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Hey guys!

Finally I got back from my trips and boy, I really have a lot of back logs to write on! Seems like I really have to filter off the so so ones and just focus on the good ones. Melbourne and Japan trips were damn awesome! Food, scenery, friends, new friends and of course, coffees. Will compile and write on the places for good food soon I promise.

I have also completed my Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) Barista Intermediate Course and some other baking courses. I will be embarking on a specialty coffee bar in the near future for the passion of good coffees and bringing them to my friends. Will release the news on the opening once I’ve settled everything and run in the operations. Believe me, I’ve been planning for years.

Anyways, these couple of weeks will be extremely busy and will be flying again next Thursday for my annual charity trip and this year we’re heading to Chiang Rai, Thailand. You can read more about it on http://www.caregiversgroup.org. Will try to update daily when we’re there! I am very very active on Instagram @eatwithroy. Follow my account there and you’ll get all my latest news and eating/coffee/chill/travel places!

Alrighty, need to catch some sleep. I have cupping session tomorrow to try new single origins and blends. Will write soon and have a great weekend y’all!

Yours gastronomically,

Big Roy

Street Food In Pai – Pai, Mae Hongson District, Thailand


Following up on my previous blog again at http://wp.me/pCcuC-Lw, this blog I’m gonna talk about what we ate in Pai… I must say, love the food there and love the people there too! So much warmth and love! 😉 You can check out more pics about our charity trip to Pai on our Facebook page! Check out the pics:

Typical local breakfast of some minced pork porridge with fried mini dough sticks.
Looks gooey but really yummy
The minced meat is nice and tender.
We catered lunch for all kids and staff of the school… all 170 of them.
The kids’ favorite fishball noodle soup
All the ingredients for the noodle soup
Lotsa bowls to prepare!
One of the kids collected his bowl and preparing to feast
They just love it!
Feasting in progress… really yummy noodles!
This little guy had 2 bowls… or was it 3? Love it when you see them eat! 🙂
We hit the Walking Street of Pai at night
Super crowded for such a small place
Lotsa BBQs around
Esan sausages
And bugs, hoppers, roaches, worms… you name it they have it…
Ooooo…. Fear Factor Thailand
Best way to feed your hungry goats… Let tourists buy the milk bottles!
Children raising funds by performing
This uniformed guy sang pretty well and raising funds for a good cause! Cute huh gals?
Fried oyster omelette
Herbal drinks hot and cold… very nice and refreshing! The guys selling it is hilarious… he talks all the time in Thai!
Yummy Lemon Grass drink
This guy stood there for at least 4 hours, same posture. You give him money, you can draw any part on his body… I noticed his inner thighs were not drawn though… hmmm… spared him… haha
Quite ok…
Mango glutinous rice dessert!
Sour mangoes lor! Not in season I guess…
Nutty man…
You can see this selling everywhere in Pai
Some black rice glutinous thingy they BBQ first…
Then sprinkle some condense milk and grounded peanut and quite interesting to try. The glutinous cake is actually tasteless.
BBQ sweet potatoes are awesome and cheap!
Strawberries again, favs for all
We spotted some Noodle soup stall along the street during the day and guess what, we ordered and tried!
Curry-like soup
Noodles with meat and blood curds
Crispy noodles with curry soup… Think it’s known as Khao Soi
Gone in 120 seconds…
The we spotted again some fried chicken stall along the same road
Looks damn good
Funky lady boss and funny too
Really awesome fried chicken. A must try!
This place is near the school we visited… along the main road… I really dunno how to locate this place but need to share with my readers here on how awesome the food is
Basil pork rice… this one is very nice, salty and very very spicy!!!
Phad Thai Pai style… A little twist from the normal phad thai we have in Bangkok but pretty tasty, sweet and fragrant.
Som Tam. One of the best we’ve tasted. Even our Thai friends with us said this is awesome!
Love these freshly squeezed tamarind juices…

Chiang Mai To Pai – What We Ate Along The Way


Continue from the previous post http://wp.me/pCcuC-KZ:

So we left Chiang Mai and headed towards Pai, which is a mountainous village 3.5 hours north of CM. You know, it’s terribly hard to write about places when you’re on the roads. So I can only lump them together and let the pictures tell the story. Below are pics that we ate and what the locals eat.

About 1.5 hours out of CM, we stopped for toilet break here…
Spotted a Ramino Coffee… this place is quite chilly! Love it!
Inside the coffee shop
No latte art but the coffee is pretty darn good!
Nice little landscaping
An alter with an elephant statue
I seriously dunno what word is that but I reckon it’s the name of the place. Anyone translate?
Halfway up the mountain we stopped for toilet break here…
It’s like a eatery kiosk thing
Wah Simonelli machine leh… don’t play play… Coffee is not bad but Ramino was better.
Strawberries galore! Not sweet and quite sour.
Our charity group’s all time favorite… strawberries with assam!
Strawberry wine!
Strawberry juice!
Braised pork knuckles for pork leg rice.
Very informative… Only left or right anyways.
Lunch/toilet break!
Very beautiful view…
Huainumdang National Park
They even have an espresso machine here! But the bar pressure is not high, hence coffee is ok only.
Photo place
We bought our own lunch to save time
Fried pork skin, pork ribs, chilli and glutinous rice… quite nice actually

Anusarn Market Food & Walking Street – Chiang Mai, Thailand


Alright I’m gonna embark on writing on food and a little on shopping in Chiang Mai (CM). I was in CM last Dec together with my charity group, Care Givers Group, for our annual charity trip in Pai. Hence CM was a transit place for us where we buy loads of goodies and supplies for the school that we were donating to. So when we arrived on the first day, after our chores of buying and packing for the kids, naturally we had to look for food. And just next door to the hotel, Royal Lanna Hotel (http://wp.me/p2BhOI-5f) we were staying is the Anusarn Market, linked to the night bazaar of CM. See the pics below for the foods that we tried!

Walking the night bazaar to reach Anusarn Market
Main entrance
Paranoma from the entrance
Looks good but didn’t try cos we ordered Thai food collectively.
Point and order. 🙂
Lemon juice… mine with no sugar…
Stir fried kailan with roast pork…
Fried rice… Thai fried rice are usually very nice
Stir fried chicken
Minced pork omelette
Mango stick rice!
The stall owner told us she is trying this new way of eating Durian Sticky Rice… We told her to stick to the original… this sucks.
After dinner we walked around… very nice plastic lamps
Air pellet guns… cannot bring in Singapore!
Used jeans made into wallets, very creative
These beautiful lanterns light up the whole place.
Another restaurant in the market and they are grilling the fish wrapped in salt… wow…
Another stretch of shopping inside
Christmas period lah, so must pose for a selfie.
This ice cream apparently is the attraction there… long queue…
You choose the flavor you like and toppings, they will pour on this freezer pan and then scrap it like burnt omelette on an oiless stainless steel pan.
And then put into a cup and loads of sinful whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Notice the rolls of ice cream below.
Yeah apparently prata is a hit here…

My order of banana nutella
Night bazaar left and right of the road.
Night bazaar from our hotel room

Will write about CM’s night market in a later post.