I am typically a night owl so to wake up at a reasonable hour most mornings causes a lot of grumbling and typically an obligation to fulfill (like Thai Language Classes). Fridays are the exception because we’ve created a fantastic routine that revolves around yummy food (priorities!).
It begins at the Kad Chin Haw, a smaller market that is still bursting with tons of fresh vegetables and fruits, many that I cannot name. The market is busy but doesn’t have a rushed-pace about it. It’s definitely a Chiang Mai market, not too flashy but full of comfort, hosting a lot of Burmese and Chinese dishes to be tried from sticky rice pancakes to donuts, fried onions, samosas…and Tohu nuway.
My Fridays revolve around Tohu nuway, an ugly-duckling kind of soup from China and Burma, for it looks like snot, frankly. Our friends, Got Passport Family, introduced us to this soup and on that fateful day, my first thought was ‘oh no’ but not wishing to be rude, I tried it. It didn’t grab me as something amazing but also wasn’t horrible so I kept eating.
The soup is a mix of dahl (similar to lentils) and tofu [depending on reports] boiled with a bit of magic to create a thick paste that as our friends accurately described as ‘so comforting’. The kicker came when they provided the condiment of spicy pickled vegetables. Somehow the combination of the mild tasting soup and the crunch of those pickled vegetables has me setting my alarm each Friday morning to make it to the market.
For James, he is partial to the aforementioned samosas. Sold out of a cart on wheels, they are the reason he’ll drives us to the market every week. At 7 baht a piece (22 cents), they are a steal and very yummy, causing large quantities to be purchased on our weekly visit. (And even more amazing with the provided dipping sauce!)
To follow the tradition of the Got Passport Family, some mornings we head to a local tea shop for their milk tea and to eat said samosas. That roti is also served there adds to the greatness of the tiny shop.
And since I am my father’s daughter, the day would not be complete without a bit of ice cream. Newer to our Friday tradition is a bakery that makes the best homemade ice cream in Chiang Mai which another wonderful blogger at “A Skinny Escape” introduced us. That the owner is also kind and wonderfully funny as she scurries around the shop solidified our need to visit weekly. Leaving today I told James we have to stop making friends with bakers but I’ve recently taken up jogging so I’m sure it all will even out.
This tradition makes me love Chiang Mai just a bit more so that as we were driving around today the little voice inside my head kept screaming “I love Chiang Mai!”
Images from the market
Visitor tips –
- Kad Chin Haw Market is across from the Chiang Mai Islam Mosque, near the Night Bazaar. Click on the link for the google map.
- Bake Buff – link pending, or just contact me and I’ll take you! She’s closed on weekends unfortunately though!
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