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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Saturday, 20-Mar-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Chinese-Thai shophouse.. stuck in time / Wikulpanich Salapao

Wikul Phanich Salapao Shop. Lottery ticket seller in front
Not much has changed since I first came here in 1947
Salapao bun and Khanom Jeeb
Steam pan for cooking the buns
Chinese pastry on sale as well
Map Location
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty definite that this is the best place for Salapao, the Chinese steamed buns with either a savoury pork filling or a sweet bean-paste filling. You often find these sold by vendors on a motorcycle with sidecar. None are as tasty as the ones from this shop. Also the dim-sum-like "khanom jeeb" are pretty good. Just look at the pictures, this place seems stuck in a time-warp.

Tip for eating salapao: They're usually stuck to a piece of paper on the bottom. They taste a lot better if you remember to remove it first.

The shop is called "Wikulpanich" (Wikoon-phanit, locally just called 'Raan Wikoon'). It's on Charoen Muang road, a road with mostly shophouses selling mechanical/industrial supplies and tools, as well as car accessories shops. After crossing Nawarat bridge coming from Thapae Road, go straight on to Charoen Muang and you will find this shophouse on the right hand side. The sign is in Thai only.

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