Buffets in Chiang Mai, Thailand

People are currently celebrating Yi Ping and Loi Kratong Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand.. and I was privileged to experienced it a few years ago.. Although environmentalists actually frown on the idea of lighting up several lanterns in the air that releases more CO2. *sigh*

For those who are in Chiang mai, or are planning to go, you should not miss the buffet experience too. Shayne, a couchsurfing ambassador I met last 2013, shares with you more about where to eat in the fairy city.


 

buffet in Chiang Mai

Like most cities these days, there are so many options for eating in Chiang Mai. There are so many street vendors, restaurants and buffet options available. I am going to give you a personal selection for the best of those buffet options around Chiang Mai. One of the best things about buffets is you can try a little bit of everything and when you see the same thing on the streets, you can buy it knowing whether you like it or not. You can be adventurous and taste some of the many wonderful dishes Thailand has to offer.

 

Thai Style BBQ Buffets

There are so many table top, self-cook, Thai style BBQ (called moo-gra-ta) places around Chiang Mai. You can usually find them by looking for big tin sheds with lots of tables and some versions will have a blackened hole in the middle your table. People will fill their tables with many plates of uncooked meats and vegetables and sit there for hours, slowly getting through all the foods they have taken. The biggest is Sukonta Moograta which when full is a site to see and includes interesting live Thai entertainment. You will pay between 99-299 baht (US$3-9) with some including soft drinks and water in the price, alcohol isn’t included. Dinner Only.

buffet in chiang mai

International Buffets
Many of the big hotels serve buffet lunch or dinners only and some offer differing options for both lunch and dinner. Mid-range hotels like the Chiang Mai Grandview, The Empress, Holiday Inn and the Siripanna Hotel offer lunch time business buffets. They have many northern Thai style appetizers, other Thai dishes, soups and noodles available as well as a good selection of international options. They also have a varied salad bar, with delicious cake and dessert offerings. Usually around 200 baht (US$6). 11:00am-2:30pm. Each of these hotels has a dinner buffet for around 400 baht with a wider Asian variety of foods. Many of the bigger hotels around the famous Night Bazaar offer buffet dinner dining, at slightly higher prices. The quality is superior to all the other buffets in Chiang Mai and outstanding at the Le Meridien, Shangri-La and Centara Duangtawan. These are usually fairly quiet as they are out of most local’s price range. They are great for a special occasion.

 

Random Buffet Restaurants
Chiang Mai has a few very popular buffets that don’t fit into the above categories, their offerings can be quirky but their food is quality and delicious. There is Memorize on Nimman Soi 12, Retro Steak Café and Brownies and my personal favourite and a winner with the Germans, Auf der Au, a restaurant full of home made German sausages, meats, desserts and more meat. Some of the are very cheap at around 150 baht (US$5) and others are around 300 baht (US$10).

 


chiang mai buffet
 

 

Shopping Mall Buffet Chains
In recent times, several new shopping malls have been built and each of these will have invariably have a Sizzler, MK Hot Pot or Shabushi chain restaurant. These are similar to home, so many more local generally visit these establishments. Prices are around 400 baht per person (US$12). The food quality is generally good.


sushi at shabushi


shayne rochfort
Shayne Rochfort is a local who loves Chiang Mai and loves to eat. He has been volunteering in Thailand for 6 years and enjoys helping people get connected to others and things they need.

How to make your own Korean Kimbap or Japanese Sushi

How to make your own Korean Kimbap or Japanese Sushi

I was at a mall in Manila the other day with a friend. And because we miss Japanese food, we proceeded to eat in a Japanese restaurant that offers buffet sushi servings.

It was great to eat sushi again, but when I looked at the prices, 2 sushi costs around 100 pesos already.. In the sunday market in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2 sushi will only cost you 10 baht, or around 15 pesos… so the price is really an overkill xD


sushi


It was great to give in to cravings from time to time, but I think its better if you just make your own sushi… sorry Japanese restaurants.. I’ll still go eat in your restaurants if I feel like splurging… ;D

Anyway, for those who are frugal smart, here’s the steps on how to make your own experimented Maki Sushi.. or Korean Kimbap.. Thank you to my Korean friends who taught me how to do this last 2004..

Ingredients:
Seaweed Paper, you can buy this in the supermarket
Sticky rice, if its not available, plain rice will do
Ripe Mango
Cucumber
Scrambled Eggs
Crab Sticks, you can buy this in the supermarket
Kikoman soysauce

Steps:
1. Cook rice, then cook scrambled eggs
2. Cut vertical slices of mango, cucumber and scrambled eggs
3. Spread thin amounts of rice evenly in seaweed paper
4. Place slices of mango, cucumber, eggs, and crab sticks on top of rice
5. Roll seaweed paper
6. Cut the rolled sushi/kimbap into slices.. or if you’re feeling lazy, dip them into soysauce and eat them up already ^_^


sushi


That’s my experimented Korean kimbap or Japanese sushi version that is very Oishi/Mashita/Aroy/Masarap! ^_^ So next time, please don’t get ripped off by overpriced sushi again, unless you’re willing to get ripped off ^_^

My Favorite Restaurants in Pokhara, Nepal

These are restaurants in Pokhara where I personally have eaten.. they are not sponsored nor was I bribed to promote these restaurants.. ^_^ I’ve been spending quite some time in Pokhara already and while others have gone trekking, I’m window shopping ;D.. and eating in different restaurants and drinking milk teas in different cafes. Here’s a list of my favorite discoveries:

1. Hungry Feel– This restaurant located in far north of lake side has a local ambiance. It has cheap but delicious food, and occasionally has international staff. Plus great wifi and inverter too! They wouldn’t mind if I stay 3-4 hours geeking while sipping my milk tea… and they don’t even charge me for the electricity! Just my conscience bugging me to at least buy milk tea while I’m using their resources.. I give this restaurant a great kudos.. please visit them for a good karma.. the place don’t look posh but hopefully if there will be lots of customers, they will have funds to improve the restaurant.


Feel Hungry, Pokhara


2. Third eye. Also located in the north of lake side. I love their Neptali breakfast. I even order Neptali breakfast even for dinner. And they have a good view of the lake for those who want to have a sort of romatic view. You can charge your laptop and WIFI so this is added to my star list of restaurants. Price is not that expensive as compare to other posh restaurant even if the view looks posh really.. except for occasional flies. Good thing, when a fly landed on my milk tea, they replaced it for free. Well done ^_^

3. Neptalia. A bit expensive and one time, the chowmein is a bit salty.. but the eggs benedict is an eye candy.. I want to just take picture of it..


Neptalia, Pokhara


The reason why I chose to eat in this restaurant despite its posh prices is that I can charge my laptop even without electricity and wifi is fast… and yeah the eggs benedict is like a work of art. Staff are cute which is an added nice view.

4. Sunset View. This is just below my hotel.. A bit expensive which sometimes way above my budget.. I know I’m a budget traveler localted in a posh hotel and restaurant, but maybe I’m just lucky I get to stay in posh places without ruining my budget :P

Wifi is not good and if there is no electricity, you cant charge too.. so its good if you just want to drink your chai and reflect on life.. while in a beautiful cozy restaurant.


sunset view restaurant


5. Small store in the street... I don’t know how to read in Nepali yet but you should see this small small store on the East near the crossing opposite S-Mart in Lake Side. If you have a strong tummy like me, I recommend checking this restaurant. They have one of the cheapest places I can get rice and veg curry and milk tea for 100 Nepali Rupee.. and some local people are eating there too. No wifi or electric charger though.. its just on top of my head because local restaurants should be promoted too.. even if they are in front of a dusty road with flies around.. not for the faint hearted! I didn’t get sick after eating there just so you know.


Nepali Indian Restaurant in Pokhara


6. Asian Tea House – I learned about this eatery from a fellow couchsurfer Noah Rosen. The place is small, but the servings are HUGE! My place was in the north side of lakeside so I rarely went to the south side of town.. and even if I do, its a wee place inside a small alley so you wont be able to see it immediately.. But once you discover it, your tummy will be very happy ^_^

Check out the review of Asian Tea House on Tripadvisor

 

So these are the restaurants where I fill in my daily food intake.. Most of them are located in the North of Lake side.. feel free to check them out. There are still coffee shops to explore, that will be another post. ^_^

Where to eat in Metro Manila: Kanto Freestyle Breakfast

Where to eat in Metro Manila: Kanto Freestyle Breakfast

Last Summer, when the city dwellers went exploring the provinces, I on the other hand roamed the metro.. And I was very privilege to explore the city without so much traffic :D

I kinda miss the concrete jungle to be honest coz I spent my college, and masters in Makati and yuppie days in QC, Makati,and Mandaluyong.. looking back, that was 10 freaking years of my life..

So I braved the summer heat and went around to reunite with friends old and new.. and ate in places that are recommended by frugal (yet smart) friends in the metro. Guess where I went? In the place where posh food is served!

 

Delicious Food

My favorite order  is a feast in the eyes and also of the tummy. This is pancakes with mixed berries

 

Sumptious Food

There’s what you call hard boiled eggs, there’s scrambled eggs.. this one is eggs benedict topped with cheese with fries on the side. Not sure why its named that way.

 

Yummy Food

The tapa is not just from anywhere.. its tapa from Batangas.. that’s why its called Batangas Beef Tapa with rice and tomatoes topped with basil.

 

Delicious, sumptuous, yummy.. sounds annoying to me :D… The food looks posh alright.. coz it only means quality and posh food can also be affordable… The only setback that you need to note is that because even if the food looks posh, the place is like any other normal carinderia in the street. No fancy bling blings.

Nevertheless, well done to the owners of this wee eatery, you’re making happy souls and fulfilled tummies. ^_^ Here’s a menu if you need to know the food prices:

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast have 2 branches, but I went to their branch in Mandaluyong City, thanks to a pretty fairy named Lee who went with me on this food tour.

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
Address: San Joaquin St., Plainview, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Contact Number & Delivery: (02) 400-2268
Open Hours: Everyday 24 Hours
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kantofreestylebreakfast

**this is not a sponsored post. I’m just so delighted to spread the good news. :P

Restaurant Review: Pan de Amerikana

Restaurant Review: Pan de Amerikana

They say its the first and only restaurant in South East Asia where decorations are upside down.. that should capture customer’s attention.. and indeed our curiosities were captured.


It’s a typical restaurant really, serves affordable Filipino dishes, with well mannered waiters. But what makes it different is how it was styled.



It really looks like a posh restaurant yet its good for the budget. No qualms for the food though, or maybe I haven’t acquired a critical taste yet xD.. i eat anything really. Here’s the menu for those who wanted to try it out:



And for those who wanted to try for themselves, Pan de Amerikana is located at 118 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City. It is open Monday – Saturdays 8am -9pm, Sundays 8am-3pm

 

We hailed a cab from Alimall in Cubao to get to the place. There’s also other options like taking the De-Castro-Cubao jeepney then get off at Boni Serrano and Katipunan Intersection but we havent tried it yet. For more details, you can also read another blogger review at http://www.soleofmissy.com/2012/12/pan-de-amerikana-overturned-restaurant.html

 

You can visit plenty more restaurants like this if you decide to travel to Manila. And before I end this post, I’d like to say thank you to Ate Veron for the company and to our sponsor, my college bestfriend who I havent seen for like 10 thousand years :)) thanks Saturn, may you find your Venus (or Mars xD)


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