Restaurant Highlight: Pad Thai Ha Roat | ผัดไทย 5 รส | Chiang Mai

When we were in Thailand last fall, hubby and I tried out a few different versions of pad Thai from street vendors and restaurants renowned for this famous noodle dish.  One of our favorite renditions was found in Chiang Mai, at an open-air restaurant known as Pad Thai Ha Roat (ผัดไทย 5 รส).

The name of this establishment refers to the five flavors (ha/ห้า=five, roat/รส=flavors) which are present in a good pad Thai: salty, sweet, sour, spicy, and savory.  And after taking just one bite of these delicious noodles, we knew that this restaurant lived up to its name.

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