A Happy Lunch at ‘Khao Soi Chiang Mai’, Sukhothai Soi 5

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For the past weekend, my mission was to go to one of Bangkok’s most renowned Khao Soi places called ‘Khao Soi Chiang Mai’ at Sukhothai Soi 5. This place has been my family’s go-to Khao Soi place for many, many years, as the taste of the Khao Soi dishes here is the closest you can get to the original flavors of Khao Soi in Chiang Mai province. I said it was my mission to go to this place because it has been so long since I last ate here with my family, and also for the past week I was craving for some really good Khao Soi. Although it is very easy to get Khao Soi anywhere in Bangkok, but let me tell you, it is definitely not easy to find the perfect Khao Soi. So if you want to get to the closest taste of the original Chiang Mai Khao Soi in Bangkok, ‘Khao Soi Chiang Mai’ at Sukhothai Soi 5 is the place to be.

Khao Soi is perhaps one of the few Thai dishes I am really fussed about when it comes to the right flavor and texture. My mother’s side of the family is from Chiang Mai, a northern province in Thailand where this incredibly popular curry noodle soup is the province’s signature dish, so I was always familiarized with what a right Khao Soi should taste like. There are a few places in Bangkok where you can get passable versions of Khao Soi, but mostly you will find that most of the Khao Sois in Bangkok are disappointingly way too creamy or just plain bland. The perfect taste to this Chiang Mai’s most beloved dish is that it’s a bit Muslim-style, where the soup is a rich combination of curry-like meat-based broth and coconut milk, resulting in a hearty, pleasantly mild taste that is neither bland or too creamy. The right amount of soup served shouldn’t brim almost to the top of the bowl like the way some places in Bangkok serve either, but it should come in little to medium amount; not too much that it will drown the other ingredients, but enough to satisfy your appetite.

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The Khao Soi here has a rich, hearty homemade curry soup that has been perfected by the owners for more than 20 years.

Khao Soi Chiang Mai at Sukhothai Soi 5 (or alley 5) has everything done right. It is the closest version to the Chiang Mai Muslim-style Khao Soi you can get in Bangkok. The Khao Soi here has a rich, hearty homemade curry soup that has been perfected by the owners for more than 20 years. The boiled egg noodles are also homemade and are well cooked and smooth in texture. Here, you can choose to have the dish with chicken or beef, I chose chicken, and here’s another thing I really like about this place. Whereas most of Bangkok’s Khao Soi places are served with chicken drumsticks, making it difficult to get the meat off the bone, here at Khao Soi Chiang Mai you can choose to have yours served with a drumstick or sliced meat. I chose to have mine served with sliced chicken meat, and it was so much easier to eat! For the final touches, I squeezed a bit of lime, added the thinly-sliced shallots and pickled cabbages, and just a tiny bit of dry chili paste. It was such a flavorful bowl of Khao Soi chicken I’ve had in a long time, proven that if you want to have one of the best Khao Sois in Bangkok, this is the place to come.

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Location: 328/10 Soi Sukhothai 5, Sukhothai Road, Dusit, Bangkok 10300

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