A Gastronomical Khantoke Evening in Chiang Mai
A Gastronomical Khantoke
Evening in Chiang Mai
An evening one may not soon forget: culturally enriched with a succulent dinner, northern
Thai style where the beauty and grace of dance and musical performance is presented
at one of the leading Khantoke restaurants in Chiang Mai.
WHY THIS TOUR?
An evening filled of a culturally important even that is something typical of the northern part of Thailand. It was not until 1953 that Khantoke became a social gathering when a local politician invited high honoured guests to sit with him and enjoy this special dinner.
Northern Thailand boasts a culinary tradition all its own, much of it influenced by neighbouring countries. From Laos, comes a love for sticky rice and a distinctive use of chillies; from Myanmar, unique curries, generally un-thickened by coconut milk as in other parts of Thailand; and from China, a preference for noodles. The Khantoke dinner is traditionally specific to the people of the northern region that has elements of it all combined into one.
19:00 - 21:30
It is a short ride from your hotel to the venue where you will be welcomed by the staff who will guide you to your table where your Khantoke dinner is served. Dinner is served in small bowls, known in Thai as Khan and guests are seated cross-legged on cushions at a low table, known as Toke in Thai. The cuisine served is northern Thai and it is prepared with the western palate in mind as traditional Thai food can be very spicy. The restaurant cum theatre is housed in a traditional wooden house, as homage to what once was a common site in Chiang Mai. Respecting traditional building techniques and decorated with lanterns and banners, unmissable when traversing the city, the whole ambiance reflects times gone by yet revived in a more modern jacket.
During this set dinner, entertainers will perform the intricate Forn Leb finger dance; the Forn Thien candle dance; the Ramwong circle dance; and the Ram Dab sword dance. Opt for an additional hill tribe show performed by various members of the Yao, Lahu, Meo, Lisu, and Karen hill tribes after you have finished dinner. A myriad of hand signals, colourful costumes and representing the various ethnic minority styles will pass the revue while feasting elegantly on northern cuisine with a bit of a western flair.
After this dinner and dance performance, air-conditioned vehicles will be at the ready to bring you and your travel companions back to your downtown Chiang Mai hotel.