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Shan’s stylish delicacy of Khao Raem Fuen
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Shan’s stylish delicacy of Khao Raem Fuen

 

Chiang Rai’s street food gains more color from the local dish called Khao Raem Fuen.

Thailand inherited the dish from Shan and Tai Lue in Xishuangbanna, China. Until now, Khao Raem Fuen has been a popular dish widely available in the Mae Sai District.

Khao Raem Fuen is a vegetarian dish which is made of rice-starch jelly served in savory sauce and seasoning. Yellow Peanuts and the pale purple pea starch are also used and create the interesting color of the food.

Khao Raem Fuen is a vegetarian dish made from rice-starch jelly served in spicy sauce and spices. It also peanut and pea starch are used, which give a pale purple and yellow.

The sauce consists of various ingredients, including the fermented soybean juice, grounded peanuts, tomato juice, grounded sesame, black soy sauce and broth. You can enjoy Khao Raem Fuen in two different sauces: The sweet one comes with cane sugar, the sour with fermented cane sugar.

In Mae Sai, Khao Raem Fuen is served hot, topped with bean sprouts, pickled vegetable and roasted chili. The dish is similar to a Chinese dish called Liangfen or jelly noodle, which is popular in the western part of China. But one difference is that Liangfen is served cold, often during summer.

Mae Sai is located at the northern tip of Thailand and is a border crossing point to Myanmar. Foreigners are crossing the border to visit Thachilek in Myanmar. The border town is also a commercial hub for Myanmar and Chinese goods.

 

How to get there: Mae Sai is located 65 km north of Chiang Rai and is the northernmost city in Thailand. Chiang Rai is located 790 km north of Bangkok, accessible on Highway 1. For more information, contact the TAT office in Chiang Rai at 053-717-433.