Khao Soi, fried noodle with curry soup, is one of the most popular food in Northern Thailand. You will probably hear a lot about it during your adventure in North. Of course each bowl is different and divert. Some are spicy, and others are not. They often have different types of noodles. Among all those Khao Sois, this one is my personal favorite.
This cozy little restaurant, with bamboo bench and tables outside, is a Northern Thai food restaurant. We found it on Lonely Planet Thailand. It was rainy and dark when we went there, so was very hard to spot. After driving through the road carefully and scanning many signs in Thai which we had no idea how to read, we found the sign. (It was in English!)
We ordered Khao Soi, garlic salad, and vegetable curry, as recommended on the menu. The soup of Khao Soi was creamier compared to other ones, and not spicy for me at all. Normally I cannot eat spicy food very much, but for this one I could enjoy it. Also salad and curry were really good, especially with a lot of garlic taste. (My favorite!)
Although I’ve tried many Khao Sois, I haven’t yet met “the one”. If you find some good Khao Sois, please let me know! I would love to try 🙂
Where we ate: Banpleng Restaurant (Google Maps)
Pad Thai at Thip Samai restaurant
Pad Thai, a Thai-style noodle, is one of the most famous Thai food in Thailand. At every corner, there are always street food restaurants selling this extremely popular dish. Every tourist has it during their journey. Pad Thai is one of the first food they remember the name and manage to order by themselves. Of course locals have it often. You will never find the restaurant which doesn’t have it on the menu.
The sign of the restaurant
Among all those prevalent Pad Thais, Thip Samai makes the best. It is located on Maha Chai Road, which is about 5 minutes drive from Khaosan Road. There is always a long queue in front of the place, including a lot of locals. Employees restlessly move their hands and cook each part of the process.
Many staffs cooking each part of Pad Thai
Thipsamai is famous among media in different countries
There are only a few kinds of Pad Thai on the menu. What I had is the one with shrimp and wrapped with egg (60baht). Unlike many other Pad Thais, Thip Samai makes it creamier and soft, using sweet thick source, and the wrapped egg makes it special. Being close to the major tourist attraction Khaosan Road, this place should definitely be on your bucket list in Thailand.
Staff wrapping noodles with egg
Open daily: 5 pm – 2 am
Address: 313 Mahachai Rd., Samranrat, Phra Nakorn 10200 (Google Maps)
Go to: Thip Samai website, Thip Samai Facebook Page