EATING OUT & RECIPES BY NOI
JunJun Cupcakes on Nimmanhaemin
I’ll be honest, sometimes I think it’s ALWAYS that
time of month for me… you know, when I’m craving cupcakes,
art, and arty cupcakes, all simultaneously. During bright
times and bum times, only cupcakes will fully satisfy, and
JunJun Cupcakes on Nimmanhaemin 17 gets the job done.
JunJun provides you with a selection of 14 flavors; some are
changing daily specials, some old favorites, and others
synergistic spins giving you exactly what forgot you even
wanted. On the sunny Tuesday afternoon I visited, JunJun had
ChocoChip TwoTone, Double Chocolate Orange, Butter with
Cream, Chocolate Honey, Vanilla Honey, Coffee, Rocky Road,
Vanilla Raspberry Jam, Vanilla Strawberry Cream, Lemon,
Chocolate Coffee, and Chocolate RumRaisin. Only 20 baht per
My favorite is the Vanilla topped with Honey Cream, which
begs the question: what is in the honey, and is the honey
for real? Jun, a late 20- something who founded JunJun
Cupcakes, gets her homemade honey from her neighbor man
friend, no pun intended. Every morning for three to four
hours, Jun bakes her love into these plum- sized mini works
of art. She tops the Lemon cupcake with a whirl of cream,
mixed with bands of lemon syrup; the Butter with Cream
cupcake has enough celebratory sprinklage to be perfect for
a birthday or the fourth of July; the Chocolate Rum Raisin
is topped with a candied cherry, giving it a decidedly
sophisticated, sultry air. These cupcakes are fun!
JunJun is part of a larger art gallery/workshop, Gallery
Seescape, which has rotating exhibitions about once a month.
Jun herself studied Visual Design at Dusit University. In
the courtyard of the small complex are tasteful sculptures
and a zen-ifying pond (different from the in-your-face,
wacky tacky approach of I-berry). JunJun and Seescape are
perfectly tailored for a date (day or night), for a friendly
bite, or for an escape from the smoke and odor of songtaws
I brought oodles of these cupcakes into two of the offices I
work at and the salon I frequent, and they were nothing but
a hit! The Chocolate Orange was a surprise standout, with
the orange flavors infused into a crispy dark chocolate disc
on top. The Chocolate Toffee got the stamp of approval from
a Dutch colleague, who commented on its adequately creamy
richness. The Chocolate Rum Raisin had us wondering why it
felt so good… we think it was a hint of brandy in the mix.
And of course, the all-around populist pleaser was the Honey
Cream, whether we had it Chocolate or Vanilla.
JunJun provides all this for only 20THB a cake, and you can
fill a gift box of 6 for 120THB. This is my go-to for a
special thank you or an office party gift. The gift box is a
great way to become the most popular person in the room!
JunJun Cupcake is open is open from 11am to 9pm every day
except Monday. So hop in and enjoy one- you deserve it!
Nimmanhaemin Soi 17, attached to Gallery Seecape. See the
website for Exhibits and Events: http://seescapechiangmai.
blogspot.com/. Open 11am to 9pm, closed Mondays.
RECIPES BY NOI
Kaeng Khai Bai Phrik
Chili leaf soup with egg
upon a time, when I was much younger I used to help mom
working in her chili garden. The chili plants are very easy
to break. I broke many of them but mom told me to collect
leaves from the broken branches to cook for dinner. At first
I did not agree as I do not like spicy food but once I ate
them, I asked for more. Surprisingly the chili leaves are
not hot at all and amazingly we can eat them.
My mother started by boiling water and adding pounded garlic
(you can add chilies as well) Then she would wait for the
water to come to a boil again so she could add the chili
leaves. It takes only a few minutes before adding an egg and
roughly chopped shallots. Fish sauce or salt to taste.
My secret recipe for green curry is that I like to pound
chili leaves into the green curry paste to make the soup
more green and creamy.
So, enjoy dinner everyone.