An introduction to Chiang Mai - Rose of the
Dining out in Chiang Mai
|Chiang Mai delicacies include hang-le curry, ho
curry, sai-ua (Chiang Mai sausage), mu-yo (pork sausage), naem (pork
sausage with lime and chilli) and many kinds of naem-prik (a shrimp
paste sauce with chilli) to be eaten with crispy deep fried pork
skin and fresh vegetables. A great way to enjoy Chiang Mai
food and dance is to have a khantok dinner which is served in leading
hotels and restaurants.
Northern Thailand is the home of one of the world's finest cuisines,
as can be witnessed by the number of Thai restaurants that have
appeared throughout the world over the past few years. Thai people
are most imaginative in their selection and presentation of
food, and dining out is a special delight for the tourist.
Most fish are farmed here in Chiang Mai and also freshly
caught fish are flown in every morning from Bangkok and may be consumed
without concern. Many tourists are surprised to see the amount of
food sold by street vendors, especially barbecued chicken, pork,
and squid. Generally, these may be eaten without worry, but care
should be taken to ensure such food is well cooked.
food is also readily available in Chiang Mai and the cuisines of
Korea, Japan, India, France, Italy, Vietnam and others are to be
found. Vegetarian food restaurants are common in the city.
Of the special Northern Thai dishes Tom Yum is probably the
most sought after. This delicious soup, made from special ingredients,
including lemon grass, frequently is served with chicken, pork,
fish, prawns, or frog. Whichever is your choice you will undoubtedly
keep coming back for more and more Tom Yum.
popular dish is Tort Man Goong. Some-times called prawn fritters,
it is a delicious combination of vegetables and prawns.
For descriptions of other Thai food
||Another delight is Khau Neow Ma Muang, or sticky rice with mango,
and it is a real Thai treat. No matter whether it be PadHet Horn
(fried mushrooms with onions in gravy) Paad See Yu, Kaeng Khiao
Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry) or any of the other myriad of delicacies
available, eating in Chiang Mai will be a memorable experience.
One of the many fruit acquisitions from China, said to have
arrived here about 400 years ago, is the Som-o, otherwise known
to us as the Pomelo. Easy enough to recognise, looking as it does
like a rather larger than usual grapefruit, though with a really
thick and difficult-to-divest peel, it's more than usually
puzzling to select for quality. The good ones are lusciously juicy
and with a magnificently tart flavour, but how - without buying
and trying - do you distinguish these from the ones with no taste
at all? Probably the best bet is to buy the already peeled, packaged
segments -THB..35 per unit, more or less. If that's good, buy more
from the same seller.