Tee has been talking about eating “very local” food all week so tonight we went to a Thai restaurant on Chiang Mai-Lamphun Rd, with two friends, Mote and Chet. I was the only farang in the restaurant, which meant I had plenty of opportunity to practice my Thai. Out of the 4 dishes below, the only one I hadn’t tried before was the blood soup.
|Raw minced water buffalo. I like the laap Tee makes better because the meat is in larger chucks so the texture is less slimy.|
|This is called pork salad, but it is just a big pile of pork with onions and spices.|
|Mote mixing up his blood soup.|
|So I’ll admit, I dumped about half of that off the spoon before taking a bite. I couldn’t tell if there was raw meat in the blood soup or just mushrooms. I didn’t like looking at it too closely.|
|I got to practice my Thai while the Karen men practiced their English. Win, win.|
|The best steamed fish I’ve had in all of Asia.|
Well, I tried the blood soup and I don’t think I need to have it again. I liked the flavor just fine, but the smell was off-putting. Tee even told me not to smell it, but that was already after I’d taken a big whiff. It also was hard not to think about the rawness of the blood while it was in my mouth. I’ll happily stick to the pork salad and steamed fish.
Would you like to try blood soup?