Chiang Mai / 29th - 31st October 2016
Day 3 (in chronological order)
Conclusion: Reflections on trip to Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Halal Food by Fooanant (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Chiang Mai Halal Food by Fooanant is a shop that sells halal foodstuff that are made locally in Thailand. It is near Attaqwa Mosque. I bumped into this shop on my way back to my hotel from the mosque.
I didn’t expect to bump into a shop that sells halal foodstuffs on my way back to the hotel from Attaqwa Mosque. This shop caught my attention because it was the only brightly-lit shop along the row of shophouses near Attaqwa mosque.
Initially, I didn’t bother too much of its existence, but as I approached the shop and saw a halal sign, I became excited and curious. I went into the shop and there it was, a massive collection of halal foodstuffs.
And the interesting thing is that all the foodstuffs were not imported from Malaysia or other Muslim-majority countries. They were all made in Thailand. It became quite evident to me that the halal food industry in Thailand is robust and thriving. And it’s a shame that I was not aware about it then.
The only brightly-lit shop in the darkness.
Halal sign and shop banner.
Goat milk powder.
Tom Yum paste.
Instant Korat Style noodles.
Instant noodles close-up.
Refrigerated processed food.
More refrigerated processed food.
Even more refrigerated processed food.
Pastes and sauces.
Nam Ya paste.
Bev dates drink. Tried this immediately after paying. Never had a carbonated date flavor beverage before.
I was the only shopper in the shop at that time and I was on a mad shopping spree. My excitement was so palpably terrifying to the owner that she left me alone in my mania. I was taking a lot photos of the foodstuffs and the shop and she was probably wondering why. I was grabbing mindlessly tom yum pastes of all kind without a basket and she was probably wondering why I didn’t use the basket.
The shop owner calculating the amount I needed to pay for my shopping spree.
I bought quite a lot of foodstuffs. I justified my purchases with “But I couldn’t get all these anywhere else” and “But I could give some of these away to my family and friends.” Yeah right.
Soon after I paid for the foodstuffs, it was time to make my way to the hotel. But the lanes I had to walk through were ghostly.
Yikes. Dark and empty. Always felt something was following me.
I used the camera flash to capture what was following me. Couldn’t see anything. Could you?
But I was very sure someone was watching me.
Almost reached the main roads. But still 14 minutes away from the hotel. Ugh.
Finally, after 5 minutes of walking in fright, I found bright lights and human beings.
What I bought and was wondering how was I going to bring all these back home. I had only a 20 liters bag with me.