Tuesday 25 December 2018

Chiang Mai : Halal and Muslim Friendly Food

It's not that difficult to find Halal food in Chiang Mai.

Personally, I felt it's a tad easier compared to Bangkok. But maybe that's because Chiang Mai is considerably smaller 😂

Halal Restaurant

Sapa Coffee 786 
For that breakfast-like-a-local experience [in fact we didn't see any foreigners here]. The food were cheap, and tasty. It's located at Chang Klan Road which is a predominantly Muslim area. We tried to order porridge but it ran out for both of the days we were there. So do come early!

If I'm not mistaken all of these only cost 120 Baht (or less)

Operating hours : 0530 to 1100 daily except Friday. Closed on Friday
Rating: 5/5

Chicken Briyani Stall 
Hands down, this is the best Thai chicken briyani (khao mok gai) I've ever had in my lifeeeee! It's a real simple food stall in front of 7Eleven, within the old city wall, specifically at the Chiang Mai Gate. This food stall is loved by both locals and foreigners alike. 

And it is only 40 Baht! 
They do sell other dishes as well but we only ordered the famous Chicken Briyani.
You can eat there (limited seating tho) or you can just buy it to-go.

Cr : Legal Nomads

Operating hours : at night only (6ish onwards)
Rating : 5/5

Choei Cafe & Bistro
This place is the most 'atas' place in this list. But it is not that expensive and the food were really good! We had the green curry chicken and drunken noodle (no, there's no actual booze in the noodle). Highly recommended!

Rating : 4.5/5

Nasmeen Halal Food
Located at Charoen Muang Road, beside Shell petrol station. We went there for chicken rice.

A plate of chicken rice is only 35 Baht!

Rating : 4/5

Khao Soi Islam
Dubbed as one of the best khao soi place in Chiang Mai. We went there twice and we were dissapointed both time. To their credit however, maybe I just don't like khao soi in general. [Khao Soi is a famous noodle dish that was brought over by Chinese Muslims to northern Thai]. This dish s incredibly famous in Chiang Mai. Basically, you have a creamy spiced broth where you eat with two types of egg noodles; blanched (as base) and fried egg noodles sprinkled on top. 

The canteen-like place is often packed so I decided to give it another go. We ordered biryani and maybe because we had the best biryani in the world earlier (the food stall), this biryani pales in comparison. 

Rating : 3/5

Yaring Cuisine
We went here due to the glowing recommendations I read on the internet. Do not trust the internet guys 😂 N was laughing at the end because we had such high hopes and they did not even meet our  minimum expectation. Hahaha

The good thing however; the place was quite nice and the waitress do speak Malay.

We had nasi kerabu (65 Baht) and fried crab rice (150 Baht).
Both we terrible, honestly up to a point we struggled to finish them.

Rating : 2/5

Muslim Friendly
These places are not Halal certified. But they either offered vegetarian meal, seafood dishes, dessert or we did inquire in advance if they used any non-Halal ingredients. 

Rustic & Blue - The Farm Shop
Located at the trendiest part of Chiang Mai, Nimmanhaemin. We ordered the vegetarian french toast and it is the best french toast ever!! May not look appetizing, but honest to God. It is freaking good!

Part of the all-day menu

The promotional photo

The actual presentation

Operating hours : 0830 to 2200 daily
Rating : 5/5

The Hide Out
A small cafe famous for its french toast (they sold limited number of toasts every day).

The portion is huge!!! We made a mistake by ordering two of 'em 😂
It is really good. Now I understand why people love this so much. I can't decide which one is better between this and the one at Rustic n Blue. It's like comparing apple to oranges. But they are both really good!

Operating hours : 0800 to 1700 daily
Rating : 5/5

Lake Huay Thung Thao
Fresh seafood, cheap, nice environment.  This place is a bit far from Chiang Mai old city tho.
Will share more about this place in the next post. 

Rating : 5/5

Dhara Dhevi Cake Shop
Dhara Dhevi is a well known luxury band in Thailand. They are famous for their resorts and Cake Shop. They had a few branches all over Chiang Mai, but I always frequented the one at the airport. 

I love their macaron (they do have other desserts as well) especially the thai tea flavor and pistachio. I personally think it's better than the one I had at Laduree, Paris.

Rating : 5/5

Butter is Better

This place served American style breakfast. We ordered the buttermilk pancake (90 Baht) and mac & cheese (145 Baht). N loved his pancakes and we both agreed the mac & cheese was the best we ever had. Ever! A dish so simple yet so delicious. I have to admit, I still think about 'em from time to time 😂

Operating hours : 0800 to 2000 daily
Rating : 4.8/5

Ton Lam Yai Market (opposite Talat Warorot)
This is a local market which has started to gain popularity among tourists. I stumbled across this dessert place many years back and it is the best mango sticky rice I had in Chiang Mai. Uncontested! They have limited seats along the shop for customers and they also sell other traditional thai dessert. 

Rating : 4/5

Aren't you guys full yet?  😂
These are only snippets of the restaurants/ cafe in Chiang Mai. There are lots more!
Do come and explore.

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