Friday, July 02, 2010

PISS-STOP @ MAE KHAJAN HOT SPRINGS, HWY. 118 (CHIANG MAI/CHIANG RAI)

This is a midway point between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. It's known for its hot springs - pungent sulphuric smell. Little girls will try to push their hard boiled eggs cooked on the spring water. The whole township is built around a u-shaped wooden shop houses, and at its center is a gemstone shop selling trinkets. It's one heck of a sleepy town. In the midst of all the souvenir stalls, there is one lone coffee shop selling noodle and drinks; not just any drinks but home-grown, machine-brewed coffee. Of all gin-joints and coffee shops, this dinky place is not to to be sneered at; in fact, it impresses so much that we request to stop here again on the return trip.


The coffee is great - cheaper than Starbucks. The tall tub cost around RM6. And if you care to look at the menu on the top photo, you'll know who they cater for. We don't care much for the falang's fare, what we're after is the great looking stewed pork trotters below.


I believe, it's called Khaa Moo Tom Pha-Loh; notice the last two syllabus... they sound like Pak-Loh in Hokkien that connotes "Braised". Tasting the Too-Ka (pork leg) is one thing, but the soup that goes with the noodle is something else. It's much more than just soy sauce. When asked about the recipe, the lady points to the spice bag, which she says can be gotten from the supermarket. Yup, I got a couple of them, and had them deciphered by the local herbalist. I've tried it on duck the other night; so what do you think of it, Nate & Annie?


All that goodness costs a mere RM3.50 per bowl - preserved salted vegetable, chunks of pork leg, pork meat balls, kangkong and coriander. In fact, when the boss is not around the next day, we pay less for the noodle and drinks - more like what locals would pay.


And to commemorate the porky's moment, there's a logo to warn off those having an aversion to the meat from hence forward (whatever that means).

Oh, we made it to the Golden Triangle, visited the Drug Museum, forwent the Laos Casino, crossed over to the Burmese side of the border town without any stamp on the passport (call us illegals if you will). Nothing much to report except got a cache of fake phones (9 iPhones and Blackberry Bold, all for slightly over 2 grands Malaysian) and good imitation corduroy Crods for RM35. That's about it of our tour, because we decide not to follow the itinerary, and stick to shopping, shopping and shopping in Chiang Mai.


It's water-marked

2 comments:

Nate @ House of Annie said...

The soup was good, and you're making me hungry!

Kong-Kay said...

that's the way it meant to be!

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