Chiang Mai, Thailand Restaurant Review: Pun Pun

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

When I asked my friend Kate who is vegetarian and lives in Chiang Mai what her favorite restaurant is she didn’t hesitate to say Pun Pun.  When Vicci and Faye also said that it was really good, I knew we had to check it out.  We ended up going there for lunch on Saturday, before my mum and I headed to the airport and back to Bangkok.

Pun Pun is located behind Wat Suan Dok temple. From afar the temple looked amazing, but we were all templed out by that point and not too eager to wander around another in the mid-day sun.  The small, unassuming restaurant has tables that are set out underneath a gorgeous tree and a very extensive vegetarian menu.

Thai Red Rice

Thai Red Rice

We ordered a number of dishes to share: a spicy pomelo salad; hot pot with tofu, mushrooms and glass noodles; a chinese kale, mushroom and tofu stir fry; and green and panang curries.

Spicy Pomelo Salad

Spicy Pomelo Salad

The spicy pomelo salad was delicious, though not too spicy.  Unlike many I’ve had in the past, which tend to be pretty basic, this one was loaded! It had mushrooms, sesame seeds, crushed peanuts, shredded carrots, shredded kaffir lime leaves, onion and lemongrass.  It was topped with pomegranate seeds and dressed in a lime and soy dressing.  It was really a taste sensation, and every bite was pure pleasure. 

Hot Pot

Hot Pot

The hot pot was similarly delicious!  The glass noodles, tofu and mushrooms were in a vegetable broth infused with garlic cloves, a huge chunk of ginger and coriander root, which imparted delicious flavors.  It came with some extra soy sauce on the side, but it didn’t need it. 

Yum!

Yum!

 

The chinese kale stir-fry had nice big pieces of the freshest-tasting kale which was cooked to perfection, with a variety of mushrooms, carrots, garlic and tofu.  Delicious!  

Chinese Kale Stir Fry with Tofu and Mushrooms

Chinese Kale Stir Fry with Tofu and Mushrooms

The panang curry was beautiful. It could have used a tad more soy sauce and a tad more spice, but when I added a bit of both to it, it came alive. 

Panang Curry

Panang Curry

The green curry was unlike any that I have ever had before and I loved it. It had a ton of minced ginger in it, which paired beautifully with the spicy green chilies and creamy, sweet coconut milk.  Again, it could have been a bit spicier (I think they must have made it to “farang” standards); but with some extra chilies thrown in it was amazing. It was loaded with thai green eggplant (love those!), pea eggplant, tofu, mushrooms, and basil. It was all served with some delicious Thai red rice. 

Green Curry

Green Curry

To drink I had a coconut and papaya smoothie, which was just delicious.

Coconut and Papaya Smoothie

Coconut and Papaya Smoothie

The food was amazing and the setting was great. What more can anyone ask for? It was definitely one of the best meals I had while in Thailand, and I would go back in an instant!

Location: Behind Wat Suan Dok temple (on Suthep Road between the Suan Dok Gate on the moat and the Chiang Mai University)
Hours: 9am – 4pm Daily

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