Anything that’s crispy is appetizing. Agree? Yes! During our short stay in Chiang Mai, we explored the local street food scene and crispy pork rice became one of my favorites. I could still imagine the crunchy fried pork strips with hard-boiled egg and sliced cucumber topped with some sweet and tangy sauce over steamed rice. Everything for 35 Baht. Amazing!
On our very first night, our friends brought us to Chiang Mai University before checking in at our home in Chiang Mai - the Yaang Come Village Resort. The Suthep Road is usually lined with hawker stalls at night that sell nothing but cheap local Thai food.
The first stall sold fresh fruit shakes while the next one served hot noodles. The third one offered rice meals which I carefully examined. The crispy pork with rice (35 Baht | US$ 0.98) or khao mu krop in Thai was very inviting so I quickly asked for one.
We settled on the makeshift tables and chairs on the sidewalk and were immediately served with my rice meal. My buddy opted for some hot noodles.
The crunchy fried pork strips over steamed rice with sidings of sliced cucumber and hardboiled egg topped with sauce looked delectable (whew, that was tiring). For its price, I wasn’t expecting much, seriously, I was just too hungry at that time that anything would suffice.
And it was delish! The sauce was on the milder side (I was expecting it to be spicy) while the crispy pork was perfectly matched with the boiled egg. The cucumber had this refreshing bite to it. My buddy was still waiting for his noodles when I realized that I was almost done with my plate. Haha. The hawker stalls along Suthep Road offered dirt cheap and yummy food, very reminiscent of what we had in the northern province of Pai, still in Thailand.
During our walking trip around the walled city of Chiang Mai, we chanced upon a strip that’s full of Chinese restaurants along Intrawarorot Road (near the Three King’s Monument). We noticed this certain hole-in-the-wall that serves both Chinese-Thai dishes. It was packed even after lunchtime.
|Walk further the Intrawarorot Road and you'll find several Chinese-Thai restaurants|
|I forgot to take note of the name of this restaurant the moment I saw the crispy pork rice on the menu. Haha.|
|Iced coffee is love!|
Moving on, that night, we were treated by our friends to dinner. It was a surprise. We drove to Siri Mangkalajarn Road inside the walled city and halted at A-Roi Jumzapp Hot Pot (99 Baht | US$ 2.76 per person). I was a bit disappointed for I was craving for my crispy pork rice but still, I followed their lead and settled on a table with a table-top stove and LPG tank underneath.
|A-Roi Jumzapp Hot Pot|
99 Baht (US$ 2.76) for unlimited hotpot
Normally, me and my buddy weren’t that crazy about hotpots (or maybe we’re just too lazy to cook our own food) so we’re quite lost on the what-tos and how-tos.
Our friends grabbed an assortment of meat, some greens, noodles, eggs, and more. A clay pot and broth was brought to our table and the couple started to show off their cooking prowess while we waited patiently for everything to be cooked.
|Choose your meat and greens|
And yes, we still couldn’t discount the fact that we truly miss Pinoy food during our two-month backpacking trip around Southeast Asia. The crispy pork rice resembled our very own lechon kawali and the hotpot felt like our Nilagang Baka soup. We didn't have much time to explore other local street eats in Chiang Mai but our li'l food trippin' satisfied our cravings for Filipino food, and our favorite beer in the world - Red Horse Beer :)
|Our fave beer in the Philippines is now in Thailand :)|
49 Baht (US$ 1.37) available only at Tesco Lotus and Tops