There are good khao soi and there are really excellent khao soi, the famed curry noodles from Northern Thailand, with its distinctive Burmese-influenced curry scent and flavours, and the use of two types of noodles: yellow wheat noodles and a crispy version of the said noodles piled on top of the dish, to be stirred in before eating for an additional textural dimension.
The khao soi capital of the world has to be Chiang Mai, Thailand’s 2nd-largest city after Bangkok, a Northern metropolis with its own distinctive regional cuisine.
And Khao Soi Samerjai is far and away, the best place in Chiang Mai to savour this hearty, rustic dish. Its rendition was stupendous.
There are quite a few options available, but we stuck with the chicken (gai) khao soi.
Khao Soi Samerjai is actually a stall, located in front of a large foodcourt which also offers other Northern Thai street food, so one can also opt for “Sai Oua”, a tasty Northern sausage using fermented pork forcemeat which lends the dish its distinctive sourish flavours.
Freshly-barbecued pork “sa-te” is also available, though I much prefer the more flavoursome Malaysian/Singapore “satays” more. The pork “sa-te” here are also pretty good.
This one-stop shop for all good things about Northern Thai street food is a must-visit, if one has only one place to stop for eats in Chiang Mai.
Khao Soi Samerjai
391 Thanon Charoenrat (near Lamduan Faham)
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Opening hours: 8am-5pm daily