Chiang Mai / 29th - 31st October 2016
Day 3 (in chronological order)
Conclusion: Reflections on trip to Chiang Mai
Breakfast @ Khao-Soi Islam (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Khao-soi Islam is situated along Halal Street Hilal Town, which is near to Le Meridien Chiang Mai. I had Nasi Briyani and coffee for breakfast. I am not sure if I prefer this Nasi Briyani to the one I had at Le Spice Restaurant. The taste of their briyani is rather bland, not to my taste. But the coffee certainly tasted unique.
I didn’t have much issue finding breakfast since I was staying at the Le Meridien Chiang Mai. The “Hilal Street” is just 300 meters away from the hotel and there are about five halal restaurants there to choose from.
This is the route from Le Meridien Chiang Mai to the Halal Street Hilal Town.
The entrance of the Halal Street Hilal Town.
The Banhaw Mosque is located along this street.
Perhaps I was too early that morning, and among the 5 stalls, only Khao-Soi Islam restaurant was opened. It seemed it was only opened for a couple of minutes before I arrived. I didn’t think they were ready to serve me any food yet.
The place was empty. I was their first customer for the day.
Tables neatly organized.
Clean and orderly place.
Foodstuffs organized neatly in shelves.
They sell local snacks too. Not too sure what they are.
Whole shelves of snacks.
More whole shelves of snacks.
Halal beef sausages.
The ‘kitchen’ is viewable by the public.
Not sure why the butterfly pea deserves such a prominent notice.
View of the outside from inside the restaurant.
Drinks and condiments arranged neatly on the table as though untouched.
Ordered Briyani because there were good reviews about it on Tripadvisor.
Came with Thai sweet chilli sauce and soup.
Odd but brilliant combination, the Thai sweet chilli sauce and Briyani.
Chicken cut open. Has a homely taste.
Coffee with an unfamiliar taste.
The coffee has this unfamiliar taste, unique to Chiang Mai probably. The taste of the coffee doesn’t press intensely on the top of my palate and tongue. Instead it glides smoothly, very quickly and thinly down to the sides of my tongue, disappearing almost immediately as I drank the coffee. It was a very bizarre feeling I had drinking coffee. The center part of my tongue barely captured the coffee taste. But from what I was able to capture, the coffee taste was just bittersweet. There was no robustness in the flavor. Probably that is how the locals like it.
I am not sure if I prefer this Nasi Briyani to the one I had at Le Spice Restaurant. The taste of this briyani is rather bland, not to my taste. But some may prefer it this way.
The problem with me is that I am not daring enough with food. I only eat what is familiar to me. Obviously, the speciality of this restaurant is Khao Soi, and I should have ordered Khao Soi instead of Briyani.