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

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

– Good Morning. I hope you’re having an amazing day. It’s Mark Wiens. I’m in Chiang Mai, Thailand. And if you ask someone
from northern Thailand what is their comfort food, it’s quite likely that they would say (speaking foreign language). It’s an amazing dish. I mean anyway, we’ll talk
more about that later. But today is a very special day. We’re driving out to
Three Trees Doi Saket, which is, it’s about an hour away. And we’re gonna meet my friend, Hanuman. Hanuman is a great friend
of mine, we go way back, and he is one of the most knowledgeable, he is the most knowledgeable person about Thai food that I know. He’s a master of Thai food and he runs a professional cooking class. And so today we’re gonna have
an honor to go to his place. We’re gonna see the cooking. We’re gonna eat. It’s just gonna be a lot of fun and I’m gonna share it all with
you in this video right now. (upbeat music) We’re getting close, but the mountains are
just incredibly beautiful. The greenery, the misty peaks.
– In 600 meters, turn right. – And just to quickly
tell you about Hanuman. Hanuman is a great friend of mine. We’ve been friends for many years. And formerly, he was based in Bangkok. But I had been following
his entire journey. He bought this plot of land
in Chiang Mai in Doi Saket and it was originally like a swampy area that he fully developed,
he had the full vision. And so I had been following
along the progress, him posting photos, he built a house, and that is now Three Trees Doi Saket. So this is exciting for me because I’m finally gonna have a chance to visit Hanuman here in Chiang Mai and we’ll have a chance to cook and eat and, yeah, it’s just gonna be
so much fun and so beautiful. (upbeat music) Yes, there, check that out. Oh wait, tree. Oh yes, Hanuman. Chili bush, right there. Can you pick a chili right
out of the window, Ying? (laughing) – Ah, ready to eat?
– OK. That’s my first bite at
Three Trees Doi Saket. Don’t tell Hanuman. Oh, it’s so good. Mmm, it has this beautiful sourness to it. – I can smell it. Yeah, that’s awesome. Wow. – Whew, yeah, that’s spicy. – [Hanuman] Hello. – [Mark] Hello. Good morning. – Good morning, sir. How are you?
– Good to see you. Very good to see you. Good, how are you?
– Was it a good, good drive? – [Mark] Beautiful.
(speaking foreign language) Beautiful drive. Everyone say hello to Hanuman. – Hello (speaking foreign language). Hanuman. – [Mark] And we’ve just arrived
to Three Trees Doi Saket. It’s an honor to be here. On the way driving here, I was mentioning how you had told me the whole story of this place and how you had–
– Yeah, it was a long– – Transformed the entire property and so it’s so great to
actually be here in person now. – Yeah, you’re welcome, come. – Thank you very much. This is the. Oh man, this is house is beautiful. – [Hanuman] So the house
is basically stretched-out. – Wow.
– So this is the kitchen. This is the dining room. Here we have an office
and a small living room. The living quarters over there. – [Mark] OK. So those are the–
– Those are the bedrooms.
– Those are your rooms. OK. – [Hanuman] So we have a
naturally underground stream. – Hmm. So we’re just getting first the tour, oh, be careful, Micah.
(speaking foreign language) Be careful, man.
(speaking foreign language) – Down, down.
– Come on, man. – Down, down.
– We’re just getting a quick tour walking around
the house and the compound, but it’s laid out so incredibly beautiful. Thai style, yet with a modern touch. – [Hanuman] Yeah. – There’s the kitchen and
there’s the dining room at the front here and then the next room while walking on this
beautiful wooden deck. These are the rooms here. – [Hanuman] So this is. This is our on-site
sewer treatment system. – [Mark] Ah. (upbeat music) – [Hanuman] This is
where the magic happens. – [Mark] Wow. Fully like a commercial kitchen. Even better. – Yeah, that’s a commercial kitchen, but we have put the, all
the dry spices are here, fresh ingredients here. That’s where the magic happens and then we’re ready to do
(speaking foreign language) – Today. – Today, yeah. – Awesome. But I know it’s gonna
be like the next level (speaking foreign language)
– I hope so. I hope so.
– Yeah, for sure. Guaranteed. Anything that I’ve ever eaten with Hanuman or Hanuman has cooked, it blows your mind, just the next level, the care, the research and the
zero shortcuts process that he takes in all of his cooking. The dish that we’re gonna be focusing on, that we’re gonna be making today, is called (speaking
foreign language) and– – And (speaking foreign
language) means Shan people or Shan people style,
so it basically means (speaking foreign language)
or fresh rice noodles with Shan style broth. (speaking foreign language) This is the cotton, we haven’t used it. What I do, I used it now, I
use (speaking foreign language) and (speaking foreign
language) is from soy beans. So I use (speaking foreign language). And I use (speaking foreign language) and I use soy sauce. So you get all these levels of five umamis going together. – Yeah, those are all
like fermented ingredients that just build in complexion with age. And flavor. – Just do red curries,
good color, nice aroma. So what we’re going to
do, we’re going to do a red curry paste, and
then we use an under paste. So with the under paste,
we use fresh chili, just to improve the color. (speaking foreign language)
for northern tribes, you either use mature
(speaking foreign language) or in season you use
(speaking foreign language). – You’re making this purely on experience. You know all the amounts. You even, that comment that he made about half the amount of
(speaking foreign language) as chilis.
– You don’t measure. – A quarter.
– You don’t measure. – You don’t measure.
– You don’t measure. In cooking, ratios are more
important than quantities. – OK. – So when you cook, you
have to think ratios, rather than absolute quantities. So if somebody say to you, OK, take this, start to do the
(speaking foreign language), you know how it throws
the domino by ratios. (upbeat music) And that’s (speaking foreign language). – So that is fermented fish.
– That’s fermented fish. And what we do, we take
the fermented fish, and we put it on a bed of lemongrass and (speaking foreign language). Now what I do, I do many layers. So then I can basically
put it on low heat. And then I generate smoke. – When that’s finished
smoking, it’s just gonna be like flavor upon flavor upon flavor. Fermented soybeans?
– Yeah. Fermented soybeans.
– Made into a little. – So again, when you
have smoke, it goes good with the umami. Let’s do it third smoke. So we do it. We take the chilis, and we need to rate rate it. We would. This will be loud. – That’s OK. As soon as, it just started to blacken just like a second, he tossed in water because we don’t want
to blacken the chili, we don’t want the black chilis, we want to keep the chilis red, but that’s just gonna
increase the smoky flavor. – If we are doing smoke, so that’s burned in one day. – [Mark] OK, we’ll have smoke and fire? (laughing) Coming right out of the pan. Those have just like blistered up. Oh, they’re so fragrant.
– So I put tomatoes, pink tomatoes, and charred tomatoes, so you get three layers, and you have one smoke, two smoke. Three smoke, four smoke. It’s all about layering. Counting your elements. – Next level.
– Cut the nail. – In the meantime, he’s
preparing some of the ingredients for the broth, including
chicken teeth and pork bones. – [Hanuman] Now, the same
thing, you don’t have to deseed it first, you
basically just take it and cut it into little chunks. How is your pounding skills? – Could be better. For the gray paste. – 54.
– 54 minutes? 54 minutes later, we
will have a smooth paste with all of these ingredients that we’ve been preparing. All mingled together. (upbeat music) Oh, yes, (speaking foreign language). – [Hanuman] So I put the
(speaking foreign language), so it will be dry. So it will be dry when I put the shallot. – In goes that fermented soy bean wafer, and then also the shallots next. (speaking foreign language) And that is the little
pile of fermented fish that he smoked out in
the banana leaf packet. What’s so incredible to
hang out with Hanuman as he cooks is the history, the culture, and just the wisdom that he brings with
Thai food and knowledge. – In order to get signals, you should have taste MSG. Taste it.
– I’ve never done this before. – Taste it.
– I usually order without MSG.
– There is nothing wrong with that, that’s umami. – Pure MSG.
– Oh yeah, tastes like seaweed. – So you didn’t get a big sensation, it’s something in your mouth, right? Now let’s unlock it. Take a cucumber and now taste it. – Wow. Yeah, it’s like seaweedy. Now with a cucumber?
– Yeah, take with a cucumber. You can do it. – Mm, mmhmm. Yep, yeah. It does change the like
composition of it almost. – The only free umami flavor in nature is tomato. Tomato has both
nucleotides and glutamates. In one.
– That’s cool. – We put much attention to
layering our umami in the (speaking foreign language). So this is also an umami factor. So you use big, you
use green, you use mid, you use red, you use all the colors, so you get layering of the same element. And then you use then smoked, as well. (speaking foreign language)
is the cotton tree. I like to take a batch and deep fry it, be crispy, so we can eat it. Deep fried chilis and then we
have to do chili oil, as well. – Hanuman is gonna do some of his own fried crispy ingredients. – This is a homemade
(speaking foreign language), 25 ingredients. (upbeat music) When I cook, I think about the three dimensional flavor profile. Where I have smoked fat umami and then wrap it with
rice, spice it, slice it with sours and swits and
elevate it with herbs. Some people thinks that, you know, once you do a curry
paste, you finish cooking. No, you just started. You created a new ingredient. So I create an under paste, and in the under paste, I
put things I want to show on my top paste. So in my top paste, I use fresh tomatoes. So I don’t have any fresh
ingredients in my paste. I have dried chilis, I have all the umami. So I put layers of freshness under it so I get another layer,
if you think about it in three dimensions. – So Hanuman is starting
on the under paste next. – So, see, it’s not much. You use pork fat. – All the components are prepared. We’re ready to start assembling curry, it’s a curry, yeah? Curry paste, it’s a curry. – Anything that has a
paste in Thai is a gang. – Gang. (chattering) Curry paste in there. – Yeah, pork fat.
– Pork fat. – Then curry paste.
– The under paste. Oh, the under paste first. Then the regular paste, and
then the minced pork went in. Then he added in the stock
with the chicken feet and the pork bones and then dropped in all of the tomatoes, the variety of tomatoes.
– We have saltiness from (speaking foreign language). And some salt, right? – So this is a first
evaluation before adding. – He did the two step. (laughing) When you are cooking Thai
food, it’s essential, it’s mandatory that you taste. (laughing) Yes. The (speaking foreign language) you can taste in there nicely. (chattering) This is chicken?
– This is chicken. – And then he just tossed
in the chicken blood jelly. Curry is ready, it’s simmered
for maybe 20 minutes or so? – 15, 20 minutes. – Yeah, wasn’t that long. And the dish is ready, the meal is cooked. The paste was pounded,
and it was more about assembling it all and then
just boiling it together for a little bit. But it’s to be eaten with
(speaking foreign language), which are the soft,
they’re fresh rice noodles. Beautiful, yes. – Hanuman, thank you, thank you. – Fascinating. And that is mission complete. Even the assembling was beautiful. Combining those parts. I mean, you’ve got the curry. Then he added on those
roasted firework tomatoes. Fried chilis and cotton flower. Some chili oil. Some fried garlic, some shallots, some pickled mustard greens, a Hawaiian wedge, it’s
all there, it’s all ready. We’re ready to eat. (upbeat music) (chattering) Thank you, Hanuman, thank you so much. – My pleasure.
– It’s so beautiful. It’s so colorful. You’ve got all the, I mean, the curry, then the toppings, the
multiple even layers and levels of toppings that go into this, and not only the food, but
also we’re just staring into the greenery of the mountains. It’s beautiful, it’s beautiful. So we are all sitting down to eat. I’m gonna just like taste a little bit of, thank you. (laughing) Yes, a little more chili oil on there. And you can see, the difference between the tomatoes that were
cooked, within the curry, they’ve sort of like slightly dissolved and are sort of like mixed into the stew and made it tomatoey,
but then you’ve also got the umami fireworks tomatoes that were literally lit on fire for a few seconds, or for many seconds, and you can kind of stir it around, look at
that, look at the chunky beautifulness of that. So thick compared to any other version of (speaking foreign language) I’ve had. Whoa. (laughing) The tomatoes. When we were sampling it, like you could taste the paste, you could taste the
(speaking foreign language). But then the tomatoes sort of, now as they dissolve more, you can see how they’ve mingled into that. Sort of toned down the
(speaking foreign language), but also–
– They’re the same group. They are umami. So the (speaking foreign language), the soy sauce, they’re all umami, and the tomato’s also an umami, so she joins the group very easily. And then we have the
pork, the chicken feet, the blood, they’re all umamis, right? – [Mark] The umami fireworks tomato. Is that too much in one bite?
– No, I don’t think so. – And maybe a piece of blood, then. (laughing) Yeah, that is a fully loaded bite. This is the (speaking foreign
language) in there, too. Mm, mm, oh. It hits you like, after
you sink your teeth into the tomato. We have smoky, but like
deep fried at the same time, tomato skin, and then it
just bursts into tartness and juiciness. Did I get some tomato
splotches on my chin? That’s successful. So you can find (speaking
foreign language) just throughout markets and
little local restaurants throughout northern Thailand, and it’s a very favorite dish, but most of the versions that I’ve had are quite watery and they’re more, yeah, they’re just much more watery. Not nearly as many tomatoes
or spices or ingredients that go into theirs, but this one is not watery at all, even though it’s water based, it’s thick and rich
and you taste vibrantly the tomatoes, as well as all those other fermented ingredients. It’s sensational. Yes. Thank you so much, Hanuman. Awesome.
– Thank you. For inviting us to share
such an amazing dish. – My pleasure.
– In your dream. This is beautiful.
– Yeah. And also. The dish, the cooking, the
food, which is delicious, but the knowledge and
the stories behind it. That also makes a huge difference. – Well, cooking is about humans. Is about making new friends. It’s about politics, it’s about war, it’s about trade, it’s about immigrations, it’s about natural resources,
it’s about our health. There are so many layers
that you can scrap through when you’re eating a dish. So, we’re at least fortunate
to have another layer, which is friendship,
that we can put on top of all of that. So welcome, it was really
my pleasure having you. – Thank you so much. (speaking foreign language) – [Hanuman] I like it very much. – Oh, you taste the dark
soy sauce in there, too. When you get that much.
– That’s why you get the nice glaze, otherwise
you wouldn’t get the color. Because the black soy sauce has molasses. That’s what makes it black. So you put it into the whole oil, you get some caramelization. – What a day, what a cool day, man. Thank you. – I’m quite the passive host. You know, it’s a self service water. (laughing) – No. No, Hanuman has been taking care of us is what he means to say. Like fully. – And even, we’re the travelers. He’s telling us stories and feeding us. – And with coffee at the end to finish off just an experience of a meal. Oh, cheers. Cheers. Cheers. – Cheers. (laughing) (speaking foreign language) – Mm. Oh I can smell the
(speaking foreign language). Turkish coffee with the view. Yeah, things cannot get better than this. And now the light is changing so it’s really like bright green. I’m still processing
the entire experience, but I mean, it was more than just a lunch and a meal, it was an entire
educational experience and the food was unbelievably good, but the location, the
atmosphere, the friendship. He’s so passionate and so
knowledgeable about Thai food and even Thai history,
which ties in so much into Thai cuisine. And you learn, I mean, just
in spending a few hours with him this afternoon
today, I learned so much about (speaking foreign
language) and then so much about Thai history and the process. And even on top of that,
also about ingredients and the layers of flavor and taste. It’s such a sensory, such
a well rounded experience, all wrapped up into Three Trees Doi Saket in a beautiful location. And Hanuman is offering professional cooking courses, total immersion programs. But even single day classes. So you can check out what he has to offer. I’ll have all his links in
the description box below. But he is so knowledgeable. He’s a walking encyclopedia
of Thai cuisine and history. And again, go follow Hanuman and I’ll have all the information in the description box below. I want to say a huge thank
you to you for watching this video, please remember to give it a thumbs up if you enjoyed it. Leave a comment below,
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100 thoughts on “Meet the UMAMI MASTER of Thai Food! | Northern Thai Food – Chiang Mai, Thailand”

  1. ฝรั่งหัวใจอาหารไทยค่ะ..เคยดูคุณหนุมาน.ในช่องหม่อมถนัดแดกค่ะ..

  2. Hi .. I am a fan of you.. I am also planning for a vlog for my website . Can you please give me some suggestions?

  3. been watching you from the very beginning! 4 million subs…. man what a journey – loved the ride so far!

  4. Looks wonderful, I wish Ying could have been a part of the day in the kitchen and sharing the end result fellowship

  5. #16:45 wth!! 🤣😂😅😂🤣☺️😅😂🤣 that’s just a pile of Nonsense…. the look #joel has on his face is priceless….

  6. Such a gift to be in Hanuman's kitchen and journey through the making of the dish. Mark you are so fortunate to have this experience. Blessing to you, Ying, Micah and Joel.

  7. amazing this chef is.. he can rationalize everything in the menu. A walking encyclopedia of Thai Cousin indeed. Thai is one of my favorite and I am learning few menus already. You are very lucky Mark for knowing and having such wonderful people.

  8. ดีใจมากครับติดตามทั้งสองท่านเสิร์ชหาชื่อเชฟหนุมาเจอของคุณ Mark Wiens ขึ้นมาด้วยดีใจมากครับ

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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. 👍👍👍👍👍

  12. 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!!

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. I love how cooks can express themselves through food. What a beautiful dish, with an awesome view. You da hanuMAN!!!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!!!!!🤦‍♂️

  18. 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.

  19. 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 😉

  20. 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!!!!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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 🥰

  24. 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!!!

  25. ชอบจังเลยครับเวลามีชาวต่างชาติทำอาหารไทย ที่สำคัญเป็นอาหารท้องถิ่นของทางภาคเหนือด้วย ถึงแม้ว่าวิธีการเตรียมเครื่องบางอย่างจะไม่ได้เตรียมแบบเหมือนของไทยแต่ก็ได้ผลลัพธ์แบบเดียวกับการเตรียมแบบไทย แต่วัตถุดิบ และขั้นตอนการทำก็ยังคงเป็นไปตามแบบของไทย เก่งมากเลยครับ… อาหารไทยอร่อยไม่เป็นรองชาติใดครับ จากคนไทย ที่ติดตาม คุณมาร์ค ครับ

  26. 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..

  27. 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!

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. Why do you snicker weirdly after each bite…i mean granted the food is good, but what are you constantly laughing at…so weird

  31. 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 😀

    Where hes has been cooking before and what's this guy history?

  32. 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

  33. 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!!)

  34. ขนมจีนน้ำเงี้ยว​ is​ one of​ my​ favorite dish, i'm​ hungry nowww.

  35. 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.

  36. Mark, if you ever have an opportunity to visit the island of Guam, I would highly recommend you try the local cuisine. You may contact the Guam Visitors Bureau for assistance. You'll be able to Google it to get their address, email, etc. Thank you. We enjoy your videos tremendously.

  37. If you're in NYC they have this dish at SriPraiPhai in Woodside Queens and it is insane! It's the N11, northern style curry noodles with ground pork and spare rib. Same noodles and burnt mini tomatoes in the curry. I literally order it every weekend it is so good.

  38. Does anyone know who the guy is who I have seen in many of Mark's vids? Looks like an extra camera operator. He just disappeared from this content. Is he doing his own thing now and where can he be found?

  39. Joel if you are reading just wanna let you know you are the part that make this video perfect and btw the house is fantastic nice video keep it up

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