On our last trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand, along with trying to eat and discover as much khao soi as possible, we headed one day for lunch to a restaurant known as SP Chicken (SP ไก่ย่าง) – they specialize in Thai style grilled chicken, actually more rotisserie style, and the full range of different Thai Isan dishes like som tam and sticky rice. The restaurant is small and family run, and located right in the old section of Chiang Mai, within the gates.
The first thing you notice when you enter SP Chicken (SP ไก่ย่าง) restaurant in Chiang Mai is the beauty of their grilling chicken rotisserie. It’s a one of a kind, stand up grill, where to coals are situated on the side, and the chicken are skewered and roast while spinning. There’s a man, who full times watching the chicken, and occasionally brushes off any ash that may have blown on the birds – the quality control is fantastic. I could smell the chicken, and as soon as we walked in, I was ready to devour a chicken and some Thai green papaya salad to go with it.
If you go to this restaurant in Chiang Mai, you should immediately order a full chicken gai yang (ไก่ย่าง), they are pretty small. So small in fact, that at the beginning, I actually smiled because the entire chicken could fit on a normal small sized plate. But I shouldn’t have judged the chicken that fast, because after taking my first bite, I realized just how packed with flavor the chicken was. I literally ate the entire drumstick in one bite, and it was just incredibly juicy and oily and packed with tastiness. In addition to the expertly cooked chicken, what I really loved about SP Chicken (SP ไก่ย่าง) was their home-made nam jim jaew (น้ำจิ้มแจ่ว), the sauce used for dipping the chicken in.
Along with gai yang, we also ordered a plate of yam dab wan moo (ยำตับหวานหมู), a salad made from liver, dressed in toasted sticky rice, and a blend of fish sauce and lime juice. It was excellent, the liver was nice and tender and I loved the fresh herbs like mint and cilantro. An Isan meal is never complete without an order of green papaya salad. We got som tam boo (ส้มตำปู), green papaya salad with crab. It was excellent, mainly because I loved the good amount of lime juice that they used in it.
If you are ever in Chiang Mai and looking for a delicious plate of grilled chicken, go check out SP Chicken (SP ไก่ย่าง).
Address: 9/1 Sam Larn Soi 1, Phra Singh, Muang Chiang Mai, Thailand
Open hours: 11 am — 9 pm daily
Phone: 080 500 5035
Prices: About 100 — 200 THB per person
ที่อยู่ 9/1 สามล้าน ซอย1, ตำบล ศรีภูมิ , อำเภอเมือง เชียงใหม่
เปิดบริการทุกวัน 11:00 — 21:00 น.
โทร. 080 500 5035
How to get there:
From the west side of Chiang Mai’s old city (Bunrueang Rit Rd.), walk down Samlan Soi 1 about 100 meters or so, and you’ll see SP Chicken on your right hand side.
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Full restaurant review: http://www.eatingthaifood.com/2014/06/sp-chicken-chiang-mai/
See more of my best restaurants in Chiang Mai suggestions: http://www.eatingthaifood.com/best-restaurants-in-chiang-mai/
Are you interested in more Thai food? Check out my “Eating Thai Food Guide” for the serious Thai food lovers: http://www.eatingthaifood.com/eating-thai-food-guide/
Authentic Thai recipes: http://www.eatingthaifood.com/thai-recipes/
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