This is another adopted dish based on the Vietnamese Caramelised Pork & Eggs (Thit Heo Kho Trung) dish.
Pa Loh is  Thai  for Star Anise

  • 7 eggs ( duck eggs may be used)
  • 500 grams Chicken pieces (wings and legs)
  • 10 pieces dice sized Tofu, fried to inflate (optional item)
  • 4 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 4 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp black soy sauce
  • 250 grams (~8 ounces) palm sugar
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 3 Star anise ( or may use 5 Spice 2 tsp)
  • 2 pieces Cinnamon, 2 inches long each
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp coriander root
  • 3 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp Pepper corns
  • 1.5 liters (~6 cups) water

  1. Rinse the eggs . Add water and salt into the pot and put on the stove over medium heat. Boil the eggs in that pot until they are cooked and turned to hard boiled eggs. ( 10-12 minutes). Remove the eggs and place in cold water until able to be handled and peel the shell.
  2. Pound coriander root, garlic and pepper seed together until fine.
  3.  Add the oil into the pan on medium heat and wait until the oil heats. Then add the pounded coriander root, garlic, and pepper into the frying pan, stir fry to fragrance (1-2 minutes).
  4. Add palm sugar into the pan and stir until it melts down. Follow with the  chicken pieces hard boiled eggs, fish sauce, black soy sauce, and soy sauce.  Stir well together.
  5. Transfer everything into a 3 or 4 litre pot (3 or 4 quart). Add 1.5 liters (1 1/2 quarts) of water, Chinese Star anise or 5 spice, cinnamon, and cumin. Wait until the water starts to boil then adjust the heat down to low. Stew for about 45 minutes then remove the pot from the heat.  If wish to add fried tofu to your Pa Loh, please add in 15 minutes before turning off the heat.
  6. Put Pa Loh into a bowl, garnish with chopped coriander and serve.

A very simple alternative recipe is here:

Hard boiled eggs. (Sectioned)
White Sugar
Star anise
Coriander seeds
Sea salt
Water Morning Glory
Chicken pieces.

This is the preparation used by my local Ma & Pop (Noi and Savan) shop at the end of the soi. A serve of a piece of chicken and an egg in a cup or so of the gravy costs me 15 Baht. Add another 2 baht for a serve of rice or a round of Khanom Chin (rice noodles). Fantastic!