Tom Yang Kung, Thai Suki, and Som Tam are well-known staples in Thai cuisine. Recently, has the exposure of Gapao rice increased?
But have you ever heard of “Khao Soi”? To be honest, it is still not well known among Japanese people, but this is another dish that has the potential to leap to the top of the popularity ranking of Thai cuisine…
What is khao soi? A slightly minor Thai dish… but its diverse recipes show the depth of its cuisine.
Khao soi is a noodle dish favored in northern Thailand, especially Chiang Mai. Originally from neighboring Myanmar, it seems to have once entered Laos before spreading to northern Thailand.
In a nutshell, it is curry noodle. 5mm wide egg noodles (bammy) are topped with a red curry soup mildened with coconut milk, and then fried to a crispy bammy.
The basic pattern is to serve this with pickled cabbage, shallots, and lime as garnish. Adding these to your liking has the effect of tightening the mild, coconut-based flavor.
However, just like ramen in Japan, the difficult thing about khao soi is that there are many variations in recipes and methods of preparation depending on the restaurant. In my experience, I have often found that the taste of khao soi does not suit my taste buds at all.
For this reason, I personally have not had a good impression of khao soi, but this time, for the first time, I met a khao soi that I thought was “delicious! I would like to share the information with you.
“Ong Tong Khao Soi“, a Khao Soi specialty restaurant Khao Sai restaurant, has been attracting a lot of attention in Bangkok!
Ong Tong Khao Soi, a restaurant specializing in khao soi, is located a two-minute walk from BTS Early Station. Ong Tong Khao Soi is an affiliate of Ong Tong Noodle, a popular noodle restaurant in Chiang Mai, and is rapidly gaining popularity in Bangkok.
At Ong Tong Khao Soi, you can choose from four types of khao soi ingredients: chicken, pork, beef, and beef tendon. This time, I ordered the chicken khao soi 79THB.
First, take a sip of the soup. The mild sweetness of coconut milk spreads in your mouth. The spices are also effective, but only a little spicy. It may be too much for children, but even those who do not like spicy food can enjoy it.
When you look under the fried noodles, you will find a chicken wing lying proudly in the center of the bowl. It is braised so tender that it can be easily loosened with chopsticks, and it goes perfectly with the broth.
Then, press the fried noodles with chopsticks to dip them into the soup. The crisp sound of the noodles as they break reminds one of the kakiage of tempura soba.
Although the noodles do not absorb the soup as well as kakiage, the thick soup goes well with the noodles that have been fried in oil and become limp. Underneath the fried noodles, boiled bammy is waiting for you, so you can enjoy the contrast of noodle firmness together. Without changing the taste with lime or chili, I finished the dish in one go!
Ong Tong Khao Soi, the new wave of Bangkok Khao Soi, is a two-minute walk from the BTS Early Station!
Now, here are the details of the restaurant.
Address: 17 Phahonyothin Soi 7, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400
Business hours: 10:00-23:00
Phone number: 02-003-5254
Get off at Exit 3 of Ary Station, head north, and turn left at Soi 7 on Pahong Yotin Street. Continue straight for 100 meters and you will see the store on the left.
P.S. There are also restaurants in Japan where you can eat khao soi…