Khao Soi @ Baan Saen Pan

Khao Soi is a Burmese influenced dish (called ohn no khao swè) served widely in northern Thailand. Khao Soi could originate from the phrase "cut rice" in Thai, though it is not certain where the name comes from. Traditionally, the dough for the rice noodles is spread out on a cloth stretched over boiling water. After steaming the large sheet noodle is then rolled and cut with scissors.

It is a wet noodle soup-like dish made with a mix of deep-fried crispy egg noodles and boiled egg noodles, pickled cabbage, shallots, lime, ground chillies fried in oil, and meat in a curry-like sauce containing coconut milk. The sauce is a bit like a yellow or massaman curry but thinner. It is popular as a street dish eaten by Thai people in northern Thailand, though not frequently served in Thai restaurants abroad.

If you have yet to try khao soi, it is available at Saen Pan (translated to 100,000 x 1,000 in English), a Chiang Mai restaurant run by a lovely northern Thai lady who speaks a fair bit of English with growing confidence.

The restaurant offers comfortable seating at the front of the shop, or even better air con rooms out the back. It's a great place for lunch and I can highly recommend the Nam Prik Ong (almost like a Thai bolognese sauce) to accompany you khao soi. It is served with pork scratchin's - or the closest thing Thailand has to offer to Britain's fine Pub cuisine.

The food arrives very quickly and the restaurant is wonderful with the dainty decor, free tea water, busy atmosphere and friendly service.

Saen Pan offers parking out the front across the road (Thai sign only).

Closes at 5:00pm every day and is closed every Sunday.

Address: Northern Recipe, 95/7 Soi-Sawairiang, Mukhamontri Road, Muang, Korat

Tel.: 044-241-015, 081-547-1516, 081-375-1951
Email Address: Sanphan2008@yahoo.co.uk


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