Chiang Mai isn't just the cultural capital and the home to some of Thailand's most emblematic structures left behind by the Lanna Kingdom, but it is also the only place where Lanna food has prospered for centuries and beyond.

Lanna food is comprised of distinctive cuisines hailing from the Northern regions of Thailand, originating from the ancient Kingdom of Lanna which can hardly be found in other parts of the country. For this reason, visitors should take the opportunity to savor as many Lanna dishes as they can when traveling in Chiang Mai.

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    Khao Soi - Coconut Curry Noodles

    Known as the most famous food of Chiang Mai and the whole of Northern Thailand, this is a yellow egg noodle dish served in a thick, fragrant curry base prepared using coconut, red curry, chili and soy sauce. Typically served with slow-cooked drumsticks and fried noodles as topping.

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    Khao Soi or Coconut Curry Noodles is the most sought after local Chiang Mai dish

    Sai Oua - Grilled Sausages

    Sai Oua is a Thai Northern-style grilled sausages made from ground pork, lemongrass, cilantro, shallot, chili paste, black pepper and galangal. It is packed with flavours and gives out a unique smell thanks to the addition of kaffir lime leaves, coriander roots and fresh turmeric.

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    Sai Oua is a famous dish of grilled sausages in Chiang Mai

    Nam Prik Noom - Thai Chili Dip

    An out-of-the-world combination of roasted green chilies, garlic, shallots, fish sauce, palm sugar and lime juice, Nam Prik Noom makes a divine dip for kaeb moo (imagine nachos and salsa).

    Nam Prik Noom
    Nam Prik Noom | Image source: Flickr

    Sai Krok Isan - Fermented Sausages

    Northeastern sausages fermented using pork and rice, eaten with raw bird's eye chilis, raw cabbage leaves and sliced ginger - typically as a beer food. This traditional food originated from the Isan region with a flavour profile that's a little sour, garlicky and salty.
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    Sai Krok Isan is a type of fermented sausages widely enjoyed in Chiang Mai

    Kaeb Moo - Pork Rinds

    Greasy and crispy pork rinds deep-fried with salt, garlic and cloves. Highly versatile and incredibly crunchy, they be eaten as snacks with a cold pint of beer, added to hot soup-base dishes, or deliciously served as a side dish for Northern-style Thai meals.

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    Kaeb Moo is a popular Chiang Mai street food

    Kaeng Khanun - Green Jackfruit Curry

    A northern equivalent to the famous Som Tam, this soup-and-salad dish is mostly spicy and sour with a hint of distinctive fragrance infused through the addition of unripe jackfruit. Cooked with juicy chunks of pork, kaffir lime leaves and cherry tomatoes.

    Green Jackfruit Curry in Chiang Mai
    Kaeng Khanun is a type of Green Jackfruit Curry in Chiang Mai

    Miang Kham

    Literally translates to 'many things in one bite', this do-it-yourself snack is a mix of shallots, peanuts, chilies, green mango, and onion - to be wrapped in a cha plu leaf and eaten in one bite. The result? A delightful combination of sweet, spicy, sour and salty all in one.

    Miang Kham
    Miang Kham is one of the most traditional snacks in northern Thailand

    Kaeng Hang Lei - Burmese Curry

    Better known as Burmese curry, the flavors of this stew-like dish are intensified through the combination of turmeric, garlic, ginger and tamarind. The highlight of the dish is obviously the fat chunks of pork belly. Taste heavenly when eaten with rice.

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    Kaeng Hang Lei or the Burmese Curry is a popular dish in northern Thailand

    Aeb Pla - Grilled Fish in Banana Leaves

    Aeb Pla are fillets of fish generously coated in a variety of spices and herbs, wrapped in banana leaves, and grilled over hot charcoal. Comes in a pork variation, too.

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    Kaeng Pak Wan Kai Mode Daeng - Ant Egg Soup

    Originating from northern Thailand, this soup dish is a delicious combination of pak wan leaves, glass noodles and ant eggs that gives an overall sweet and mild taste. The name is loosely translated to be 'spicy vegetable soup with ant eggs'.

    The very unique Kaeng Pak Wan Kai Mode Daeng or Ant Egg Soup

    How many of the dishes mentioned above have your tried on your trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand? Comment below and share your experiences!

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