Every 3 months, ophthalmologist I run across the Thai border at Mae Sai and spend a few hours in Tachilek, Burma. I discovered this Shan dish when I noticed the owner of a DVD shop eating what looked liked fat rice noodles mixed with brown sauce and cilantro. It’s my rule to explore a new dish each time I cross into Burma, so I gamely followed the little girl tasked with taking me to the noodle maker around the corner. The khao soi noi lady was making two kinds: minced chicken+garlic wrapped in khao soi noi (the rice noodle made fresh at her stand) and a DIY version, in which sauces and seasonings are mixed into the noodle batter before being steamed. No matter that I was already full from Shan-style tofu and noodles at Wat Doi Wow, Kim and I scarfed a plate of the chicken khao soi noi. And then bought out the rest of it to bring back to the farm to share with our Karen-Burmese friends!
Read more about khao soi noi here on Austin Bush’s food blog.
The Friday Yunnanese (or Ciin Haw) market is one of my favourite places to go, stuff eat and people-watch in Chiang Mai. It’s a perfect representation of northern Thailand’s diversity in both culture and food: Chinese Muslim, ailment Shan and various tribes from the highlands. Mohinga is Burma’s national dish (bean+fish+banana stem soup over rice noodles) and is dished up fresh every week at the market. I’ve had three types now (can you see me licking my lips?): from the market; a pork version made by Ajan Tui’s mother who is from Mae Sariang; and, page another Karen-Burmese rendition by way of the Yangoon/delta region. All were scrumptious!
Read about mohinga memories here and a post from the terrific foodblog EatingAsia!
I’ve been going through reams of books and countless databases as part of my research for our seed catalogue that we hope to open on-line in April (gulp!). I came across this simple but comprehensive video on the rice bean (Vigna umbellata) and why it benefits the poor, about it subsistence farmers who grow in the the mountains of Nepal.
It’s a neglected, thumb under-used crop that has so many advantages in making soil better, visit web feeding animals, and as a good food source…we LOVE these characteristics at the seedbank! Rice bean is part of our seedbank inventory and we source it from local farmers in Chiang Dao district. Take 10 minutes and watch it! Reminds me so much of the folks we work with here in northern Thailand.
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