By Darius Parvizi-Wayne
In Chiang Mai’s bustling streets, there is an unusual celebrity who embodies Thailand’s love of food
When we think of cowboy hats and pulled pork, we probably think of barbecues in Alabama not street markets in Thailand. But walking beside the northern gate of Chiang Mai, Thailand’s biggest northern city, you will find a woman wearing a cowboy hat, meat cleaver in hand.
This woman, perhaps the most famous face in Chiang Mai, is known to the locals simply as ‘Cowboy Woman’. Her respect, love and passion for the food she creates makes her the perfect symbol for this haven of street food delights.
Often our unaccustomed eyes look at street food with more trepidation than intrigue, more anxiety than excitement.
With the safety nets of the modern restaurant all but gone, it truly is just you and the food. Inevitably, doubts pop into your head: “That’s an interesting colour for a sausage to be”, or “Can it really be that cheap?” or the age-old, “That’s a hell of a lot of flies”.
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