Eating Through Chiang Mai

This Southerner made it all the way to Thailand, and the first thing I got at the market? Pork rinds.

Metrocurean has gone rogue on the holidays, fleeing the shopping madness and apparent blizzard (you guys ok, out there?) for the sticky warmth and spicy food of Southeast Asia. I've been in Chiang Mai, Thailand, since Wednesday, and the eatin's been real good.

Khao soi, a specialty of Northern Thailand, brings together a slightly spicy yellow curry coconut broth, deep fried egg noodles, rice noodles and chicken (or other meat). It's garnished with tasty pickled cabbage, red onion and lime. I've eaten it three times in as many days.

Scenes from a popular market:

Nose-to-tail eating, a way of life not a trend to tout.

Next stop: Hanoi.