This is my third post about our recent 3-night trip up to Pai, a slow little mountain town that’s popular with the backpacker crowd and tourists seeking relaxation. Like I said in my previous post about cakes, pies and coffees in Pai, about the only thing to do in Pai is eat! I don’t want you to think we only ate sweets and drank coffee while we were in Pai – we had some savory Thai food too!
Our favorite spot in Pai was Charlie and Lek’s, a great little restaurant that also has cooking classes. We found a dish there that we haven’t seen anywhere else in Thailand – Pad Thai made with shaved green papaya instead of noodles! If pad thai and som tam got together and had a love child, it would be Green Papaya Pad Thai. IT WAS SO GOOD, as shown by Kevin’s face in the photo below.
We also enjoyed some delicious Thai food from Na’s Kitchen. The pad see iew may have been the best we’ve had so far in Thailand. We also continued our love affair with Som Tam at Na’s – it did not disappoint.
We splurged and decided to get burgers one night after realizing we hadn’t had any beef for almost 2 months! We visited Maya’s Burger Queen to satisfy our beef craving.
The cheapest meal we had in Pai was at Chew Xin Jai, a Chinese and Thai eatery with vegan and vegetarian food. You get a plate full of rice with 1 scoop of food for 30 baht, 2 for 35 baht, 3 for 40 baht, or 4 for just 45 baht. Cheap, filling, and pretty tasty.
No vacation in Thailand would be complete without some street food. We started at the end of the main road in Pai and ate our way down the street back to our hotel on the last night. It was fabulous. Not pictured: an ear of corn on the cob that I scarfed down before we had time to take a photo…
We capped our street food dinner extravaganza off with a Chang beer at our hotel bar, where we sat and enjoyed some live music.
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What’s the best thing you’ve eaten on your international travels? My favorite meal is still a cook-your-own-hot-plate meal we ate in a dark alleyway in Hanoi, Vietnam last year. We were sitting on tiny plastic stools at a tiny plastic table in a tiny little alley with motorbikes racing by. Sometimes it’s more about the surroundings than the food!