|This is the symbol you must learn in Thailand. The ‘jay’ symbol may be the only way of identifying if the eatery is vegetarian or not.|
Unfortunately the most ugly aspect of Chiang Mai is the tourists. Most make no attempt to adjust to a new culture, and basically stay on the tourist stretch, going to Western restaurants, getting drunk in a Western bar, and then going back to their Western hotel (why leave your own country?). This coupled with the copious amounts of 78 year old divorced dirty (borderline paedophilic) old men with their hands in the back pockets of 18 year old local Thai women (I vote for the implementation of mandatory castration for any single white man over 60 visiting Thailand), it does leave a bit of a sour taste in ones mouth.
|Customers choose their dishes from the trays available|
of a Thai Buddhist group, who operate a small temple style cafeteria
open to the public on weekdays. In terms of their other activities,
basically think of them as a temple group and you will be spot on. The food is served economic rice style, where you can choose whatever dishes you want. There are not many options of dishes, but the food I tried was above average overall.
Location: 42 Mahidol Rd, T Haiya, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6.00am-2.00pm. Closed on Weekends.
|The Crispy Tofu Tamarind Sauce was my favourite dish from Anchan! (THB95.00)|
absolutely no idea about Thai food (or any other cuisine for that
matter), so due to the fact that most the positive feedback is from
foreigners, it is almost like taking music advice from someone who is
Location: Nimmana Haeminda (between lane 6 and lane 10), Suthep Mueang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 11.30am-8.30pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.
|I think I ‘Laab’ you (THB60.00)|
outskirts of Chiang Mai, on the bank of the Ping River. Unlike most of
the eateries in town, Happy Green does retain some authentic Thai
culture in its ambiance and food. Don’t get me wrong, the primary
audience here is still foreigners (the place didn’t have any locals when
I visited), however, I felt Happy Green hasn’t sold its soul, and
maintains a very ‘real’ vibe.
fresh herbs (the key to all great Lao cuisine). Happy Green uses
scrambled tofu to replace the meat, which works really well. Happy Green also have a daily buffet and a wide a la carte menu.
Location: 4/3 Moo 3 Pa Daet Road, Tambol Pa Daet, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Opening Hours: Daily 9.30am-7.00pm. Closed on Monday.
|The delicious and filling Black Bean Burrito from Pun Pun (THB80.00)|
Pun Pun has recently received global attention thanks to the incredible TED Talk by founder Jon Jandai. Pun Pun is not a restaurant, it is a philosophy (see the talk). There are currently two Pun Pun outlets in Chiang Mai. The first on our countdown list is their ‘airport’ outlet – This outlet is not located inside the airport, but named so because it is located relatively close to the airport.Rather disappointingly this outlet is not 100% vegetarian (some fish and chicken dishes are served). But there is still an excellent selection of vegetarian and vegan food. But I would much rather they ditch the dead animals. The burrito is absolutely incredible, definitely a must try if you’re visiting here. But in terms of the rest of their food, I find the Wat Suan Dok outlet to be far superior (plus that one is 100% veg).
Location: 97/3 Moo 1 Tambon Padad, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Opening Hours: Daily 11.00am-7.00pm. Closed Thursday.
|This may well be the best vegan burger I have ever eaten (THB110.00)|
texture was superb, it was crisp, firm and perfectly designed for burger
consumption. The vegan mayonnaise was great, the mustard was tangy, and the ingredients
inside were fresh. The burger held itself together pretty well also,
instead of collapsing pathetically into mangled heap of indecipherable
mess. It is simply an incredible burger.
Location: Samlan Road, Soi 5, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am-8.30pm. Closed on Tuesday.
|My first (of many) plates from the incredible buffet selection.|
years now. It is a Thai specialty restaurant, and arguably the most
high end vegetarian establishment in Chiang Mai. Freshly divorced Western grandfathers out there reading this, this place has a lovely ambiance to bring your -just turned 18 yesterday- year old prosistut…wife.
Location: JJ Market Atsadathon Rd T.Changpuak A.Mueang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Opening Hours: Daily 10.00am-3.00pm (buffet)
|The entire menu at Pun Pun is like a work of art – Homemade Tofu Steak with Coconut Milk & Black Pepper Sauce (THB80.00)|
own self-sustainable farm in the north of Thailand (about a 90 minute
ride from Chiang Mai city). The Pun Pun restaurants followed from this
and place a high emphasis on using fresh locally produced ingredients.
You are not going to find any processed food and mock meats here.
would still be making regular visits there. The food is an amazing
eye-opening experience, which gives you Thai food at its very very
best. I would say honestly that I felt very humbled by the food at Pun Pun, because it showed me just how amazing vegetarian/vegan food can be (and I already had pretty high expectations). You owe it to yourself to visit Pun Pun once in your life.
Location: Wat Suan Dok Temple, Suthep Road, Chiang Mai
Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am-4.00pm. Closed Wednesday.