EATING OUT & RECIPES BY NOI
Food carts can be delicious!
By Christopher Sujarit
Food carts are the proud lifeline for all the
No-So’s (normal society) folk of Thailand, and they still
possess that special sense of foodie adventurism. If it’s
that time of the month where you’re stretching your baht
thin like noodles, there is still excitement, joy, and a
full stomach to be had. Enter YinYang Food Corner,
Okonomiyaki Cart, and FatThin Steak.
YinYang Food Corner serves Cantonese style street food,
including Sukiyaki, Sweet and Sour Pork, Ginger and Wine
Chicken, Fried Fish, Spicy Squid, and Red Pork Noodles (a
gourmet spin on Moo Daeng). The owner hails from Singapore,
and his wife, who speaks perfect English, is the cook. A
normal serving of specialties costs 50, while a large
portion is 80. Beer is served, and the cook is friendly and
helpful. YinYang has actual proper comfortable seating
inside a storefront, with a clean bathroom. (Huay Kaew and
Canal Road, on Soi Chang Khian behind the Ibis Styles
Hotel). If you live near the area, this may become your
daily meal spot. Fresh pickles and homemade Thai chili paste
are on the table. Recommended menu: Sweet and Sour Pork.
Okonomiyaki Cart is almost too good to be true- authentic,
tasty Japanese food at 30THB a dish… but it does exist!
Sitting slyly right where MoonMuang turns into Sripoom,
Okonomiyaki Cart is blessing Chiang Mai with Yakitori,
Gyoza, Teriyaki Rice, Curry Rice, and Fried Octopus Balls.
Okonomiyaki is Japanese “pizza” and translates to “cooked
the way you like.” It’s basically a grilled omelette/pancake
stuffed with green onion, cabbage, meats, veggies, and
beansprouts- some even come stuffed with noodles. It is
nothing short of “high- five” delicious and serves as my
guilty pleasure when I need some Zen in my belly. Try the
3-dish for 100THB special; if you eat this alone I won’t
judge. Recommended Menu: Chicken Yakitori, Gyoza,
In Asia, steak is often a misnomer. FatThin Steak doesn’t
serve filet mignons or rib-eyes, but this food cart offers
homemade platters of pork chops and sausages, served with a
side salad and either fries or onion rings. A satisfying
square meal for under 60THB is what you crave a deviation
from rice and noodles. One chef is chubby while the other is
skinny, and the matron of FatThin speaks perfect English and
is very friendly. For the hungriest hippos, a steak platter
and an additional side will be more than enough, bringing
the total to under 100THB. FatThin comes closest to the
American diner-style Denny’s meal. They also serve freshly
deep fried Chicken Nuggets, Salads, Dory Fish Filets, and
Tuna Salads. Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce on the table.
Located on Canal Road between Huay Kaew and Suthep, next to
Hub53 Hotel. Recommended Menu: Pork Steak with BBQ sauce,
Onion Rings, Side Salad, or Chicken Nuggets.
So, when it comes to food, you should never settle for
survival; thrive and indulge. YinYang Food Corner,
Okonomiyaki Cart, and FatThin Steak fulfill that comfortable
niche between cheap and cheerful and are a delicious steal.
RECIPES BY NOI: Deep fried chicken wings with chili paste
One of the easiest dishes but so easily forgotten are deep
fried chicken wings and Chili paste (Peek Kai Tod Nam Pla
and Nam Prik Ta Dang). The wings marinated in fish sauce for
a few hours and then deep fried. Make sure the oil is hot
but not smoking. You don’t want to overcook the outside! I
leave the skin on, it adds more flavor.
Then ‘Nam Prik Ta Dang’, key ingredients besides the chilis
and garlic are are roasted sundried fish and shrimp and a
bit of tamarind, pound together in your mortar. It is very
common to see Thai people eat this or other spicy chili
pastes with every meal. For us it’s just like ketchup or
mayonnaise on your dining table.