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3 Foods to try in Northern Thailand

3 Foods to try in Northern Thailand

One of the best parts about traveling is trying all of the delicious food to be had all over the world. Some of the best food you'll ever find is street food, served out of a little cart, or from a stall in a crowded market. These three dishes are some of the most famous northern Thai cuisine. Give them a try, and let us know what you think of our recommendations.

1. Khao Soi (Northern-style noodles)

Chiang Mai northern noodles in curry broth

Khao Soi via

Maybe the best-known Chiang Mai dish is Khao Soy, a type of northern-style egg noodles cooked in a sweet and mildly spicy coconut milk curry. The dish is served with pickled mustard greens, lime, shallots, and boiled egg. Delicious! I like this dish because it's often not super spicy, but the flavors are strong and rich, and it's not so easy to find outside of northern Thailand.

2. Sai Ua (Northern spicy sausage)

Chiang Mai northern Thailand sausage fried with herbs and spices

By Takeaway - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Sai Ua is a delicious type of fried or grilled northern-style pork sausage stuffed with herbs, spices, and curry. It's often served as a street food with sticky rice. Sai Ua can be very spicy!

3. Insects!

northern Thai snack deep fried insects in Chiang Rai, Thailand

insects for dinner via Pixabay

While it's true that most insect stalls cater primarily to tourists (especially in Bangkok's Khaosan Road!), there are some parts of Thailand where bugs are enjoyed as a crispy fried snack. Visit Chiang Rai's Night Bazaar and pick up a plate of fried insects to try yourself! Now, I know, it may seem gross, but the taste and texture are really not bad at all! After all, bugs are the food of the future!  Close your eyes and imagine that you are eating chips or something! But why not at least give it a try?

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