Talent Thai, is not like all thai restaurants. Its a small inconspicuous place nestled between a strip of small restaurants, including Pio-Pio (known for their peruvian chicken). The thai food here is really good, but their real star dish is a northern thai dish called Khao Soi. You might remember me raving about it on previous blog posts. The Khao Soi isn’t as great as what you get in Thailand (is anything ever?), but its pretty damn close!
210 E 34th St
New york, NY 10016
I call these places restaurant-lets because they are just these little strips of restaurants in NYC.
Thai Salad with Tofu
Crispy Spring Rolls
Khao Soi – A Northern Thai National Dish.
I’ve might of mentioned before, but Chiang Mai has over 30 vegetarian restaurants, which is pretty impressive for a city that is not that big. So for Vegetarians traveling to Northern thailand, this place is a haven. They aren’t all good, but they try and there are also several other restaurants that serve vegetarian dishes. This one is exclusive vegetarian and its one of the best. Aum Vegetarian restaurant, just inside ThaPae Gate.
Morning Glory with Tofu
Pineapple Fried Rice
Our group having lunch at the restaurant while a few kids horse around. They were cute and very funny
Just off the Mae Ping River lies a bunch small and large guest houses that rent out for anywhere from 20 – 100 a night. Huang House is a very unique guest house with a lot of little old things that you’d love to buy, but are not for sale, including a lot of old pictures of the owners family. They also make a nice little lunch:
Seafood with See Ew noodles
Pad See Ew Noodles
Thai Fried Rice
The owner cooking our lunch
Earlier I posted about a lunch I had at Huen Phen. A week or so later, I returned with some friends for dinner, which is served in a classier dining area around the back of the lunch restaurant. The dining area is rustic and comfortable and perfect for the evening when the bugs come out. Here is a sampling of a few things that we had:
Northern Thai Green Curry
Stir Fried Morning Glory
A different northern thai green curry
Wororot market is perhaps my most favorite market in Chiang Mai. It is also the first one that I visited here. The market is full of fresh prepared food, produce, meats, hard and soft goods and flowers. The flowers are on the exterior of the market which hide its slightly dingy streets and less than attractive interoir areas that house all the seafood. So, in a way, the flower market also hides the smell of the fish.
I must start out by saying that I did not like the food in this restaurant. While I think the food is mainly westernized versions of thai food, the atmosphere was really nice. There is an outside dining area on the lower level of the grounds and then an upstairs dining area, separate from the main dining area that is really beautiful. The staff here were lovely and the owner’s daughter, a cute young thai girl who spoke perfect english (she was educated in an American high school), showed me around the place.
The Whole Earth has both a vegetarian and meat-based menu – I imagine that the vegetarian menu was better. The food looked wonderful and it didn’t taste bad, it was just western, and i don’t come half way around the world to have western food.
Close to Thapae Gate in the walled city is a little family owned thai restaurant that has a really cute covered patio area. They serve very basic and really fast thai dishes but they are pretty good. But lets me honest, most of Chiang Mai restaurants are family owned and operated and every one has its own unique twist on thai dishes made from their families own recipes. That is what I find so special about discovering food – some of it is not so good, but most of it is a treasure and you won’t be disappointed.
Fried Morning Glory a wonderfully flavored weed that grows around the world, but banned in the US because, well its a weed and they don’t think they can control it – but its damn good food!
Green vegetables with pork
The owner of Thai Thai and her daughter.
The night markets in Chiang mai range from pretty awful to pretty amazing. For example, the Daily night market that starts around Loi Kroh Road is a bit of pain because it just full of crap for tourists. However it is really beautiful with its high hanging lights and colorful background. The food there doesn’t seem so good but the beer, anywhere, is lovely.
Every evening around Chiang Mai gate at the moat, the food stalls setup and display a wonderful range of Thai food and desserts and you can stuff yourself for under 100 baht.
Food stalls around Chiang Mai Gate
A very tasty pork sausage filled with rice
Fresh Octupus for the BBQ
Skins of some kind – perhaps pork skins. Not sure – but cheap at 20 baht!
More skins for 35 baht!
The pink egg is a first, but it was close to easter.
More Pork soup – this one was good, but not as good as the one in Mae Rim
Food stalls, markets and Motorbikes – some of my favorite things about Chiang Mai!
Chiang Mai Donuts and a nice cool refreshing coconut milk drink. The coconut milk is steeped in Pandan leaf which gives it a really nice aromatic flavor.
Lots of Thai’s eat here and look that is my bike to the left!
On one really beautiful day, I traveled, by motorbike, up to Samoeng which is a mountainous region north of Chiang Mai. On the way I stopped in an area called Mae Rim for Lunch. While the restaurants were sparse, I did find this little gem which serves only pork dishes (and a little chicken satay). This restaurant can be found around the center of Mae Rim on 1096 south, just past the 7/11
Food Cart off the road in Mae Rim
Woman serving a pork soup from her cart in Mae Rim
Chicken Satay in Mae Rim
The soup – which was really outstanding!
During my stay at The Chedi, I had an opportunity to meet the Executive Chef, Blair Mathieson. He prepared four dishes for me to photograph in the dining area of The Chedi.
Tasmanian salmon, beetroot cured, pickled seaweed, cucumber jelly, wasabi
Gai yang, chargrilled spring chicken, garlic-lemongrass, green mango salad,
Tartare, black angus beef, capers, chili, onion, quail egg, potato crisps
Miang som o goong, betel leaf, pomelo salad, prawns, coconut