Baking Bread at Baan Por Dee
Baan Por Dee has to be THE BEST PLACE EVER. And that’s saying something, after having been in Chiang Mai for four weeks and experiencing a LOT of amazing places, cafes and restaurants.
I discovered Baan Por Dee around lunch time, after having had a banana pancake craving all morning. I initially planned to visit Cafe de JJ, but it was closed for a couple of weeks starting the day I was planning to go, so I continued walking and realised Baan Por Dee was down the road. I had heard of it a few days earlier from a new friend who lives in Chiang Mai. It couldn’t have been a better discovery.
The first thing I saw when I walked through the gates was the handwritten sign on the counter saying “today have avocado”. It made me smile. The cafe has a beautiful and cosy garden surrounded by flowers, and comes with five cats. How could this not be my favourite place?
Noon, the owner is so sweet and friendly, and has such a happy, calm, hospitable personality. She opened the cafe two years ago as a way to be her own boss, learnt to bake her own bread for the cafe (for which she also gets orders -the first day I went she had seven loaves of bread ready). Most importantly though, her avocado toast was probably the best avocado toast I’ve ever eaten (again, that means a lot after coming from Melbourne, the “avo toast capital”). She put a very generous amount of avocado on, already prepared with lime and salt. It tasted perfect just the way it was. Plus a side of fresh salad, all for 45 baht (~AU$1.90)!
On a whim I decided to ask Noon if she could teach me how to bake bread and she invited me over the next day. I met her friends, one of whom is an artist and painted the inside walls of the cafe. We had a great time baking bread, chatting about cats, painting watercolour, making fresh smoothies, drinking coffee.