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, 10-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Wichianburi Grilled Chicken

Kai Yaang Wichianburi
Grilling full size chickens
Nice with som tam green papaya salad
Making som tam
"Restaurant" area..
Map Location
Yesss..! I found the Wichianburi Grilled Chicken place back. Wichianburi is a district in Phetchaboon province that is apparently quite famous for its grilled chicken. See this site in Thai. The only location for Wichianburi grilled chicken used to be a shop located on Sirimangalajarn Road (the road you take to reach the back entrance to Central Kad Suan Kaew Mall) that shop dissappeared for a while but has now re-opened just 30 meters from its old location, into a little soi next to the Green <something> Hotel.

Anyway, Wichianburi grilled chicken is the right stuff! Feel free to comment if you know of other locations, but places that grill chicken pretty much 'wholesale' aren't as common in Chiang Mai as you might expect. I think it's more of a North Eastern thing to find the combination of Som Tam and serious numbers of grilled chicken.

The place does look like it was set up in a hurry though, it's not really a proper restaurant (yet), but honestly, looking at the quality of the chicken and the popularity today, one would hope and expect that they can grow their business here. Inevitably when there's a restaurant that has an actual roof and all, prices will go up a little. Looking at the blue sheet they use for a roof right now I wonder what would happen in the rainy season..

As it is, prices are low, low low. It's not that often that I suspect they charged me too little by mistake, but today it happened: A decent serving of som tam green papaya salad, half of a good sized grilled chicken, bottled water & ice came to the grand total of 50 baht. Assuming Som tam was 15-20 baht and water and ice 5 baht, that would mean 50 or 60 baht for a whole grilled chicken?! Wow.

There are drawbacks as well of course.. A less sandy location a tiny bit away from traffic would be nice.. And again, we'll see what happens in the rainy season. For now though, get yer fresh grilled chickens here. It's on Rakang road, at least I think this stretch of road is still called that. Easiest to get there: When driving on Chang Klan road (night bazar road) going south, then keep going south at the intersection with Sri Donchai Rd (Old Saeng Tawan cinema). Then at the next traffic lights turn right and you will find this place on the left side of the road.

(Hey, I finished this entire entry without taking a jab at KFC... but seriously, you've GOT to be nuts to go eat fried chicken there when grilled chicken is so much tastier and cheaper..

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