It’s a well known saying that if you are visiting a town or city for the first time and you want to find a restaurant which serves good-tasting food at reasonable prices then look out for a place that’s a little off the beaten track and full of local people. The Khaosoi Tai Restaurant in Udon Thani fits perfectly into that classification and in my honest opinion is one of Udon Thani’s best restaurants. And the photograph above proves its popularity with Udon’s urbanites.
The Khaosoi Tai Restaurant specialises in traditional food dishes from Northern Thailand and its name comes from one which is often called the signature dish of Thailand’s northern cultural city of Chiang Mai, Khao Soi.
Khao Soi (or Khao Soy) is a beef, chicken or pork egg noodle curry topped with crispy golden fried noodles and garnished with shallots, lime juice and pickled cabbage. A delicious bowl of egg noodle curry at the Khaosoi Tai Restaurant is great value at only 45 baht (US$1.50) . However your table skills best include a mastery of chopsticks and a small spoon. Mine doesn’t, but others have honed their skills with years of practice.
The Khaosoi Tai Restaurant only opens during the day (10 am to 4 pm) and around noon it becomes a favourite place to eat for local workers on lunch breaks, parties of people with something or other to celebrate, and friends and couples who just want to savour distinctive northern cuisine in charming surroundings.
The restaurant’s bamboo tables and chairs are sprinkled among an array of potted plants, flowers and theatrical vivid green trees giving you the appearance and feel of a restaurant thrown together in the midst of a steaming dense jungle. The restaurant has oodles of noodles and charm.
A little off the beaten track ….. not exactly ….. but the Khaosoi Tai Restaurant’s whereabouts is one which is tucked out of sight from your average tourist’s radar. The restaurant is on Srisuk Road, opposite the Heritage Apartments, and only a short walk from Udon Thani Provincial Museum and Nong Prajak Park, but its locale seems to be missed by most of the city’s tourist brochures and beating drums. That’s a shame because its menu of northern Thai dishes is quite extensive and easy on the eye and budget. A meal for two with a couple of side dishes and soft drinks will struggle to breach the 200 baht barrier.
Khao Soi hobnobs on the menu alongside Steamed Sago with Pork, Fish Noodle Curry, Mushroom Noodle Soup, Spring Rolls, Northern Thai sausage and a plateful of other delectable dishes. Yet somehow the majority of tourists visiting Udon Thani appear to miss this honey trap of Northern cuisine which is all the rage with locals.
Below are a few photographs of some of the dishes available at the Khaosoi Tai Restaurant and some pictures of its beautiful setting.
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