I’m pretty sure I’ve never been addicted to a certain food before. But Khao Soi is a rare exception. This very simple dish from Northern Thailand got me right from my very first sip.
If you’re not familiar with this dish, which is normal, you might wanna know what this dish is actually made of before I start with my list of amazing Khao Soi from around Chiang Mai. Well, it’s basically yellow egg noodle, with rich coconut curry soup, some meat (beef, chicken, or pork), and crispy noodle on top. Very rich that you always end up craving for more.
I’ve spent my days eating Khao Soi from place to place during my stay in Chiang Mai and I think it will be cool if I could share my favorite Khao Soi around Chiang Mai. And who knows, maybe you guys have another option I haven’t tried yet? Just let me know!
So here we go. My 9 favourite Khao Soi in Chiang Mai. Enjoy!
1. Khao Soi Mae Sai
Khao Soi Mae Sai is on top of my list. It’s like the king of Khao Soi to me. It has this very rich soup with just the right level of spiciness. And generous amount of topping, too.
I like Khao Soi Moo, which is Khao Soi with pork. They serve it with some sliced pork and minced pork. Very tasty.
To order, you just need to grab a table and write down your order on a piece of paper available on your table. And then hand it over to someone in charge. It won’t take long until you got your Khao Soi ready.
Price : THB 40
Operational Hours : 8am – 4pm
ซ.ราชพฤกษ์, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50300
More info about Khao Soi Mae Sai? Check out Foursquare.
2. Khao Soi at Huen Muan Jai
And here comes the next one. Khaoi Soi at Huen Muen Jai restaurant.
Huen Muan Jai is one of those popular local restaurant serving Northern Thailand food. So not only the Khao Soi is good, but the other dishes are quite good as well.
Price : THB 60 for Chicken Khao Soi and THB 75 for Beef Khao Soi
Operational Hours : 11 am – 9 pm
Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50200
More info about Huen Muan Jai? Check out Foursquare.
3. Khao Soi at Sunday Night Market
When we went to Chiang Sunday Night Market last week, we accidentally bumped into this lady selling Khao Soi. We were hungry, and thought why not try this one? It won’t be bad, as long as it’s Khao Soi. Turned out, it’s very good!
The noodle was perfectly cooked. Not soggy at all. And the chicken was super tender and the curry soup was very spicy and thick. We like it so much that we ended up having another bowl for each of us! It’s just the portion that’s too small for us. And it’s a bit too oily. Just a tad bit. But we don’t mind 😉
I like to add some raw onions to my Khao Soi, just to bring out more flavour and give it a little more crunch.
Price : THB 50 (chicken only)
Operational Hours : 5pm – 10 pm, every Sunday
4. Khao Soi at Kao Soy Nimman
Another bowl, another place.
This one is at Kao Soy Nimman, a restaurant located just beside Roll Me Bakery. (If you think it’s hard to find this restaurant, just search “Roll Me Bakery” and you’ll get there easily).
Aside from Khao Soi, they do have some other Northern Thailand dishes as well. Please note that this place is always packed up with locals during lunch time.
Price : around 50 – 75 THB
Operational Hours : 11 am – 8 pm
137, Nimmanhemin Road, Soi 7
More info about Khao Soi Nimman? Check out Foursquare.
5. Khao Soi at Kua Kai Nimman
This one is a bit different. Instead of using yellow egg noodle for their Khao Soi, they use vermicelli noodle instead. A bit weird for Khao Soi, but the soup was pretty good that I decided to write it on my list. Thick and fragrant. Just the way I like it.
Price : THB 60
Operational Hours : 10 am – 9 pm
More info about Kua Kai Nimman? Check out Foursquare.
6. Khao Soi at KaoSoi 13
Despite the fact that my Khao Soi was not served warm enough, and the fact that it tasted a bit too bland for my taste, this place do serve some variety of Khao Soi and locals seem to like it. The portion was a bit small, though, but KaoSoi13 is a great place to eat Khao Soi if you prefer a clean place. Psst, the owner is pretty! 😛
Price : THB 55
Operational Hours : 10 am – 8 pm
More info about KaoSoi 13? Check out Foursquare.
7. Khao Soi Rod Yiam
What makes this Khao Soi special is the topping. Yes, unlike any other place which sells Khao Soi with chicken thigh, you can ask for deep fried chicken instead here.
The curry soup is thinner than most Khao Soi you’ll find in Chiang Mai. But if you have never had any Khao Soi before, this is a good start.
Price : THB 60 (Small) / THB 100 (Medium) / THB 150 (Large)
Operational Hours : 9 am – 8 pm
Nimmana Haeminda Lane 11 (ถ.ถนนนิมมานท์), Mueang Chiang Mai
More info about Rod Yiam? Check out Foursquare.
8. Khao Soi Khun Yai
Khao Soi Khun Yai is crazily popular among locals and also tourists. It is said to be one of the best in Chiang Mai as it maintains its authentic taste. For us, it tasted a bit bland. Not as fragrant as the others we’ve tried, and not as spicy as well. We did try adding some dried chilli, lemon, and sugar, but it just didn’t work.
It’s not our favourite but if you want to taste what people said to be authentic, do try this particular one. A bowl won’t hurt 😉 Or maybe we were just unlucky that day? Perhaps we should have another bowl next week?
Price : THB 35 (pork or chicken)
Operational Hours : 10 am – 2 pm (closed on Sunday)
More info about Khao Soi Khun Yai? Check out Foursquare.
9. Khao Soi Samer Jai
On our last week in Chiang Mai, we went a bit far from our usual place, which is mostly around Nimman & old town area. Khao Soi Samer Jai is located at the small Charoenraj Road, near Fha Ham temple. There are no song teow route here, so you might want to pick another public transportation alternative, if you’re using one. We rent motorbike for a month, so we got no problem going here.
So far, this is my ultimate favorite Khao Soi in Chiang Mai. It’s crazy how rich and thick the broth is, just the way I like it.
Operational Hours : 8 am – 5 pm
More info about Khao Soi Samer Jai? Check out Foursquare.
So, that’s pretty much about it! My favorite places to eat Khao Soi in Chiang Mai. I’ll try some other places within this week before my departure to Singapore next week, and hopefully I’ll be able to update my list. And if you have any recommendation of where to eat good Khao Soi around Chiang Mai, do let me know! I’ll be more than happy to try ’em out.
Bye for now!