Friday 28 November 2008

Just Khao Soi

Just Khao Soy makes its' name turning Kao Soy as a street food into a fine dining experience. This restaurant serves, as the name suggests, only one main dish, the popular Khao Soy 

Khao Soi is a delicious Northern Thai curry noodle dish served with various condiments, including picked cabbage, red onion, lime juice and chillies. The whole mixture is then topped with crispy noodles. 

The restaurant, Just h Soy, is beautifully decorated, and atmosphere warm and friendly. Ordering Khao Soi here is an experience - you have a choice between two soup bases - a rich version, and a milder version. You get to choose the noodles, what kind of meat you'd like (vegetarian option available), how spicy you want it. 

Your Kao Soy then arrives on an "artist's palatte" with condiments placed around the main noodle bowl. You can then adjust the taste of the curry base to your liking. 

I found my Kao Soy experience at Just Kao Soy very nice, although having grown up with Asian food, I thought the soup was little bland - may be I didn't add enough condiments! I still think the restaurant is a great concept though, and the food is of a very high quality. It's also a great idea to have two versions of the soup base available, in case having something very rich and spicy is not your thing! I also like the fact that there is a vegetarian option, and it seems that no MSG is added to the meals. 

I must say though, that I really enjoyed the starter consisting of various Northern delicacies of Sai Oua (Northern Spicy sausages), spring rolls, crispy fried fish and sun-dried beef. The beef was a bit tough, but the spring rolls lovely. My favourite was the Sai Oua. It was quite spicy, but was one of the nicest I have tasted in Chiang Mai, and the little salad that came with it really balance out the flavour nicely.  

Location: 108 Charoenphratet Road, Chang Klan, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Phone: 053 818 641

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