When visiting Chiang Rai, apart from seeing its nature and culture, what is not to be missed is exploring places to eat mouthwatering famous foods of Chiang Rai. In Chiang Rai, there are many delicious foods and desserts for you to taste almost everywhere. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Local food is not to be missed when visiting Chiang Rai. For a person who loves noodles, "Nam Ngiaw Pa Suk" is the best place to go. Pa Suk has been serving tasty Nam Ngiaw, a northern Thai spicy noodle soup with pork or beef, for over 50 years. But if you prefer more varieties of local food, we recommend you to try Sai Aua (Northern Thai Spicy Sausage), Larb Kua Moo (Spicy Minced Pork Salad), different kinds of Nam Prik (Spicy Thai Chili Dipping Sauces), Naem Moak (Grilled Sour Pork Sausage in Banana Leaves), and Kaeng Ho (Northern Thai Mixed Curry) at "Salung Kham". Another dish worth trying in this restaurant is Kaeng Hang Le (Northern Thai Pork Curry), a tasty well-known dish. For whoever likes Kaeng Khae, another Northern Thai curry dish with vegetables as its main ingredient, you can have it at “Phu Lae Restaurant". Dishes, such as Fried Fish with Fish Sauce and Dried Mushroom Soup are also served at “Phu Lae”. Another fine restaurant is "Tok Tong" which offers a traditional “Khantoke” dinner with various kinds of authentic Northern Thai dishes as well as the cultural dance show.
In addition to local food, Chiang Rai also has several cooked-to-order Thai restaurants or rice porridge shops, which you can see their skilled chefs cooking for you right away after you order. This type of restaurant is mostly suitable for both who like and do not like spicy food. There is everything for everyone. Let's start with the best selling menu items like Stir-fried Eggplants, Pa Lo (Stewed Pork and Eggs with Five Spices), Chinese Bamboo Shoot Soup, and the pork BBQ Pork with Tofu at Jor Charoenchai Restaurant. Another good option is at “Khao Tom Meena Restaurant” where you can try Stir-fried Wood Ear Mushrooms with Eggs, Stir-fried Clams with Roasted Chili Paste, Spicy Stir-fried Eggplants, or Fried Fish with Fish Sauce.
Thai classic desserts are still loved by people of all ages. In Chiang Rai, the Thai dessert shop that you should not miss is "Pa Euan Buoy Loy Meu Teu" in front of Night Bazaar. The most popular menu items are Bua Loy Khai Khem Maphraw Phao (Sticky Rice Balls in Coconut Cream with Salted Egg) and Bua Loy Sarim Maphraw Phao (Sticky Rice Balls in Coconut Cream with Sweet Vermicelli). Every item is served with roasted coconut for a better aroma. This shop is guaranteed to be special since the owner once made the desserts in the kitchen at the Royal Palace of Doi Tung.
Cafes and Bakeries
Chiang Rai also has many cafes and bakeries. While some shops have distinctive characters, others are shops which beautiful scenery suitable for taking photos. For example, Chevit Thamma Da Cofee House on the Kok River, decorated in a vintage English country house, offers food, desserts, and drinks. Its specialty is cake, especially Banoffee pies and coconut cakes. Another good choice is "Hacienda Coffee House". It is situated in on the top of the hill and has cakes, coffee, and a tea time set menu. A variety of desserts are available to choose from to go with hot tea and beautiful mountain views.
This trip to Chiang Rai has all kinds of mouthwatering foods and desserts. You will not only just bring back your impressions but also put on some weights as well.