Some of us like to sink our teeth into a nice juicy steak,
while others can’t wait to nibble on a dish of crunchy vegetables. An increasing
number of people these days are turning their dietary habits to vegetarianism
for reasons of health, animal protection and religious beliefs.
Humans are naturally carnivorous creatures, but since Roman
times, many forms of vegetarian have evolved - part vegetarians, who eat fish or
certain kinds of meat, those who include or exclude dairy products and others
who stick to purely vegetables.
But no matter what category you might come into, or whether
or not you are indeed vegetarian, Khun Churn cooks up some of the best
vegetarian food in Chiang Mai.
Tucked away in Soi 7, off Nimmanhaemin Road, diners at Khun
Churn can choose where to sit from three eating areas. On the ground floor of a
small Thai style house, an air-conditioned dining room has been decked out with
homely wooden furniture and simple pictures on the wall. And outside, floodlit
shrubbery surrounds tables and chairs in a partially covered garden.
The atmosphere in this rustic restaurant is relaxed and
informal, and friendly waitresses are eager to guide their customers through an
exciting menu. As health is a criterion of eating vegetarian food, alcohol is
off the list, but there is a large selection of fruit juices including roselle,
passion, star, penny leaves and carrot, all accompanied by a jar of sweet syrup.
While some of the main dishes consist of fresh crisp
vegetables, others are made to resemble meat dishes. As a carnivore myself, I
was delighted with the vegetarian chicken – deep fried and served in thin slices
with sweet sauce. If no one had told me, I could have sworn it was meat.
The same must be said for the yum moo your, with its mushroom
sausage that tastes just like pork, and yum pla duk fu – crispy mushroom that
could be fish, covered in hot sour sauce.
And for a fruity delight try yum som o – pomelo salad mixed
in lime juice with deep fried coconut and shallot, sugar and chili powder.
The menu at Khun Churn is vast, with fair sized portions
ranging from Bt25 to Bt45 per dish. There’s deep fried tofu, carrot and spring
roll, and a host of curries with or without coconut milk. And what about a
vegetable sharks fin soup or fried white radish cake with egg and bean sprout.
Unfortunately, there are no desserts on the menu, but diners
can round off their meal with another fruit juice, an herbal brew or jasmine tea
with dried plum.
Khun Churn can be found at 120/2 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 7,
Chiang Mai. It is open for lunch from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm, which includes a
buffet between 11 am and 2.30 pm. Dinner time is from 5 pm to 9 pm, and the
restaurant is closed on the 16th of every month.
For further information telephone 053 224124 or visit