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THAILAND: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON PARTS UNKNOWN

The great Anthony Bourdain left his mark everywhere he went. When his death was announced to the world in June 2018, media throughout the globe chimed in and listed all the great things he had done for their respective country. Whereas before, tourists would shy away from exotic foods, thanks to him, travellers now go the extra mile to find and try local bites. With this in mind, here are all the restaurants Bourdain visited and the dishes he tasted when he shot Anthony Bourdain Thailand for his show, Parts Unknown Season 3 Episode 8 (originally aired June 1, 2014):

DISH – Sai Ua, Aeb Ong and Lou

WHAT IS IT?

Sai Ua – Northern Thai herbed pork sausage; Aeb Ong – pig’s brain mixed with a curry paste and some herbs then wrapped in a banana leaf to be grilled; Lou – raw blood soup with lemongrass, raw minced meat salad and fried innards.

WHERE IS IT?

Him Tang
1229, On Klang, Mae On District
Chiang Mai, Thailand

ANTHONY BOURDAIN THAILAND NOTES

In Parts Unknown Thailand, Anthony Bourdain described Him Tang as a middle of nowhere restaurant “showcasing one of the distinctive elements of Northern Thai Cuisine: heavy use of animal protein.”

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DISH – Frogs and Laap

WHAT IS IT?

In Chiang Mai, frogs are usually grilled, chopped then fried and sprinkled with garlic; Laap is a raw minced beef dish.

WHERE IS IT?

Laap Kao Cham Chaa
Nong Pa Khrang Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District
Chiang Mai, Thailand

ANTHONY BOURDAIN THAILAND NOTES

The restaurant is named after “Laap” , the minced meat dish it is known for.

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DISH – Khao Kha Moo

WHAT IS IT?

Slowly stewed pork leg cooked in Master Sauce, served with sour chili sauce and pickled mustard greens.

WHERE IS IT?

Khao Kha Moo from the Lady with the Cowboy Hat at the Chiang Mai Gate Night Food Market
87 Bumrung Buri Rd, Tambon Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai District
Chiang Mai, Thailand

ANTHONY BOURDAIN THAILAND NOTES

The stall stands out from the rest at the Chiang Mai Gate Night Food Market because of the owner (a woman) who wears a cowboy hat.

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DISH – Nam-Prik-Ta-Daeng, Midnight Nam Prik Noom and Kai Toon

WHAT IS IT?

Nam-Prik-Ta-Daeng – combination of garlic, chillis, shrimp paste and dried fish; Midnight Nam Prik Noom – made from roasted green chillis; Kai Toon – Thai steamed egg.

WHERE IS IT?

Midnight Chicken
139 Kampangdin Rd, Haiya Sub-district
เมือง Chiang Mai, Thailand

ANTHONY BOURDAIN THAILAND NOTES

In this roadside eatery, Nam-Prik-Ta-Daeng and Midnight Nam Prik Noom are meant to be enjoyed with fried meat. Here, Anthony Bourdain also had Thai pork sausage.

DISH – Khao Soi and Som Tum

WHAT IS IT?

Khao Soi – hardy broth of curry, coconut, noodles and spices, onions and meat; Som Tum – spicy green papaya salad.

WHERE IS IT?

Khao Soi Lam Duan
352 22 ถนน เจริญราษฎร์ Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai District
Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand

ANTHONY BOURDAIN THAILAND NOTES

Khao Soi Lam Duan is one of the oldest eating places in Chiang Mai that serves Khao Soi.

DISH – Hammered Meat and Buffalo Tendon Soup

WHAT IS IT?

Hammered Meat – beef or pork that has been charcoal-grilled then pulverized and served with spicy chili and galangal dip; Buffalo Tendon Soup – bitter soup with buffalo tendon, spiked with bile.

WHERE IS IT?

Pa Daeng Jin Tup
San Sai Luang, San Sai District
Chiang Mai, Thailand

ANTHONY BOURDAIN THAILAND NOTES

Anthony Bourdain calls this restaurant “Auntie Daeng’s Hammered Meat”. This family-run restaurant is Chef Andy Ricker’s favorite spot in Chiang Mai.