50 Best Dishes: No. 46, Khao Soi at Chiang Mai Thai Kitchen

By on March 1, 2018

It’s about time one of the many delicious Thai dishes in the area is featured on The 50 Best Dishes list, which is precisely what is happening this week. If you have not found your way to Chiang Mai in Victor — just across the Pass — you’re missing out.
Unlike most Thai restaurants, Chaing Mai in Victor focuses on a unique subsect, northern Thai cuisine, which is why one of their most popular — and in my opinion best — dishes is the Khao Soi, a Burmese-influenced dish created with coconut milk, curry and rice or egg noodles that’s served widely in northern Laos and northern Thailand.
The dish is influenced by the vibrant flavors of neighboring Myanmar — formerly Burma — and unlike curries and fried noodle dishes served at most western Thai restaurants, this dish is unique in its flavor, texture and serving style. It’s also not featured on any other menu in town.
Have you ever eaten a curry and thought, “This is so good I wish I could just eat it like soup?” If so, Khao Soi has your name all over it.
Served over boiled egg noodles and chicken, Khao Soi is a better soup than your mom ever would have made when you were sick.
While the dish is most similar to massaman curry in its flavor profile, it’s a thinner, lighter dish that’s unique in its marriage of noodles and curry.
But while Khao Soi isn’t as hefty as most traditional curries, it doesn’t lack any of the deliciously warm, sweet and spicy flavors that make traditional curry dishes so spectacular.
And while the soup itself is delicious, the garnishes — fresh cilantro, shallots and pickled mustard greens, for starters — are what set the dish apart. Crunchy fried egg noodles sit atop the soup to give it a wonderful texture contrast, and the fresh cilantro cuts through the heavier flavors of the soup, as do the accompanying shallots and pickled mustard greens. The sweet soy sauce adds just the right level of savory sweetness to the dish to bring all of the flavors together.
For $13, the soup is well worth a drive over to Victor if you’re not lucky enough to live next door to this gem. Make sure to enjoy their wonderfully salty kaffir lime roasted peanuts and a $2 tallboy while you wait for your dinner to arrive. Oh, and pro tip: Dishes are also available for take-out. PJH

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