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    Various Chiang Mai Questions from an Old N00b

    I have done some searching, but can't seem to find some answers to some of my special needs so thought I'd put it together in a post in the hope that some of y'all know the answers.

    1. Does anyone know of a decent regular pickup basketball game?
    2. Good quality bakery that makes heavy european style bread (dark) or decent rye bread.
    3. Kosher dill pickles (real ones, sour).
    4. Best steak in town (butcher and restaurant).
    5. Best dim sum in town.
    6. Corned beef or pastrami sandwich NY or Montreal deli style.

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    Those must be really tough questions - or nobody lives in Chiang Mai.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Those must be really tough questions - or nobody lives in Chiang Mai.........
    All the TEFlers and retirees in Chaing Mai live on somtum and noodle soup.
    They couldn't afford a steak.

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    Surely half the attraction of moving to another country is finding out for yourself or discovering alternatives..

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    I have done some searching..

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    Not a Chiangmai resident but have been several time. Local friends take me to some good restaurants and food stores.

    Quote Originally Posted by JCauto
    Best steak in town (butcher and restaurant).
    Best? Who knows but I thought The Dukes was very good.
    Dining Guide | All about Eating and Drinking in Chiang Mai: The Duke's, Chiang Mai

    All the food you ask about is available at Rimping Super Market.
    Cheeses, beef, bakery, Clauson dills etc.
    Rimping Supermarket

    This should spur some activity when the Chiang Mai locals here tell me I'm full of shit.
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    When you get to Duke's they have the best dill pickles I have tasted.
    Ask where they get them from

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    I had one of the better restaurant meals I have had in Asia at Dukes last week. A wonderful pizza, a nice big Ceasar salad, big enough for four served with hot foccacio bread. a rack of great ribs, and a huge brownie delight. We as a family of 4 were well full. Plus a great pitcher of margaritas. A bit expensive, but a great meal
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCauto
    Best dim sum in town.
    Last time I was in CM, went to a dimsum place not far from city center. I thought it was good. It was called, Toey Dimsum.

    Menu - Toey Dimsum Chiang Mai

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCauto View Post
    I have done some searching, but can't seem to find some answers to some of my special needs so thought I'd put it together in a post in the hope that some of y'all know the answers.

    1. Does anyone know of a decent regular pickup basketball game?
    2. Good quality bakery that makes heavy european style bread (dark) or decent rye bread.
    3. Kosher dill pickles (real ones, sour).
    4. Best steak in town (butcher and restaurant).
    5. Best dim sum in town.
    6. Corned beef or pastrami sandwich NY or Montreal deli style.

    2) Good bread at Rim Ping Supermarket. You may have to try more than one rim ping before you find what you want though as the standard of baking is not consistent between all branches.

    4) Best steak restaurant, IMO, is here
    The Steak House Pub and Restaurant Chiang Mai Thailand
    One of the most expensive restaurants in CM, though.


    5) Dim Sum. Yangzi Jiang on Nimmanhaemin Road, great food, lousy service.
    Jasmine Dim Sum, Royal Princess Hotel, Chiang Klan Road
    Fujian Restaurant. Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Great food, ferociously overpriced.

    6) This guy. Excellent home-made pastrami.
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    There's a bakery at the UN Irish Pub that does a lovely English tin loaf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    Surely half the attraction of moving to another country is finding out for yourself or discovering alternatives..

    Quote Originally Posted by JCauto View Post
    I have done some searching..
    Well...I have lived in Thailand before and been to Chiang Mai numerous times, speak and read Thai, blah blah blah. One of the big attractions for us is that it's the first "civilized" place we've lived together as a family - civilized meaning having a lot of Western amenities and stuff. And so there's not so much of a thrill in trolling western supermarkets etc. to try to find things, as simply wishing to know where it is so we can go buy it.

    And there is no alternative to a good kosher dill pickle, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JCauto
    Best steak in town (butcher and restaurant).
    Best? Who knows but I thought The Dukes was very good.
    Dining Guide | All about Eating and Drinking in Chiang Mai: The Duke's, Chiang Mai

    All the food you ask about is available at Rimping Super Market.
    Cheeses, beef, bakery, Clauson dills etc.
    Rimping Supermarket
    I went to the Rimping on Hwy 121 but sadly no dill pickles there. And the bread wasn't what I was looking for, but based on the other poster it would seem I need to check into some other branches. Thought there would surely be a western-run bakery by some old German fellow with a lifetime's experience in baking heavy bread, but I guess not if nobody has ever heard of one.

    Thanks for the recommendations, sounds like Duke's is a must-go for food and in the never-ending search for the perfect pickle. Although reading through the other threads, seems it's quite easy to get yourself into one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post

    2) Good bread at Rim Ping Supermarket. You may have to try more than one rim ping before you find what you want though as the standard of baking is not consistent between all branches.

    4) Best steak restaurant, IMO, is here
    The Steak House Pub and Restaurant Chiang Mai Thailand
    One of the most expensive restaurants in CM, though.


    5) Dim Sum. Yangzi Jiang on Nimmanhaemin Road, great food, lousy service.
    Jasmine Dim Sum, Royal Princess Hotel, Chiang Klan Road
    Fujian Restaurant. Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Great food, ferociously overpriced.

    6) This guy. Excellent home-made pastrami.
    PICKLES Gourmet Deli And Smokehouse | Facebook
    DrB0b, you da man! That deli sounds just the ticket. And the other recommendations are also right in line with what I was looking for. Mucho obligado!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flight19 View Post
    There's a bakery at the UN Irish Pub that does a lovely English tin loaf.
    Sounds interesting - what's an English tin loaf?

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    I buy these here. Not sure if available in CM.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JCauto
    what's an English tin loaf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    I buy these here. Not sure if available in CM.


    Where's here? Those would do! Whoops, just noticed you're in Roi Et. Wow! Kosher dills in Roi Et. Things sure have changed since I was in the Thung Kula Rong Hai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daft Old Cat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JCauto
    what's an English tin loaf?
    Cheers. Looks worth a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCauto
    Where's here? Those would do!
    When I'm in Bangkok, pick up a case or 2 at Villa Market. I'm an addict.

    Rimping Market may have them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    This should spur some activity when the Chiang Mai locals here tell me I'm full of shit
    fair enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCauto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Flight19 View Post
    There's a bakery at the UN Irish Pub that does a lovely English tin loaf.
    Sounds interesting - what's an English tin loaf?
    the UN Irish does lots of types of bread, very good too

    unlike most bakeries though, they don't get up early to start the bread, so there is no point in going there before 11am

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flight19 View Post
    There's a bakery at the UN Irish Pub that does a lovely English tin loaf.
    Sounds interesting - what's an English tin loaf?
    the UN Irish does lots of types of bread, very good too

    unlike most bakeries though, they don't get up early to start the bread, so there is no point in going there before 11am
    They surely do.Sandy the owner was considering opening up full bakery next door.

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    ^ they surely do what? get up early?

    well, there is no bread before around 10.30 and the full selection much later

    if he does open a proper bakery that would be excellent...as long as they get up early so there is bread (and croissants) ready from 9.00 am
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    You guys are great, so far I've gotten answers to all my queries except for...pickup basketball anybody? Cheers to all for the responses, feels like home already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCauto
    You guys are great,
    we know....

    you haven't asked about which bars are the best yet

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