Khao soi cravings: Where to get a decent bowl in Bangkok
Khao soi, a northern-style curry noodle dish, has long been a favorite among resident foreigners in the know. The dish combines the richness and spiciness of a good curry with hearty noodles and a diversity of tart, crunchy and spicy condiments.
Adding to its allure is the fact that here in Bangkok, khao soi is relatively hard to find, and those that do exist are pretty much bland facsimiles of the original.
To sample the country’s very best bowls of khao soi there’s really no alternative to heading up to Chiang Mai. But there are a few places in Bangkok doing decent takes on the dish. Here are five of our favorites.
This open-air stall just off Lang Suan Road serves vast, rich bowls of khao soi supplemented with beef, chicken or pork. Fresh condiments and good-quality noodles round out one of the better quality bowls in town.
Soi 6, Lang Suan Road. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Price: 35 baht per bowl.
Lam Duan Fah Ham
The Bangkok branch of what is arguably Chiang Mai’s best khao soi restaurant does what is most likely also the best bowl in Bangkok.
To the uninitiated, the broth here appears deceptively thin, but a taste reveals meaty richness and a spicy depth. In fact, the only fault we can find with Lam Duan Fah Ham is the restaurant’s remote location in a residential area near Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport.
Soi 58, Vibhavadi Rangsit Road. Open daily, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (closed last Sunday of the month). Tel: +66 (0)2 579 6403. Price: 40 baht per bowl.
Pantip Plaza Khao Soi
The khao soi served at this hectic IT mall’s third-floor food court is among the better-known bowls in Bangkok, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best. The noodles are cooked ahead of time and the condiments can’t exactly be described as fresh, but these faults are masked by a full-flavored broth and meaty chicken thighs.
3rd fl, Pantip Plaza, Phetchaburi Road. Open daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.. Price: 25 baht per bowl.
This longstanding Sukhumvit-area restaurant serves a mild version of the dish -- perfect for khao soi virgins who live downtown.
25 Sukhumvit Road Soi 31. Tel: + 66 (0)2 258 4600. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., closed Sunday. Price: 30 baht per bowl.
Although it’s located well outside the city centre,
the khao soi at this open-air restaurant serving northern Thai dishes
is well worth the schlep.
Ramkhamhaeng 162. Open Wednesday-Monday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Tel: +66 (0)81 913 3413/(0)81 771 1708. Price: 30 baht per bowl.