In July 1999, the Office of the National Culture Commission announced the top ten Thai dishes best liked by tourists after a worldwide survey of 1,000 Thai restaurants. The results in order of their percentages of popularity were:
Chiang Mai’s (CM) delicacies include hang-le curry, ho curry, sai-ua (Chiang Mai sausage), mu-yo (pork sausage), naem (pork sausage with lime and chilli) and variety of namphrik (a sauce of shrimp paste and chilli) eaten along with crispy pork grinds and vegetables. The best way to enjoy CM, food and dance would be to eat a khantok dinner served in many big hotels and restaurants.
Chiang Mai Food Festival
Tha Pae Gate
December 13-17, 2000
Will focus on the Northern fare, fruit and vegetable carving, ancient Thai dessert-making demonstrations and Lanna cultural performances.
Fruits in Season
Thurian (Durian), the king of Thai fruits. Tourists often ignore it because of it’s strong aroma. A must for the adventurous type.
Longan (Lamyai), a little white fleshy, juicy fruit in a dark brown shell. Grows in bunches and like the Thurian can be seen everywhere. An ideal companion on long journeys.
Rambutan (Ngo), has ruby red skin covered with fine green-tipped hairs. One of the most attractive Thai fruits and, to some, one of the most delicious.
Eating Out in Chiang Mai
Recognised often by their yellow signs with red Thai and Chinese characters.
4/1 Hassadisawee Rd (daily 7:30 am-7:30 pm). Nice setting with a temple. 20 Baht per dish.
199/23 Changklan Rd. Buffet 25 Baht. Best before 1 pm.
35/3 Moon Muang Rd. The only Israeli bakery, restaurant and bar in town. They speak English, Israeli and Dutch.
2/1-2 Chang Moi Kao Rd. Seven years old, has excellent wines.
Cafe-Bistro, 105 Kampaending Rd.
68/1 Koh Klang Rd, Nong Hoi. 29 years old and one of Southeast Asia’s finest. www.d-d-web.com/lecoqd’or.html
252/3 Phrapokklao Rd. The only ‘designer’ sandwiches in town.