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

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.

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

As you walk in, there is a cooking station to the left with all of the ingredients for pad Thai on display out front.  In addition to rice noodles, there were mounds of fresh bean sprouts, garlic chives, and banana flowers, cartons of eggs stacked high, pre-cut tofu, roasted peanuts, dried ground chili powder, and an abundance of lime wedges.

The rice noodles, instead of being dry or soaked in water, had been marinated in a sauce of tamarind juice, palm sugar, and fish sauce so that they were thoroughly permeated with that characteristic sweet, salty, and sour goodness that pad Thai is famous for.  When combined with the acidity of lime, the crunch of peanuts and bean sprouts, and the savoriness of garlic chives, the noodles really did burst with all five fantastic flavors!

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

They were so flavorful, in fact, that I am inspired to revisit my pad Thai recipe and try marinating the noodles in the pad Thai sauce as they did.  Hubby and I both had plates of plain pad Thai (ผัดไทยธรรมดา), but you can also order a special large version of pad Thai (ผัดไทยพิเศษ) and pad Thai wrapped in an egg blanket (ผัดไทยห่อไข่).  All come with a side of chives, bean sprouts, lime wedges, and banana flowers.

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

After scarfing down our plates of noodles, we were lucky enough to meet the owner and talk about our shared love of Thai food.  He told us that his restaurant has been in business for decades, and has gained immense popularity with locals and tourists alike.  In fact, if you get a chance to visit, you can see yellow plaques lined up on the walls, filled with signatures and comments from visitors in various languages.

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

As we talked into the night, the owner graciously invited us to try his version of fish curry with noodles (khanom jeen nam ya).  He had spent all day making this dish for his family dinner, and it was just as delicious as the main restaurant staple.  Who knows, perhaps there will be two items on the menu the next time we visit!

Restaurant: Pad Thai Ha Rot | ผัดไทย 5 รส

Address: Chang Moi Road Soi 3, near Thapae Gate, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Open Daily 5 – 11 p.m.

5 comments… add one
  • Phyllis Green January 8, 2016, 12:16 pm

    Hi Rachel, first of all I want to thank you for all these lovely recipes and suggestions, since its quite evident that you love Thai Cuisine, I would suggest you visit this amazing place called as Moon Thai & Japanese in Weston Florida, it serves some really awesome Thai delicacies like Pad Thai, Thai salads and their specialty ,Rock ‘N Roll Shrimp which are
    Jumbo prawns sautéed with homemade sauce,very tasty,served with sautéed vegetable, do check it out

  • Adrian Fleur November 17, 2015, 9:58 am

    This was one of the first places I ate when I arrived in Chiang Mai. It sort of blew my mind. The pad thai was to-die-for and now that I no longer live in CM I still crave this all the time. Lovely post and thanks for the nostalgia.

    • Rachel November 17, 2015, 1:59 pm

      So glad to hear that you love this place too! It really is THAT good, isn’t it!

  • Lib M. September 13, 2015, 4:37 pm

    I’ve loved Thai food since my first taste in college 20 years ago. I attended a conference in Thailand about 8 years ago, and noticed that Thai food in America seems closer to its origins than many other international foods. Still, there is often something just slightly off or missing or lacking in the flavors of Thai food in the U.S. – maybe it’s just less explosive, I can’t put my finger on it or find the right words to describe it. Anyway, I ran across your blog several months ago when I was looking for a red curry with beef recipe. The link to the original recipe I had stopped working and luckily, I found your blog. I just had Pad Thai yesterday in a new restaurant that opened in our town. I’ve never made it at home before, but I immediately thought of your blog again and all the recipes that I had vowed to try, and the first post is for Pad Thai! Thanks for sharing your cooking adventures. I think a trip to the market is in order.

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