Chiang Mai's best khao soi?
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.
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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