Northern Thai

Burmese Pork Curry

Burmese Pork Curry

In Thai, this dish is called Gaeng Hungleh, and it's also called "Chiang Mai Pork Curry", this dish is a specialty of northern Thailand. It originated in the foods that the Burmese bought with them when they occupied the Lanna kingdom, which had its capital in Chiang Mai, from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Unlike most Thai curries, it uses only the tiniest bit of coconut milk, and some versions of the recipe use none at all.

Chiang Mai Pork Sausage

Chiang Mai Pork Sausage

This cooked sausage, called sai-ooa, is one of the foods that Thais associate strongly with Chiang Mai. You can purchase it fresh at most markets, and you'll see coils of it grilling on barbecues at stalls all around town. Chiang Mai sausage meatballs Since most people don't have sausage making equipment in their home, I've adapted the recipe to make meatballs instead. These work very well as an hors d'oeuvre with cocktails or as one of the many 'finger foods' forming a kahn toke style dinner.

Northern Thai Style Pork Salad

Northern Thai Style Pork Salad

Minced meat salads called larb are a very popular "country" food among the Thais. The dish is mostly identified with the regional cuisine of north-eastern Thailand, which the Thais call Isan, but Chiang Mai has its own variation, which can be a bit more like a soupy curry than the Isan style, which is usually rather dry by comparison. Mint predominates the taste of the north-eastern style, but in this northern variation, two kinds coriander provides the taste.

Red Chili Dip

Red Chili Dip

This recipe for Nam Prik Ong makes a small portion suitable as an appetizer for about four people. For larger groups, simply scale it up. Some versions of this recipe call for the addition of a small portion (1 teaspoon) of shrimp paste, a tofu sheet or fermented soy beans. I think the dish does fine without them, as they are difficult to find and the quantities needed are so small.