Eating Thai Banana Pancakes Roti in Chiang Mai, Thailand Thai Street Food Travel Video

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Aug. 12, 2013

In our latest travel video we take you to a Thai night market which specializes in Thai street food to sample a delicious Thai Banana Pancake (Banana Roti with Chocolate sauce) in the heart of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Devouring Thai street is one of our favorite things to do in Thailand. We typically frequent the night market near the South Chiang Mai gate several times a week - if not more. Located just a stone throw away from our apartment in Chiang Mai, it's one of the most convenient options for food late at night.

For those who are not used to eating street food, the question of whether or not it is safe to eat is quite relevant however, I can say with certainty that compared to 'street food' in other parts of the world, Thais have very high standards for cleanliness, preparation and sanitation. I've never once been sick in Thailand eating food off of the street. I follow a simple protocol when it comes to sampling street food (in Thailand) or anywhere else if it's busy and locals are enjoying it then I'm going to check it out. Up until now, I've never got sick from eating street food when I've followed this protocol.

The banana pancake is symbolic in many ways of backpacking in SE Asia. In fact, many refer to backpackers in SE Asia as following the banana pancake trail. Personally, I've sampled this delicious treat in many countries aside from just Thailand however, the Thai interpretation is one of my favorites.

I love how they deep free it in butter (obviously not healthy), smother it in chocolate sauce and drown it in condensed milk. Thais have a real sweet tooth and that truly tickles my fancy. In this particular video, you'll notice chocolate sauce drizzled all over the pancake just after it is made however, the all-time best topping, in my opinion, is spreading copious amounts of Nutella all over it. To be perfectly honest, anything with 'copious' amounts of Nutella is pretty darn tasty in my books.

What makes the Thai banana pancake such an attractive option for budget travelers is just how affordable it is. Coming in at between 25-40 Baht, it's either slightly less than 1 USD or just above. It's something you can have early in the morning for breakfast, in the afternoon for desert (or a snack) or in the evening just for fun. I've ate it at all times of the day, although having it at night, is when I'm most inclined to indulge in my cravings for sweet foods such as this. It's the perfect snack or meal when I'm on the go or in a hurry.

For those seeking to try a Thai banana crepe, I recommend visiting bustling Thai markets or wandering around backpacker areas you'll almost be guaranteed to find a stall making it:
This is part of our Travel in Thailand series. We're making a series of videos showcasing Thai culture, Thai arts, Thai foods, Thai religion and Thai people.