Khai Soi

by jeannabauer

In the hidden motorbike drives behind Wat Pa Pao a little piece of Chiang Mai turns into Shan state. Tea leaf salad. Tai snacks. Gossip in Shan. Longyi displays. Noodle shops. Thanaka painted faces.

Shans from all over the city make a point to visit one little shop known for their Khai Soi See Jet. The family makes noodles from scratch & have mastered the combination of pork, spice & lime. The TV is always playing loud Thai pop videos. They’re always busy. I always get two bowls.

Today, while searching for Shan language resources a piece of Internet gold was found. A recipe for a ‘fast-food’ style Khai Soi. So now there’s obviously only one thing to do – turn on the Thai pop, boil & chop, mix & enjoy.

You’ll need:

  • Chicken flavored ramen noodles
  • 3 tablespoons canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Dash of tabasco sauce
  • ½ cup finely chopped cooked chicken (sliced green onion & chopped cilantro as garnish)
  • “Chow Mein” noodles
  • Lime


  1. Prepare chicken-flavored ramen noodles according to the directions on the package. Drain excess liquid.
  2. Mix in the canned unsweetened coconut milk, turmeric, paprika, tabasco sauce and chicken.
  3. Top with green onion, cilantro, and “chow mein” noodles. Serve with a wedge of lime. Just before eating, squeeze the lime wedge over the noodles.

To learn more about Shan culture & find this recipe, click here.