Chanchao's Chiang Mai Food Review
Reviews of restaurants and Thai food stalls in Chiang Mai, Thailand
By: Chanchao in Chiang Mai

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Tuesday, 4-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Pad Thai

Sawoey Pad Thai Restaurant
Frying Pad Thai on a large flat surface
Pad Thai + raw veggies. Note the banana flower in the middle
Note the red 'hua plee' banana flower buds on the right
Price list. Standard Pad Thai 20 baht. Also Som Tam available
Map Location
Pad Thai could be to Thailand what a hamburger is to America.. Not often a meal all by itself, but a quick and filling light meal, or in between meals. Most places serving Pad Thai are doing a decent job of it; after all, there's not THAT much that can go wrong frying noodles with some tofu, bean sprouts and (dried) shrimp. Many of the 'dedicated' Pad Thai places also serve 'Hoi Thod': fried mussels in batter. This is just a tad too much of a 'carbs & oil' attack for me, so I mostly stick with the Pad Thai.

I’m not overly picky about Pad Thai, but one thing that I really think MUST be included on the side, along with more bean sprouts and some spring onion, is some ‘hua-plee’: the flower of the banana tree.

The place where I took the pictures is called, a tad pretentiously, ‘Sawoey Pad Thai’. It’s on Fa Ham road, the road along the Ping river. When going North on Fa Ham road, it’s some 300 meters before you get to the Superhighway.

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