Brown Rice

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Samlarn road, Pha Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200
086 918 8428
18.782126, 98.981774

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Vegetarian and vegan restaurant run by Chef Duang.



Mixed experience with a modest western vegan
Cuisine: vegan, health foods
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Recommended drink: Blue Magic drink (Butterfly Pea Flower or Anchan)
Recommended dishes: pineapple fried rice, fried tofu salad, spring rolls, any salad
Price indication: reasonable; average meal about THB 200-300
Open: every day except Wed, 11am-9pm

Brown Rice is a modest place hidden behind some plastic curtains in the south west corner of the old city. It's clearly on the map as one of Chiang Mai's popular vegan places, though.
My experiences here are quite mixed: some dishes are quite okay, others are simply inedible. The fried tofu salad is light and crispy, the way the tofu has been deep-fried is without too much oil, light and cracky. The salads and spring rolls are nice too, the pineapple fried rice is good.
But the curries are most of the time quite disappointing, the last time even unedible. The hinlay curry was one time good, the next time far too sweet, and the penang curry was far too salty.
So I can't figure out one judgement about this place, with such different performance.
Some dishes are quite creative, but perhaps the execution isn't good enough. Perhaps chef Duang has to train his staff more.
As for drinks, try the Blue Magic drink made of the Butterfly Pea Flower or Anchan flower, that is originally blue but turns into purple when you squeeze lime juice in it. The change in colour is a pH indicator. Local Thai use this flower in some desserts.
The food is not oily, not spoilt by MSG and not boring. Especially the deep-fried elements deserve a compliment, as they are light and drained of oil so easy to digest. Normally I'm not such a fan of deep-fried, but in this kitchen it's okay.
However, what recently totally put me off is, that even the brown rice was micro-waved!! It took an awful long time to get a bowl of rice, the bowl was very hot, and so I checked and indeed there was no fresh warm rice at 1:30pm. For a place that prides itself on Brown Rice in its name, this is quite a disappointment. There are plenty of vegetarian and health places that serve fresh brown rice, I don't see any reason for using a microwave even for that. There goes your prana.
Another time I went there, they microwaved the rice again, but in fact it smelled slightly off...
For a place that is called Brown Rice, one would expect fresh brown rice in a big cooking pot at least during the normal hours of the day.
Take some time when you want to eat here, it's not fast food.
Duang also offers cooking classes.

Location: Salam road. Coming from the inner south west corner of the moat, follow the moat in the direction of Chiang Mai Gate. Turn left into the first main road, which is Salam road. It's just another 100m on your right, before the next soi on the right hand side.


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