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Sunday, 7-Mar-2004 00:00
The Best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai
The picture doesn't make it quite so obvious, but beware when you order the 'special' Khao Soi (Burmese style yellow noodles in curry, a traditional Chiang Mai dish) at this particular Khao Soi restaurant. I actually asked to have it changed into the smaller bowl you see on the last picture #6 here. I was so stunned at the first one, I thought they were taking the piss at the 'big Farang', serving him an absolutely embarrassingly large bowl, more like a tub, of Khao Soi..

So I actually was embarrassed and asked to have it changed, and they brought me this slightly smaller one.. But then upon looking around in the restaurant, I saw other people (Thais only) also getting served these huge tubs of 'special' Khao Soi. (blush) Even in this one on the picture the only way the chopsticks can be placed on top is by moving them to the side, the center diameter is too large!

Suffice to say, this is probably the best place for Khao Soi in Chiang Mai. Not just in quantity but in taste as well. It's not one of the longer established 'famous' ones, like those on Fa Ham road. This one is off Aom Muang road, the Southern part of the ring road. The place is called 'Mae Jam Paa'. When coming from Nong Hoy intersection on the ring road going towards Don Chan (Big C) intersection, do a U-turn under the frist flyover over the railway tracks, then it's the first soi on the left. (Soi Techno Asia) Keep driving along the little canal and cross the little bridge at the first opportunity, the shop is right there. Many cars will be parked there at lunchtime. Also try the Kuaytiow Tom Yam noodles! This special sized Khao Soi bowl that seemed to have like half a chicken in it was 30 baht. Regular is 15 or 20 I think.

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