Travel Photo Thursday — January 2, 2014 — Chiang Mai Street Food Episode 1

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Thailand, Thailand - Chiang Mai, Travel Photo Thursday | 20 comments

Welcome to the first Travel Photo Thursday of 2014, and our 158th episode. The Christmas and New Year festivities are history, and it’s time to get serious with some new year resolutions. My first resolution for 2014 is eat as many different kinds of street food as I can find during my stay here in Chiang Mai. I know this is going to be a difficult one to keep 🙂 I started on my quest even before the new year was official. A couple of days ago I walked into the old city, and walked down the street close to where I had lived last winter. I was hoping that the lady who made the delicious kanom krok was still in business. I was not disappointed. Let me introduce you to a delicious, budget traveler friendly, street food, that the Thais often eat for breakfast.

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In English these delectable morsels are called coconut pancakes. Made with coconut milk, green onion, and probably a few other ingredients thrown in, cooked on this very unique griddle and served up piping hot on a banana leaf tray. This vendor is here pretty much every day from about 6am to 8am, and there is always a line up. For 5 baht (15centsUS/Cdn) she will serve you a batch of 10 -12 of these delectable little morsels. She even adds a packet of sugar just in case you want them really sweet. Trust me, you really don’t need the extra sugar.

Kanom Krok (coconut pancakes)

Just in case you want to make them at home, I found this recipe. Finding the grill could be a challenge, but maybe someone will come up with a good alternative. Do let me know!

Travelers Note

This vendor is very easy to find, as long as you are an early riser. From Thapae Gate, walk about two minutes down Thapae Gate Road towards the river. You’ll find her on the right hand side, and there is usually a line-up!

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  1. Happy new year! They look yummy. where else in chiang mai are there good spots for great street food?

    • Hi Denise! Happy New Year. There are so many good street food vendors here in CM. I will be introducing many as the days and weeks go by, so stay tuned! 🙂

  2. I love your New Year’s Resolution. Looking forward to many more. Now to look at the recipe 🙂

    • Hi Jan! If you make them, let me know. I have never seen a pan like this, so improvisation may be in order!

  3. happy New Year! I am looking forward to another year of fabulous travel images and stories through Travel Photo Thursday!

  4. Hi Nancie, You have the most delicious resolution. Kanom Krom sounds so delectable and I can’t believe how much you can eat for only 15 cents! I may eat so many and my hips will be in trouble.
    Happy New Year and all the very best in 2014.! Looking forward to another year of travel sharing.

    • Happy New Year, Marisol! The trick is to avoid the extra sugar offered! 🙂

  5. Oh I loved these when we were in Thailand. You are right in that they are delious and cheap. Thanks for providing a recipe – we’ll have to try it.

    Looking forward to seeing what else you are eating!

  6. Happy New Year, Nancie. Once again great minds are thinking alike: food, glorious food! We are on the road this week so will get back on track with blog reading and writing in a couple of days. (the sun and warmth of Vegas; coupled with a great deal from Expedia has brought us south) Looking forward to more reports from CM!

  7. Coconut pancakes — sounds delectable. Fun quest you have to eat as much street food as possible in Chiang Mai — good luck! 🙂

    • Happy New Year, Cathy! It’s a difficult undertaking, but someone has to offer! 🙂

  8. Happy New Year, Nancie! Those coconut pancakes sound so yummy and I can’t get over how cheap they are. Wishing you best wishes in trying all the CM food. What a fun quest! I hope 2014 brings you many more travels near and far.

    • Happy New Year, Mary! My street food project is definitely exciting me 🙂

  9. Happy New Year Nancie, we\’re on the move in Scotland and enjoying the chilly winter… well not so much today as it\’s raining and blowing a gale here in Edinburgh. Hope that 2014 is a happy year for you. We had Scottish street food today – bacon sandwiches!

    • Happy New Year! I have fond (and soggy) memories of my time in Scotland many years ago. Love bacon sandwiches!

  10. That’s a very interesting street food shot, Nancie. Good luck with eating your way through as much as possible!

    • Hi Andrew, and Happy New Year. Thanks, and yes someone must do all the eating…haha 🙂


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