chiang mai- chronicles of the missing collarbones. [part3]
now who am i kidding? this is THE REASON you guys visit my blog.
presenting le gourmet section- aka the story of how i lost my collarbones. sniff.
on our first night, we savoured quentessential thai food, namely (clockwise l-r) tab tim grob, tom yam goong, pork in curry, fried rice in seafood and pad thai which is not featured. personally not a fan of tom yam goong, but the fried rice was amazing! eggy, fragrant with an ever- slight tinge of sweetness, it was bliss in simplicity. the tab tim grob was dessert you would it difficult to dislike and the curry was so-so (as lip-smacking curry was to come my way later in the course of my trip). one thing about pad thai- if you can't fry it, you are not considered a thai. it is like your culinary passport to prove you are a local. haha...
street hawkers such as the above and below litter the streets of chiang mai and they offer takeways meals for the locals. there's essentially stewed pork, curry, mixed vegetables on the menu and they are really easy on the pocket too. great for those who can't delve deep into their pockets for change!
do you see the sign? 'pancake blah blah' well it ain't really pancakes but roti prata! wheeee- this is what singapore lacks! a movable roti prata hawker that offers savoury AND sweet delights to satisfy the tastbuds.
is brown the colour of evil? here's bevy of fried treats, which really makes you wqonder how the thais stay in shape. sausages, fried fish, crackers.. if you ever need to use up your fat content for the week in a day.. do make it a point to sample every snack on offer.. haha
lucious mango topped on sticky rice, with coconut cream... or sticky black rice pudding anyone? stores such as these usually sell many different types of traditional thai dessert.. yet another efficient way to answer the call of peckish aftermeal desires.
yang particularly loved these circular snacks, that are not commonly found in singapore. within the thin half-crisp, slightly soft shell contains coconut cream and bits of corn. no idea what they are called but do it a point to try them out when you see them~
pink soup. i so do not have a thing for unnaturally dyed dishes but this noodle dish is clearly popular amongst the locals. these fishball, fried wanton, fishcakes, bloodcakes in there and the soup is sweet like normal soup with yong tau foo sweet sauce.. hmmm really an acquired taste.. haha..
i could eat this everyday. its just simple fishball noodle soup but guess what the thais add in chili flakes and -gasp- sugar.. i hink you can tell by now, the thais 'like it sweet' huh? haha.. no skill is required to master this noodle dish but it is simply delectable!
another crazily ordinary dish that took our breathes away. omelette with chives and coriander with rice. you know its really funny how i could very well prepare this at home but in chiang mai, it just tastes slightly more authentic... gimme more!
cousins! remember this mk restaurant?! haha.. the mk restaurant is really big in thailand and if you watch their tv advertisments.. you might actually freak out. the assembly of people clad in uniforms belting out undying loyalty to service and devotion to the mk chain resembles communism nationalistic aseembly. all in the name of good fun. i love steamboat!