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