The absolute must eat foods in Chiang Mai, dishes you can’t leave Chiang Mai without tasting. In this video, you’ll learn about 11 of the best Northern Thai dishes to eat, and where to eat them when you’re in Chiang Mai, Thailand!
1. Khao Soi ข้าวซอย
Easily one of the most famous and tastiest northern Thai dishes is khao soi – a bowl of usually egg noodles topped with a spice flavored coconut milk based curry sauce. It’s something you can’t miss when you’re in Chiang Mai!
2. Gaeng Hanglay แกงฮังเล
Gaeng hanglay is a richly flavorful Burmese pork stew with ginger and curry powder. It’s a dish you’ll find on every northern Thai menu.
3. Nam Ngiao น้ำเงี้ยว
If there’s one comfort food for Northern Thai people, it’s got to be nam ngiao – a pork and tomato water stew that’s typically eaten with rice noodles.
4. Nam Phrik Num น้ำพริกหนุ่ม
Roasted green chilies are then pounded with garlic and shallots to create this delicious green chili paste that’s perfect for eating with vegetables or crispy pork rinds.
5. Laap ลาบ
For meat based dishes, laap is the greatest. Fresh meat is minced by hand, mixed with tingly spices, and eaten with herbs and sticky rice. It’s traditionally eaten raw, but cooked is also acceptable.
6. Gai Neung ไก่นึ่ง
Translated to steamed chicken, but really so much more than that – the chicken is coated in a thick paste of herbs and chilies and steamed until all the flavors come together.
7. Yang Ruam ย่างรวมมิตร
Northern Thai food is characterized by smoky grilled meat and there’s no better way to experience it than to get the mixed grill.
8. Gaeng Pak Wan / Gaeng Nor Mai / Gaeng Khae
Although Northern Thai food tends to be pretty meat heavy, there are some amazing seasonal vegetable curries, stews and soups.
9. Dtam Kanun ตำขนุน
10. Aeb pla / aeb ong or แอ๊บปลา
11. Sai Ua ไส้อั่ว
And so that wraps up this list of best Northern Thai food you must try when you’re in Chiang Mai, Thailand!
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