Thai Chili Frog (ผัดเผ็ดกบ) That Made Me Cry, Loong Thai (ลุงไทยข้าวแกง (เพชรบุรี), Chiang Mai

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restaurants in Chiang Mai
Deliciously spicy food in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Occasionally the best restaurants you’ll eat at are not planned at all.

Some of my favorite street food experiences, both in Thailand and other countries, have been the result of walking around randomly, seeing a busy restaurant or street food stall, and stopping in to eat.

In Thailand, when you see a big crowd at a restaurant, you can pretty much be assured they’re cooking something right (or the food is cheap, but usually the former).

Chiang Mai
You can smell the chilies when you walk in.

Loong Thai Khao Gaeng (ลุงไทยข้าวแกง (เพชรบุรี)

That’s the way Ying and I found Loong Thai Khao Gaeng (ลุงไทยข้าวแกง (เพชรบุรี), in Chiang Mai.

After having just explored Ton Payom market, and sampling some rather amazing sai ua, the northern Thai herb sausage (more on this soon), I was ready for a full meal.

Note: On their sign they spell the English as Lung Thai, but their name in Thai is “loong” sounding rather than “lung.”

Thai curry
Thai rice and curry

Loong Thai Khao Gaeng (ลุงไทยข้าวแกง (เพชรบุรี) serves khao gaeng, or Thai style rice and curry.

You can either choose to order rad khao which is a plate of rice with a few dishes on top, or gap khao which is separate plate of rice and separate dishes.

We ordered a bit of both.

Notice on the sign, picture above, everything is in Thai, apart from the word “HOT” written in red – that’s a good sign of a quality restaurant if I’ve ever seen one.

It was a tough choice, many of the dishes looked fantastic.

ผัดเผ็ดเนื้อ
My first plate of pad ped neua (ผัดเผ็ดเนื้อ chili beef), and mara pad kai (มะระผัดไข่ bitter melon with egg)

1st plate

For my first plate I ordered rad khao (ราดข้าว), and got a scoop of pad ped neua (ผัดเผ็ดเนื้อ), chili beef curry, and mara pad kai (มะระผัดไข่), bitter melon fried with egg.

Price – 40 THB

ลุงไทยข้าวแกง
Pad ped neua (ผัดเผ็ดเนื้อ), chili beef curry, at Loong Thai Khao Gaeng (ลุงไทยข้าวแกง), Chiang Mai

Thin slices of beef were curried in a blend of chilies and spices with basil.

The beef was on fire, and it was marvelous. It was a bit of a tough cut, but it was sliced thinly, so it wasn’t hard to chew, but had that wonderful natural beef texture and flavor.

The chili curry was outrageously hot, nicely spiced, slightly sweet, and lit up my tongue with flavor overjoy.

Bitter melon with egg is always a wonderful addition to any Thai meal (if you like bitter melon), and since that dish wasn’t spicy at all, it complemented the beef nicely.

Lon tao jeow (หลนเต้าเจี๋ยว)
Lon tao jeow (หลนเต้าเจี๋ยว) – Relish made from fermented soy beans

Lon tao jeow (หลนเต้าเจี๋ยว)

Lon tao jeow (หลนเต้าเจี๋ยว) is not a dish you’ll find too often.

Lon is like a relish, different from a nam prik as they normally contain coconut milk, but more like a dip or sauce used to supplement rice or vegetables.

This particular version was made with tao jeow, which are fermented soy beans. It was almost cheesy in flavor, and had a smooth texture to it, and was quite sweet.

I didn’t like it too much, as the main flavor the sweet, but nevertheless, it was alright, and did go well with some fresh crisp pieces of cucumber.

ผัดเผ็ดกบ
Pad ped kob (ผัดเผ็ดกบ) – Thai chili curry frog

Pad ped kob (ผัดเผ็ดกบ)

Just as a I sat down to eat, I noticed nearly everyone else at the restaurant was ordering pad ped kob (ผัดเผ็ดกบ), chili curry frog.

It’s hard for me to be at any restaurant and miss out on the dish everyone is ordering, so just before digging in, I ordered a separate plate of pad ped kob (ผัดเผ็ดกบ).

Just like the beef, the frog was radiating with chilies.

Eating frog
Dangerously spice, incredibly tasty

The pad ped kob (ผัดเผ็ดกบ) was absolutely delicious, but I have to say it was intense.

It was probably one of the single pre-made hottest dishes I’ve ever had in Thailand (of course one could make a dish more spicy by the addition of extra chilies on the side, but this was a pre-prepared curry).

The frog very good, and layered in a beautiful glaze of Thai red curry and straight up chili seeds.

I shed tears (of joy).

I eat a lot of chilies on a daily basis, but I’m not embarrassed to admit, I shed some tears during this meal.

My lips turned red, sweat dripped down my forehead like I was in a sauna, and I cherished every moment of it.

Loong Thai Khao Gaeng (ลุงไทยข้าวแกง (เพชรบุรี)
Here’s Loong Thai Khao Gaeng (ลุงไทยข้าวแกง (เพชรบุรี) from the outside

Watch the full video…

(If you can’t see the video, watch it here: http://youtu.be/TdQfeZ2VRIE)

Conclusion

Loong Thai Khao Gaeng (ลุงไทยข้าวแกง (เพชรบุรี) serves spicy northern Thai khao gaeng (rice and curry) in Chiang Mai.

Not all the dishes are spicy, but many of them are, and their most popular dishes are heavily spiced. If you’re up for a real tear jerker, go straight for the pad ped (chili curry) dishes.

They don’t joke around with their use of chilies – and it’s marvelous.

I thought the food was very tasty, good local northern style khao gaeng (rice and curry) in Chiang Mai.

Loong Thai Khao Gaeng (ลุงไทยข้าวแกง (เพชรบุรี)

Address: Thanon Suthep, Chang Klan, Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai
Phone: 08-6977-8593
Open hours: 4 am – 2 pm, so you can get a breakfast chili base in your stomach if you like, but it’s a good place for an early lunch
Prices: About 40 THB per plate

ที่อยู่ ถนนสุเทพ ตำบล ช้างคลาน อำเภอ เมือง จังหวัด เชียงใหม่ ทางเข้ากองบิน 41 ข้างโรงแรมพิงค์พยอม
โทร.08-6977-8593
เปิดจันทร์ – ศุกร์  04.00 – 14.00 น.

How to get there

Loong Thai Khao Gaeng (ลุงไทยข้าวแกง (เพชรบุรี) is located on the road right before the Ton Payom Market in Chiang Mai, across the street from Chiang Mai University. The easiest way to get around Chiang Mai is by rot songthaew (back of truck taxi).

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  • Poehlmann

    4 years ago

    Since I am half an year in CM I have time to try all lokations of Mark, because this guy anderstands what is good food and good cooking, thanks for that Mark!
    I enterd the lokal at 12 o clock, the first thing I realised was that there no spices were at the tables, I got used in Thailand to get 3 to five. The next was all I had written down from Marks report to order was finished, so I ate what I got and IT WAS DELICIOUS.
    The first time here in north Thailand that I did not have to flavor the food with spices, they had done it for me in perfektion. But please eat there only, if you are a fan of realy spicy meals, if you like to sweet a little bit, have a mild but intensive burning on your lips, for me it was perfekt.
    Not so perfekt was my timing of the visit there. At 12:15 the rest of there food was filled in plasticsacks, at 12:20 the chairs stood on the tables except one and that was mine, so I give you an advice: go there at 10 a.m.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Poehlmann, good to hear from you, glad you’re spending time in Chiang Mai and enjoyed this place. Definitely for spicy food. Thanks for the extra tips as well.

      • Jay Khilnani

        3 years ago

        Haven’t had dinner yet, and your incredible site has my mouth watering and my tummy rumbling! Off to Chiang Mai on the 18th and I’m going to love every meal. So excited!

  • David Fincher

    5 years ago

    First thing I ate in Chiang Mai! And first time I’ve eaten anywhere that’s on your website without seeing you recommend it first. That chilli frog was so good.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Very cool, thank you for sharing David, glad you enjoyed that chili frog too!

  • Gay

    5 years ago

    Did I just see you the the food hero ad? Cool!

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hi Gay, I think so! Unfortunately, I had to miss the official try-out interview as I was already busy, so won’t be going on with that.

  • Maria Falvey

    5 years ago

    Mark, the pad ped neua looks amazing. Your posts always make me hungry – I love them regardless!