Tea Tales not just for tea
By Jennifer Davis
The other night, while strolling the sois of Nimmanhaemin we
discovered a delightful new restaurant within a group of
other restaurants and bars; Tea Tales of Chiang Mai. We were
greeted by the charming owner, Olivier. He is an
eager–to-please Frenchman who exudes pride in his venture.
delightful tea shop during the day, this beautifully
appointed space becomes an outstanding restaurant at 6:00
p.m. The menu consists of various International dishes…all
of which are lovingly created with the French attention to
detail and presentation. We had scallops wrapped in bacon
and bruschetta with goat cheese and an authentic Indonesian
satay as appetizers. What a wonderful way to begin our meal.
When the steamed seafood curry ( #21 Hor Mok Ta Lay) arrived
we were amazed at the size of the portion and the
The chicken and cashew dish ( #24
Kai Pad Med Ma Maung) and the chicken green curry ( #15 Kang
Kiow Wan Kai) were other fabulous choices that we made.
Fortunately we had saved room for dessert, because the
banana banoffee, the diable noir and the tiramisu were
beyond wonderful! These irresistible desserts are available
during the day, should you decide to just drop by for tea!
When we return we will try the “ham and cheese” sandwich
served with French Fries…which is called Welsh in Olivier’s
native village in France.
There is a full bar and wine menu. Of course, there is a
wall full of tea choices to purchase as well. Entrees range
in price from 80 Baht to 250 Baht. A pot of tea is 60 Baht.
The quality and quantity far surpasses some “Chiang Mai
classics” that I have tried! We are were so impressed with
this new gem, that we hope you too, will give Olivier and
his extremely talented wife, Kanokwan a chance to become a
classic of Chiang Mai. You won’t be disappointed…and they
will even remember your name! Enjoy! Tea Tales can be found
on Nimmanhaemin Soi 9 and is open daily from 9 a.m. to
midnight, dinner service begins at 6 p.m.
Burmese Beef Curry (Ame hnat)
recipe in which you will be able to use any cuts of meat as
this would be made with the cheapest cuts in Burma. However,
the end result is very tasty, but it does take more than
three hours of cooking. In this it is similar to the
southern Thai Masaman.
Beef (lean braising)
Onions, coarsely chopped 2 large
Ginger root, fresh, grated 2 tbspns
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Cut meat into 1.25 cm cubes. In the wok place the oil and then
stir-fry the beef till browned on all sides. Add onions, garlic
and ginger root and continue to stir-fry until the onion is
Boil some water and add 200 ml to the wok, stirring well and
then add the lime juice. Sprinkle salt and ground pepper as
seasoning, cover the wok and reduce heat to simmer for three and
a half hours. Add small amounts of boiling water from time to
time if necessary. Finally allow the liquid to evaporate and
serve in a warmed dish along with steamed rice.
Kway Swe (Burmese chicken in coconut milk)
A Burmese chicken curry dish this week, but this is
not the Khao Soi chicken curry that can be found in Chiang Mai and a few
selected restaurants throughout Thailand. This is more spicy and does
not have the egg noodle base.
Chicken skinless, boneless
Green chillies (seeded and chopped) 2
Red chilli sliced
Fresh ginger minced
Thick coconut milk
Fish sauce to taste
Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and rub with salt and white
pepper. Put into saucepan and cover with water, add turmeric and
bring to the boil. Remove chicken pieces and reserve the stock.
In the mortar, pound the onion, garlic, ginger and green chillies to
a paste and then stir-fry in the wok for five minutes. Add the
chicken pieces and fry for another two minutes.
Now add the reserved stock and the coconut milk and simmer until the
liquid is slightly thickened and oily. Flavor to taste with salt,
then add chopped coriander and sliced red chillies and serve.