Noodles

Even in the "Land of a Million Rice Fields" (Lanna as the area around Chiang Mai was once known), as the north was once known, noodles play an big part in the Thai diet, and especially in the foods found on the street. While a great deal of national pride is invested in the country’s prized Jasmine rice, Thais’ feelings about noodles are more personal and emotional. Noodles, more than rice, are a "comfort food" for Thais, especially when traveling away from home.

Chiang Mai Fried Noodle

Thai name: Pat mee chao neua

Fried bamee noodles are less common in Thailand that they are in other parts of South-east Asia. The exception seems to be Chiang Mai, where pat mee is quite easy to find. For this dish, ham is used most of the time. Use thinly sliced ham, such as you can get pre-packaged for sandwiches in most supermarkets. Cut the ham into very narrow strips, making it a sort of “meat noodle”.

Black Pepper Noodles

Just in case you were thinking that every meal at my place is a gourmet feast, I thought I would post a recipe that represents a more typical lunch or dinner for me. Instant noodles have become something of a staple in modern Thailand, since they're quick and easy to make. During the big Bangkok floods of late 2011, it was instant noodles that supermarkets couldn't keep on the shelves, not rice.

Spicy Tom Yum Noodles

Even though many people strongly identify the spicy tom yum soup with Thai food, the dish is actually quite rare on the street. You almost never find it among the other spicy foods at the curry stall. However, you can easily find "tom yum taste" at many noodle stalls. Either small strands of rice noodles or wheat noodles can be found tom yum style, but to my mind, wheat noodles deliver the best taste.

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Noodles

Even in the "Land of a Million Rice Fields" (Lanna as the area around Chiang Mai was once known), as the north was once known, noodles play an big part in the Thai diet, and especially in the foods found on the street. While a great deal of national pride is invested in the country's prised Jasmine rice, Thais' feelings about noodles are more personal and emotional. Noodles, more than rice, are a "comfort food" for Thais, especially when traveling away from home.

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