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Khao Soi Chiang Mai is the city’s most famous noodle dish. You’ll find Khao Soi everywhere in restaurants, local eateries, and markets with each vendor adding their own special twist to the recipe.
After quickly falling in love with this iconic and celebrated popular dish, we embarked on a quest to find the best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai.
From local recommendations and eating at many Khao Soi restaurants in Chiang Mai, we’ve pulled together this comprehensive Khao Soi food guide.
If you are visiting northern Thailand, use this guide to where to eat Khao Soi in Chiang Mai.
Check these 11 Khao Soi eateries out and don’t miss our favorite and best Khao Soi local eatery.
What is Khao Soi – The Most Famous Chiang Mai Noodles Dish
Khao Soi, the most famous Chiang Mai noodles dish, is a beloved dish and one of our favorite Thai foods.
This northern Thailand dish is a rich and spicy coconut milk-based curry served with chicken or beef and two types of noodles.
The origins of this dish are said to come from the South of China, with Chinese Yunnanese Muslims on their way through Thailand to Myanmar; that’s why it is found only in the northern region of Thailand.
The main ingredients in the dish include freshly made red curry Khao Soi paste, turmeric, and curry powder. In Chiang Mai, it is also commonly flavored with fish sauce.
Khao Soi in Chiang Mai is accompanied by a fresh lime wedge, pickled mustard greens or cabbage, and raw shallots.
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Where to Eat Khao Soi in Chiang Mai
These are the best spots to enjoy Chiang Mai Khao Soi, with authentic eateries both famous and hidden gems.
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1. Khao Soi at the Saturday Market by Chiang Mai Gate
One of the best places to find local dishes is at the local markets. Chiang Mai offers many incredible food markets day and night.
Every Saturday night is the Wui Lai Market by the Old City. The market starts across the Chiang Mai Gate and extends all the way down the length of Wui Lai Road.
Although the market is dedicated to art and crafts, you will find plenty of food options.
The area around Chiang Mai gate is a bustling square where food vendors set up their carts and tables. You’ll see tourists and locals alike sitting together and enjoying the local foods.
The very first time we tried Khao Soi in Chiang Mai was at this market. From a local vendor with a long line, we waited patiently for generous servings of this famous noodle soup.
The Khao Soi noodles were perfectly cooked – not soggy at all. And the chicken was extremely tender. The curry soup is thick and not too spicy. For our first introduction to Khao Soi in Chiang Mai, we were delighted.
Where to Eat Khao Soi at the Saturday Market
Wui Lai Market – Khao Soi Vendor
Address: Chiang Mai Gate
Hours: Every Saturday from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Prices: 40 Baht per bowl, approximately $1.22 USD
AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: If you want to learn to make Khao Soi noodles in Chiang Mai, consider taking a cooking class. See our review of the 6 of The Best Chiang Mai Cooking Classes For Thai Cuisine
2. Khao Soi Islam – Serving an Original Version of Khao Soi
In Chiang Mai’s thriving Muslim community, close to Chiang Mai’s Mosque and not far from the Ping River, you will find this celebrated Khao Soi restaurant.
Khao Soi Islam is famous for its authenticity to the original version of the Chiang Mai noodle dish that was introduced by Chinese Yunnanese Muslim traders.
This eatery is run by a Muslim Thai family who cooks following Halal guidelines.
The space is open with several rows of tables and benches to accommodate large crowds or groups. The menu is in English and Chinese, and the service is fast and friendly.
On Friday mornings in Chiang Mai, the Friday Morning Market takes place very close to Khao Soi Islam. We recommend having lunch here after a morning market tour.
We stopped by after visiting the market on a Friday morning, and each ordered a standard bowl of chicken Khao Soi. We immediately noticed the creaminess and chopped-up pieces of chicken in the bowl.
We enjoyed the taste of the Khao Soi, though we were not blown away by the flavors. We found the curry too mild and in need of additional spices. The Chinese egg noodles were not exceptional – or crunchy enough.
Even though it wasn’t one of our favorite spots, we still recommend stopping by to taste this version of Khao Soi which is said to be close to the original.
Where to Eat Khao Soi Islam Near the Friday Morning Market
Address: 22-24 Soi 1, Charoenprathet Road, Changklan
Hours: Open every day, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Price: The price of a standard bowl ranges from 50-90 Baht (approx $1.48 – 2.66 USD)
READ MORE: The 15 Best Chiang Mai Markets: Food, Flowers, Night Markets And More
3. Khao Soi Mae Sai – Stands True to Its Popularity
Another popular spot is Khao Soi Mae Sai, described by ex-pats as one of the best Khao Soi restaurants in Chiang Mai.
With such recommendations and a prestigious title, we were eager to taste this version of the Khao Soi, the famous Chiang Mai noodle dish.
Locals and tourists quickly fill up the tables. With the lunchtime hours extending until 4:00 pm, it is best to go after the rush so that you can sit outside and enjoy your meal.
Even though you can order other noodle dishes, the Khao Soi is the star and the dish you don’t want to miss.
The Khao Soi is really delicious and worthy of all the positive reviews it receives. The broth is rich and creamy and with the perfect amount of spice.
The chicken, Khao Soi Gai, is incredibly tender. With the wonderful crunchiness of noodles and the delicate textures of the chicken drumsticks, this is the perfect combination.
Where to Eat the Best Khao Soi in Chang Phuek
Address: 29/1 Ratchaphuek Alley, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Prices: Prices start at 45 Baht per bowl, approximately $1.33 USD
4. Khao Soi Khun Yai – Recommended but Disappointing
Khao Soi Khun Yai came to us highly recommended. It’s a popular eatery filled with tourists crowding the benches and spilling into the street.
Given its popularity, you have to be patient when ordering your meal. It is best to go either early before the busy lunch period, or a little later after the crowd winds down.
Here, you can order either the beef Khao Soi or the chicken Khao Soi. We decided to order one of each to get a sense of the differences between the two versions.
Overall, we were disappointed by Khao Soi here. Perhaps we had really high expectations after hearing all the positive reviews about the place.
The portions are relatively small, and you may need to order a second bowl just to satisfy your hunger.
In addition, the crunchy noodles didn’t look homemade and were lacking freshness. The beef was disappointing, and the chicken was only a slight improvement.
On the positive side, however, the location and atmosphere were very pleasant. The restaurant is in the Old City on a quiet street across from the Wat Kuan Kama Temple.
Where to Eat Khao Soi Near Wat Kuan Kama
Address: Across Wat Kuan Kama Temple, Sri Poom Road, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Prices: 50 – 70 Baht per bowl, approximately $1.48 – 2.07 USD
AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: The Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai are visually stunning and located throughout the city. To visit and learn about the temples, we recommend taking a half-day Chiang Mai temples tour. You’ll visit several temples including the magnificent 600-year-old Doi Suthep Wat. With a local guide and in the comfort of an air-conditioned car, you’ll enjoy a fun immersion into Thai culture.
5. Khao Soi Nimman – A Catered Experience
Located on Soi 7 in Nimman, this upscale air-conditioned restaurant is popular among tourists and ex-pats.
The English-speaking staff knows enough to communicate and allow first-time visitors or those not knowledgeable about Thai food to feel right at home.
The Khao Soi here is predictably more expensive, and the portions are not as generous as compared to other locations.
Perhaps by catering to foreigners, the flavors aren’t spicy enough. Overall, we found the curry broth to be creamy, and it blended well with the rice noodles.
The chicken was tasty, though not as tender. If you are looking for an upscale experience in air conditioning and an English-speaking staff, you will like the comforts of Khao Soy Nimman.
We found the experience “catered,” and we much prefer Khao Soi prepared the “real” way for the local palate.
Where to Eat Khao Soi in Nimman
Address: 21-25 Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 7
Hours: Every day, from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Prices: Prices start at 90 Baht per bowl, approximately $2.66 USD
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6. Khao Soi Mae Manee – A Creamy Khao Soi Experience
Unlike other Khao Soi Chiang Mai eateries, the menu at Khao Soi Mae Manee is pretty extensive. Besides the typical egg noodles, you can choose vermicelli noodles or even instant noodles.
Beyond the standard chicken, beef, or pork ribs, you can also choose Vietnamese sausage or fish.
If you want to try two different types of meat, or even three to four, you just need to pay a little extra for that experience.
When we got our hot bowls of Khao Soi with chicken, we noticed a layer of pure coconut milk or cream sitting on the top of the bowl.
Once we mixed the coconut cream into the Khao Soi curry, the dish became rich and thick. While tasty and flavorful, we found the Khao Soi too rich for our personal preferences.
Still, Khao Soi Mae Manee is one of the popular Khao Soi eateries in Chiang Mai. If you enjoy thick creamy textures, you’re going to love their version of the dish.
In fact, this location received a Michelin BIB Gourmand – awarded for great quality food at an affordable price point.
Where to Eat Khao Soi in Chiang Mai – Khao Soi Mae Manee
Address: 18 Soi Chotana 24, Tambon Chang Phueak, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai
Hours: Open every day, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (Closed on Buddha Days)
Price: Standard bowls range from 50-150 Baht (approx $1.48 – 4.44 USD), and big bowls range from 60-150 Bhat (approx $1.77 – 4.44 USD)
Pro Tip: This local restaurant is tucked away on Mae Rim Fang Road in a small alley next to the Chiang Mai Department of Labor. We recommend getting a local driver to take you there.
7. Best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai – Our #1 Favorite Khao Soi Local Eatery
We first discovered this gem on our first trip to Chiang Mai, a few years ago. Every week, during our month-long stay in Chiang Mai, we did our laundry at a nearby “wash shop” or coin-operated laundry facility.
Right across the laundry place, we discovered this small street vendor where locals would stop for lunch.
There were no signs in English and the ladies who were preparing the food didn’t speak a word of it.
Enticed but the popularity of the place, we decided to give it a try and we were thrilled we did.
This local eatery specializes in only two dishes, and one of them is Khao Soi, made right in front of you.
And this Khao soi is special. Admittedly, it is on the spicy side and geared toward local tastes.
The chicken leg is full and incredibly delicious while falling off the bone. The delicious curry broth flavoring the chicken was unlike any other we enjoyed in Chiang Mai.
Together with the combination of boiled noodles and crispy fried egg noodles, the flavors are literally melt-in-the-mouth-good.
We love that this food experience is authentic to place. In all the times we ate there, and there have been plenty, we’ve never saw any tourists and the clientele was always local.
This Chaing Mai noodle dish is exceptional. The curry sauce is harmoniously balanced. The level of spice is hot, just as we like it.
This was our best bowl of Khao Soi and could easily be your best bowl of Khao Soi too if you like authentic flavors and experiences.
Where to Find Our Favorite Khao Soi Vendor in Chiang Mai
Address: At the intersection of Wua Lai and Huay Kaew Soi 2 Road, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open Mon-Sat, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Prices: 40 Baht per bowl, approx $1.25 USD
Pro Tip: This vendor is incredibly popular. We recommend going before 12:30 pm for a delicious bowl of Khao Soi. Larger-size bowls are available as well.
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8. Khao Soi Fah-Haam – Off the Beaten Path Khao Soi Gem
Our second favorite Khao Soi restaurant was recommended to us by our favorite local food vendor.
After joking and telling us that no one makes a better Khao Soi than she does, she recommended the very local Khao Soi Fah-Haam.
It’s located about 15 minutes outside the Old City and it can be challenging to find as everything is in Thai, including the restaurant’s name.
We felt right at home when we walked into the large, airy canopy-style restaurant with a bamboo thatched roof.
Covering the walls of the restaurant were pictures of the menu and a particular Chef Yoon, who received an award for his Khao Soi in 2016.
We ordered our typical chicken Khao Soi and a plate of pork satay that was being grilled fresh at the front of the restaurant. We were very impressed.
The portions are generous, with firm and full chicken legs. The delicious Khao soi curry sauce had the right balance of coconut milk and curry paste.
The spice levels were just right, and when topped with the condiment and a squeeze from the lime wedges, the unbelievable flavors came shining through.
All around us were tables filled with locals. Everything is in Thai, and you get the sense that the experience is not catered for tourists.
As a result, communicating can be challenging, though pointing to the pictures on the menu helps.
This gem was one of our best Khao Soi Chiang Mai, and it is worth the trip for the experience.
Where to Eat Khao Soi Off The Beaten Path – Khao Soi Fah-Haam
Address: 3044 Tambon Nong Kwai, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chang Wat Chiang Mai
Hours: Open every day, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Price: One serving of this popular dish is about 50 Baht (approx $1.48 USD)
READ MORE: 15 of the Best Authentic Chiang Mai Food and Where to Eat It
9. Huen Phen Restaurant – For Khao Soi at Dinner
Huen Phen is a popular restaurant in the Old City that serves a nice range of northern Thai dishes.
We particularly enjoyed their Laab, also called Larb Kua, a spicy salad made with ground pork meat.
Huen Phen offers two different experiences at lunch and dinner.
During the daytime and for lunch, you can sit leisurely on their patio in a casual environment.
Some dishes are served exclusively at lunch and it is frequented by a nice mix of locals and tourists alike.
At dinner time, the inside of the restaurant opens, and while still visited by locals, it becomes very popular with tourists.
The restaurant itself is an interesting wooden house – Lanna-style – and packed with antiques and relics.
Khao Soi is one of their featured dishes and prominent offerings on their Northern Thai menu.
We particularly enjoyed the crispy noodles and chicken, although we found the sauce a bit too heavy and the curry paste too rich for our tastes.
However, it is a flavorful bowl of Khao Soi worth having, especially if you are eating dinner in the Old City and craving Khao Soi.
Where to Eat the Best Khao Soi for Dinner in Chiang Mai Old City
Address: 112 Ratchamanka Rd, Phrasing, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open every day, 8:30 am – 10:00 pm
Price: One serving 60-100 Baht (approx $1.77- 2.96 USD)
10. Arak – Local Khao Soi Eatery in the Old City
This lovely eatery is nestled in a quiet street near Suan Dok Gate, on the west side of town. It is open only for lunch. We arrived fairly late in the afternoon and found the place rather quiet.
Their menu is simple, with Khao Soi chicken, beef, and pork options. We stuck to the classic Khao Soi chicken.
The friendly waiter served us reasonable bowls of Chiang Mai noodles with a nice full chicken drumsticks.
The chicken was fresh, and the sauce was nice though lacking spice. We noticed one local adding chili to their bowls and decided to do the same.
The noodles were tasty though we found the soup not very warm. Maybe it was due to the fact that we were on the late side.
All in all, it is a very enjoyable lunch away from the crowds in the center of town. It is a delicious stop to refuel while you’re visiting Chiang Mai and sightseeing.
Where to Eat the Khao Soi Arak in Chiang Mai Old City
Address: Arak 7 Alley, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai
Hours: Open every day except Sunday, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Price: One small serving is 40 Baht (approx $1.18 USD)
11. Khao Soi Lam Duan: Where Anthony Bourdain Ate Khao Soi in Chiang Mai
Fun fact – this is the location Anthony Bourdain visited to sample this celebrated dish. His order included a classic Khao Soi along with Thai iced tea and som tam, a green papaya salad.
Visit Khao Soi Lam Duan to sample what Bourdain at this Khao Soi Chaing Mai location.
On your visit, you’ll encounter mostly locals, though tourists also frequent this spot due to Bourdain’s endorsement.
Order a classic Khao Soi with chicken, stewed beef, or pork bone. Note that the curry is slightly on the sweet side.
Soft-boiled noodles are cooked well and topped with perfectly crispy noodles for a satisfying crunch.
Make sure to sample this popular spot and see if its sweet, flavourful curry makes for your favorite Khao Soi in Chiang Mai.
Where to Eat Khao Soi Lam Duan
Address: 352/22 Before Wat Faham, Charoen Rat Road, Wat Ket Subdistrict, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open everyday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Price: Prices start at 35 Baht approx. $1.04 USD
More Popular Khao Soi Chiang Mai restaurants
Still on the hunt for more of Chiang Mai’s best Khao Soi offerings? These are other popular and highly recommended restaurants for Chiang Mai’s famous noodle soup.
Try them out and let us know how they are.
Khao Soi Samer Jai – 391 Fa Ham
Khao Soi Wua Lai – 1 50100 137/1 Wua Lai Rd
Khao Soi Kad Gorm (Khao Soi Lung Prakit Kaat Gorm) – 53 Suriyawong 5 Rd, Tambon Hai Ya
What is your favorite place to have Khao Soi in Chiang Mai? Please let us know in the comments below!
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77 Comments on “Best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai: 11+ Best Places To Eat Authentic Chiang Mai Noodles”
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Thank you Pradeep and so glad you enjoyed the article. We’d love to visit Sri Lanka at some point. What are the localfood specialties? Thanks for stopping by.
It is so funny that I get to read this at the time I am craving for Thai food! Hahaha. I do not know if that is a good thing or a bad one though.And thanks for sharing…..
Lol…that’s funny and perfect timing. Just order Khao Soi and you’ll be all set. Cheers.
I found your favorite khao soi place on Google Street View:
I think the name of the restaurant is: kuai teaw khangbopa
Awesome, Gary. That’s wonderful, we’ll add it to the post. So, did you love the Khao soi? Please let us know. Cheers 🙂
It is so funny that I get to read this at the time I am craving for Thai food! Hahaha. I do not know if that is a good thing or a bad one though. I haven’t been to Chiang Mai though I’ve been to Thailand several times. I will bookmark this as I am planning to go to either South or North of Thailand.
If you’ve been to Thailand several times, its worth a trip to Chiang Mai, what locals refer to as the “Rose of the north.” The food is different than in other parts of Thailand and worth discovering. Indeed, hold onto this local food guide for your next Thailand trip.
Chiang Mai is one of my favourite places in Thailand. I love the vibe of the place and its food scene is quite lovely. I took cooking classes some five years back. And, I totally agree that its food is one of the best-kept secrets and in particular, Khao Soi. Now I am craving for some.
Completely agree with you, Archana. One of our favorite cities in Thailand as well and Khao Soi…wow! You can’t get better than that. Cheers.
I’ve heard a lot about the cuisine in Chiang Mai. I wouldn’t think I’d ever travel to a destination primarily for the food, but Chiang Mai might be an exception. My cousin took a cooking class there, and he was amazed at all the flavors melded into their dishes. Khao Soi also sounds and looks incredible!
The food in Chiang Mai is worth seeking out. Hope you get to experience it for yourself, someday. Thanks, Tami for stopping by.
I have never had Khao Soi, but it looks tastey. It can be so tough finding the best place to get an areas signature dish. Thanks for doing all the work to make it easy for those of us looking to get the best authentic Khao Soi!
So glad you enjoyed the article Chris. Once you taste Khao Soi, you’ll probably go on your exploration for the best one. It’s that good!!
Yum! Your photos of bowls of Khao Soi are making my mouth water. It looks like just the kind of dish I’d love! Good thing it’s available everywhere in Chiang Mai. I’d love a recipe to try cooking it at home!
Thanks, Christina, so glad you enjoyed the article. Khao Soi is truly a delicious dish worth savoring. Do let us know what you think after you make it. Cheers.
I ate lots of khao sois when I volunteered in Bangkok for 23 days few years ago 🙂 Now, next mission is to eat this in Chiang Mai. Wanna know if there’s difference sois when I volunteered in Bangkok for 23 days few years ago 🙂 Now, next mission is to eat this in Chiang Mai. Wanna know if there’s difference between the two 🙂
AWesome challenge. Would love to know what you think of the differences of Khao Soi between the cities. We love it in Chiang Mai, as it is originally from 🙂 Do let us know what you think.
I was sorry that we missed Chiang Mai when we visited Thailand. And now I see that we also missed the well kept secret of Khao Soi. Interesting to know that you can only find it in northern Thailand. It must have been so fun to ask everyone where the best spot was to try Khao Soi. I am sure there was a lot of variety in the versions you tasted. Great that you got to try making it yourself! Thanks for including the recipe.
That’s a bummer that you missed Chiang Mai, now you have another reason to go back. Our quest for the best Khao Soi was loads of fun. We became “experts” at the nuances. Glad you enjoyed the article, Linda.
The fresh coriander on top of the Khao Soi at the Saturday Market had me intrigued. Love coriander! Thanks so much for posting the Khao Soi recipe, I’m definitely going to try to make it!
Awesome to hear Hannah, and do come back and let us know how the Khao Soi turned out for you 🙂
These Khao Soi looks very tempting and spicy. Can’t wait to go to Chiang Mai and try these noodles.
As the city’s local dish, Khao Soi is not to be missed 🙂 Cheers.
Cant believe you missed out on 2 of the very best and most authentic Khao soi houses in the city…. Khao soi Islam and khao soi Lam Duan ( Fa Ham ). Thankfully you wont find many tourists there so no Chicken breasts in the curry. Just proper bone in chicken drumsticks for true flavour. A huge pot of stock on the rolling boil with proper curry paste ( not red curry paste ) and it gets better and better as the day goes on. A lot of the locals visit later in the day when the stock is at its best.
Perfect Alan, thanks so much for the additional recommendations. Great timing, we’ll be back in Chiang Mai soon and will check these spots out. Appreciate the recommendations. Cheers.
Hi! Thank you so much for your recommendations! I’m right now in Chiang Mai – one month here. By the moment, my favorite Khao Soi is Mae Sai’s one 😉 discovered it by chance while looking for a condo 😀
I’d like to taste the local one you talked about, the one near your laundry, near Wua Lai…. but can’t figure where it is… because you said “Outer Ring” which is far away from Wua Lai Rd., and then in the address you said Huay Kaew Soi 2, which is near Nimman and way far from Wua Lai too…
I think something was lost in translation here 😀 please, would you so kind to give me a pin in a map, or other name for the road crossing Wua Lai?
Thank you so much in advance!
Hi Alvara, thanks so much for your note and glad you are enjoying exploring the delicious Khao Soi of Chiang Mai. The local food stall is actually near isleepguesthouse (20 Chomdoi RoadT. Suthep Muang Chiangmai). We’ve updated the article to reflect this change. Thanks again and enjoy Khao Soi in Chiang Mai.
Yummy! It does look like curry laksa considering its Chinese origins. What would you say is the main flavor that distinguishes khao soi from other noodle dishes?
So glad you enjoyed the article Daniel 🙂 Actually, curry laksa is quite different from Khao Soi. Indeed they do share Chinese origins, but the preparation is incredibly different. The fresh curry paste and the combination of flavors is what makes Khao Soi so unique. So rich and delightful. This is one must-have dish!!
Khao Soi in Chiang Mai sounds like a staple to try for sure! Good to know that the spice levels vary – I’m not great with too much spice, so mild would be my way to go. Totally agree that the best places to find local dishes are the markets – I haven’t set out itinerary yet, but will try to plan time in Chiang Mai to fall over a Saturday when we go to Thailand to fit in Wui Lai Market 🙂
Yes, do make sure you indulge in Khao Soi in Chiang Mai. Skip the tourist spots and settle in at a local stand and be prepared to be amazed. The food will certainly enhance your overall experience on your trip! Have fun!!
I’ve never had Khao Soi before…never even heard of it! But I love the spices and flavors that are used so much in Thai cooking, so I’m sure I would love it. I’ve also never been to Thailand…now I have another reason to visit beyond just the beautiful scenery. Thanks for the great insider tips!
You are most welcome Jim, and if you are already a Thai food fan, you will absolutely love Khao Soi. Indeed, the food is another reason to visit Chiang Mai. Do let us know if you end up discovering Khao Soi in Chiang Mai. Cheers.
We took the night train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai but didn’t know about Khao Soi so missed out. We did eat many other amazing things at the markets though and took a one day cooking class at Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School. Loved Chiang Mai.
Ahh…bummer that you missed indulging in Khao Soi in Chiang Mai. Now you know for next time 🙂 What did you make in your cooking class? We loved Chiang Mai as well. A great city worth visiting. Thanks, Sue.
I became a khao soi addict, sort of, after spending half a year in Chiang May. Personally, I found the best khao soi from street vendors: crunchiest noodles, the broth full of flavor, bitey spices. Pricier places were trying to be fancy and generally spoiled authentic experience. It’s been 3 years since I left Thailand and haven’t had a bite of khao soi. I just couldn’t find it anywhere. Finally, this summer during my visit to Perth, I spotted it on a menu of some Thai restaurant. I was so excited, but the soup hadn’t lived up to my memories.
Totally agree Elena, our favorite places for Khao Soi in Chiang Mai were also the small off the beaten path places! That’s awesome that you’ve seen it on a restaurant in Perth. It is had to replicate the flavors outside of the city of origin. We’ve had similar disappointments with Vietnamese foods in the U.S. as well. The best is always to enjoy the local flavors at the destination 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.
Hey, thanks for the list of ingredients for Khao Soi — it might be something I could actually make! I love anything with coconut milk added, and every version you show here looks amazing! Your list of places that serve it well will come in very handy when I get to Chiang Mai.
You are most welcome Tami, please do share a pic with us after you’ve made the meal. We agree, anything with coconut milk is amazing. Indeed, do keep this list handy for your trip to Chiang Mai and do let us know your preferred place for Khao Soi. Cheers.
We still haven’t made it to Thailand yet, but I’m dying to visit!! Khao Soi sounds amazing and exactly like a dish I would enjoy. It would be so fun to try this dish from so many different restaurants—I love seeing how iconic dishes are different from place to place. Taking a cooking class is always so fun too, and such a great idea!
Thanks so much Jenna for your comments. As food explorers, we are always interested in learning about the local foods with the goal of inspiring others to travel through the local food. Khao Soi is one of those meals that must be experienced in Thailand and specifically, Khao Soi. Hope you get to Thailand soon and make sure to indulge in this dish. You will be amazed by its flavors!! Thanks for stopping by.
I so agree that it’s fun to eat where the locals go. I’ve spent months in Thailand and I have to confess I’ve never heard of Khao Soi. Even when I was in Chiang Mai. I get so stuck on fried shrimp with basil and chilli I order it every day. Literally. This will propel to expand my food experience.
Oh, bummer. So sad that you missed Khao Soi in Thailand and specifically in Chiang Mai, where it is the most famous dish. Hopefully, you’ll get back to Thailand soon and when you do, make Khao Soi your first meal. Thanks, Carol.
We enjoyed a fab dish of Khao Soi last April, with the couple whom we house sat for. They grab their Thai food from a village outside of town where they live; bordering Doi Suthep National Park. The food out there in the villages surrounding town is first rate; no mailing it in as you experienced in the Old City, where folks may hold back some because tourists will gobble up anything happily and give a thumbs up.
I am no foodie but after eating for 2 years in Thailand collectively, I know real Thai food 😉
We are heading back to this village in February for the same house sit. Ready and raring to enjoy more authentic Khao Soi!
Fabulous post guys!!
Thanks Ryan and so jealous you are heading back for some “real” local Khao Soi. You are right, further away from the tourist spots, the Khao Soi is incredible! So glad you enjoyed the article and eat well….for us 🙂 Cheers!
I sadly didn’t have Khao Soi when i was in Chiang Mai! 🙁 I am so sad about this. I wish I read this post before I was in the area! It looks like an absolute must. Luckily I have high intentions of returning soon. When that happens I will be sure to give it a try! Thanks!
Awesome to hear that you’ll be back in Chiang Mai soon. Khao Soi is not to be missed. Hang onto this list and do let us know where you end up going and your experience. Wishing you delicious travels. Cheers.
I can’t handle a lot of spice, so I would choose the less spicy recommendations you’ve mentioned.
I’ve never had Khao Soi before and unless I can find a gluten free version, I’ll never be able to try it (I’m celiac). It makes me a little sad because it sounds so good. I might use your recipe and see if I can find a decent noodle to use with it, though.
Honestly, the food looks great at every one of these places! My son visited Chiang Mai a few years ago and I wonder if he got to taste any of these, and which was his favorite. It would be so much fun to go on a tasting tour.
If your son loves food and trying the local specialties, he most probably had Khao Soi. Share the article with him and let us know if he did 🙂
Your posts always make me so hungry! Anything with coconut milk in it sounds pretty delicious to me, so I think I’d like the Khao Soi.
You would love Khao Soi, Tamara. It is one of our favorite Thai dishes. Glad the post got you salivating. Add Chiang Mai, Thailand to your travel plans and you will be delighted!!
Wow! You’ve described everything I feel like I’ve been there already! and the pictures are great!:)
Thanks, Karolina, so glad you enjoyed the article. Have you had Khao Soi before?
Yum yum yum! Now I am hungry 🙂 Thanks for including a recipe!
This is an amazing list. I am a huge fan of noodles and soup especially if it’s from Thailand. I hope to visit all of these places someday soon!
Glad to hear Candy, that you are a Thai food fan. Hope you make it to Chiang Mai soon and sample the delicious Khao Soi for yourself 🙂
Wow! This looks absolutely delicious. Sounds like you had a lot of fun trying to find the best Khao Soi
Thanks so much Samantha…at authentic food quest, we aim to bring the best local experiences to travelers so that they can have a wonderful experience. Indeed, eating the local food is the best part of the experience 🙂
This sounds delicious! I cannot handle spicy food, but because of your guide I can definitely find some mild Khao Soi. I also love how you added a recipe, so we can try this dish if we can’t make it to Thailand soon!
Your right Christina, with Khao Soi, you can adjust the “spice levels” to your liking. Do both, try the recipe and visit Chiang Mai, you will love the experience.
Oh my! This dish looks delicious! I had Thai food a few minutes ago. The things is that most restaurants around here do not have Khao Soi on their menus. But, in Thai Town (East Hollywood), I know there are restaurants selling it. In this one place, the noodles are prepared every day.
Lucky you for having a Khao Soi place in the area. Do head out to Thai Town because it is worth the adventure. Thanks, Ruth for stopping by.
ooo look at all that Khao Soi! Yummy photos! Loved this virtual food tour of Chiang Mai
You are most welcome. Glad you loved the Khao Soi food tour in Chiang Mai. Have you ever had Khao Soi?
I LOVE Thai food but Ive yet to try Khao Soi. It looks freaking delicious! Thanks for including the recipe, Im going to try it this weekend!
If you already love Thai food, you will love Khao Soi. Do let us know how the recipe turned out. Cheers!
Your posts always manage to make me hungry. I love the idea of hunting for the best version of a dish. Thailand has really been calling to me lately, and the thought of sampling from all of these locations is definitely adding to that.
If Thailand is calling, heed the call. A beautiful country and Chiang Mai is a lovely place to explore as well. Save this article for your trip and you will not be disappointed 🙂 Cheers, Kris.
I fell in love with Thailand over again in this article. That place is budget friendly and the food I’m seeing here makes me want to up and run to chiang Mai… Kudos on this one… I’ll love to learn how to make the noodles too
So glad you enjoyed the article and it took you right back to Chiang Mai. What a great place to visit and such amazing food. Let us know how the noodles turn out. Cheers 🙂
Thanks so much and really glad to read that you enjoyed the article. Please do let us know how the recipe turned out for you. Thanks for stopping by!
I did go to Chiang Mai but can you believe I didn’t try any khao soi. I didn’t really have many meals on my own because I did tours and a cooking class. I would love to go back and try some!
Can’t believe that you were in Chiang Mai and missed Khao Soi. I do hope you are planning a trip soon. Khao Soi is delightful and an experience that should not be missed 🙂