They had me at their tom yum soup the first time.

Pai is amazing. So much passion and so much flavour in their food, you can’t go wrong with the dishes you order there.

Zomato brought me back here for the second time for a meetup of some of their partnered bloggers. Now I didn’t do an official introduction of them on this blog but they’re basically going head to head with Urbanspoon and Yelp to bring diners a better experience finding accurate and helpful information about restaurants around them. For those of you who know me personally, you’d know that I work in the start-up industry, so their model is something that I can relate to.

Essentially why Zomato has a particular edge is that they curate the information themselves and have a team go out to every single restaurant to get the objective information from restaurants every 60 days or so. So information like hours of operation, whether they’re even open still, menu items, their takeout menu if they have one is all collected by them.

It’s a little too early in the game for me to full out recommend them, but the idea is interesting and they definitely have their work cut out for them.

Anyway onto the dinner items!

First up was their Green Papaya Salad with Khaep mu (fried pork rinds) and some shrimp chips.

Green Papaya salad Pai Northern Thai Kitchen

Green Papaya Salad

Second was their classic green curry with rice.

green curry gaeng kiew wan pai northern thai kitchen

Green Curry or Gaeng Kiew Wan

Third was their classic chicken pad thai.

chicken pad thai pai northern thai kitchen

Chicken Pad Thai

Their stir fried pork salad (surprise dish from Chef Nuit)

Pork Salad New Dish Pai Northern Thai Kitchen

Stir Fried Pork Salad, pork bits with some pork liver as well. Mmmm!

And finally mango sticky rice.

Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice

The dish that won me over that night was the Green Curry or Gaeng Kiew Wan. The combination of so many flavours, with the creamy reduced coconut milk and the right amount of kick was irresistibly good. Green curry paste is quite a complex combination of ingredients. The flavour profile includes, lemongrass, galangal, coriander, Thai green chilis (gives off the signature colour as well), cumin, garlic, kaffir lime leaves and shrimp paste. That and a large bowl of white rice would have been plenty for me.

Another dish to note that I’ve never tried before is the mango sticky rice. It’s actually a very basic recipe, but it’s the simplicity that gets you. Basically it’s a sweet rice dish cooked with coconut milk and paired with fresh and juicy mangoes. The richness from the rice and slightly salty contrast goes so well with the mango. All this rice and rice noodle eating makes me wish I went back to muay thai to burn it all off.

I really loved that Chef Nuit (I’m pretty sure that is not how her name is spelled haha) came out to interact with the bloggers. Needless to say, whenever I encounter a restaurant who is blogger-friendly, it allows me to learn more about the food that I just ate and I get to learn about the backstory behind why they cook. She was explaining the spice blend that she used for the stir fried pork salad.

Chef Nuit Pai Northern Thai Kitchen

Chef Nuit

spice blend

Can you guess what’s in here?

Anyway, if you have yet to try Pai out, I highly recommend you do. By the way, I noticed that some people complained about the wait, they do take reservations so that’s how I manage to get a seat every time without the wait.

Until we dine again,

-The Piquey Eater

P.S. You can now find my reviews on both Zomato and Urbanspoon!

Pai Northern Thai Kitchen on Urbanspoon