Saturday, February 5, 2011

Khao Soi

Khao Soi (Northern Thai Noodles with Chicken and Curry)
Ros Niyom, La Villa, Ari, Bangkok, Thailand.
Price: 80 baht

Khao Soi is a traditionally northern Thai dish, found in Chiang Mai. It's basically chicken with curry, served with a mix of crispy and soft yellow noodles.

Like the ubiquitous fried rice, the taste varies depending on which shop you go to. The curry here is thick and tasty, and they give you a nice large piece of chicken. The lime, raw red onion and pickled vegetables provided as condiments are in the correct proportions, and compliment the dish exactly.

Ros Niyom, which roughly translates to "the taste which is popular", is an offshoot of iBerry, a Thai premium ice cream chain. They also serve other traditional Thai dishes such as green curry, and they also have an English menu. Their selection of dishes is small, but they are all good.

The decor is made to resemble an old Thai shop reminiscent of the 60s and 70s, except with air conditioning and much higher hygiene standards. The service is simple but snappy, while the choice of drinks is also very traditionally Thai.

It comes highly recommended if you're in Thailand. The establishment is a shop in the La Villa shopping village, which is beside BTS Ari.

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