Khao Soi Khun Yai is one of the most popular restaurants in Chiang Mai that serves the Northern Thai curry named Khao Soi. Although there is always a debate who serves the best version in town, it’s commonly known that Khao Soi Khun Yai belongs to the top. Reason enough to write a detailed review of this popular place.

Khao Soi Khun Yai is located in the northern parts of the old city of Chiang Mai at Sri Poom Road. It’s a little bit difficult to find as the outside of the building does not look like a typical restaurant. Underneath this paragraph, you will find a picture of the front of the restaurant, which helps you find Khao Soi Khun Yai. Another thing that you have to keep in mind is that Khao Soi Khun Yai is only open from ten o’clock in the morning until two o’clock in the afternoon. Khao Soi Khun Yai is a small place capable of serving six tables per time. Because of the small dining area, the short opening times and popularity, you can imagine that it will get busy during lunchtime. Also, on extremely busy days, they can run out of stock. 

 

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The entrance of Khao Soi Khun Yai 
 

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The interior of Khao Soi Khun Yai

 

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The large pans of delicious Khao Soi

 

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Where the magic happens


Khao Soi Khun Yai is your typical Thai local eatery with wooden tables, plastic stools, electric fans positioned at each table and friendly staff who work incredibly hard so that you don’t have to wait long for your food. The menu at Khao Soi Khun Yai is simple. As the name already suggests and as I mentioned in the intro, the main attraction here is their delicious khao soi. In the back of the restaurant, this curry is simmering and the smell is already amazing. The curry is available with pork, beef and chicken, which is what most people order. The beef version costs 50-60 bath per bowl, while the chicken and pork versions cost 40-50 THB per bowl. Before serving, a dash of coconut cream will be added. The Khao Soi is served with red onion, lime and pickles, which is what you already get when ordering Khao Soi. This serves as the usual salt and pepper what Westerns are used to. Add it to your satisfaction and enjoy one of the best Khao Soi in town and perhaps the country. If you are curious about the other restaurants, check our article about the best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai.
 

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The famous Khao Soi. This is the beef version


Does Khao Soi Khun Yai only serve Khao Soi? No, even though it’s what the majority of its visitors do order, there are two other options as well. The first option is the Noodle Soup with Pork (30 THB). This nicely spiced noodle soup is served with pork balls, minced pork and slices of pork and is topped with crispy wonton. The other option is the Northern Thai classic Nam Ngiao Kanom Jeen Nam Ngiew (40 THB), which is a tomato-based noodle curry served with the adventurous ingredient blood curd, something Thai absolutely love. Both of these dishes do taste good, but if you have a small appetite I would stick to their famous Khao Soi. 
 

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Noodle Soup with Pork (30 THB)

 

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Nam Ngiao Kanom Jeen Nam Ngiew (40 THB)


Overall verdict: as Chiang Mai is known for its Khao Soi, visiting one of Chiang Mai’s best Khao Soi restaurants is an absolute must for every foodie. I can guarantee you will absolutely love the heroines and creaminess of this non-spicy curry. Although there are several other restaurants that serve top quality Khao Soi close by, Khao Soi Khun Yai is simply something special. Maybe it’s because of the limited opening times, or the whole atmosphere, or simply because the Khao Soi is amazing. 

Khao Soi Khun Yai is also listed in our food recommendations app called TopTravelFoods. This app is completely free and is available for both iOS and Android. Instead of only recommend good restaurants, TopTravelFoods recommends the best food these amazing restaurants have to offer. So when you are on your trip to Chiang Mai, you never have figure out what is good or not. Just simply see the rated and reviewed dishes, recommended by fellow-food-lovers. Would you like to know what people think of Khao Soi Khun Yai? Check out the restaurant review page of Khao Soi Khun Yai. Here you can find all the restaurant information you need, such as opening times, location, menu, atmosphere pictures and prices. 

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