This one is a very special dish not for everyone! I had pork blood soup, called loo (หลู้), on my list of “must try” for a while and could finally have it. Loo is among the most “exotic” Thai dishes. I say exotic, but some people would just call this “crazy”. I must admit that eating pork blood soup in Chiang Mai was a crazy good experience!

Loo (which could be directly translated to “hlu“) is made of what we’ve always been told to avoid, raw pork. Not only meat but blood also, a lot of blood! The blood is said to have been purified with lemongrass beforehand. It is not only blood tho, you get also minced, raw, pork meat and innards. To add some crispiness to it, there was also some chunk of deepfried intestines.

The herbs are giving a great and sweet taste to this pork blood soup. I can’t say it was tasting like lemongrass, but it was definitely fragrant and light. I had in mind that blood would be gnarly and gooey stuff, but it isn’t. And yeah, as any very local dish, it was filled with chilis. It is served with crispy fried noodles that will get soaked with blood.

Being a Northern Thai dish, Chiang Mai is a great place to sample this dish. I got lucky to find a place selling it, with good reviews, near my room. With this kind of food that carries much more risk of getting food poisoning or contracting parasites, eating it at a reputed place is mandatory.

The place is called หลู้ก๋างซอย (Loo Kang Soi) and opens around 5 PM. It is located north of the old town, in the Santhitam area of town. They serve also popular Thai Northern delicacies as larb kua (ลาบคั่ว) and sa (ส้า).

A few months after eating it, I am still doing great and didn’t get sick from this pork blood soup in Chiang Mai. It is good to know that in the rural areas of Thailand, it is not uncommon for people to take anti-worm medication every few months preventively.

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