CHIANG MAI, THAILAND :: KHAO SOI NOODLES // the noodle shop between two temples in chiang mai, gma’s khao soy restaurant reco

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Like a proud, food styling Mama, I’m showing off my bowl of Chiang Mai noodles (from my Baan Thai cooking class), AGAIN.

Chiang Mai Noodles known in Thai as “Khao Soi”, means “cut rice”.

“Traditionally, the dough for the rice noodles are spread out on a cloth stretched over boiling water. After steaming the large sheet noodle is then rolled and cut with scissors.”

Featured above are the Chiang Mai Noodles at Baan Thai Cookery School, and we used the same (pre-made) egg noodle for both boiling and frying. Not-so traditional, but same great taste AND a major time-saver.

As for the rest of the dish, we used the following ingredients: pickled cabbage, chicken, oil, coconut milk, shallots, fish sauce, sugar, curry powder, red curry paste coriander leaf, spring onion and lime.

But when you’re in Chiang Mai, it’s a lot easier to BUY a bowl of Chiang Mai noodles.

So I grabbed a handful of my best buds from the hostel, jumped in a red truck (the Thai version of carpooling at 20 baht per person) with a driver who was heading in the direction of the temples (wats), and told them we were going to Grandma’s for Khao Soi…

Khao Soi Khun Yai (Grandma’s Chiang Mai Noodle)

Located between Wat Monthian and Wat Kuan Kama (that’s the best I can do direction-wise)… just look for this sign…

Even though it looks like someone’s house, just invite yourself into their outdoor restaurant…

Take a seat and order the Khao Soi (with your preference of meat or no meat) one bowl at a time…

Taste the bowl of noodles before you add the spice factor…

Ask Grandma for another bowl of Khao Soi or her other noodle dish with meat (again you can chose which meat you’d like or no meat at all) when you’re on your second.

Your table should like this at the end of the main meal…

As for dessert, my group (who also went by the name of Team America), snacked on sticky rice cakes drizzled with watermelon juice and sweet drinks (the boys opted for 7-11 slushies that were a few blocks down the road, but I chose the house specialty)…

Between 5 people we ate 13 bowls of noodles at 25 baht per bowl, and 6 bags (approximately 4 pieces per bag) of sticky rice cakes for 30 baht a bag + drinks. Estimated cost per person: $3.00

Want to create this bowl o’noodles yourself? Checkout this Chiang Mai Noodle recipe by Food Tales.

LML Tips:

  • If you’re cooking Khao Soi, buy a pre-made curry paste, the homemade version requires a (stone) mortor and pestle, in addition to a whole lotta time!
  • If you’re in Chiang Mai and want a good bowl of noodles, go to Grandma. They understand basic English, but if not, just remember to print this post and point to the pictures ;)
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