Five Chiang Mai Food Specialties

This one’s for the foodie in us all.

Chiang Mai Food
Best noodles in Chiang Mai, right here on Rattanakosin road!

In my previous post about the wonderful, sumptuous delights of Thailand I mentioned that I would be doing a part two to focus on the mouthwatering masterpieces of Chiang Mai. Well, the wait is over. Allow me to introduce you to some of the most amazing foods I’ve ever eaten.

1. Khao soi gai

Slow cooked meat in a spicy yet decadent coconut curry. Delicious!!
Slow cooked chicken in a coconut curry noodle soup, topped with crispy fried noodles and lots of green onions. My personal favourite!

This dish is a Nothern Thailand bestseller. Khao Soi is renowned all over Thailand as Chiang Mai’s biggest culinary export. This particular location has, in my opinion, the best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai. The owner has very good English, the ordering system is so easy – you just sit at a table and tick off what you want from the ordering menu, which is in English. Or, why bother when the staff all know the names of the dishes anyway?

2. Noodle soup with chicken

Slow cooked chicken in a tasty, light broth. Served with thin rice noodles. Yummy!!
Slow cooked chicken in a tasty, light broth. Served with thin rice noodles. Yummy!!

Now, I know everyone loves a good chicken noodle soup…. well you ain’t ever tasted anything quite as good as this chicken noodle soup from the same restaurant that serves the best Khao Soi this side of Thailand!

I kid you not, some of the best noodle dishes I’ve tasted in Thailand were right here at this homely little corner restaurant.

3. Pot stewed duck noodles

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Here we have another winner of slow cooked meats!

This treasure is found right by the famous McCormick hospital in Chiang Mai. The duck is slow cooked and the soup is savory, a little on the sweet side and is a great meal, especially for lunch. You get a large drumstick and two wings plus a heaping portion of noodles and fresh, delicious bean sprouts.

4. Salt-grilled red snapper

Delicious, healthy and leaves you licking your fingers!
Delicious, healthy and leaves you licking your fingers!

Ok. I know I talked about salt-grilled fish before….but I didn’t have this beauty to compare it to!! The fish are sold by an old couple on the sidewalk, grilled fresh every afternoon right outside the Inspire Hotel. It would be a crime to miss out on this fish. Served with fresh greens and a super spicy green sauce, you can’t go wrong.

5. Crispy basil with chicken on rice.

Basil, basil, basil. I just can't get enough!!!
Basil, basil, basil. I just can’t get enough!!!

Served with a clear black pepper and spring onion chicken broth, this amazing rice dish comprises fried crispy basil and minced chicken on rice. By far one of the best dishes I’ve ever had in Thailand. I don’t even have the words to express how much I adore this dish. You’ve just got to try it for yourself!

Cookbooks for your enjoyment:

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Author: Leshanta Roop

Leshanta, though she looks Indian, actually hails from the small tropical country of Trinidad and Tobago. Her partner, Mustafa, is Australian with Turkish heritage and sometimes refers to himself as the Australian Turk. Together they travel the world in search of new adventures whilst creating podcasts that showcase their opinions on a variety of topics, some of them very sensitive and controversial.

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