Street Food: Chiang Mai Sausage

Chiang Mai Sausage

Chiang Mai Sausage

I love my street food and that goes doubly so for sausage and Chiang Mai, Thailand is famous for many things, one of them being Sai ua, or simply in English – Chiang Mai Sausage.

Sai ua is grilled pork sausage and it is a typical food of the Northern provinces and northeastern Burma (where it is known as Sai long phik). It comes from an old Lanna tradition where they used the method to preserve pork meat for an additional day or two. Chiang Mai Sausage contains minced pork, red curry paste, coriander, kaffir lime leaves and various other herb and spices, most notably lemongrass.

Typically can get a big plate of Sai ua with various herbs and vegetables on the side, like the one shown here, for around a dollar. Initially the flavor is quite mild but there is fiery finish. It took me on a bit of a street food adventure to find my favorite Chiang Mai Sausage but, to me, the best is served at Khao Soi Ban Faham about three kilometers north of the moat next to Wat Faham.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn’t intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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