Khao Soi and Northern Cuisine | Mae Hong Son, Thailand

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Khao Soi, fried noodle with curry soup, is one of the most popular food in Northern Thailand. You will probably hear a lot about it during your adventure in North. Of course each bowl is different and divert. Some are spicy, and others are not. They often have different types of noodles. Among all those Khao Sois, this one is my personal favorite.

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This cozy little restaurant, with bamboo bench and tables outside, is a Northern Thai food restaurant. We found it on Lonely Planet Thailand. It was rainy and dark when we went there, so was very hard to spot. After driving through the road carefully and scanning many signs in Thai which we had no idea how to read, we found the sign. (It was in English!)

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Vegetable curry

We ordered Khao Soi, garlic salad, and vegetable curry, as recommended on the menu. The soup of Khao Soi was creamier compared to other ones, and not spicy for me at all. Normally I cannot eat spicy food very much, but for this one I could enjoy it. Also salad and curry were really good, especially with a lot of garlic taste. (My favorite!)

Although I’ve tried many Khao Sois, I haven’t yet met “the one”. If you find some good Khao Sois, please let me know! I would love to try 🙂

Where we ate: Banpleng Restaurant (Google Maps)

Trying Burmese Food For The First Time | Mae Hong Son, Thailand

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Burmese Green Tea Salad, my favorite Burmese food so far

In northern Thailand, there are a lot of Burmese refugees who create their own communities and spread their cultures, so you can find many Burmese restaurant around. Before I came to northern Thailand, I had never had Burmese food before, but now I love it. Although it is not Thai food, it’s now a part of culture in Thailand, and you will find so many of them in cities up north.

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Vegetable curry

The restaurant was right beside the pond in the city. There was a wooden sign in front so it was easy to find. We picked Burmese Green Tea Salad as recommended on the Lonely Planet, and Vegetable curry. Burmese Salad tastes both sweet and salty with peanuts, tomatoes and garlic, and I really liked the combination. Vegetable curry was mild but the taste of all the vegetables soaked in the soup, and it goes so well with rice with mixed grains.

Overall my first experience of Burmese food turned out great. I will definitely try more in the future.

Where we ate: Salween River Restaurant (Google Maps)

A Village on Top of the Mountain | Mae Hong Son, Thailand

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The village we stayed

In a beautiful northern city of Thailand, Mae Hong Son, my boyfriend and I decided to go trekking. We booked a 2 day tour at Sunflower Cafe Tour, by the big pond in the middle of the city. Our guide named Pordy, who has been trekking more than 30 years. Turned out it was 10 hour trek in total, but we decided to give it a go.

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Fried rice with chicken and vegetables, our lunch on trekking

When I first imagine trekking, there is a little path on the way and we walk listening to wind or birds singing, as I’ve done a couple of times in Thailand. But for this time, it wasn’t that easy, and not just hard either.

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Pordy cooking dinner

There was absolutely no path at all on our way. Pordy handed a stick so he can slap weed down and make a path for us as he walks. We walked along the river, inside the river, climbing slippery rocks blocking our way, walking up and down on a steep mountain, hiking on the edge of the cliff, looking right beside us far away down, and fighting with our fears to fall… after 6 hours of crossing many mountains, we finally arrived and we are all in drenching sweat and exhausted.

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Our dinner at the village

We took a quick shower after we arrived, and it was time for dinner. There were only three people living in the village and all of them cooked dinner for us. We had some stir-fried pumpkins, chicken and vegetables, and lizard soup, which Pordy got from his friend on the way.

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He was watching us when we eat

With subtle fish sauce taste and the combination of the ingredients, the food was so good. I didn’t have any idea how they get some spices and sources since they always live in the village, but they managed to cook deliciously. I think it was worth the tough trekking. Northern Thailand is famous for delicious food generally, but now I’m assured that it’s true.

Trekking Tour: 1500B-/person

We trekked with: Sunflower Cafe Tour (Google Maps)