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

  • Published on:  1/2/2019
  • Go check out Hanuman: for 2 new videos every weekT-shirts and caps: 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.Thai Cooking Class at Three Trees Doi Saket - When you’re in Chiang Mai, get in touch with Hanuman for the most authentic and immersive Thai cooking class in Thailand.MUSIC: GEAR I used to make this video (these are affiliate links):Main camera: lens: lens: you for watching!


  • Monkey JumpStarr 6 months ago

    dude just ate a chili off the chili bush.... he's a real one

  • Chase Morgan 4 months ago

    Don’t tell honeybun 🤫

  • Woojee Shin 5 months ago

    yeah, he is chiliman

  • Dani Gam 6 months ago

    Everyone is so down putting of Joel when all he does is appreciate food just as much as Mark does. Marks wife is so busy with Micah that she can't help as much with giving input. A second opinion from someone who loves and adores food culture as much as Mark does, shouldn't be an issue. Joel, I love you in the video's. You should make a channel and if you have one please put it in the description box. Thank you.

  • Jean Ducheamps 3 days ago

    RealMachine what gives you the right to ‘complain’? Make your own channel. Mark makes videos. He does it the way he likes it. He chooses his friends and his food. If you don’t like it, leave and look for another channel. Or make your own.

  • Amanda Prithipal 4 months ago

    Joel Rocks!

  • SubFront 6 months ago

    I definitely enjoy it when you include Joel in your adventures

  • Nope Nope 3 months ago

    Because you're an ignorant white kid with no manners.Joel is being a clueless dumb looking ninja warrior wanna be white kid. If you can't tell how rude he is then you must be very rude yourself.

  • Nes Jos 4 months ago

    I no like this Joel, his face like soo fake I wanting to slap it

  • Jacquelíne R. Baj 6 months ago

    Thailand is a beautiful country!😍

  • billytheweasel 1 months ago

    And changing fats. Getting westernized and less free every year.

  • @DmY808 thank you man

  • Jessica Soriano 6 months ago

    Mark I'm a fan of your videos and content. I also love Joel as an addition. I enjoy watching him and seeing his reaction to amazing food. I hope he can one day have a food channel. He's gorg

  • Vablonsky 6 months ago

    For those of us who aren't expert cooks or chefs, there was some invaluable insights in this video. This whole idea of "layering" is the big take away here. The layering of umami flavors. With those different tomatoes. Some greener, some redder. The smoked ones. Then, the idea of an "under paste" to compliment the main curry paste. And, at the end, what's the final layer? A "layer of friendship." This is one of Mark's best videos. For presenting these ideas.

  • Michael Ladd 27 days ago

    Fantastic video learned a lot!! Enjoyed it W O W ! ! !

  • Ngeriding 6 months ago

    I dont get it tho, why is everybody so rude to joel and picking up on him for doing his expressions... i dont see anything wrong with it, beside joel has passion for food too just like mike and another food vloger AND y'all that might have no youtube channel. Just stop being so rude, he's a human being... imagine if this happens to y'all and you read those hate comments, must be sucks. If you guys see a lot of mark previous vids long time ago you will see joel in some vids, i did and i liked him, so i ...

  • Adrianna Boone 28 days ago

    @Lee Harvey Oswald you sound pathetic by trying to argue with me over a comment that was made months ago. Try getting a life.

  • Lee Harvey Oswald 28 days ago

    @Adrianna Boone says the jerkoff in the comment section with the rest of us.

  • Pinay ASMR 6 months ago

    HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!! Mark and family!...🎂🍾🍷🍺🍻🎆🎇🎈🎉🎊🎁🎁🎁

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  • A A 6 months ago

    Hamunans house is so beautiful

  • billytheweasel 1 months ago

    Great mix of Thai and Farang.

  • Outstanding to see someone like Hanuman be so passionate about Thai cuisine. He's very poetic and truly speaks from the heart.