Comedara is a local food restaurant which has been open for over a decade. The restaurant is located in the Wat Gate community, an old area in Chiang Mai by the Ping River, which used to be the home of merchants of numerous tribes and nationalities in days gone by.
Pimprapai “Noi” Wongtada, executive of Comedara Restaurant, sat down with Spoon&Fork to talk about the restaurant’s decade of success. It all started from the days when her great grand mother used to cook her best dishes of local Lanna food to take as offering for the monks in the temples. Her food was soon so in demand that she started to sell various dishes, eventually opening up a restaurant.
Today Comedara serves up a variety of local food, while staying true to great grandmother’s secret recipes. Over the years Noi has developed and grown her ancestor’s humble restaurant into a thriving business and highly popular restaurant.
Comedara was named after a flower _ Queensland Silver Wattle _ that Chao Dara Rassamee, consort to His Majesty King Rama V, brought back from Australia to be planted in her hometown of Chiang Mai. This flower only blooms in the winter and is quite a rarity.
Comedara Restaurant has spacious areas both indoors and outdoors. Guests can sit downstairs or on the second floor which affords sweeping views of the River through the windows.
All the famous Lanna dishes including pak wan soup with ant eggs are on the menu as well as some hard to find dishes. But those wanting a taste of central Thai cuisine will also be offered the option of dishes such as the roti with green chicken curry.
If you have a sense of adventure, love cooking, and want to challenge yourself to some unique local dishes in your own kitchen, then give this recipe kindly supplied by Comedara a go!