If I were to make a list of must-do's in Chiang Mai, Khantoke Dinner & Show would inevitably make it to the top ten! While I was reading other people's reviews about the khantoke dinner, I saw a blogger state that these shows that serve dinner are not worth watching, claiming that the dinner distracts you from enjoying the show, therefore the show's quality wouldn't be that great. But I have a different take on this. Here, dinner is served first. After you're done with dinner, they leave only a small snack and drinks. You wouldn't be able to eat much once the show begins.
Khantoke dinner started out as a feast in the royal courts of ancient Lanna Kindgom. A small, wooden round table is used to place the food, and while eating, guests could enjoy dances and other shows. This was how guests were entertained. Today, it has become a must-do for tourists traveling to Chiang Mai!
清邁有三間有提供這樣的表演，不過評價最好的還是這間Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center。雖然這天是坐戶內的（天仙認為在戶外看有不一樣的感受），建築也挺舊了，不過絲毫不影響當晚的體驗。天仙雖然看過很多次了，不過老公倒是覺得挺新鮮的。而且因為看過很多次，所以天仙就可以專心地亂拍一通～
There are three notable places that provide khantoke style dinners. Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center is among them, the oldest, with the best rating. Our seating was arranged indoors. Outdoor dinner + show has a vastly different atmostphere! Despite the place being a bit old, it did not diminish the joy of the experience at all. I have seen the show many times before, but it was a fresh experience for my husband. And since it was not my first time, I could use the opportunity to take all the photos I wanted!
First up was the appetizer - fried pumpkin.
蔬菜湯。 Clear veggie soup.
白飯＆糯米飯。 Rice and sticky rice.
Most of the dishes go well with sticky rice, but since we had been eating sticky rice throughout our trip, we thought steamed rice would be a bit of a break for our tummies.
香茅茶 Lemongrass tea (ชาตะไคร้)
Oh, and I forgot to mention, that the most important thing is that the ticket price includes dinner and show, but that the dinner is ALL YOU CAN EAT!!
炸麵條 Crispy fried noodles
炒青菜 Stir fried vegetables
豬肉咖哩 Pork curry (Gaeng Hang Lay แกงฮังเล)
剛才的炸南瓜 Deep fried pumpkin (Fak Thong Tod ฟักทองทอด)
番茄肉醬 Spicy red chilli, tomato, and minced pork dip (Nam Prik Ong น้ำพริกอ่อง)
辣椒醬 Green chilli dip (Nam Prik Num น้ำพริกหนุ่ม)
炸豬皮 Deep fried crispy pork skin (Khaep mu แคบหมู)
You can use this crispy fried pork skin as a scoop and scoop the two dips above. Then, take some sticky rice with your hands to get rid of the grease. They still provide spoon and fork, since some of the other dishes require these utensils.
綜合生菜 Mixed raw veggies
You can also dip these veggies in the two dips mentioned above.
炸雞 Fried chicken (ไก่ทอด)
Fried chicken goes very well with sticky rice!
This is what most seatings look like. If you don't feel comfortable sitting here, you could ask them for a table seat when you make a reservation, especially when you have an elderly companion with you.
Our seating was located right next to the stage. Although not the best, it was still pretty good.
They'll come and refill whatever you'd like to eat more of!
Before the show begins, you can enjoy the classical melody with these traditional instruments.
Once the show is about to begin, they'll come around and ask if there are any dishes you'd like to have more of. Otherwise, they're ready to take away everything and start serving fruit and snack.
This is the only thing you could nibble on during the show.
to be continued...