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Foodtrail In Chiangrai Day 2 – Chiangrai, Thailand

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Began day 2 in Chiangrai pretty early by catching the sunrise at the rooftop of the hotel. Buildings in Chiangrai are not tall, maybe because of regulations on building heights. Anyways it was a pretty long day so be prepared to scroll down like mad. More of what I see, food wise was limited ‘cos I had very full brekkie at the hotel which lasted the whole day. Anyways, check out below:

Sunrise, what a nice cool morning at 14 degrees

Simple brekkie buffet, I’m ok with it actually.

Wow double yolk egg. How lucky!

Love it cos they have loads of veg for the brekkie

Fish porridge

Don’;t forget to eat your fruits!

Trying this for the first time. Ok lor, black sesame with soy bean. Not too bad.

Something you wanna be equipped with when on self-drive mode. An USB car adaptor! Just in case your car doesn’t already have one.

And a lot of snacks, water and tissue paper!

How the roads look like in Chiangrai. This is heading towards the Golden Triangle.

Found a quaint cafe which caught my eye along the highway.

Simple set up which to me is sufficient for business.

Oooooo ice cream cakes!

Yummy yummy!

My morning coffee fix!

Arrived at House of Opium

All these are for sale… I don’t have access to opium so didn’t buy hahaha

Temple uphill entrance

Arrived at the Golden Triangle

Pano shot of the Golden Triangle. As you can see, the water is very choppy and that’s about it.

🙂

Yeah I did many selfies here hahaha

One huge buddha here.

Boat structure not functional

See how narrow the boat at the bottom? That’s the transport to head over to Laos for some casino action.

Continued my journey northwards to Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Arrived and check out the flower arrangements on the floor

Wow no wonder 6 star hotel

My view at the coffee house

Very expensive per night stay here

Coffee house

Yes I was here to try this

Price for the coffee

Here it is, the much talk about coffee

Tried once, enough. Nothing special. No body, just like drinking tea.

Love the resort

Wonder if this is heading to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. But no access so headed off.

Scenery on my way back

Stopped by the roadside for some honey pineapples. Very very sweet and really delicious! I’m referring to the fruits lah. ;P

Yummy!

Spotted a cute resort opposite the road, made a u-turn and check it out

Cute

Simple resort

The top part has no purpose

Hey cutie!

Coffee house

Babe spotted

Nice chill place

Latte came… extraction could be better but it’s alright.

Bananas are free to eat.

Lady boss brought me around to view the resort

Simple rooms lah, cheap at 600 baht per night.

Lady boss decided to give me a tour around the vicinity of the resort by driving around in her pickup

Mae Fa Luang University

Interestingly I thought this is a temple but it’s actually the school’s Chinese culture society.

Wah got nice landscaping

This land will be cleared for some big hospitals

Some damn nice hilly resort

Protected area so cannot go in take pics

Even the roads they constructed all the way into their resort

Left the lady boss and drove on my own to check out this orphanage I found.

Ok looks good and very well organised

Nice landscaping inside also.

Alright head back to city for dinner!

Much needed Iced Thai Milk Tea

Phad Thai

Fried chicken was ok but I love the sausages,

Favourite mango glutinous rice. Mango was sourish sweet though.

After dinner walk to check out other shops. This one sells loads of sausages. This is where I tapao my Thai sausages!

At snack shop. Crispy worms anyone?

At Yoddoi Coffee. Best view to watch the Clock Tower

See my view… and it’s cool air 😉

Cappuccino is much to be desired.

Proceeded to Central Plaza. The only shopping mall which is pretty much what we have in SG.

Biggest mall in Chiangrai.

Foodcourt!

Got multiplex

Paus

This vegetarian takeaway is damn good.

Check out the colours from the glutinous rice!

At the supermarket and checking out the Thai bentos. I love bentos!

Wah lau so tempted… but didn’t buy lah.
So that ended my Day 2. Feel so tired just writing this post! Ok stay tuned for Day 3!

 

Yours gastronomically,

Big Roy

Ristr8To Coffee – Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Ristr8To Coffee (adapted from the name ‘Ristretto’ which means a shorter espresso) is one of the most talked about cafe in Chiang Mai and probably Thailand. As a matter of fact, people in the coffee industry probably know this place as well. Reason because of the owner and head barista, Arnon is to date the only Thai that made it to the 6th place in the World Latte Art Championships in 2011, which was held in Netherlands. Although he has gotten a lot of public and media attention, Arnon is still pretty much a humble & shy guy. Graduated from Toby’s Estate of Australia in 2008, Arnon came back to Thailand to set up his cafe in 2012 after a series of  accolades during his stint in Australia, which includes the top position in the Latte Art Championship in Australia Capital in 2010.

Ristr8To Coffee is located slightly off where all the action is in Chiang Mai. However, when I visited him on a Sunday at 9am, that place is already quite packed. I was told seats are limited during peak hours. I just love the decor, and the black board that surrounds the whole cafe educating customers what they are drinking. Check out the pics below:

Entrance
There’s a little mezzanine to cater for people who love the outdoors.
Outside the cafe
Interior
Their roaster is behind
The chairs can be joined like puzzles.
Me selfie again haha
2 baristas rushing the multiple orders. Love this shot.
My first cup of Ficardie. Their own blend and has a good body, medium acidity and a fruity/wine character to it. Pretty awesome blend… And of course the latte art too!

Friend’s cup of Cappuccino. See the symmetry and control of the latte art.
A request from a friend for Rilakkuma picture on it. Sometimes requests cannot be fulfilled due to peak hours.
My second cup which is not on the menu. Somewhere between the Ficardie and Piccolo latte. Hence a stronger version of the Ficardie. More body and a greater finish. Love it!
Waffles with blue ice cream
Waffle sticks with chocolate, jam and condense milk dips
Scrambled eggs
Haha I like this shot too!
A pic with the boss and head bariosta himself, Arnon.

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: 4.5/5. To be honest, the food can improve a little more. But I reckon their coffee is their main draw. Their house blend is just awesome. A good balance of boldness from the Brazilian beans, acidity from the Ethiopian beans and character from the PNG beans.

Portion: 4/5. Good size.

Service: 5/5.

Ambience: 5/5. Lovely industrial decor.

Price: On average around 88baht for their house blend. Pretty reasonable for a good craft.

RTE: Definitely!

Location: 15/3 Nimmanhemin Rd, Suthep, Muang, เชียงใหม่ 50200, Thailand. Tel: +66 81 978 0471. If lost, call them and pass your mobile phone to the driver. That’s what I did. 🙂

SPECIALS: Mention ‘eatwithroy’ to Arnon and you’ll get to order the special latte which is not on the menu! 😉

Kao Fae Fan Club Restaurant (ข้าวแฝ่ แฟนคลับ ) – Chiang Mai, Mae Hongson, Thailand

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We checked out this place for lunch when we were back in Chiang Mai after Pai. This is also a popular place and when we reached the place around 12.30pm, the place was already packed with people. However the waitresses managed to arrange a table for us. The name ข้าวแฝ่ แฟนคลับ, actually has nothing to do with rice. According to my Thai cousin Kittiya, it is actually the traditional name of a type of Thai coffee. The restaurant premise is big, with a separate cafe to the left side, and very nice ambience. Although they have many staffs working there, the service level could really be improved.

Restaurant
Inside restaurant
Selfie with signage
Cafe where you can order cakes/desserts and your beverages
Front part of the cafe
Inside the cafe
Som tam was good but spicy
Side dish of fish balls are pretty good as well.
Khao Soi – Crispy yellow noodles in curry soup. This one is quite good but portions are small and not fully crispy noodles.
This garlic pork rice is really nice.
Iced Thai Milk Tea – Pretty good but waited for ages and asked for no sugar, came fully loaded with it.
Crepe cake – Not nice.
Red Velvet Cake – So so only.

Rating: 3.5/5.

Taste: 4/5. Will the warm dishes are good, the desserts are a let down.

Portion: 3/5. Slight below average.

Service: 2/5. They really need to have more initiative and work together. Seems like everyone is minding their own business. Food preparation is also very very slow.

Ambience: 4/5. A lot of flies despite the garden ambience.

Price: Can’t recall but it was pretty affordable.

RTE: Maybe not as it’s a little out of the way.

Location213 Moo 3, Cassia Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50150. Tel: 053842299, 0894359911.

Pai Lanna Resort & Restaurant – Pai, Mae Hongson, Thailand

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Our last dinner in Pai was on top of a little hill, over looking some padi fields and the sunset. Was fortunate to be able to catch the sunset and after that sat down for an authentic northern Thai food. This restaurant is at the entrance to the Pai Lanna Resort and is very popular due to the great views. Hence if you do not have any reservations, good luck finding a table. Such a highly rated place, I reckon the food should be good? See my reviews below:

Very traditional setting
Longer tables for bigger groups
There’s a sushi counter called the Sushi Hill… Dunno why it was there cos it doesn’t fit in.
Paranomic view of the view
Sunsetting
Usually the Thai customers would write their own orders… In our case, we have Thai friends!
Lanna Shake – Overly sweet! Can skip! Order water instead!
Fried fish was good!
Fried fish with basil was pretty good as well!
Grilled pork quite good
Stir fried veg
Tom Yum Goong. Salty.
Broccolli – Pretty good but a little salty.
Green Curry Chicken – Too watery to my standards.
Address & contact details

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: 4/5. Not everything was good, tom yum soup and green curry was a let down.

Portion: 4/5.

Service: 4/5. Not much initiative and they can get really short handed during peak hours.

Ambience: 5/5. They have good views, no doubt about it.

Price: Around 200baht per pax.

RTE: Unlikely. There are a lot more better eating places at Pai Walking Street.

Location: See last pic.

Kruarabeang Pai Thai Food – Pai, Mae Hongson, Thailand

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One of the restaurants we went for our dinner in Pai. I believe in the day the place has a terrific view of the mountains and padi fields. During the night, it lacks the attractiveness. Since we were clueless of where to eat in Pai, we gave this place a try.

Entrance
Very vintage Thai deco
Nothing special, the best is probably the chilli paste in the middle. Without that, the rest are tasteless.
Tom yum soup is not good
Some stir fried pork with kaffir lime leaves… not bad
Stir fried chicken – soso only
Fried omlelette witth minced pork – Can’t go wrong
Stir fried bittergourd leaves – Salty but crunchy.
Opening hours

Rating: 3/5.

Taste:  3/5. Nothing exciting.

Portion: 3/5.

Service: 2/5. Slow, no initiative, slow.

Ambience: 3.5/5.

Price: Around THB$200 per pax.

RTE: Not likely.

Location: N.A.

Street Food @ Petchburi Soi 10, Bangkok, Thailand

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Well I know there are a lot of street food in Bangkok but since I was staying near this street, I might as well write about the good and cheap food I had for the past few days I was there. I heard this street can be quite happening for good supper during the weekends. But I must warn my readers that I have a seasoned stomach train in Thailand and China, so when buying street food, please observe how they cook their food and check if the food itself is fresh, especially seafood. My comments for the food are in the pics.

Petchburi Soi 10
There’s a wet market here as well selling lots of local fruits!
This Thai-Chinese shop selling loads of local snacks and side dishes. See next photo.
From the Thai-Chinese snack stall – Rice dumpling, Thai fish cake, and fried chicken. The chicken would be nice if hot from the wok. Rice dumpling and fish cake were really good. Forgot how much but damn cheap.
Thai Fish Cakes. Lovely side dish to go with your rice.
The rice dumpling was full of ingredients and really nice.

 

BBQ Chicken – I’ve always wanted to try this. They pasted ‘CP Chicken’ sticker on the stall hence I reckon it’s safe to eat.
Choose your chicken carefully cos some sticks have chicken neck or boney parts. But the taste is really good.
Taste awesome but cannot eat too often cos BBQ stuff.
Thai Sausage – What is street food without thai sausage! This stall looks pretty good so I decided to try it.
Looks really good right? I was told that this sausage was originated from Laos. Hence it prolly came through the North Eastern part of Thailand, Udon Thani. Taste is fragrant and savoury. But it comes with a little sour taste. Try it, it’s really not bad!
I was wondering what this stall was until I came close and realized it’s a drink stall. This is where you can get your Thai milk teas or very good ice coffees. But what is that big pot of white stuff?
Found out this big pot of white stuff is actually hot fresh milk! Thais love to drink this with sugar. I tried, very nice and milky. You can choose to have it iced as well.
Ice Coffee made to perfection with less sugar.

 

Noodles! – Another stall must try is this stall that sells won ton noodles. Handed down by the lady’s mother and has been there for decades. I was told that they operate 24hrs. When this shop is close for the night, her sister will be selling by the side from 10pm till the next morning. And she speaks Teochew!
I asked for a big packet of noodles with double portion of noodles and extra ingredients. Really nice for just 60 bahts.

Rating: 4.5/5

Portion: Average

Taste: See pics.

Price: Cheap!

RTE: Yeah if I can!

Location: Petchburi Soi 10, Bangkok.

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BANGKOK CITY HOTEL COFFEE HOUSE @ BANGKOK

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I promise to write about this for www.agoda.com friends. If you happen to stay in this hotel like I did, and it happen to rain heavily or you happen to feel very tired and don’t feel like moving your ass to anywhere, you should really check out the food at the coffee house below.

I was having a lunch meeting one of the days at the coffee house located at the same lobby of Bangkok City Hotel. Well, it is not a distinctively coffee house but when you approach the staff at the front office, they will get someone to come and take your orders. The menus are not new, and not many varieties, afterall this is a boutique hotel. Hence I ordered what I felt like eating. They have room service as well but I reckon it’s a lot nicer to lunch downstairs and watch tourists go by… 😉

Lobby Coffee House
Pineapple Fried Rice – Awesome
Fried Kale With Roasted Pork – Apparently a local favourite
Fried Red Chicken Curry – This is a really nice dish.

Rating: 5/5

Taste: Put it this way, my Thai counterparts even agreed that the food was good! Wonder who the chef is…. hmmm…

Portion: Average

Price: Very reasonable. Suitable for lunch meetings for local Thais.

RTE: If I’m nearby or staying at same hotel again, I definitely would!

Location: 268 Soi Petchburi 10-12 Petchburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, 10400, Thailand Tel: (66-2)  215-2929 (http://www.bangkokcityhotel.com/)

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