparison to Thai cuisine.
So, when you savour a steaming bowl of “Leng Saeb,” you’re relishing spicy, tantalizing pork bones – a true culinary adventure that combines cultural influences and bold flavours in every delightful bite.