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.

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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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