I had arranged to meet up with two of my best friends from high school upon my first night in Chiang Mai. I guess it's one of the many things that third-culture kids have to deal with - that you rarely have friends from childhood by your side when you're all grown up! They scatter all over the world once you leave school. Fortunately, these two friends came back to Chiang Mai after having spent a considerable amount of time in Bangkok.
We waited at the hotel for my friend to pick us up. One of the catches for a meal like this, is that I can't tell you the exact direction of how to get there! But the place is rather popular. I'm sure you could get a tuk tuk driver to bring you here! (show them the name of the restaurant)
This was not my first visit to the restaurant. I'd been here with my parents when I was younger. The weather in Chiang Mai resembles the weather in Taichung - sunny and clear most of the time. So these type of open-air restaurants are ubiquitous. Although, I must remind you to prepare some repellent if you come during the summer. Or else, the mosquitos would be full before you are!
The atmosphere is better at night at these restaurants. Surely the food tastes just as good during daylight, but the atmosphere here during the night, is incomparable.
Since it had been quite a while since I was last in Chiang Mai. I decided to let my friends figure out what to have. But only until I was trying to write this article, did I realise that... I don't know the names of most of these dishes!! Most of these were Northern Thai dishes, not the popular kind of Thai dishes that you'd know. The experience was, indeed, special. But the second catch to that, is I can't tell you the names of the dishes. Oops.
I think this was a chicken dish, as one of my friends was Muslim, and did not eat pork.
While I insisted on having some Thai fermented sausage - naam. It's a bit sour, and sometimes you'll find pieces of small green chilli inside it. Please be careful with that! They are extremely spicy!!
I think this was a beef dish. I still couldn't come around to eating beef, so I skipped this dish.
This was some kind of curry dish.
Thai styled grilled fish are a must try!
And inside this little thing, is sticky rice! And please, here's how you're suppose to eat with sticky rice. Ditch the fork and the spoon (and chopsticks)! There is a reason why you must use your hands! Make sure your hands are clean, then squeeze a bit of sticky rice in your hands, squash the piece a few times, then eat it! If you're eating grilled chicken, for example, this way of eating sticky rice also helps get rid of the grease on your fingers!
Live band performance.