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Friday, October 23, 2015

Ariyasathan Haeng Panya Foundation - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Often flooded with bright red and yellow coloration, typical Thai 'jay' vegetarian eateries can be found in quite high abundance if one was to look carefully.  The great thing about stepping foot into a place that puts itself under the category 'jay' (see the F1 in reverse symbol in the image (left) is that the food (by right) should be guaranteed to be vegan.  Those who stick by the 'jay' diet in Thailand do not consume any animal products at all.  I can't claim to know much about the Ariyasathan Haeng Panya Foundation, but from the interior, it is a highly influenced Chinese Buddhist establishment, which is located right next a temple.








Ariyasathan Haeng Panya Foundation
Location: Somphot Chiang Mai 700 Pi Road (opposite Mu Ban Thanawan), Chiang Mai, Thailand
Contact: 089-7591329
Opening Hours: Daily 7.00am-2.30pm.  Closed on Sunday.


The restaurant serves rice with a variety of dishes that change on a daily basis.  The regulars, which seem to be there every day include mushroom stems, fried tofu, and stir fried tofu.  The main staff auntie can speak some English (the rest of the staff cannot), so she can guide you through the ordering, and answer any questions you might have.

The food at this place (and most lower end Thai restaurants) is ridiculously cheap.  On one occasion we visited this restaurant consumed two plates of Economic Rice (both with two toppings) and a drink of black soy milk and paid just over $2 (US dollar).  For this particular dish (pictured left), I selected the mushroom stems, tofu and eggplant.  The food at this restaurant is generous in terms of the spice level, so for those who can't take spice tread cautiously.  I love the chewy texture of the mushroom stems, the eggplant was spicy, but a little cold, which I don't like personally.  This restaurant has excellent curries (but incredibly spicy), so if you see a curry available, I urge you to select it.

Price: 40THB.     7/10



The item I adore the most from this restaurant is the Mock Fish, which can be ordered as a separate side plate.  The seaweed wrapped around the soy (which is subsequently deep fried) gives the item an overwhelming fishy taste.

Price: 20THB (per piece).     8/10
















Conclusion - Due to its proximity to where we were staying, this eatery became a regular breakfast stop for ourselves.  The food is essentially the Thai equivalent to Singapore rice and dishes, and with the affordable price tag I definitely would recommend visiting this eatery if in the area.  The only problem is that this place is way out of the tourist area (more in the residential areas), so it will be quite a journey to get there.

Overall Rating
Food - 6/10
Ambiance- 7/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 8/10

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