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Khon Kaen Traditional Breakfast

Doing some research online before going on vacation to Thailand I found what looked to be a very good breakfast. The picture I saw on a Khon Kaen blog web site showed a picture of some eggs, buns and coffee. I had to give it a try. The name of the dish in Thai is "kai krata". This literally translates to "eggs in a pan." Outside of the hotel I am staying at, Cactus Resort is a small coffee shop with 5 small tables.

"Miracle Coffee" is a one-lady operation and has the best breakfast in town. The egg dish is cooked up in a small wok-shaped pan about six inches across. Sliced sausage is cooked right inside the fried eggs. There are about 6 to 8 slices of 2 to 3 different types of sausage. The small wok-like pan/bowl has small handles on the side and is used to serve the meal.

From the stove to the table – all in one dish. Along with the fried eggs and sausage, you also get two small football-shaped buns with shredded pork and sausage inside. The buns are toasted and slightly crunchy and are perfect to soak up the egg yolk. The meal is served with orange juice and a choice of gourmet coffee. You can choose from espresso, cappuccino, mocha, latte, Brazil, Arabica, or Blue Mountain. You can choose to have your coffee served hot or iced. Miracle Coffee also serves up another Thai dish called "kow toom" or rice porridge. This is a favorite of mine on a cold morning or when I am feeling a bit under the weather. I am there almost daily for the kai krata breakfast with juice and a cup of Blue Mountain coffee for less than three US dollars. It is simple fare served by a very friendly lady in an outdoor café.

Some of the best pleasures in life are the simplest and this is definitely one of them. So, if you are ever in Khon Kaen, Thailand, make it a point to head on over to Prachasamsorn Road and stop in at the Miracle Coffee café. It is right outside of the Cactus Resort, next door to the Busaba restaurant. Whether you have the kai krata or kow toom you won't regret it. Top it off with a cup or two of gourmet coffee and you will get the day off to a great start.


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