DINING OUT - ENTERTAINMENT

Dining Out at “My Home”

“Welcome to My Home,” she said, and we felt as though we had just entered her living room. Located on Charoenrad Road, I had passed this little restaurant many times. I was looking forward to tasting what the owner, Jeab, had described as “old fashioned home style Thai and Burmese” food.

We were in for a treat. The food is not only quite good, the whole family is involved in the restaurant. Jeab is the proprietor, her sister, Awt, is the chef and her nephew, Tong, makes the delicious desserts. My Home is clean, air conditioned (although there are a few tables outside for hearty souls who enjoy the heat) and decorated with some amazing World War II antiques. I was especially fond of the Gramophone but the ceramic water filter was a close second. We began to enjoy the aromas emanating from the kitchen.

The Dining Out team’s chief kitchen inspector excused himself to have a look at the kitchen and meet the chef. When we heard no crashes, we assumed he was having fun. He reported a small but spotless kitchen and a friendly chef. He commented on the fresh herbs and vegetables, and especially the oyster mushrooms that were being prepared for a dish.

This is a family-style, family-friendly restaurant that serves only the freshest of foods. The family goes to the market every day, and the specials offered daily depend on what is best at the market. It is also a restaurant in the making, a work in progress. So go and be prepared to give feedback and to make helpful suggestions as the family develops and refines its menu. The menu has just been translated into English. If you don’t find what you want, Jeap speaks English quite well and can guide you through it or make suggestions.

Appetizers such as stir fried cashew nuts and an assortment of sausages are priced at between 30 and 80 baht. Spicy Thai salads include a glass noodle salad with shrimp and minced pork at 40 baht as well as a seafood salad at 60 baht. Rice dishes start at 25 baht. The fried rice we tasted was delicious, but so was the Thai omelet with pork served over rice. Noodle dishes start at 25 baht. Our Pad Thai with pork, priced at 30 baht, was excellent.

Although the menu lists spaghetti and macaroni dishes, we were delighted when the next dish placed before us was a green pork curry. There was a hint of sweetness to the dish, and more than a hint of spice, but all of the Dining Out Team enjoyed this dish, which is priced at only 25 baht.

Then out of the kitchen came Burmese style spicy chicken with a plate of roti as an accompaniment. The chicken was so tender that we could cut it with our spoons, and the flavor was excellent. This dish is highly recommended. Jeab and her family fly to Mae Hon Song on a regular basis to purchase the chilies and herbs needed for this dish and which are only sold on the border. Don’t miss this one. It’s full of flavor without being overly spicy.

Two kinds of som tam are on the menu, each priced at only 30 baht, and there are several soups listed at 40 to 60 baht.

In addition, My Home serves lovely fruit juice shakes and an assortment of coffees and teas that is tasty as well as impressive. Fruit teas as well as Captain Picard’s favorite Earl Grey are offered, and priced 20 to 25 baht. You can enjoy espresso, cappuccino, and latte as well as Americano and mocha coffees for 25 to 30 baht. Cold teas and coffees are also available. While fruit is always offered at the end of your meal at My Home, there will be a different western style dessert every day. We were delighted by an excellent panna cotta, the sugar caramelized to perfection.

My Home, 328/1 Charoenrad Road, T. Watgate, Muang, Chiang Mai 50000. Open daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Telephone 053-242-505, fax 053-247-766. Email pinyada @lox info.co.th. Parking is available inside the restaurant compound and along the private street adjoining the restaurant.