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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.
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

Chiang Rai Day 2


Today’s trip ended up with a lot of photos… I don’t think I can upload them all. Madness but interesting at the same time. I’ll prolly upload the more interesting ones, of course food as priority over here.

Got up really early, around 6am Thai time. Couldn’t get back to sleep so climbed to the highest level and try to catch the sunrise.

Brekkie was simple but for me is good enough. Food is food, as long as it fills my stomach. But I may skip tomorrow as I’m planning to visit one of the best cafes in Chiang Rai for brekkie before I head to the mountains.

After brekkie, I went back to my room to get ready for the trip.

Below are some essentials before setting off!

The snacks are a good way to keep yourself awake and of course the charging adaptor for my phone as I’ll be using Google maps quite a bit.

And off I go, wanted to look for a cup of good coffee for me to bring along my hour drive to the Golden Triangle. Then I chanced upon this little cafe I-Auon (amongst many others) and was a great discovery!

The ice cream cakes are from Buds of San Francisco, and pretty awesome to go with your coffee. I had the Cookies N Cream one (THB80). Coffee is pretty alright, beans from Doi Chang hence the characteristics of the coffee is assured (THB35). However the best of all is I got to know Amy, who apparently speaks pretty good English and we chatted quite a bit before I had to take my leave towards Northeast.

Arrived at the Opium Museum and tickets was THB50. I didn’t go in cos not much of a historian. So I browsed around the souvenir shop. They were selling all the opium related tools and stuff… But no opium how to smoke??? Hmmm…

I took a walk from the museum to the Golden Triangle where the Big Buddha is sitting. This is where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet! Below are some pics that don’t need description. ;P

Then I headed further north toward Anantara Golden Triangle Resort where the Black Ivory coffee is served. Black Ivory ‘cos it’s basically elephant poop coffee and harvesting this is tough as can be seen in the pics description below. For THB1500++ per pack, it serves around 5-6 espresso cups. Taste? Mild bodied, fruity and a hint of tea flavor in it. Prolly due to the elephants’ diet. Pretty aromatic actually but too mild for my liking and although it seems like its a marketing gimmick, the fact is that 8% of the sales goes to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation to provide veterinarian care for the elephants.

After that I headed back to towards the city but took many detours to discover the place. You’ll spot a lot of stalls along the highway selling the famous mini pineapples which are so damn sweet, I can only eat one a day.

Then I discovered a nice resort with a cafe in front. The coffee served there are a blend of 4 single origins from different parts of CR (THB55, not cheap but tasted good!) I was offered a Thai banana and trust me, it’s blardy good!

After that the lady boss drove me around that area to show me the university and also developments for that area.

Headed back to the city after that to look for dinner as I haven’t had any lunch! Nothing much to eat at the Golden Triangle as I find it a little touristy. For dinner, I saw this place called Balarb yesterday hence I’m back today to try it.

The ice milk tea (THB30) was pretty good and low sugar as requested. Phad Thai Goong (THB35) was pretty alright but my version in Chiang Mai was better ;P. The mix BBQ meats (THB120) are ok, a little dry though. But the Esan sausages are awesome! Khao Niao Mamuang (THB70) is pretty good although the mango is a little sourish sweet. But the mango given is huge and the only sweetness was from the rice. The sauce is just plain thick coconut milk and it’s warm! The crunchy thing on top is crispy mung bean which most places don’t use due to unavailability.

After dinner, I went to try Yoddoi coffee with the best view of the Clock Tower musical display at every hour. The coffee blend here is just alright, mild body and smooth. Somehow most of the coffee joints here do not extract the espresso shots the right way according to what I was taught in Australia. Hence the coffee powder is wasted. That said, the milk frothing for cappuccino is good.

Gonna leave you guys with pics of foodstuffs I saw along the way and also in Central Plaza where there’s loads of food and snacks! You guys can follow me on Instagram #eatwithroy, #tourwithroy and #roythailand. Need sleep for my long drive to the mountains tomorrow! Nite y’all!