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Northern Thai Cusine

Northern Thai Cusine

The cuisine of northern Thailand
How can we talk about culture in Chiang Mai without talking about its cuisine?

The cuisine of northern Thailand, especially in Chiang Mai, is rather sweet because it is the result of centuries of traditional culinary know-how combined with Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences. With a perfect blend of aromatic toppings and a few spicy condiments, Chiang Mai's cuisine, also known as lanna cuisine, is particularly succulent. A beautiful assortment of authentic recipes to discover and taste without moderation!

The particularities of northern Thai cuisine
As everyone knows, Thailand's recipes have a reputation for being spicy. Regular customers will not find any disadvantages, but for the less sensitive taste buds, a Som Tam spiced up with a sauce too strong can harm its tasting if you are not used to it.

Fortunately, not all of Thailand necessarily follows this rule. The North of the country offers a relatively sweet and tasty cuisine by reducing the amount of spice in order to make the taste of the recipe more pronounced. This particularity of northern cuisine would not be possible without the Burmese and Laotians in particular who, over the centuries, have come to influence the culinary field of Chiang Mai and many other regions.

This is all the more obvious if we refer to the way curry is prepared, as well as the omnipresence of sticky rice in almost all recipes. Chinese influence is also very present in the cuisine of northern Thailand, with most of Chiang Mai's most prestigious restaurants serving dishes accompanied by several types of sauces of Chinese origin.

Many cooking schools in Chiang Mai also offer training days in Lanna cooking. The prices are more than affordable: it would be a shame not to take advantage of them if you come on holiday.

Northern cuisine is characterized by the traditional Lana style, which is widespread in the Chiang Mai region. Contrary to what the dishes may suggest, northern cuisine is generally easy to prepare compared to the cuisine of other parts of Thailand. Originally, Lana Thai cuisine was mainly intended for weddings and other important events. Nowadays, it is democratized and everyone can enjoy the delicious lanna recipes anywhere and anytime.

The main ingredients are pork and vegetables, which are part of a variation of authentic recipes characterized by tastes with bitter tendencies, both powerful and complex.

Although traditional straw baskets remain highly prized as containers when serving food, today they are mainly placed on small porcelain plates, while guests sit on floor mats around a wooden table.

Discover the true Thai flavours prepared by talented chefs who respect tradition. The best Thai restaurant Manola Brussels invites you to discover and share real Thai food.  

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Thai cuisine restaurant in Brussels

Get Delivery Now with Uber Eats!

Get Delivery Now with Uber Eats!

Have the best Thai food from Brussels delivered to you from Manola III restaurant via Uber Eats
We've been waiting a long time for this moment and it's now done! You can now order the top Thai food from Manola III Restaurant via Uber Eats.

Uber Eats (previously stylized in UberEATS) is a ready-made meal delivery service created by the founders of Uber. It works via a mobile application and a website.

This service is available worldwide: North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and in a few cities in Africa.

How does it work?
 1.  First of all, take your smartphone, download the Uber Eats application, create an account so you can order wherever you are. Uber Eats allows you to choose from hundreds of restaurants including the Thai restaurant Manola III. Once the application is downloaded, you Thai food lovers will go straight to the Manola III restaurant, which you will find quickly after your search. You will see the menu from which you can make your choice and add each dish you like to the basket. The desktop version works the same way and you just have to go to

2. Order the following
The second step will be to order. When you are ready to proceed to payment, you will be able to view your address, estimated delivery time and order price, including tax and shipping costs. If everything seems correct, simply press Place order. There you go. We automatically use the registered card, so you never need cash.

3. Track your order
Track your order in the application. First of all, you see that the restaurant accepts your order and starts preparing it. Then, when it is almost ready, a nearby Uber partner (by car, bike or scooter) goes to the restaurant to pick it up. Finally, the courier brings you your order. You can see his name and photo, and follow his progress on the map.

In 2019, Uber Eats announced that it will deliver food to its customers by drones in the future and partnered with Apple to launch their Apple Card credit card. No worries, it will be many human couriers who will deliver our good Thai dishes to you!  

Discover the true Thai flavours prepared by talented chefs who respect tradition. The best Thai restaurant Manola Brussels invites you to discover and share real Thai food.  

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Som Tam salad: a real delight!

Som Tam salad: a real delight!

Just like Thai noodle stir-fry (the famous "pad thai"), or spicy shrimp soup ( the explosive "tom yam kung"), green papaya salad "som tam" is now one of the Top 5 dishes that are truly emblematic of Thai cuisine.

Originating from the vast North-East of the Kingdom (Isan), this salad owes its name to the fact that it essentially represents a sour ("som") mixture prepared in the kitchen with a drumstick ("tam": "hammer").


When we look at its history, it emerges quite quickly from any available documentation that despite what we are generally inclined to think, som tam is not, in fact, a dish attached in a multi-secular or even: "consubstantial", in the North-East of Thailand... but, almost a contrario, a preparation which, having been "invented" thanks to the import into Isan from Malaysia, during the Vietnam War, of many papayas, would count at most, well calculated: only from 50 to 60 years of existence...

Discover the true Thai flavours prepared by talented chefs who respect tradition. The best Thai restaurant Manola Brussels invites you to discover and share real Thai food.  

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Pad Thai: a simple, fine and delicious dish

 Pad Thai: a simple, fine and delicious dish

A true national emblem, Pad Thai is the most famous Thai dish in the world. A look back at the history of a dish, which does not have much to do with Thai!

Pad Thai (ผัดไทย), literally "Thai-style fried noodles", is a dish made up of rice noodles, eggs, yellow tofu, dried shrimp, fish sauce, soya sprouts and chili. All ingredients used for the most part, except chili, in Chinese cuisine. And for good reason, some would go back to the origin of this dish in the kingdom of Ayutthaya (1351-1767). At the time, the capital was a real economic centre, a meeting point for international traders, cultures mixed, communities settled and spread their habits.

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Pad Thai could be an adaptation of the Vietnamese "Pho Xao" or the "Kiaw tiao", Chinese fried noodles. But at that time, we don't talk about Pad Thai yet. It was not until the 1940s and the consequences of various factors, both economic and nationalist, that prevailed in government policy at the time that this dish, which was inseparable from Thai cuisine, appeared.

Develop a feeling of "Thainess"

In 1938, Marshal Phibun Songkhram, then Prime Minister and military dictator of Thailand, launched a vast campaign to modernize the country while setting up a regime inspired by European fascism based on ultra-nationalist propaganda. The government imposes as a national language the language spoken in Bangkok, changes the name of Siam in Thailand (country of the free), encourages the population to adopt Western clothing, changes the first day of the year to match it to the European calendar.

With the Second World War, Thailand found itself in the midst of an economic crisis. As one of the largest rice exporters, the government decides to make up the deficit by exporting more and encouraging people to consume more rice noodles. As noodles were already very popular and always in a desire to develop a nationalist feeling, what the Marshal called "Thainess", he decided to create a national dish, the "Pad Thaï", he distributed the recipe all over the country and encouraged street vendors to offer it to the population. Very quickly the dish became one of the basics of what can be called "fast food" in Thailand.

Today, it is almost impossible to list the number of restaurants that serve them, as well as to count the many variations. Each chef has his own secret recipe and if the dish is very simple, it is not easy to find a "good" Pad Thai.

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Thai cuisine restaurant in Brussels

Manola Brussels Thai Restaurant: health first!

Manola Brussels Thai Restaurant: health first!

What if you decide to eat Thai for a change? This would be an opportunity to discover, or rediscover, the virtues of a thousand-year-old cuisine... What are the benefits of Thai cuisine? Our dietician Alexandra Murcier took advantage of her trip to Thailand to discover the culinary habits of this country and reveal the 5 health secrets of this gourmet and healthy cuisine. To your chopsticks, ready?! Go away! Go away!

The 5 benefits of Thai food

1) Thai cuisine is rich in fruits and vegetables

Thai cuisine honours fruits and vegetables. Mixed dishes, salads and soups combine exotic vegetables and fruits, helping us to replenish our diet with vitamins, antioxidants and fibre.

2) It honours spices

Thai cuisine uses a lot of spices and condiments that are excellent for health. Here are some examples of the most essential spices and condiments in Thai cuisine:

First of all, galanga, a spice renowned for its pronounced taste (even more pronounced than ginger;

There are also a lot of aromatic herbs in Thai dishes:

coriander, which has the advantage of being rich in antioxidants and vitamin K and, like ginger, it facilitates digestion.

Thai basil (more pronounced than ours in terms of taste);

lemongrass, with digestive properties, an excellent detoxifier, and soothing.

Onion, etc.

Peppers are the main ingredient of curry paste, which is very common in Thai cuisine. They are very rich in antioxidants (capsaicin with anti-cancer properties and alphatocopherol, which is a form of vitamin E with anti-aging properties). Pepper is also a source of vitamin C.

3) It is perfectly well balanced

A typical Thai meal has the advantage of being balanced. Most dishes are made up of a source of starchy foods (rice or noodles), vegetables and a source of protein. Many exotic fruits allow to finish the meal with a sweet and vitaminized flavor: dragon fruit, mango, pineapple, carambola....

4) It is light and satiating

Soups and broths are very common in Asia and have the advantage of being satiating with few calories. They contribute to good hydration, providing vitamins and minerals. If you are watching your weight, don't hesitate, a Thai soup will make a great dinner!

5) It allows us to discover exotic fruits that are a source of many benefits

Thai cuisine uses a lot of exotic fruits that are known to contain a lot of treasures. Examples :

Mango is rich in fibre, antioxidants and carotenoids that protect the skin from the sun's rays:

The fruit of the dragon (the pitaya of its real name), in addition to being pretty and original, is an excellent source of vitamin A, essential for vision. It also contains vitamin C, antioxidants and its edible seeds contain monounsaturated fatty acids and omega 3.

Finally, carambola is energetic thanks to its high content of vitamin C, it also provides vitamin B5 and magnesium.

So, what are you waiting for to eat Thai?

Discover the true Thai flavours prepared by talented chefs who respect tradition. The best Thai restaurant Manola Brussels invites you to discover and share real Thai food.  

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