Yummylicious! Chiang Mai!

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Yummylicious! Chiang Mai!

A Chiang Mai Food Guide about Thai cuisines: from local cafes, rice-based dishes, and a royal food snack that you may no know! – knycx.journeying

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Exploring, shops, hotels, art museums, and some new, hip restaurants in Chiang Mai!

#Yummylicious

Have you ever wake up in a morning and suddenly have cravings for some food? It’s been some time since I visited Bangkok and since my friends mentioned (yes, here is the keyword: chicken rice) the other night while we were out for dinner, I kept thinking about the yummy chicken rice in Sukhumvit Soi 38 and what a tragedy it was now that street food stalls are banned in Bangkok due to hygiene and traffic issues (I have talked about its back to my post about Ayutthaya! A Memoir of Ayutthaya).

So I decided to take an abrupt turn here and write about something completely unrelated: Yummylicious – food in Chiang Mai; and not about street food, but some new hip places that could enrich your trip to northern Thailand apart from seeing the famous Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Night Market, or Doi Inthanon National Park.

Lanna HouseSo, the first night we arrived at Chiang Mai we settled down at a new boutique hotel at the edge of Chiang Mai old town called the Hotel I Lanna House, opened in December 2016 (I was told). For around US$50 a night I was pleasantly surprised as the room was gorgeous with a balcony overlooking… just outside of the hotel. Trust me though, a room with a balcony like that is just what I needed and then headed out immediately at a local dining place for some delicious pork soup and fish ball soup. The next morning, we had a nice and simple breakfast sitting outdoor by the side of the hotel’s tiny pool and got ready to explore the city! It’s always nice to start a travel day with a lovely breakfast like this:

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Always love a little hotel breakfast 🍳 #foodie #foodporn @ thailand

I Lanna House: htts://www.facebook.com/ilannahouse/

Nimmanahaeminda Road


Starting from MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center, ending at the University, the Nimmanahaeminda Road is the street in the town where all the nice restaurants and cafes reside. The other night I was picked up by a local friend (who is in the filmmaking industry), and he took me with his motorcycle and grabbed a local Thai beer on the side of the road:

But apart from that, there are quite a lot of cafes and shops that a tourist would find interesting to explore. Playworks is one of my favorite stores with a lot of original bags and stationeries design, Fruiturday offers choices of fruit juice and Wawee Coffee is a nice coffee place for the locals.

Nimmanahaeminda Road

The Barisotel by the Baristro


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Evjoying a little tea after my mini shopping spree #tea @thebaristro

The Barisotel by the Baristro is one of a new addition to the area. The all-white interior adds a simplistic and modern vibe against natural sunlight! Being an Instagrammer himself, the owner of the café, Than, understands the importance of offering customers a lot of “Instagrammable” moments as they are enjoying a lazy afternoon with a glass of colorful drink and a piece of novelty cake. True, not only the props and tableware are tastefully chosen but also the food and drinks are creatively designed to feast both eyes and taste buds!

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Enjoying a little tea after my mini shopping spree #tea @thebaristro

Meena Rice-Based Cuisine


It is exciting to know that there is a place with such a colorful presentation of rice in Chiang Mai! Meena Rice-Based Cuisine is around 30-minutes away from the Nimmanahaeminda Road. Yet it has been a hot spot since it opened about 2 years ago. The restaurant offered a lot of Thai dishes (and I love minced pork) that served with rice in five different colors (Riceberry rice in black, brown rice in brown, butterfly pea rice in blue, safflower rice in yellow, and Jasmine Rice in white). Diners could create, mix and match their own colorful plate of rice while sitting in a hut on top of a lake.

Meena Rice-Based Cuisine: https://www.facebook.com/meena.rice.based/

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Create your own multi-colored rice dish with riceberry rice, butterfly pea rice, brown rice, safflower rice and jasmine rice. Tasted divine mixed with perfectly seasoned minced pork and passionfruit @ Meena rice based cuisine
#food #picoftheday #yummy #thaifood #thai

Kamphaengkaew by Chef Tutu


I always love going to contemporary art museums and it was exciting for me to know that there is a new contemporary art museum, Maiiam, opened in Chiang Mai. Opened in July 2016, the museum is a bit from the Chiang Mai old town but definitely worth visiting. The front of the museum is installed with shiny tiles that reflect the surrounding trees and sunlight; and though the museum is not big, it houses permanent collections of contemporary artists from Thai – including paintings, photographs, and sculptures of “The Timeless Present Moment” by Thai contemporary artist, Kamin Lertchaiprasert.

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Maiiam contemporary art museum – #art @thailand @chiangmai #picoftheday

There aren’t any shops around the museum, and so we had to at the museum restaurant which is a highlight of the place. The café offers an interesting menu with a number of signature dishes. One of them is stockfish with watermelon. It is royal food since Kind Rama IV. You might think it is a little bit less “extravagant” to serve stockfish for a royal dish, it is an appetizer back in the days for people dipping watermelon cubes with stockfish, sugar, and fried garlic. Surprisingly, it tasted so refreshing!

MAIIAM is a new private museum of contemporary art in Thailand initiated by Jean Michel Beurdeley and his late wife Patrsi Bunnag, together with their son Eric Bunnag Booth. The family wishes to share their private collection, built together over the last thirty years, to everyone so that people could see and experience for themselves how art can enrich their lives. The museum was built memory of Eric Bunnang Booth’s great-great-aunt Chao Chom lam, a royal consort to King Rama V.

Bolsering Chiang Mai’s already vibrant art and cultural scene, MAIIAM aims to make the co-founders’ important collections of Thai and regional contemporary art, permanently accessible to the public. The museum mounts long-term and temporary exhibitions of visual art, design, and fashion, alongside performers, film screenings, special education programs, lectures, and workshops to engage a wide spectrum of audiences.

Maiiam: www.maiiam.com

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22 thoughts on “Yummylicious! Chiang Mai!

  1. Love how some museums are being so creative with their menus. I would’ve never guessed that watermelon and fish stock was a yummy pairing? Great foodie journey in Chaing Mai!

    1. The contrast of watermelon cubes and fish stock is definitely interesting. Remember to try whenever you afe in town! 😊👍🏻👌🏻

  2. I love rice – so Meena Rice based cuisine sounds and looks divine! The watermelon and fish stock sounds like a strange combination to me, but the picture was so pretty that I hope to try it sometime (and it’s usually better for me to try and then find out what I’m eating- just so I don’t have a weird mental block about it).

  3. What great and tempting photos. I’m with you and sad about Bangkok closing the vendor stalls. I hope they reconsider. However it looks like Chaing Mai has more than enough to offer the famished foodie.

    1. There are some exciting place in Chiangmai for a nice and relaxing getaway. But I so Bangkok is the place tourists keep going over and over again 😊

  4. I haven’t been to Chiang Mai (I know I’ll love it!) but I am so intrigued after this post. I *hate* rice but somehow the concept of Meena Rice Based Cuisine is getting my attention. Maybe I just don’t like plain rice and they’d have something I like!

    1. Thanks Becky and yes, I think you will love it, too! Besides, rice could taste great accompanied with lovely minced pork ✌🏻

  5. Great food pics! I have been to Thailand but not to Chiang Mai, but after reading this I’d say I missed out. Love the look of that watermelon…

  6. We went to Chiang Mai last Christmas and they are sure proud of their watermelon and strawberries. I could imagine that a sweet watermelon cube dipped in salty fish broth would make fantastic combination of sweet and salty. Thank you for publishing your trip. It took us back to some great memories from Thailand, and -yes, I want to Thai food now.

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