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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Northern Thai Food Club


For the longest time, the corner unit of this tight corner strip mall was occupied by Windsor Donuts, which eventually left and made way for what seemed like it would be Pa-Ord Express, a fast food version of the long-standing Pa-Ord Noodle which we all know and love. This lasted around a year or less, and just two months ago a new mother and daughter duo from Chiang Rai have popped up to open Northern Thai Food. The "club" was left off the English name, but since it is in there in Thai, we are going to use it.

The cuisine in the north of Thailand uses unique ingredients like any region, and a quick perusal of the picture menu in the window revealed a lot of good dishes native to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai that are not seen very often. This seems to be the main goal of the women, who are dedicated to making traditional northern dishes. In fact, I do not know if I have ever seen jor pak pung, a northern style curry with Ceylon spinach (pak pung) anywhere outside of the north of Thailand. Unfortunately this was not available on the day we stopped in to talk.

Many unique dishes do not show up on other menus around town.

The operation is tiny and has a small steam table, it appears that about eight options will be available on any given day. Everything promises to be very fresh because of high turnover and the rotating menu is exciting. For now at least, just about everything was $6.99 or less. I absolutely cannot wait to get back here and sample everything else.

We were actually here to have another meal at Pa-Ord, but could not resist trying something and ordered the larb moo khua ($6.99), the northern-style stir-fried minced pork with spices and herbs. It also uses pork blood, which makes for the deeper color. It is great, and so different from Isan or Lao versions you know and love.

Don't forget the sticky rice, which is almost as important in the north as it is in Laos, and more importantly goes so wonderfully with dishes like this larb.



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