On our first night back in Chiang Mai, Thailand we decided to visit Chiang Mai Gate to indulge in our of our favorite Thai street food dish (yellow noodle dumpling soup – ba mee giew nam moo).
During our 8 day Visa run to George Town and our subsequent holiday where we lounged at a beachfront hotel in Phuket, we realized for the first time how much we truly felt like Chiang Mai was our home away from home. As much as we enjoyed our time away, a part of us also missed our little apartment in Northern Thailand.
While in Penang we had the opportunity to feast on dim sum, local Chinese cuisine and eat tandoori chicken at Kapitan; all of it was amazing. However, in Phuket the food options weren’t nearly as satisfying; moreover, everything was double or triple the cost of what we’d pay back home in Chiang Mai. We didn’t eat dim sum nor did we try anything else that was noteworthy.
When it came time for us to leave our hotel in Phuket, I immediately started to think about how nice it would be to arrive back home in our comfortable bed and eat some of favorite foods the following day.
Late at night our favorite spot to visit for Thai street food is Chiang Mai Gate. With a diverse selection of Thai foods we haven’t even put a dent into all of the different street stalls we could possibly frequent. One of our favorite Thai street vendors serves amazing noodle dishes often paired with dumplings, fish balls or egg. Our favorite among all of the three choices is the dish with wanton like dumplings.
The noodle soup comes in a rather small portion. Moreover, the broth itself is somewhat bland; however, with the assortment of condiments and spices at the plastic tables, it’s easy to jazz things up considerably. We typically add a spoonful of chilies to really enhance the flavors; however, we must warn that it’s very potent and if you put too much in your tongue will be on fire.
Another aspect of the meal we find highly appealing is that we’re eating with locals. Sometimes, travelers and/or backpackers have a habit of converging at restaurants and other eateries catering mostly towards foreign taste buds and prices. Whenever we can possibly avoid these kinds of places we tend to do so; one of the joys we both receive from traveling is having an opportunity to feel like a local. Nothing allows us to do this more than visiting a street food market.
The price of our soup noodle dish, per bowl, came to 35 Baht (roughly $1.12 USD). For just over $2 USD we were able to have a satisfying late night snack/meal.
If you get a chance to visit Thailand be sure to try eating Thai street food; I’m confident you’ll get hooked on it like us.