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

 

Waiting for the Khao Soi deliciousness.

Waiting for the Khao Soi deliciousness.

Yummy Khao Soi from the Maya Food Court

Yummy Khao Soi from the Maya Food Court

Communal Seating ... a great way to make new friends :)

Communal Seating … a great way to make new friends 🙂

Of course no Asian food court is complete these days without someone hawking macaroons. I have to say they are much cheaper in Thailand than here in Korea; 29 Baht for one (.89US)in Chiang Mai; $2.50US here in Korea. Even though they are much cheaper in Thailand, still very expensive when you consider your lunch is usually under 50Baht.

Trendy macaroons for sale at the Maya Mall Food Court.

Trendy macaroons for sale at the Maya Mall Food Court.

What was my take on the entire experience you ask? The food court is definitely new and shiny,and offers a variety of Thai food at good prices. However, don’t come here expecting any atmosphere that is remotely Thai. This food court could be in a mall anywhere. The Khao Soi was very good, and the gentleman that took my order and did the preparation was very nice. The communal seating does give the opportunity to chat with other diners if you’re so inclined. The macaroons really didn’t interest me. They were so tiny that you’d have to buy at least two to even get a taste!

The Khao Soi was GOOD, but not as good as Airport Plaza. However, if you don’t have time to get out to Airport Plaza and you’re close to Maya Mall, go for it!

The Mall opens at 10am during the week, and 11 am on weekends. Located just outside the old city, it’s easy to find at the corner of Huay Kaew Road and Nimmanhaemin Road. Any songthaew or  tuk-tuk driver will happily oblige.

PS. The Rimping Supermarket on the same level as the food court is well worth a visit. They even have a restaurant, which I would like to try the next time I’m back in Chiang Mai.


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30 Comments

  1. I don’t think that I have tried this dish. It looks yummy, though. I wonder if I can find it in Penang.

  2. I’m a bit foodie and this looks so wonderful. I’m a big fan of Americanized Thai- would love to try it in it’s natural habitat!

    • Hi! I’m a big fan of Thai (as I’m sure you’ve figure out). I never really ate it until coming to Asia, and my first experiences would have been in Thailand. There are Thai restaurants in Korea, but for the most part, underwhelming and overpriced.

  3. Hi Michele~! Maybe a Thai restaurant would have it on the menu. It comes from Northern Thailand. Happy Khao Soi hunting!!

  4. I’m a big fan of Thai food — it’s so much better in Thailand than here in the U.S. What is in Khao Soi? The platted photo from the mall looks good!

    • It’s a noodle soup with a coconut milk base. Can include pork, beef, chicken, fish, or vegetarian.

  5. This is a part of the world that is not on our radar so I always enjoy reading posts about the area. Chiang Mai seems to be the place to go.

    • Hi Patti,

      Chiang Mai is a popular destination for all age groups. It’s a great city to enjoy for a few days, a couple of months, or indefinitely!

  6. Great article; the food looks delicious!

    • Hi Marilyn, and thanks! Thai is one of my favorites.

  7. The pictures make the food look so yummy. The communal seating is interesting. What do you suppose the man seated on the left is doing? Maybe discreetly removing something from his teeth.

    • Hi Neva! Haha, yeah after I posted the photo I noticed him. I think you’re right on re. the toothpick!

  8. Both me and my hubby love Thai food. It just taste so refreshing. Khao Soi looks delicious. Maybe next time 🙂

    • Hi Salika! Thanks for dropping by. That’s the think I love about Thai food. At least in Thailand, everything is made with fresh ingredients.

  9. This was a tough post to read on an empty stomach. The food looks good. I love Thai food.

    • Hi Donna! I should have started with a warning…:)

  10. Although the food court lacks ambiance, the food looks very “Thai” and delicious!

    • Hi Irene, Yes, thankfully! What was lacking in atmosphere was made up for in taste 🙂

  11. I love Thai food and your photos certainly do those dishes justice. I love the idea of everybody sitting together – I’m guessing some interesting conversation could take place 🙂

    • Hi Suzanne. Thanks for dropping by. I’m sure a few good conversations and maybe friendships will get started there over a bowl of noodles or rice!

  12. Hey Nancie, great that you were able to compare Khao Soi from two different locations. Even nicer to hear that the mall version didn’t disappoint even if the surroundings weren’t impressive.
    I’m getting used to communal eating. It’s a great idea, especially for people who travel solo.
    Thanks for linking up. Hope you have a wonderful week.

    • Hi Marcia! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, communal eating is great for meeting people!

  13. Was there any chile hiding in that Khao Soi? As you know, the best Thai cuisine was wasted on me because I can’t handle “hot” spicy food. It sounds like that food court might be a good compromise for visitors anxious to try Thai street food, but not anxious to play Russian roulette with their GI system.

  14. Hi Suzanne, There usually aren’t a lot of chilies in Khao Soi. They are always available if you want to add them. At least, that has been my experience. 🙂

  15. One doesn’t usually associate mall food with any kind of deliciousness but your post proved that you should never judge a meal by its shiny generic-mall cover. Very interesting read. Thank you.

    • Hi Nancy! I agree! It’s funny I bypassed the food court the first time I was in the mall, and then the second time I thought give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised!

  16. Slurp! Another mouth-watering post. Living in France it’s so funny to hear that macarons are all the rage in Asia! They are so fashionable here but I had no idea they’d spread across the globe. But like you I’d definitely stick to the Thai food in this situation.

    • H Phoebe! Thanks for dropping by. Yes, macarons seem to be everywhere these days. I wasn’t even tempted. Macarons and Thialand just don’t go together!

  17. We found some great Thai food in Hawaii, but it didn’t look quite as yummy as your photos show this food court to be. However I want to know how it compares to a Subway sandwich in northern Washington State? 😉 Jackie

    • Haha Jackie…well the sandwich might not have been all that memorable, but the company definitely was. Who would have thought you would have driven all that way and ended up at Subway!…still makes me chuckle!

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