Chiang Mai's best khao soi?
Nimmanhemin Soi 7
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On our ongoing search for Chiang Mai’s best khao soi we checked out a new spot on fashionable Nimmanhemin’s Soi 7 with the promising name of Kao Soy Nimman.Spellings may vary but it’s a standard — signature really — north Thai and Chiang Mai dish; both soft and crispy wheat noodles in a curry broth. (See earlier post.) Checking out Kao Soy Nimman was definitely a good move since this excellent effort reached a commendable 8.5 on our khao soi-ometer — rare indeed!
The noodles tasted fresh, the stock was spot on — intense, rich and with a good kick to it — and options included crispy pork, seafood, classic chicken or fish. The price is 50 to 75 baht depending on your choice, so a bit pricier than the standard market version, but worth the extra few baht — and it’s a good sized portion too.
Kao Soy isn’t just about khao soi though. Their extensive menu displayed a huge range of northern Thai specialties including a whole page of nam phrik (chilli dips) at 30 baht each, and plenty of mouthwatering traditional delicacies, all at reasonable prices and with no added MSG. A few unusual dishes will tickle tourists’ fancy, such as red ant salad.
The setting is pleasant in a quite spacious garden and service is polite and efficient — we’ll be heading back very soon. Might be a 60 baht tuk tuk ride from downtown, but if you want to sample good, authentic north Thai food in agreeable, non-touristy surroundings, this is worth the fare.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 20th September, 2013.