Chiang Mai: Sticky Rice Tea for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Destinations, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 37 comments

Rice Tea

Have you sat in teak-filled Thai restaurant sipping delicious rice tea? Welcome to week 214 (02/12/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. I’ve been coming to Chiang Mai for a long time, and I consider it my second home. The city is my go-to place when I’m not teaching in Korea, or playing tourist in another country. I always love to find new things in the city, and that’s what I did this week with my discovery of sticky rice tea (who would have thought!).

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Rice Tea

I was in the mood for a new restaurant this week, and Google led me to this tiny gem. I found Farm Story in a Thai teak house on a narrow lane in the old city. They boast a menu of organic food and drink. The quirky little sign at the entrance left no doubt that I was in the right place.


Farm Story Restaurant, Chiang Mai, Thailand

The restaurant sits only about ten people. The couple in the photo are the owners with the curtained kitchen behind them. I love all of the gorgeous teak wood.


Farm Story Restaurant, Chiang Mai, Thailand


My table was in the room to the left of the main seating area, in front of the coffee/tea/drink bar.


Farm Story Restaurant, Chiang Mai, Thailand


I had read a bit about the food before I arrived, and was intrigued that it was an organic menu. That and the teak house sealed my decision to have lunch here. The first thing that caught my eye was the ORGANIC STICKY RICE TEA. Rice tea was totally new to me, and an immediate must try. The owner brought it to the table in this wine carafe, along with the lovely teacup. I was instructed to let the tea steep for 3-5 minutes. That wasn’t easy!


Sticky Rice Tea, Farm Story Restaurant, Chiang Mai, Thailand


Isn’t the vibrant color fabulous? The texture is smooth and silky with a very subtle flavor; hmm. Rice tea is one of those teas that I could drink again and again.


Sticky Rice Tea, Farm Story Restaurant, Chiang Mai, Thailand


The rice is packaged and available for purchase, and the owners provide written instructions so that you can make the tea at home. If I have room in my suitcase, I will add this to my bag.

Just in case you are wondering what I had for lunch, and the Thai omelet was as tasty as the rice tea.


Thai Omelette with Karen Paste, Farm Story,Chiang Mai, Thailand



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  1. Looks very nice and cozy…

    • Hi Lili…Yes, it was, and I can’t wait to go back.

  2. Hi Nancie, looks like Farm Story is a great find. A gem indeed. Have not heard of a sticky rice tea. Sounds very exotic. I wish to try it someday.

    • Hi Marisol. Yes, it was a great find. I’m hoping to have room in my suitcase, so that I can take the rice home and brew myself up some more of the tea!

  3. I like very small restaurants. We found one in Japan that seated 8 tables and four at the bar. I too love the timber in this teak house. I would like to try it for breakfast. And what about sticky rice tea!

    • Hi Jan. I am always on the look out for smaller restaurants. I just like the atmosphere and find that quite often more care is taken in the preparation. This was a late breakfast for me 🙂

  4. I’ve never heard of sticky rice tea but it sounds refreshing. I love how this place looks including that quirky sign. What a great place to hang out. Your lunch looks delicious too. Glad Chiang Mai still offers surprises for you.

  5. I love little finds like that, especially the tiny ones. I saw several in Saigon recently. And one in Koh Samui, little place with only 7 – 8 tables.

    • Hi Sophie. SEA seems to cater to lovely, tiny restaurants. 🙂

  6. always wonderful to find a small restaurant with delicious food. I have never heard of sticky rice tea before – intriguing!
    Happy travels and thank you for hosting

    • Hi Jill. This was my first encounter!

  7. The veggies in your lunch look really fresh and tasty. I post a lot of food reviews so I love to see foodie pics! Thanks.


    • Hi Steve. The veggies are always fresh! 🙂

  8. That looks wonderful, I’m planning on going to Thailand in March, hopefully I’ll get a chance to visit Chang Mai and this lovely place.

    • Hi Noel. Chiang Mai is waiting for you! 🙂

  9. Farm Story looks like a delightful restaurant. The colour of the sticky rice tea is indeed fabulous.

    • Hi Donna. I have tried some interesting teas here this time, and the colors of them have been fab!

  10. Well, the tea is tempting but it was the food that made my mouth water! I still had to go to Google to find your current posting as my link in the post goes to September and the sidebar lists your most current post as two weeks ago. Maybe it is Google Blogger that has the problem. I will try updating the links and see what happens!

    • Hi Jackie. Yes, that was one great omelette. The Thais love omelettes and they know how to make them. Thanks for letting me know about the links. I have deactivated and removed this security plugin that my host insisted I install. It was causing nothing but problems. I am trying something that is supposed to be easier and simpler…we’ll see…hahaha

  11. I haven’t heard about this place! need to check it out. I like the idea of the sticky rice tea.

    • Hi Jo. Yes, do check it out. Very nice! I want to go back before I leave CM, but doubtful. I’m leaving on Sunday morning…boo hoo!

  12. Even though we only spent a few days in Chiang Mai, I can understand why you keep returning there. It’s a truly Thai city (food and history) without the sometimes overwhelming craziness of Bangkok. Your meal looks like it was delicious. Is there actual tea in the sticky rice tea? Was there any evidence of what we consider sticky rice? I still dream about my go to Chiang Mai dessert of mango with sticky rice.

    • Hi Suzanne. Yes, the tea is made from only sticky rice and water. You just add the rice to the boiling water, let it steep for about 5 minutes, and you have sticky rice tea! 🙂 Mango with sticky rice is one of my favorites.

  13. Cute restaurant with a cute name. Rice tea sounds interesting. Another grain tea I liked in Korea (maybe you’ve had it too) is corn tea.

  14. Ohh, first time I hear about this type of tea. I am going to visit some specialty stores to see if I can find it (thankfully we have a lot of ethnic neighborhoods in Los Angeles).

    • Hi Ruth. All you need is sticky rice and boiling water. Steep it for about 5 minutes. Very easy!

  15. I really like sampling different teas in different countries. I think this is one of the best things about travel – experiencing new flavours. What a lovely little café!

    • Hi Kathy. I’m with you. I’m often amazed at what can be used to produce tea, and usually the flavors are great.

  16. As you say, the color of this tea beautiful. Have heard the aroma is appealing, too ~ did it seem so to you? Anyway, thank you for another reason to love sticky rice!

  17. I love your posts and photos about Chiang Mai and you’ve made this place a top priority when we visit Asia. Even the simple teas and foods are experiences to be savored!

  18. That sounds like a great place for a little pause!

    • Hi Bettyl. Yes, it was lovely, and the food and tea were so good!

  19. Japan is full of small tea houses like this in villages and even neighborhoods of major cities. Treasures. They just make you slow down and savor life. Beautiful pictures.

  20. Looks like my kind of place! I drink a LOT of tea so I would love to try the sticky rice tea – I hadn’t heard of it until I read your post 🙂

  21. I’m intrigued that the tea is brown even though I’ve only seen white sticky rice. Did it taste like rice? When I read the title, I pictured the liquid floating on the top of a pot of rice as you cook it. What you had seems much better. The lunch looks yummy, especially the extra attention spent on the cucumbers.

  22. Great post. Looks amazing and cozy. And the food looks delicious.

  23. As a tea lover – I am intrigued by the sticky rice tea. We’re hopefully visiting Thailand in November and will definitely put Farm House on our must visit list.


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