Chiang Mai in Korat
95-97 Soi Sawairiang, Mukhamontri Rd., Korat; Tel. 044-241015, 081-5471516
Lot’s of people assume that Thai food consists of only Pad Thai, tomyam, chicken satay, and green papaya salad. They have no idea how much variety there is to Thai food. Each region has it’s own special dish. In Northern Thailand the main special dish is Khao Soi.
Saen Phan serves up a fantastic Khao Soi with either chicken or pork. Khao Soi is basically a kind of curry soup with yellow rice noodle that resemble fettucini noodles, which are actually cut by hand using scissors (khao soi means “cut rice”). Throw in a stewed piece of chicken or pork, add crunchy dried egg noodles, pickled cabbage and red onions wedges on top, and pour in a little coconut cream – viola! – you have a perfect Khao Soi for lunch. The flavors are more akin to an Indian-style curry, but still uniquely Thai.
There are lots of other Northern Thai dishes to choose from. Sai Uea is a slightly spicy Northern Thai sausage. Tam Khanun is a salad made from jack-fruit. And Nam Prick Ong is a spicy Northern Thai version of a pork bolognese, and is excellent served over rice.
They have other items that aren’t Northern Thai dishes as well, but if you’re heading there make sure you look at all the food set out in the front. Those are the Northern Specialty dishes. The prices are quite decent, and the inside of the restaurant opens up in the back to outdoor garden and indoor air-con seating.
The best time to go is for lunch and make sure to order the Khao Soi Piset, so you get a bigger bowl and an extra piece of chicken. They are located on the road the runs off Mittrapap at the traffic light between The Mall and Tesco Lotus.
Open Monday thru Saturday 9am – 5pm, closed on Sundays.
For directions and contact information check their facebook page.