Huen Jai Yong is one of our stops on our first day in Chiang Mai. This restaurant is considered to be one of the best places to experience traditional northern Thai cuisine. The food here is as authentic as it gets, and the restaurant’s rustic vibe definitely adds to the experience.
We pretty much ordered one of everything on the menu. Among the many dishes we had are grilled chicken wings, northern-style pork sausages, fried pork, fermented omelet, stir-fried Chinese cabbage with oyster sauce, pork stew, and pork rinds. The food is served tapas-style, heaps of it laid out in smaller plates that we passed around.
A true soul-feeding culinary adventure
It goes without saying that the dishes we sampled at Huen Jai Yong are so, so good. But what surprised me is the willingness of my Soul Foodies to try food they’ve never had before.
For one, it makes me delighted and proud that they loved black sticky rice. We had different types of rice put on our table, and I gave them a brief description of each variety. They had a bite of each type and worked all the way to the black sticky rice. That was a happy moment for me.
They loved the chicken too. It’s grilled to perfection using herbs and seasonings like turmeric and lemongrass. For my Soul Foodies, it’s a different way of experiencing chicken.
They also tried all sorts of vegetables they haven’t tried before. Some people in the group aren’t really used to eating fresh veggies. Thus, it fed my soul to see them enjoy a few bites of fresh goodness and feed their own body and soul in the process.
Spice is life
Perhaps the biggest eye-opener is their willingness to taste nam prik num. Nam prik num is a relish made using green chili paste. Needless to say, it’s very spicy. So, I told the group to take it in little by little. But you know what they did? They totally dived in and looked that they liked the spicy dip more than I did. It’s so cool!
All in all, the Huen Jai Yong experience has just been so awesome. It really fed my soul to see my Soul Foodies trying a new cuisine in a new place, in a new community with new friends.
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