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Sunday, 28-Mar-2004 00:00
Phuket Laikhram
A couple of days ago I talked about Khanom Jeen, the cold, white spaghetti-like noodles that are popular in pretty much all regions of Thailand, but then with their own particular style of sauces to go with it. Without a doubt this place does the Southern style best, like you find in Phuket and Trang provinces. I also have a feeling that this style would be most favored by Westerners, with a touch of coconut in a curry sauce.

The restaurant is a standard shop house and has been in operation at this location for as long as I can remember. Also the upstairs area has restaurant tables. Phuket Laikhram actually do more than a few dishes really good, including their Phad Thai and Khaa Moo - Khai Phalo combo. (pork meat stew and eggs with Chinese herbs). Also they do Southern curries over rice. Southern curries are usually seriously spicy, but I think Phuket Laikhram is probably among the milder ones. By Southern food standards that is. :P We tried the yellow curry over rice which is quite nice, made with fish and sweet-sour pickled bamboo shoots; thought it was pineapple at first. (Don't confuse this Southern yellow curry with Kaeng Karee, the milder Indian chicken curry.) Ordered this 'over rice' with some Moo Wan (sweet pork). With Southern food it's usually a good bet to order a mild, slightly fatty and/or sweet dish along with any curries to help fight the heat.

Phuket Laikhram actually is mentioned in the Lonely Planet guide, one of the very few 'places to eat' they list that I too agree are very good. And for Southern style Khanom Jeen, it's the best without a doubt. In Chiang Mai of course I should add, or I will be getting upset e-mails form Trang. 0)

The restaurant is located on Suthep Road near the back-entrance to Chiang Mai University. When driving on Suthep road, go straight at the intersection with the Canal Road and you will find it on the left hand side, just before you get to the first accessible CMU gate (Pratu Kaset I believe it's called).
Prices are a tad higher than usual, with the khanom jeen, which is a small portion by any standard, at a whopping 20 baht and also other 'over rice' dishes going for 30 baht. But then again, even this would be in line with the price level in Phuket. :D

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