Three Sweet Treats from The Secret Eater
One thing Chiang Mai has plenty of is
great little spots for coffee and a ‘sweet fix.’
Especially on Nimmanheiminda Road, where a new coffee
shop seems to pop up every few weeks. Here are three to
try, a bit off the beaten track.
One hidden gem is Mo-Mo, tucked away in a tiny moo-baan
just off Sirimangkalajan Road, behind Huay Kaew (between
Kad Suan Kaew and Nimmanheimanda Road). To find it on
foot from the main road, look for the 7-ELEVEN just
before the traffic lights and turn into the alley. The
sign is just a few doors past. Or turn left at the light
and make an immediate left into the driveway. Mo-Mo is
on the north end of a small block of shop- houses. It’s
amazingly quiet back there, and with both an outside
garden area and inside seating area for relaxing with a
little treat, it’s a wonderful escape from the hectic
traffic that surrounds it. The prices are reasonable. We
had a refreshing iced mocha the other day for only 60
baht. And the goodies in the case are mighty tempting.
Another spot to try has been here awhile. It’s the Fern
Forest Café on Soi 4 just off Singharat Road, inside the
moat and opposite the front entrance to Siam TV. This is
truly an oasis of peace in the midst of a busy road!
Walk through the entrance and come into another world:
cool, green and restful. The café offers a few
sandwiches, quiches and German sausages, as well as
fresh fruit juices. And of course, oh-so-tempting cakes,
tortes, pies and coffee drinks. Prices are reasonable,
and there’s no charge for relaxing beside the tinkling
fountain and listening to the birds.
Finally, a new place…and a real find. This is five
minutes further down Soi 4 from Fern Forest Café, on the
opposite side of the street. It’s Cannella, the dream
bakery created by Raffaela, an Italian who has brought
her family recipes for great cakes, biscotti, and other
European goodies with her and is teaching them to her
Thai staff. Drop by for a coffee and a chat – you won’t
Pork chop with garlic-olive oil potato mashe
A hearty meal, an inexpensive meal and a very flavoursome
meal. One of the secrets in this recipe is in the marinade process. This is best
done in a ‘zip-lock’ plastic bag in the refrigerator and overnight is perfect.
The original recipe does say at least four hours, but experience (the best
teacher) says that up to 24 hours is even better. Remember that when grilling
pork do not overcook as it is easy to make the meat very tough.
Marinate the pork chops in a little olive oil with the
chopped herbs for at least 4 hours up to 24 hours.
Grill the pork chops (or BBQ over charcoal), seasoning with
salt and pepper.
To make mashed potatoes, boil till soft, then mash with fork
or potato masher, folding in the olive oil, thickened cream,
garlic puree and adjusting seasoning to taste.
To serve, place the mashed potato on the plate and putting
the pork chop on top push it firmly into the potato.
Ingredients Serves 2
Centre cut pork
chops 700 gm
Garlic puree 8 cloves
Olive oil 4 tbspns
Potatoes peeled, large 2
Butter 2 tbspns
(basil, rosemary, parsley and thyme)
Thickened cream 2 tbspns
Salt and pepper to taste