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 🙂
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.
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.