For the first four weeks I spent in Thailand, I looked at every menu hoping to find Khao Soi listed. After a while you get tired of seeing (and eating) the same things: pad thai, tom yum soup, phad kra pao, etc. As they say, same same but different.
I knew that it was a northern Thai dish, but I didn’t actually think that I would have to come to northern Thailand before I would get my first soupy bowl of curry GREATNESS!
For those that are unfamiliar, Khao Soi is a northern-Thai inspired soup that combines crispy egg noodles, boiled egg noodles, and your choice of meat simmered in a curried coconut broth.
As you can imagine, the first thing I ate upon arriving in Chiang Mai was Khao Soi. Over the course of the week I had several bowls, hunting some of the best down to satisfy my craving. It’s one of my favourite Thai dishes out there and I’ll tell you why:
- It’s a soup noodle. Who doesn’t love soupy noodles? Breakfast, lunch or dinner. It works.
- There’s a perfect balance of texture between the wet egg noodles on the bottom and the crunchy egg noodles on the top.
- It’s generally spicy as the foundation of this dish is red curry paste (+).
- The pickled vegetables that traditionally accompany it are an awesome contrast.
- Khao Soi is just damn delicious.
I’ve included pictures of some of the best bowls that I ate across Chiang Mai, the recipe if you’re so inclined to try, and a photo of the one that I cooked myself for good measure. I’m obviously biased here but I thought it was a strong competitor!