There are many reasons why I love khao soi, but one of the main reasons is its unique blend of flavors and textures. The creamy coconut curry broth is both comforting and satisfying, while the tender chicken and crispy fried noodles on top add a satisfying crunch. The dish is also typically served with a variety of toppings and condiments, such as pickled mustard greens, shallots, and lime wedges, which add a burst of acidity and brightness that perfectly balance the richness of the broth. Khao soi is also a great example of the diversity and complexity of Northern Thai cuisine, which is heavily influenced by the flavors and techniques of neighboring countries such as Laos, Myanmar, and China. It is a dish that is comforting, hearty and satisfying, and it’s no wonder that it has become one of my favorite comfort food.
1.Khao Soi Khun Yai: This restaurant is known for its authentic Northern Thai-style khao soi, a popular dish that consists of egg noodles in a creamy coconut curry broth with tender chicken and crispy fried noodles on top. Khao Soi Khun Yai’s version is considered one of the best in Chiang Mai, and it also serves other traditional Northern Thai dishes such as khao kan jin (rice with minced pork and blood jelly) and khao niaw (sticky rice).
2.Khao Soi Islam: This Muslim-owned restaurant serves a delicious khao soi made with halal chicken and a unique blend of spices. The khao soi here is known for its rich and flavorful broth and comes with a side of pickled mustard greens, shallots, and lime wedges to add a burst of acidity and brightness.
3. Khao Soi Lamduan: This local institution has been serving its signature khao soi for over 50 years. The recipe passed down from the original owner and still used today, the khao soi here is made with a homemade curry paste, tender chunks of chicken, and crispy fried noodles on top.
4. Khao Soi Mae Sai: Located on the edge of the old town, this restaurant serves a khao soi that’s a bit spicier and richer than others in town. It is also know to serve with big portion with a good price.
5. Khao Soi Samer Jai : This casual spot is a great place to try Khao soi in a more laid-back setting. The khao soi here authentic beef or chicken noodle with a broth that is rich, flavorful, and slightly sweet