Khao Soi – Chiang Mai Noodles in Bangkok, Thailand


I just got out of a phase where I ate Khao Soi, a famous noodle dish from Chiang Mai, four times a week for three months. Needless to say, I need to take a break from them now, but I don’t regret my more than 50 bowls.

Khao Soi is a famous dish in Chiang Mai. It consists of bah-mee egg noodles, with a sweet chicken curry poured over them and then topped off with fresh green beans, shallots, pickled mustard greens, crispy fried egg noodles, raw cabbage, dried chilis and a squeeze of lime.

Why they’re so delicious is the strange taste. Part sweet, part sour, part slightly spicy, throw in the softness of the noodles with the crunchiness of the green beans, cabbage and fried noodles on top – and you really do have the perfect dish. For me, it clears my sinuses too.

Easy to find in Chiang Mai, Khao Soi are a bit more difficult to discover here in Bangkok. I’ve found them at my local Carrefour food court on Ladprao (the northern end, near Central Ladprao). Only 45 baht ($1.40), they’re so filling I practically roll down the escalator to go and do my groceries.