Khao Soi (ข้าวซอย) is a northern Thai, noodles and curry dish. Read more about it here: http://www.eatingthaifood.com/2015/02/khao-soi-islam-lampang/
Khao soi (ข้าวซอย) is easily one of the most famous dishes from the north of Thailand. For me, it’s a dish that can either be really good or really bad. Sometimes it’s really bad because the ingredients are not fresh, and because the curry is way too sweet and way too oily. But every now and then, when I’m in northern Thailand, I have a bowl of khao soi (ข้าวซอย) that absolutely blows my mind… and at Khao Soi Islam (ข้าวซอยอิสลาม ลำปาง) truly served me one of the best bowls of the dish that I’ve ever had in my life.
Khao Soi Islam (ข้าวซอยอิสลาม), not to be confused with a restaurant by the same name in Chiang Mai, is located right in the heart of the old part of Lampang. The restaurant is owned and operated by a family, who has been serving and cooking khao soi for generations. The restaurant, as the name suggests, serves strictly Halal food.
As soon as I arrived, I could smell the curry, and the owner and his family were all extremely friendly and greeted us as we arrived. One of the first things I noticed was a pan full of freshly made egg noodles sitting on the counter, and that was my first sign that it was going to be epic. For my first bowl of noodles, I ordered khao soi neua (ข้าวซอยเนื้อ), curry noodles with beef. The noodle master, the owner of the restaurant, expertly blanched the fresh egg noodles, then divided them into bowls, and then covered them in his blend of curry sauce along with nuggets of beef. He then topped each bowl with a handful of crispy fried egg noodles, the typical topping of any bowl of khao soi.
Before adding any chili, I first, tasted the curry sauce. To my extreme delight, the curry sauce was not sweet at all – in fact I don’t think there was any sugar at all involved in his recipe. The curry was rich and creamy, nicely flavored with curry powder. Equally as delicious were the egg noodles, which tasted extremely fresh, slightly chewy and soft at the same time. The combination was so incredibly good I could hardly contain my delight. But after sampling my khao soi, I then added in a couple scoops of chili sauce, which gave my bowl of noodles a lovely smoky roasted chili flavor, and I tossed in the plate of condiments which included pickled mustard greens, sliced shallots, and a squeeze of lime juice. I have to say this was one of the finest bowls of khao soi (ข้าวซอย) I’ve ever had in my life.
We also tried the khanom pang na gai (ขนมปังหน้าไก่), little pieces of bread topped with chicken and shallow fried in oil. They were alright, but not really my thing, and they were no where in comparison to the deliciousness of the khao soi.
I could not stop at one bowl, so after slurping down the first bowl I ordered khao soi gai (ข้าวซอยไก่), the chicken version. Again, it was mind-blowingly delicious, but overall I think the beef was better – just out of my love for beef.
If you ever visit Lampang, Thailand (which is a wonderful city by the way), Khao Soi Islam (ข้าวซอยอิสลาม) is a restaurant you’re not going to want to miss.
Khao Soi Islam (ข้าวซอยอิสลาม ลำปาง) – Lampang, Thailand
Address: 3 Thanon Pongsanuk, Wiang Neua, Lampang, Thailand
Open hours: 8 am – 2 pm daily, good place for breakfast or lunch
Prices: For the larger size bowl it’s 45 THB
ที่อยู่ 3 ถนนปงสนุก ต.เวียงเหนือ อ.เมืองลำปาง จังหวัดลำปาง
เปิดบริการ ทุกวัน 8.00 – 14.00 น.
Get all the details here: http://www.eatingthaifood.com/2015/02/khao-soi-islam-lampang/
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