It was our first time in Chiang Mai and we know that it is a MUST to have Khao Soi. But besides that, we know nothing about what else we should have while in Chiang Mai. After some research, we found out that another must-try Northern Thailand cuisine is Kanom Jeen. With some Googling, we came by Nam Ngiaw Loong Pong, a highly recommended stall serving kanom jeen nam ngiaw in Chiang Mai Old City. Curious about what this Northern Thailand cuisine is? Read on as I share with you the taste and our experience at this simple stall in Chiang Mai ~! (´• ω •`)ノ

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What is Kanom Jeen Nam Ngiaw?

I will be honest and tell you that all along I thought we were just having kanom jeen. And I was so confused when ChatGPT told me that nam ngiaw is different from kanom jeen. Haha! So after some Googling around, I am proud to share with you my new knowledge. (ノ´ヮ`)ノ

Kanom Jeen is simply rice noodles made from fermented rice flour. It is usually served in a variety of dishes, including curry and soups. On the other hand, Nam Ngiaw is a spicy and sour soup made with pork ribs, tomatoes, fermented soybeans, and a blend of Northern Thai spices. So what we were having at Nam Ngiaw Loong Pong was not just kanom jeen but it was kanom jeen in a soup called name ngiaw. Hence the name of the dish we had was Kanom Jeen Nam Ngiaw. MYSTERY SOLVED! And you learnt something new today. (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

Nam Ngiaw Loong Pong, Simple Stall with Flavourful Dish

Nam Ngiaw Loong Pong is not located on the main streets of Chiang Mai Old City. And it also does not have any fanciful signage so you MIGHT miss it if you just walk on by. We were following the GPS on our Google Maps and when we reached the location, hubs and I were wondering if we were at the right place. (*/ω\) With a lot of doubt, we decided to take a seat inside a small alleyway where tables and chairs were being set up. The whole setup is quite simple and it even seemed like it is part of the owners’ house. (´• ω •`)

Stall front of Nam Ngiaw Loong Pong and the seating area

The simple stall is run by an elderly couple. Sensing that we were tourists (I think it was rather obvious), the uncle came over to ask what we wanted in simple English. Luckily for us, there is only one item on the menu (that we know of) so we simply ordered two plates from the uncle, who was really nice and friendly! ( ´ ω ` )

Trying to Find Out What’s What on Our Table

There were a lot of locals having their meals here when we arrived. We have read that Nam Ngiaw Loong Pong is a popular stall among locals and I guess it is true! While waiting for our meal, we were trying to observe what the locals were doing. Since we can’t speak the Thai language, that makes it tougher for us to communicate with the locals. So we always observe what the locals are doing so we roughly know what to do. Haha! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

There were a lot of things on the table. There were condiments and some were labelled with Thai words so we weren’t sure what were they. Two bottles of water as well as a tray of fried pork rinds were also on the table. The pork rinds are ala carte items that you could have and they will be charged to your meal after you are done. If I never remember wrongly, the fried pork rinds were 10 baht per pack. Hubs and I shared a pack to add some crunchiness to our kanom jeen nam ngiaw. I don’t know if the bottled drinks are chargeable though since we didn’t drink any. (*/ω\)

Pork rinds and condiments on the table as well as the seating area

Our First Experience with Kanom Jeen Nam Ngiaw

The dish was served together with a plate of bean sprouts, pickled mustard greens and limes. Uncle was really nice to tell us that we could add some of them into the dish to eat together. He was really nice to us and made sure that we knew how to enjoy the meal. (´ ω `♡)

Kanom Jeen Nam Ngiaw and the plate of bean sprouts, pickled mustard greens and limes

The dish was simply delicious! It was a taste that we have NEVER had before so it is kind of tough for me to relate to something similar. But the broth was slightly spicy and a bit sour. Besides having pieces of pork, there was also quite some boiled blood in the dish. Hubs and I are typically not people who would enjoy having boiled blood but for some reason, I love it here! When paired with the kanom jeen and broth, everything tasted so good. The slight spiciness of the broth definitely helps to elevate the taste.

Overall Experience at Nam Ngiaw Loong Pong

For starters, kanom jeen name ngiaw is an acquired taste so be prepared to be surprised by the taste. We went to Nam Ngiaw Loong Pong not expecting anything since it was our first time trying it. I love it A LOT with the boiled blood. Hubs, on the other hand, was okay with the dish without the boiled blood. If it is your first time in Chiang Mai, I definitely recommend trying out this dish at Nam Ngiaw Loong Pong. Not only is the dish delicious but both uncle and auntie are also so friendly! I am sure you will enjoy your meal there! (っ˘ڡ˘ς)

The elderly couple managing the stall and kanom jeen nam ngiaw

Information About Nam Ngiaw Loong Pong

NAM NGIAW LOONG PONG

⏰ Opening Hours: 9 AM – 3 PM

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