Meet the UMAMI MASTER of Thai Food! | Northern Thai Food - Chiang Mai, Thailand

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During my recent trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand, I met up with my friend Hanuman Aspler, who is one of the most knowledgeable people I know when it comes to Thai food history and science.
I’ve known Khun Hanuman for many years, originally in Bangkok. But a few years ago, he bought a plot of land in the mountains of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and started developing it. I had been following his progress and he had even explained to me about what he had to do - turning a swampland into liveable conditions, and building a traditional, yet clean with a few modern amenities, Thai home on the site.
Introducing - Three Trees Doi Saket! A project, their home, and now, a Thai immersive cooking class - easily the most in depth and authentic Thai cooking class, likely in the world. Hanuman is not only a cook, but he’s a walking encyclopedia of Thai history, the stories behind each Thai dish, and a scientist who known how to break down each dish and ingredients and tell you why it’s included and what it does for the dish. It’s always an honor to hang out with Hanuman, and cook and eat, because I come away with so much more knowledge.
Today we cooked Khanom jeen nam ngiaw (ขนมจีนน้ำเงี้ยว), what is one of the most popular Northern Thai food. It’s one of the dishes that if you ask someone from Northern Thailand what is a dish they crave or miss (if they are living in Bangkok), they would likely mention khanom jeen nam ngiaw (ขนมจีนน้ำเงี้ยว).
Khanom jeen nam ngiaw (ขนมจีนน้ำเงี้ยว) is a Northern Thai, yet Shan style, curry eaten with soft rice noodles. We gathered all the ingredients for the Thai curry paste, and pounded them all.
One of the most interesting lessons in this Thai cooking class today in Chiang Mai was about umami. Tomatoes are one of the few naturally filled fruits with umami. So he used a variety of different shapes, sizes, colors, and even fired some tomatoes to give the dish a dimension of umami. Other unique ingredients in khanom jeen nam ngiaw (ขนมจีนน้ำเงี้ยว) are cotton tree flowers (ดอกงิ้ว) and fermented soybeans (ถั่วเน่า tua now).
I’ve had plenty of bowls of northern Thai food khanom jeen nam ngiaw (ขนมจีนน้ำเงี้ยว) in Chiang Mai, but this was the most complex, richest, and most in depth flavorful bowl of the dish I’ve ever had. And the umami was maxxed out, the tomatoes blew my taste buds in all directions.
Huge thank you to Khun Hanuman and Khun Ton for their kindness and hospitality.
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Serenity Day ago
I like Joel. Mark and Joel's personality's are very similar. Mark is on the geeky side and so is Joel, and that is why I like the both of them. They are both very genuine.
Steve Fox
Steve Fox 3 days ago
ชนิศา ชมโชค
ขนมจีนน้ำเงี้ยว​ is​ one of​ my​ favorite dish, i'm​ hungry nowww.
Nick Irvine-Fortescue
Oh my days I've never heard of Hanuman but he's just taken a spot in my most inspirational chefs list. I love his thought process. It reminds me a lot of Heston Blumenthal, who talks about layering and using multiple varieties and cooking styles of the same ingredient. Great video Mark, I really appreciate you taking us to this place. (Gutted I didn't know about it when I visited Chiang Mai!!)
Pichaya Buakhaow
Pichaya Buakhaow 7 days ago
Wow.so much passionate in Thai cooking, this is really awesome.
Harriat Carthan
Harriat Carthan 12 days ago
What are doing
Ashish Mishra
Ashish Mishra 19 days ago
Hiiii mark this is ashish from India and I lived in odisha it's a state of India and we have some incredible food here also. So I am looking forward to host you..... Big fan I luv your t- shirt man I need one
Simo Paalanen
Simo Paalanen 19 days ago
Exelent video, and cool guy! Only bad thing is hi's opinion about MSG. It's actually really dangerous to eat. small amount is okay, but bro, you can not use it for the dip :D Where hes has been cooking before and what's this guy history?
Rekha Pons
Rekha Pons 21 day ago
Msg is very bad for your health, pls don’t promote on your video please
Ross Tafarian
Ross Tafarian 29 days ago
Micah’s like wtf I’m gonna eat?
Tarz316 Month ago
Why do you snicker weirdly after each bite...i mean granted the food is good, but what are you constantly laughing at...so weird
david li
david li Month ago
Incredible, amazing dishes
david li
david li Month ago
Great visit. Fantastic cooking. Thank you so much
travel just do it
dident impress me , but then a gain i am a professional..and you make the same face everytimen at dont tell me that all you eat tast that good..but i love your videos
Pawan Singh
Pawan Singh Month ago
Hanuman is a Indian god name.
brianboru62 Month ago
I'd feel infuriated if thought in the whole of Thailand there wasn't a 'THAI'master of Thai cuisine better than a Western imposter.Also I might add I detest PC and social justice insanity ( before any cuckoo's jump on my back) but isn't this a majestic example of cultural appropriation😗?Or is it chefs are exempt from the eagle eyed SJW's
Thailand ไทยแลนด์
Hello I liked videos you very good good
RAVI Swami
RAVI Swami Month ago
Hanuman good luck
please subscibe to my channel for no reason.
Elaine Monserate
Super love this video Mark! Keep doing what you're doing! I hope I get to go to the places you visited and eat all the food you ate! Good job to you too Joel!
Good2BGood Month ago
I am guessing that( ancestors ) must be belonged to India. .... My Way ....
Madiki khiangte
Madiki khiangte Month ago
Joel is rather cute too, and i am happy for Mark and Ying that Joel could help with taking videos, because Micah and Ying could have enough time playing and running around. And Joel's expression when having the food is as adorable as Mark..
Dominic Torretto
ชอบจังเลยครับเวลามีชาวต่างชาติทำอาหารไทย ที่สำคัญเป็นอาหารท้องถิ่นของทางภาคเหนือด้วย ถึงแม้ว่าวิธีการเตรียมเครื่องบางอย่างจะไม่ได้เตรียมแบบเหมือนของไทยแต่ก็ได้ผลลัพธ์แบบเดียวกับการเตรียมแบบไทย แต่วัตถุดิบ และขั้นตอนการทำก็ยังคงเป็นไปตามแบบของไทย เก่งมากเลยครับ... อาหารไทยอร่อยไม่เป็นรองชาติใดครับ จากคนไทย ที่ติดตาม คุณมาร์ค ครับ
Brian Domijan
Brian Domijan 2 months ago
wow...this maybe my favorite of all of Marks videos...the friendship and passion & food including the view. plus Hanuman is such a chill soul who I would love to watch cook and then eat with!!! amazing!!!! thank you!!!
Angelica Chu
Angelica Chu 2 months ago
I’ve always loved all your videos! When you took that big bite with the chicken blood my eyes opened as big as yours Mark! Lol. Hanuman, your cooking is like art ❤️ so much love and passion into cooking, it looks like ease. Must book cooking class with him 🥰
EsNumber1 2 months ago
this is amazing, you can tell this chef is the real deal I cant imagine how much flavor was in that paste
JOHN quewa
JOHN quewa 2 months ago
Love this guy !! follow him all around the world !! My 10 year old son asked me why Mark wears his seat belt but his wife doesn't ? I said because Mark is smart & his wife isn't.
Poe 952
Poe 952 2 months ago
This really wasnt that difficult, Mark and Crew are always great, but this was very average...im sure it tasted great, i could knock the same thing up for a tenner, minus the view.
jibbb bii
jibbb bii 2 months ago
Phouvan Chan
Phouvan Chan 2 months ago
I'm from Laos and when they keep calling the curry dish"nam yeeow", i couldn't help but laugh bcuz it means "pee water!!", in my language. But im pretty SURE the dish was AMAZING!!! imma def try to make that DISH ASAP!!! LOL yummy!!!!
bian taila
bian taila 2 months ago
Man, I LOOOVE your videos but that hipster you're dragging along with you is the most annoyingly fake douchebag EVER, constantly just watching you to be able to copy the same emotions/expressions ... ugh ... I litteraly can NOT watch ANY video he is in ... Sorry, just had to vent ... LOVE your videos ;)
Cj Brown
Cj Brown 3 months ago
It seems that Joel is fitting in nicely, he actually seems actually more of a true "foodie," he is interested in ingredients, pays attention and is respectful in taking a back set to the host and guests. It seems that Marks likes to eat (and drown his food in hot sauce-which ruins the true flavors, LOL) whereas Joel seems as if he would enjoy cooking. About this video...it honestly seemed as if the food was just okay.
dinosaur jr
dinosaur jr 3 months ago
he reminds me of David Thompson
merwyn vincent
merwyn vincent 3 months ago
I always tell this why do u have that guy Joel in ur videos? This is surely one of the reasons. 10:31 that guy orders without MSG, what a douchebag!!!!!🤦‍♂️
Thetalkativemonk !
Thetalkativemonk ! 3 months ago
I wonder what inspired Hanuman to have that name, cause in India that name has a lot of value, and the ones who follow Hinduism.
imaghostya 3 months ago
I love how cooks can express themselves through food. What a beautiful dish, with an awesome view. You da hanuMAN!!!
ExMachina SC2
ExMachina SC2 3 months ago
Hey Mark!! Have you ever met Jon Jandai? He is another farmer, that is based in Chiang Mai. He did a few videos back a few years ago, that demonstrate how he was able to use his property to create an environmentally sustainable, and economically sustaining system. Wish you can seek him out and make a video/interview with him.
Sunskat 3 months ago
So hungry now...
Kayla Washington
Kayla Washington 3 months ago
5:10 Micah nooooooo hahaha Ying swooped in quick though
always smile
always smile 3 months ago
I live in Chiangmai Thailand and love Nam Nguan Noodle.
Psychedelic N
Psychedelic N 3 months ago
Hanuman is amezing
Somsong Sudabut
Somsong Sudabut 3 months ago
mortal orphan
mortal orphan 3 months ago
This is my fam's fave.
billytheweasel 3 months ago
Isaan wife - reporting for duty! She cooks Italian amazingly well too. Unreal.
UNlEasHeD YnAzdi
UNlEasHeD YnAzdi 3 months ago
master so good humble hes a legend
Sports around the world
Mark I love what you do but I think u should give more respect on Jo and he should also be featured in your every video if he is there
Elizabeth L
Elizabeth L 3 months ago
Ok your friend is boring and a lil stiff lol I meant the one you visited his house
super chop
super chop 4 months ago
Mark you my boy, but please loose the side kick he gets on my nerve
Wendy Taylor
Wendy Taylor 4 months ago
Mounika B
Mounika B 4 months ago
I love Joel. He is a very positive guy, just like mark.
Jeff Carlo Rapesa
Jeff Carlo Rapesa 4 months ago
how can you eat a piece of Chili HAHAHA! i love you man
Ke-Hwan Kim
Ke-Hwan Kim 4 months ago
What an amazing chef Hanuman is!! And we all love Joel, it's easy to see he is a great guy, just like Mark. And of course we all love Ying and Micah, too!!
noynoy ajero
noynoy ajero 4 months ago
Thank you for sharing this great videos mark. I really love your travels . Especially that you brought your family with you. Thats just so amazing. I told my husband to subscribe to your channel too. I just love all your videos. God bless to you and ying and micah. Keep it up. 👍👍👍👍👍
Yosel Choden
Yosel Choden Month ago
Mark I really want to take couse on thai cuisine with him.
LIeb Lee
LIeb Lee 4 months ago
Hanuman speaking Thai is amazing 👍👍👍
LIeb Lee
LIeb Lee 4 months ago
Oh my god Your friends property and home is amazing!!!!!! Is he married lol
Mikołaj Stawowy
Mikołaj Stawowy 4 months ago
This just left me awestruck. So much passion, such an amazing attitude towards the food, the craft, people. Hanuman's summary at 21:21, absolutely wholesome. This video just made my day so much better!
Heather Leigh
Heather Leigh 4 months ago
Literally Drooling
nida_r 4 months ago
He wasted so much ginger.... but the dish looks bomb!
Jaga Kanchi
Jaga Kanchi 4 months ago
Ohh God what a tidy kitchen he has.He is a master in cooking.Not only given the attention for cooking but also to keep the premises clean and tidy.Hats off you sir.
missy mason
missy mason 4 months ago
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