Chiang Mai is the second largest city after Bangkok. It is developed prosperously in tourism thanks to many unique ancient temples, trekking tours in the forest, and attractive adventure games. In addition, Chiang Mai is famous for many delicious dishes such as Sai Oua, Kaeng Hang Lei Curry, Khanom Jeen Nam Ngiao, Kaeng Khanun and Yum Moo Yor Salad. Among them, we cannot forget to mention Khao Soi – the icon dish of Chiang Mai/
What is Khao Soi?
Khao Soi is a chicken or pork curry noodle which is popular in northern Thailand. Khao Soi means “cutting rice” in the Thai language. This is one of Thailand’s most delicious dishes but is rarely mentioned because visitors can only enjoy it in Chiang Mai. Other areas of Thailand do not have this dish. Nothing can show clearly that you are in Chiang Mai by enjoying Khao Soi.
Khao Soi in Chiang Mai
The highlight of the crispy noodles is the curry – a specialty of this place. The spiciness and fatness of curry mixed with the aroma of cinnamon, making Khao Soi Chiang Mai become more attractive. This traditional dish is served with chicken or beef, with some other spices such as chili sauce, salted cabbage, chives, and lemon. The most famous dish in the north of Thailand can be found anywhere from 5-star resorts to the eateries on the sidewalk, but above all, it is a truly aromatic, delicious and rustic dish. After enjoying this dish, you can drink a glass of Bai Bua Bok (Centella). It will be the way to cool you after enjoying a spicy meal.
With the famous specialty of Khao Soi, Chiang Mai always attracts a large number of visitors to experience the unique culinary discovery. Khao Soi’s Thai food is considered as a delicious food containing the essence of the culinary culture of the country combined with the harmonious use of specific materials. It will be a pity for those who have come to Chiang Mai, Thailand but have not enjoyed this wonderful food.
Origin of Khao Soi
About the origin, Khao Soi Ching Mai was created by Muslims. When they migrated to Yunnan, China, they brought along this unique recipe to cook this dish. Later, the dish was handed down in Thailand and changed according to the taste and specific characteristics.
Together with the Thai people, Lao and Burmese people also receive recipes for Khao Soi dish and have their own culinary creations. However, perhaps the best-known dish, which is loved by international visitors, is Khao Soi Chiang Mai.
From the small pavement stalls to the luxurious five-star restaurants of Thailand, Khao Soi is chosen as a special food, an attractive gift for visitors. As a typical dish of Thai cuisine, this dish is quite tasty, so it will be a perfect match and even better if you take a glass of vegetable juice Bai Bua Bok to reduce hot spicy.
Where to enjoy Khao Soi Chiang Mai
We can list some famous Khao Soi Restaurants and eateries in Chiang Mai which tourists can choose when dining in Thailand such as Khao Soi Prince, Khao Soi Islam, and Khao Soi Lam Duan. What is the difference of Khao Soi in these restaurants? Let us also find out by the following information.
1. Khao Soi Prince (Mueang Chiang Mai District)
Khao Soi in here is cooked in Islamic style with curry sauce and coconut milk for greasy noodles. Just enjoying a popular bowl of noodles here, you are totally impressed. In addition to Khao Soi, this restaurant also serves other dishes such as the meat curry and Biryani mixed rice.
2. Khao Soi Islam (22-24 Soi 1, Charoenprathet Road, Changklan)
As a restaurant with a long history, Khao Soi Islam is considered as the hometown of Khao Soi with bright noodles mixed with the broth, sweet and sour pickles which make the Khao Soi taste good but not too much greasy. Besides, the Biyrany rice dish mixed with lamb is also very attractive. Therefore, this is a familiar place for locals and tourists.
Khao Soi Lam Duan
3. Khao Soi Lam Duan (352/22 Charoen Rat Road, near Wat Fa Ham Temple, Chang Phueak, Chiang Mai)
Many customers say that Khao Soi is delicious perfectly with crispy noodles, hot spicy broth sweet and sour pickled cabbage and the special flavor of coconut milk. Not only that, Lam Duan is very attractive with various dishes for Khao Soi such as beef, chicken, and pork Khao Soi. That is the reason why the customers coming here can eat many bowls but still not feel enough.
4. Khao Soi Fueng Fah (near Chiang Mai international airport)
Khao Soi in Fueng Fah is more delicious than anywhere in Chiang Mai by the featured flavor of coconut milk served with crunchy sweet and sour cabbage together with spicy condiments. It is sure that visitors will be enchanted by just enjoying it once.
5. Khao Soi Samoe Jai (391, Next to Wat Fah Haam, Charoen Ras Road, Fah Haam Subdistrict, Mueang Chiang Mai District)
This is the place that will fill your stomach with a large bowl of Khao Soi which has a fragrant aroma you can not resist. Especially, this restaurant cooks Khao Soi with the homemade egg noodles, and other fresh food from northern Thailand.
6. Khao Ngiaw Ta Bun
If you like to eat the bowl of Khao Soi Chiang Mai with so much coconut milk, you can visit Khao Ngiaw Ta Bun. A bowl of noodles seems to make you full as soon as you smell the irresistible aroma of the dish. Almost all locals are familiar with this type of style while visitors prefer a milder taste.
7. Rot Dee (420 Siam Square Soi 7, Chiang Mai)
Walking into the night market of Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, the tourists do not forget to visit Rot Dee to enjoy a small but full of flavor Khao Soi bowl. In addition, the restaurant also serves Pah Pah Saa with brown rice noodles. It is so special that you should try to know its flavor.
8. Suthatsinee Kitchen (3/3 Thanon Charoenprathet Soi 12, Chiang Mai)
The oldest restaurant in Chiang Mai will make you ecstatic with a hot coconut soup, curried beef and chicken. So try the best street food in Suthatsinee Kitchen when you visit Chiang Mai.
As mentioned above, Khao Soi is a culinary symbol of Chiang Mai tourism in specific and Thailand tourism in general. If you have the opportunity to visit Chiang Mai, do not forget to enjoy this dish.