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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Manna Best Mango Sticky Rice in Thailand - Chiang Mai, Thailand

To be called the best at something in the food business is quite an achievement.  For Manna Mango Sticky Rice, it has gained the reputation of being one of (if not the) best mango sticky rice in all of Thailand.  Despite its popularity, the Internet has very little content out there about it, especially when it comes to the exact location and operating hours - It is impossible to even find what the name of this shop is called online!  Location wise, this shop is located within the fort (main tourist area), in front of the 'At Chiang Mai' Hotel.  It is on the same stretch as Tanya Cafe and is diagonally opposite from the Yupparaj Wittayalai School.  Despite its central location, this place is not easy to spot.  Having visited there several times, I still almost always have trouble finding it.  Moreover, this is still an attraction mostly known to locals only, with most tourists unaware of the magnificence they are unknowingly walking past.

Manna Best Mango Sticky Rice
Location: 77/1 Ratvithi Road (in front of the At Chiang Mai Hotel), Sripoom, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Contact: Unknown
Opening Hours: Daily 10.00am-4.00pm. 

One of the key factors as to why the mango sticky rice is so excellent is the quality of the mangoes that this stall uses.  I have been eating at this shop frequently in October and November (mango off season) and the sweetness and ripeness of her mangoes is still phenomenal - I wish I knew who her mango supplier is!

The shop has a number of sweet items, but lets face it, everyone comes here for one main purpose...

The Mango Sticky Rice at this stall, put simply, is a beautiful thing.  As mentioned, the mangoes quality seems to be so consistent, sweet and aromatic.  But it is the rice that wins my heart the most.  Sweet sticky rice is something simple to make in theory, but to find a perfect rendition of it is difficult.  The rice maintains a chewy firmness, and its consistency is so thick, you could probably use it to build a house.  The rice is made easier to eat when smothered in sweet coconut milk and with a bite of the juicy mango as well.  Finally, the rice is topped off with crispy fried mung beans, which add an excellent textural contrast.  Be careful these beans can be hard - I chipped a molar on one of these bad boys a few days ago!

Price: 40THB (small).     10/10 

The Mango Sticky Rice comes in two sizes, small and large (pictured left).  Needless to say, I always go for the large...

Price: 60THB (large).     10/10

Conclusion - Making the pilgrimage to Manna Mango Sticky Rice is an absolute must for any self-proclaiming food lover who finds himself/herself in Chiang Mai.  For those who find this tricky location, you will be rewarded with one of the great Thai dishes of all time, made perfectly.  Having gone through almost a decade of indulging in the best food I can find, I can honestly say it is rare to come across a truly perfect dish - You owe it to yourself to visit this place!

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

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Happy Green Restaurant - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Happy Green is a vegetarian eatery (with vegan options) located on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, on the bank of the Ping River.  Unlike most of the eateries in town, Happy Green does retain some authentic Thai culture in its ambiance and food.  Don't get me wrong, the primary audience here is still foreigners (the place didn't have any locals when I visited), however, I felt Happy Green hasn't sold its soul, and maintains a very 'real' vibe.  The place may be a little tricky to get to (if you don't drive it is going to be hell), but if you have the freedom of a scooter or car, then you shouldn't have much difficulty finding the place.

Happy Green Restaurant
Location: 4/3 Moo 3 Pa Daet Road, Tambol Pa Daet, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Contact: 085-5989010
Opening Hours: Daily 9.30am-7.00pm.  Closed on Monday. 

There are two options at Happy Green, you can opt for the buffet or the a la carte menu - Or do what we did, and get both.
The buffet consists of brown rice, salad, and an assortment of tofu, curries and other dishes, which are all kept in large metallic pots near the counter.
This is the first round of our Vegetarian Buffet.  The price of this buffet is just 80 baht, which is a quite minuscule $2 dollars (US) plus.  Needless to say, if you are a budget traveler looking to filling yourself to bursting point, then this buffet will represent excellent value.  In terms of the food, it is all simply cooked healthy food.  It is nothing dazzling or special, but satisfying.

Price: 80THB.     7/10
When a typical farang scrolls through a menu in a Thai restaurant, Pad Thai is one of those dishes that causes their eyes to sudden become bigger.  It is one of the few Thai dishes that has achieved universal recognition.  Frankly, it has never been a dish I've enjoyed that much, and it is one of the few dishes at Pun Pun which I believe is poorly done.  However, this pad thai was definitely above average.  The pad thai sauce was flavourful (not the typical tomato ketchup style) and the chef managed to capture the aroma of the wok.  I loved the strips of tofu and string beans that were inside.  I would have preferred to have seen the peanut, chilli, sugar and lime combination that is usually added to the side of the plate for pad thai - But other than that it was a well executed dish.

Price: 60THB.     7/10
Easily the best dish we tried from Happy Green was the Laab.  The origins of this dish is stemming from Laos, however over the years it has slowly made its way into Northern Thailand, presumably from Lao immigrants.  Laab traditionally is a meat salad dish, which relies on a myriad of fresh herbs (the key to all great Lao cuisine).  Happy Green uses scrambled tofu to replace the meat, which works really well.  I loved the raw onions and fresh Thai basil that was scattered through the tofu.  The dish also had a good amount of heat, but not too overpowering.  I loved this dish!

Price: 60THB.     9/10

Still angry about the pathetic excuse of a pumpkin curry that I ordered from Free Bird Cafe, I must admit I was a little skeptical about ordering this Pumpkin Curry.  Thankfully, I can say that it is much better than Free Bird.  Firstly, it was actually a curry and had strong flavour, I loved the natural sweetness from the pumpkin.  The curry sauce was good, but I found myself unable to consume much of it due to the extreme levels of spice.  I am no novice when it comes to taking spicy food, but I must admit this curry was a level too high for me.  I ended up just picking out the ingredients, simply unable to take any of the sauce without being reduced to tears.

Price: 60THB.     7/10

Conclusion - Happy Green represents one of the better vegetarian eateries in Chiang Mai, it is offers authentic no nonsense Thai food in its truest form.  Vegetarian food in the city centre tends to be overrated and overpriced, what I've discovered is the best (and most authentic) food can be found on the outskirts, in places like Happy Green and Pun Pun (you end up paying half the price also).  Definitely somewhere I would visit again, the owner is really jovial too.

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

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Free Bird Cafe - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Perhaps one disappointing aspect of eating vegetarian in Chiang Mai is the lack of variety.  In Singapore you can find several cuisines all in vegan/vegetarian form.  In Chiang Mai you really only have Thai or Western (and a lot of restaurants selling bits of everything).  However, Free Bird Cafe breaks that trend by serving Thai and Burmese food.  Burmese food has yet to become 'sexy' like how Thai, Korean and Japanese food has, but there is no doubt Burmese food deserves a platform and an audience, so I was excited to try out their Burmese delights.

Free Bird Cafe
Location: 116 Maneenoparat Road (Sanam Kila), Chiang Mai, Thailand
Contact: 081-0285383
Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am-5.00pm.  Closed on Sunday & Monday.

The cafe is easy to miss on the main road, but if you are going by the side street then you will see the beautiful artwork on the wall.
100% of the proceeds at Free Bird Cafe go to the Thai Freedom House, a language and arts community center for hill tribe and Burmese refugee families.  Not only do they generate income through food, they also have a thrift shop located within the cafe.  Customers can find used bags, pants, shorts, shirt, belts and shoes, with all the profit going to the Freedom House.
They also have a lot of used books which you can purchase for 40 baht.
The menu was well produced, with the vegan dishes clearly being marked with a 'V' in brackets.

There are a lot of salad options available (I love Burmese salads), because we were struggling to choose, we instead opted to pick the Salad Sampler.  This allows you to choose three mini portions of different salads - We picked the Burmese green tea leaf salad (lappet tok), Shan pennywort salad and Shan green tomato salad.  Lappet tok is easily one of the most recognizable Burmese dishes, and I must say Free Bird did a excellent job with it.  I loved the strong tea and garlic flavours in this salad, and the raw onions inside made it even more amazing.  I thought the pennywort salad was good as well, the only one I didn't like was the green tomato salad - The green tomatoes were very tough and difficult to chew.  Next time, I would probably just order the tea leaf salad by itself.

Price: 150THB.     8/10

This is the Savory Pumpkin Ginger Curry.  The menu describes this dish as 'an explosion of taste' and 'it has become a favourite of everyone who has tried it'.  In terms of the first statement, there is no explosion going on in the dish. This so-called curry is essentially pumpkin, water and ginger.  This is more like a bland Chinese soup that ah ma feeds you when you're down with the flu, rather than an explosion of taste.  In terms of the second statement, I can't speak for everyone, but I would seriously question the tastebuds of anyone who is impressed with this dish.  This terrible dish seemed to me like the chef surely made some sort of crucial error(s) - No spices, no salt, no element of sweetness (the pumpkin had absolutely zero natural sweetness) - Just tasteless pumpkin, water, and ginger - Even if I was intentionally trying to make the worst pumpkin dish I possibly could, I still don't think I could make such a lackluster dish.  Really one to avoid.

Price: 80THB.     2/10

Next was the Savory Potato Curry in Tomato Base.  While not as bad as the pumpkin curry, this was another dish that really disappointed me.  Once again, it felt like the chef was trying to punish me - No seasoning, no salt, and very little flavour at all.  This is not what you would expect when reading the dish title.  Luckily, the dish was saved (to some degree) by the well cooked potatoes.  The potatoes were soft and buttery.  If anything, it is a travesty that such well cooked potatoes were left figuratively stranded by a lack of anything else in the dish.  I literally tasted nothing else apart from oil and a pinch of salt - This is a curry?

Price: 80THB.     3/10

Conclusion - The chef/creator of Free Bird Cafe could definitely do with taking some cooking classes from Pun Pun in terms of producing curries.  Perhaps I am just not used to Burmese food, but I have eaten Burmese food in the past and recall enjoying it.  The saving grace is the salads (especially the tea salad), which I was really impressed by - However the other two dishes were total disasters, almost to the level where I felt offended by how bad they were.  Worth visiting considering the fact that what you spend will go to a good cause, but not somewhere you should go if you're looking for good quality food.

Overall Rating
Food - 4/10
Ambiance- 7/10
Service - 6/10
Value - 4/10

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Amrita Garden - Chiang Mai, Thailand

I'm working my way through Chiang Mai's vegetarian/vegan scene slowly but surely, and my quest continues with one the most highly rated eateries around.  Amrita Garden is another one of those eateries that features highly on most websites, being especially praised for their vegan burger.  This is a 100% vegan eatery, run by a Japanese lady.  Amrita Garden is centrally located, within the iconic square fort, which is the epicenter of the tourism industry in Chiang Mai.  One can find countless vegetarian eateries within the confines of the fort, all of which I will get to reviewing over time.

Amrita Garden
Location: Samlan Road, Soi 5, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Contact: 086-0539342
Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am-8.30pm.  Closed on Tuesday. 

The ambiance of Amrita Garden is excellent, there is both indoor and outdoor seating - I particularly like the outdoor seating, which is really like a beautiful garden (there is a starfruit tree growing at the back).  Out of everywhere I've been in Chiang Mai, I would say that ambiance (minus the noisy farangs) is clearly the best at Amrita.
As soon as I started flicking through the pages of the menu, I started getting more and more excited.  The menu has a number of fascinating dishes, it proved difficult to choose.  Perhaps some might say the menu is somewhat confused (natto on the same menu as spaghetti bolognese etc), but I couldn't help applaud the selection of dishes, and how well the menu looked visually.  The items that particularly caught my attention was the burger section (which comes in several customizable options) and the vegan cheeses.
Vegan cheese is something that all vegans are captivated by, I begrudgingly divorced myself from cheese many years ago, and it is still something that I crave on a shamefully frequent basis.  Therefore, people like myself are hoping for a miracle, a vegan cheese which is just like the real thing - So far my vegan cheese exploration has been only met with disappointment, so I didn't have too high of expectations from the vegan cheese at Amrita.
So now that I've confessed my cheese lust to you all, needless to say it was inevitable that I would be ordering the Vegan Cheese Platter of the Day.  The platter comes in three different sizes - Three cheese (120THB), four cheese (150THB) and five cheese (180THB) - I went for the latter.  The platter comes with three pieces of sliced white bread, a nice tangy relish, cucumber, tomatoes and of course the five vegan cheeses.  The five cheeses consisted of smoked cheese, feta, pepper jack, gouda and another which I am not sure what it was.  Overall the vegan cheeses didn't hit the spot for me.  The three cheeses closest in the picture had an almost jelly like texture, and was ultimately lacking in authenticity in both taste and texture.  The saving grace was the vegan feta (made primarily from tofu), which did have a somewhat authentic texture, and was quite enjoyable when eaten with the bread.  For the price, I thought more bread should have been added, and better quality too - The bread was a little on the stale side.

Price: 180THB.     6/10

Natto is a controversial Japanese dish consisting of ferment soya beans, which divides people into love and hate categories.  A good natto should be slimy, smelly and strong tasting.  It is distinctive by its spider web style strings (similar to that of yam when separated) when picked apart.  This natto was a little too mild for me, and I suspect that it had not fermented for long enough.

Price: 30THB.     5/10

Next is the Tempeh with Sio-Kouji Sauce.  For foreigners unfamiliar with Asian delicacies like tempeh and natto (i.e. everyone who has probably ever visited Amrita) it is probably best to stay away from them, as they are acquired tastes.  I read a lot of reviews online saying the food at Amrita is salty - This is something I disagree with, and suspect it stems from customers ordering a dish like tempeh and being surprised by the salt level.  This tempeh was salty, but of course that is how it should be.  The tempeh was cooked well and had that slightly fermented nutty flavour, which makes tempeh so delicious.  It is a simple dish, but if you like tempeh then surely you will enjoy it.

Price:  70THB.     7/10
The moment we have all been waiting for.  If you call yourself the No.1 Vegan Burger, then you really have to back it up - To be fair, Amrita did indeed back it up on this occasion.  I started off with the burger set meal, which consists of the basic standard vegan burger and a choice of tea or coffee.  This burger was excellent in almost every aspect.  The sesame bun texture was superb, it was crisp, firm and perfectly designed for burger consumption - Imagine the complete opposite of Nomvnom's frankly hilarious Chinese style bao (包).  The vegan mayonese was great, the mustard was tangy, and the ingredients inside were fresh.  The burger held itself together pretty well also, instead of collapsing pathetically into mangled heap of indecipherable mess after the first nibble (again, see Nomvnom).  The mock patty was a little on the plain side, but I can't take away many points from what is really an excellent burger.  Probably on par (or could be even better) than the tangy tartar burger which I love from Vegan Burg.

Price:  110THB.     9/10

We then progressed to ordering the No.1 Vegan Burger with Cheese.  Let me start by saying this - Who in the history of serving cheese with bread (in any form), puts the cheese separately from the bread/burger?  The cheese should be inside.  Aside from this baffling mishap, I am struggling to think of anything except praise for this delicious burger.  See above, excellent bread, fantastic sauce and fresh ingredients.  I adore this burger.

Price: 150THB.     9/10

Lastly for the savory section, we have the Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese.  For this dish, the customer can opt to have it with the standard semolina pasta, or rice pasta (which is gluten free).  Making a vegan bolognese without using any meat replacement (TVP, tofu, soy etc) is always going to be tough.  This was a very basic dish, the spaghetti was cooked well, but the overall flavour was pretty bland.  If the pasta was cooked in saltier water, it would definitely help heighten the flavour.  For the bolognese sauce, it was really lacking substance and depth in flavour, particularly in terms of herbs, which seemed to be virtually non-existent.  The lack of flavour is particularly inexcusable given the fact they are using onion and garlic here.  For 130 baht, spaghetti and tomato sauce really can't possibly justify the cost.

Price: 130THB.     4/10

We move on to the desserts, starting with two different types of Brownie.  I am not a dessert expert, but the brownies were a little on the dry side for my liking, lacking in moisture. 

Price: 45THB (per piece).     6/10
We also finished the meal off with a Homemade Soy Milk Yogurt.  Accurately replicating animal products such as cheese, yogurt and butter is not an easy task.  This soy yogurt was thick and had the slight sourness yogurt typically has.  It is made to replicate the Greek style of sugarless yogurt (never been my favourite).  However, the discerning difference was in the texture.  Instead of being thick and cloying, it was slightly grainy.

Price: 40THB.      5/10

Conclusion - The price for a filling meal at Amrita Garden is equivalent to that of a meal in Singapore, all in all I paid over $30 for this meal.  I would have to say frankly that the majority of the food was quite underwhelming, and not worthy of the price tags.  However, the burger did indeed live up to the hype.  Needless to say, due to the pricing, no Thai will be caught dead in this restaurant, so it is ultimately aimed at farang's.  That being said, the ambiance is lovely and I would definitely entertain the idea of returning...Just for the burger.

Overall Rating
Food - 6/10
Ambiance- 9/10
Service - 6/10
Value - 4/10

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

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant - Chiang Mai, Thailand

For most vegetarians/vegans who are travelling to an unfamiliar place, prior research is usually essential, to ensure we know where to find good (or any) vegetarian food in the area.  If you do your research on Chiang Mai (via Happy Cow, Trip Advisor or whatever site you use) you will find that Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant is among the most highly rated vegetarian eateries in the city.  Due to this fact, I had quite high expectations of this eatery.  The restaurant is located in the swanky Nimman area in Western Chiang Mai.  The area is literally flooded with farangs, with countless high end restaurants and cafes and a multitude of shopping malls.

Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant
Location: Nimmana Haeminda (between lane 6 and lane 10), Suthep Mueang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Contact: 083-5811689
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 11.30am-8.30pm.  Closed Sunday & Monday. 

From the day it opened until present, I doubt even one local Thai person has been to this restaurant.  The two times I visited, there was nothing but foreigners inside.  If you want an authentic local experience, Anchan is not somewhere I recommend.  If you want (like almost all tourists do) to be 'overseas' in theory, yet strangely desire to be back in your home country, then I highly recommend Anchan.  The menu here changes on a weekly basis (although the weekly changes are minor).  There is also an extensive drinks menu and a handful of desserts.

Customers place their order on a sheet of paper (a method I've always preferred).  I liked how vegan options were clearly marked with an asterix next to them.  The pricing of the dishes is considered very high by Thailand's standard.
We kicked things off with the Crispy Tofu Tamarind Sauce.  As I've mentioned previously, one major advantage Thai cooks have over Singapore (and many other countries) cooks is they have access to fresh good quality locally produced ingredients.  I loved the flavour from the chopped tomatoes in this dish.  The tomatoes were slightly tangy and sweet, not like the half unripe pale red balls of acid that you find in Singapore supermarkets.  The tofu was fried expertly, the outer skin had a delightful chewy texture.  The dish was garnished well, with fried shallots, spring onions and tomatoes really improving the overall flavour.  The only let down was the tamarind sauce, it really lacked depth in my opinion.  It was sweet, and well, that is about it.

Price: 95THB.     7/10

Next dish was the Tempura Mixed Mushrooms. Once again fresh ingredients really do triumph over anything and everything.  The oyster mushrooms were juicy and flavourful, and didn't feel heavy or oily, despite being deep fried.  The mushrooms come accompanied with some slices of fresh tomato (I love the tomatoes in Thailand) and a sweet and sour dipping sauce.  I must say objectively this dish is really over priced.

Price: 140THB.     6/10
I ordered the Massaman Curry purely as a point of comparison with my beloved Pun Pun curry.  This dish is double the price of the massaman at Pun Pun, but to be fair the portion size is much bigger.  The fundamentals of this massaman are very similar - There is very little oil, and a nice creamy nutty flavour.  They differ in a few aspects - Firstly, the Anchan massaman is significantly sweeter, not something I appreciated.  Secondly, the ingredients inside included large pieces of potato, onion, tomatoes and carrots.  The pieces of potato were a particularly welcome addition, especially due to the fact they were cooked to perfection.  Above average without a doubt, but inferior compared with Pun Pun.

Price: 120THB.     7/10

Conclusion - Is the Anchan hype justified? Yes and no.  Most farang's have absolutely no idea about Thai food (or any other cuisine for that matter), so due to the fact that most the positive feedback is from foreigners, it is almost like taking music advice from someone who is deaf.  Having said that, I do believe that the food was definitely above average, and it was clear (after peeking into the kitchen) Chef Aye is a very meticulous and clean chef.  It is farang pricing here, but once you convert baht into your home currency, I am sure you won't care.

Overall Rating
Food - 7/10
Ambiance- 7/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 5/10

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Vegetarian Society Chiang Mai - Chiang Mai, Thailand

The title 'Vegetarian Society' might mislead many people (as it did myself).  When I think of a vegetarian society, I think of something akin to VSS in Singapore, where events, outings and other community based activities take place.  Vegetarian Society in Chiang Mai seems (from what I gather) to be more of a Thai Buddhist group, who operate a small temple style cafeteria open to the public on weekdays.  In terms of their other activities, basically think of them as a temple group and you will be spot on.

Vegetarian Society Chiang Mai
Location: 42 Mahidol Rd, T Haiya, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Contact: 053-271262
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6.00am-2.00pm.  Closed on Weekends.

Within the vicinity there are several seating options and other various interesting little shops and stalls dotted around the place.  These range from selling books, fruit, drinks, cosmetic products etc.
The Vegetarian Society also collaborates with a few local farmers and sells some of their produce.

I specifically visited Thailand during the Jai Festival, which lasts for around 10 days.  During this period, one will see many temporary vegan stalls dotted all around Thailand, although Bangkok and Phuket are the two central hubs for this festival.  Due to this festival, the Vegetarian Society were actually giving out all the food and drinks totally free of charge, so all the food below is free.  I have been told that even when the food is paid, the prices are ridiculously low.

Here is the drinks counter, with several freshly blended smoothies and juices.
The food section is pretty limited, and they are literally all vegetable dishes - Good for the health conscious and/or vegetable lovers amongst us, bad for Hungry Ang Mo.
We picked the Turmeric Smoothie and Mixed Berry Smoothie.  Both were pretty good, but a little on the plain side with little sweetness added.  Certainly a very healthy accompaniment to the meal.

The food offered is the typically Economic Rice style cuisine Thai style.  Like I mentioned, it is basically all vegetables, and they are all cooked in a very simple and plain way.  I am someone who is more into strong flavours, so this food doesn't really resonate with me, nevertheless it filled the stomach.


Conclusion - It is somewhat unnecessary to critique the food in any real serious fashion.  The offerings at the Vegetarian Society are not meant to dazzle the taste-buds.  They serve simple food, with the objective of filling peoples stomachs, rather than pleasing peoples stomachs.  This is another eatery close to the international airport, so makes for a good option for those entering/exiting Chiang Mai.

Overall Rating
Food - 6/10
Ambiance- 7/10
Service - 7/10
Value - N.A/10
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