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Chiang Mai: Maya Mall’s Glitzy Food Court for Foodie Tuesday

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Destinations, Food, Foodie Tuesday, Thailand, Thailand - Chiang Mai | 30 comments

Chiang Mai: Maya Mall’s Glitzy Food Court for Foodie Tuesday…

This is my contribution to Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys.

Things are changing fast in Chiang Mai. Since my last visit (December/January, 2013) three new mega malls have opened up. The latest was Maya Mall on January 24th. My travels don’t normally involve much, if any, mall crawling. However, Maya is located only ten minutes from where I was living, so I did end up in there a couple of times. Once was at lunchtime, so I decided to give the basement level food court a try.

The area sparkles with newness, and prices are in line with local non-mall food prices (30 – 50Baht) per dish. Lots of Thais were lunching here, so a good sign. After wandering down the line of vendors and peeking at what was on offer I chose one of my favorites, Khao Soi. I chose this dish for two reasons. First off, it’s one of my favorite Thai dishes, and secondly, I wanted to see how it compared to the Khao Soi on offer at the Airport Plaza Mall. I have rated that bowl of deliciousness as one of the best bowls of Khao Soi I have ever eaten. If you missed that post, you can click and have a peek 🙂

 

Waiting to become part of the Khao Soi

Waiting to become part of the Khao Soi

 

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Chiang Mai: Khao Soi for Foodie Tuesday

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Foodie Tuesday, Thailand, Thailand - Chiang Mai | 30 comments

Khao Soi is one of Northern Thailand’ signature dishes. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of savoring a bowl, you know why it’s loved by so many. If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, get cracking 🙂 You’ll find it served everywhere here, from expensive restaurants to food stalls on the street. I recently tried Khao Soi in the basement food court of Airport Plaza in Chiang Mai. Never underestimate shopping mall food courts in Thailand. The food is generally excellent, and the prices are as cheap as you’ll find on the street.

 

The basement level has Tops Market at one end, and the food court on the other. If you are standing with your back to the entrance walk to the right. You will eventually come to MacDonald’s on your left (run away fast!). Now, you will begin to see Thai food stands. Walk until you see this… You have arrived!
Khao Soi Booth, Airprot Plaza

Khao Soi Booth, Airprot Plaza

Sit down on one of the itzy bitzy stools, or you might have to wait for someone to leave. One of the staff will take your order. You have the choice of pork, chicken, or beef Khao Soi. If you’re vegetarian, you can skip the meat.The preparation begins…

It's almost time to eat! Delicious Khao Soi!

It’s almost time to eat! Delicious Khao Soi!

The waiting ends (and quickly), as I receive my chicken Khao Soi.

Chicken Khao Soi

Chicken Khao Soi

 

Just one last thing to do. I top it with bean sprouts, cilantro, chilies, shallots, and squeeze on a touch of lime. I like mine spicy, so I’m heavy on the chilies!I look at the chicken, and it practically falls off of the bone. The noodles are cooked to perfection. Then it’s time for that first bite. Out of this world delicious! The spices and flavors come together in perfect harmony. I don’t think I put the spoon down until every morsel had disappeared. This is one of  the best Khao Sois I have had in Thailand, and I highly recommend that when you are in Chiang Mai you make the short trip out to Airport Plaza. Any tuk-tuk or songthaew driver will be happy to oblige!

OH!, and the price, you ask? 40 Baht (. 89US/Cdn)… Have two bowls!!

 

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For all you cooks (real or wannabe), here’s a recipe, so you can try at home.

Khao Soi Paste

4-8 dried Thai chili peppers
2 medium shallots, (cut in half)
10 garlic cloves
1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and slices
1/4 c. cilantro stems, chopped
1 tbsp. ground coriander
1 tbsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. curry powder
Place the chiles in small bowl and cover with boiling. Let soak until soft for 25-30 minutes.
Drain chiles and save liquid.
Puree chiles, shallots, garlic, ginger, cilantro stems, coriander, turmeric, curry powder and 2 Tbsp. of chile liquid in a food processor. If needed, added more liquid until smooth.
Soup
2 tbsp. coconut oil (If you don’t have coconut oil, use cooking oil of your choice.)
2 14-ounce cans of unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups chicken broth
2 lb. chicken thighs
1 lb. Chinese egg noodles
3 tbsp. or more of fish sauce
1 tbsp. palm sugar or substitute brown sugar
Toppings
2 cups fresh bean sprouts
1 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup crispy fried shallots
1-2 limes quartered
chili oil to taste
Heat oil in a heavy pot over medium heat. Add khao soi paste. Cook stirring constantly for 4-6 minutes until darkened. (Be sure to cook for at least 4 mins, or you’ll miss out on the flavor!)
Add coconut milk and broth. Bring to a boil.
Add chicken and reduce heat. Simmer until the chicken is fork-tender, 20-25 minutes
Cook noodles according to package directions.
Add fish sauce and sugar to taste.
Pour soup and noodles into bowls and serve with the toppings.
Let me know how it turns out!
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Chiang Mai: The Olive Tree for Foodie Tuesday

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Thailand, Thailand - Chiang Mai | 13 comments

When I’m in Thailand I eat mostly Thai. However, living in Korea means that I miss out on a lot of other delicious ethnic food. Thialand is always my opportunity to sample other cuisines. The quality is usually good, and the prices are affordable. Can I really resist? 🙂 I love love love Middle Eastern food, and Chiang Mai has a few restaurants that serve delicious Middle Eastern fare. One of my favorites is the Olive Tree, formerly Jerusalem Falafel. My review of a while back is here. I prefer the latter, but the Olive Tree is a great option if you’re looking for a variety of well prepared mid eastern dishes.

Formerly Jerusalem Falafel, since 1991

Formerly Jerusalem Falafel, since 1991

The menu is extensive, so making a choice was not easy. I was dining with a friend, and we decided to share the baba ganoush. Bland for my tastebuds, but it was okay. (sorry, forgot the photo) 🙂 For a main course I chose the lamb kofta with olives. I was not disappointed. The lamb melted in my mouth, and they did not stint with the olives. Served with a generous portion of herbed rice. If you order this, you need to be hungry. This really is one of those dishes that “sticks to your ribs”!

Lamb Kofta at the Olive Tree

Lamb Kofta at the Olive Tree

Savory rice served with the lamb kofta.

Savory rice served with the lamb kofta.

The Olive Tree's atmosphere is warm and inviting.

The Olive Tree’s atmosphere is warm and inviting.

My friend didn’t have the same great experience. She ordered the moussaka, but unfortunately it was the one item that wasn’t available that evening. She opted of a couple of nondescript appetizers, which were okay, not great. I personally think that they do a better job with the main courses than the appetizer.

At approximately $15.00US (including wine), my meal was a little more than I usually spend. However, the lamb kofta was delicious, and I think a real bargain.

Don’t be put off by the older female server. She has been working there forever (before it was the Olive Tree). She runs the place like a drill sergeant, and is not shy to put you in your place (for whatever reason)!

Located at 29/7 MoonMuang Road, the restaurant is very easy to find. At Thapae Gate you will see the Black Canyon Coffee shop. Walk up MoonMuang (with Black Canyon on your right) for about two blocks. Closed on Friday. You can find them on Facebook

If you’d like to try cooking lamb kofta at home, this recipe looks good.

What’s your favorite Middle Eastern dish?

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Chiang Mai — Massaman Curry with a Twist on Foodie Tuesday

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Foodie Tuesday, Thailand, Thailand - Chiang Mai | 12 comments

One of my favorite restaurants in Chiang Mai is Angel’s Secrets, located in the old city 27 Moonmueang, Soi  5.  The sign above the door says it all: “Budget Gourmet Cuisine”.  There must be well over a hundred items on the menu, so making a choice is no easy feat. Over the years, I’ve tried numerous dishes; sometimes choosing western and sometimes Thai. Everything I’ve tried has been outstanding!

Closed on Mondays!

I can’t show you the inside (because I took this shot today, Monday, when I was walking by), but I promise it is as cute and comfortable as the outside.

Welcome! (Closed on Mondays!)

Welcome! (Closed on Mondays!)

I just noticed that they serve homemade ice cream! I’ll be trying that next time!!

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On a recent visit I was yearning for some good Thai food, and after much indecision, I decided on the Massaman Curry (vegetarian) served with homemade French crepes. How different is that?  I was not disappointed! The curry was cooked to perfection; just a bit sweet. The homemade crepes were a perfect complement. The fresh vegetables on the side were a very nice touch. Everything is fresh, fresh, fresh, and  the presentation is always picture perfect.  For anyone who doesn’t like spicy food, Massman curry is an excellent choice!

Budget Gourmet Cuisine served at Angel's Secret's in Chiang Mai

Budget Gourmet Cuisine served at Angel’s Secret’s in Chiang Mai

This is the second massaman/mussaman curry dish I have featured since I’ve been in Chiang Mai. I’m honestly not sure of the correct spelling. I have seen it spelt both massaman and mussaman, depending on the restaurant! If you missed the previous post, you can find it here.

 

This is an easy curry to make at home. Vegetarian Massaman Curry . (This recipe calls for seitan. I had no idea what that is. A bit of research told me that it’s “wheat gluten”. Personally, I think I would use firm tofu instead. Angel’s Secrets definitely used tofu in their recipe.

Travelers Tip

Open Tuesday to Saturday 7am – 4pm; (closed Monday)/Phone: 089-560-0956

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Chiang Mai’s Cafe de Museum for #FriFotos

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Featured, Food, Thailand, Thailand - Chiang Mai | 4 comments

This is my contribution to Foodie Tuesday (March 25th, 2014), hosted by Inside Journeys. 

This weeks theme at #FriFotos is “Tasty”, and with all tasty food and drink I have been consuming since arriving in Chiang Mai I had to contribute. Today, I dropped by the Lanna Folk Art Museum with the intent of wandering through all of the beautiful rooms and exhibits. First, I decided to have a cup of coffee at their Museum de Cafe. I was absolutely charmed. The cafe is lovely inside and out, and the cappuccino  was the tastiest that I have had in a long time.  

At Chiang Mai's Museum de Cafte

At Chiang Mai’s Museum de Cafte

 

Location and Hours

Praprokklao Road, T Sri Phum, AMuang, Chiang Mai, 50200; 8:30am – 5:00pm Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on Monday and Songkran Holidays)

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Chiang Mai’s Brown Rice Organic Bistro for Foodie Tuesday

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Featured, Food, Thailand | 9 comments

Delicious vegetarian food!

Delicious vegetarian food!

This was my second visit to this lovely, quaint organic bistro. I did a quick review of my first visit on Trip Advisor. I think it’s time for a more in-depth review.

This was a totally impromptu visit. I was in the neighborhood looking for something else not even related to food, and voila!…there it was. After the delicious meal I had there last year, how could I resist? The restaurant is not only organic, but vegetarian. For all you vegetarians roaming around Chiang Mai, this is a very good choice!

The restaurant is warm and inviting with friendly staff. They offer free WiFi, so you can entertain yourself while you wait for your food. Of course if you are dining with someone else this is a perfect opportunity to catch up! All food is prepared as ordered, so be prepared for a bit of a wait. Although, the day that I was there my food arrived quite quickly.

cozy interior!

cozy interior!

Now, of course what you’ve all been waiting for; THE FOOD…

Like most Thai restaurants, the menu here is rather large. Making a decision was not easy, and I have to admit my eyes were bigger than my stomach!

The gac and pineapple juice, listed on the chalk board menu, immediately piqued my interest. Gac is a fruit grown in SEA and Australian Apparently, it contains huge concentrations of beta-carotene and lycopene. Plus, it’s delicious on it’s own or mixed with pineapple.

Healthy and delicious!

Healthy and delicious!

Then, it was on to the appetizer. I chose the fried tempeh with tamarind sauce, and I was not disappointed. The sauce was tart with a hint of sweet, and the tempeh was nice and crispy.

Sweet and sour...mmm

Sweet and sour…mmm

For the main course, I could not resist the potato and tofu massaman curry with chapati. I was not disappointed. The curry was just sweet enough with being overpowering. The potato and tofu complemented each other nicely. The chapati was baked perfectly, crisp but not hard, and a perfect complement to the plate.

Highly recommended!

Highly recommended!

No desert to report 🙂

Loved the entire meal from start to finish. Staff seemed very limited, but the lady that was running around like crazy between the kitchen and the dining room never stopped smiling. Cost: 175baht ($5.30US/CDN)

Travelers Tip

Located  at 85/5 Sarmlarn in the old city, close to Chiang Mai City Gate. Open Monday – Saturday 11am-9pm. Cash only. 

My first map! I used the Windows 8 “snipping tool and it worked!! Isn’t that cool?

Map to Brown Rice Organic Bistro

 

Other Chiang Mai food posts that you might like…

 Chiang Mai Street Food Episode 1

Chiang Mai Street Food Episode 2

 Thai Style Chicken Noodle Soup

 Best Pad Thai in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai’s Street Food Alley

 Delicious Budget Eats in Chiang Mai

 

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