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The last time I had a bowl of Khao Soi, I was in Chiang Mai. I took a 20 minute cab ride to a random restaurant and had my very first taste of this delicious coconut curry base soup. Since then, when I have the opportunity to have Khao Soi, I take it.
This led to Friday night at Fat Mao where they specialize in noodles soups from all over southeast Asia. We drove into the heart of Chinatown and found a table in their modest restaurant, which had stamps of their logoed fat cat all over.
It was no surprised that I opted for the Khao Soi. My partner went for the braised duck soup with clear rice sheet noodles, at my recommendation.
The Khao Soi made me nostalgic for Thailand again. The broth was warm, lightly sweet, and very fragrant. Fat Mao gives you a full bone-in leg of meat so I worked my way through a chicken thigh that was very juicy. The noodles were egg-based and cooked on the al dente side, which I really enjoyed. This was as close to traveling back to Asia as I could have gotten at the moment so I embraced it.
My partner’s braised duck soup was clear and light – a complete departure from my rich and creamy choice. His had a rich umami flavor to it and also came with a bone-in duck leg. The glass noodles were cool and in his words, reminded him of a translucent lasagna. I really enjoyed this unique noodle along with a bite of duck meat and spoonful of broth. It was quintessentially Asian.
The server also brought us a plate of chili sauces to pair with our soups. She recommended the mango chili for the duck, and left the rest to our discretion. I kept my Khao Soi unadulterated but tried each one: mango chili, picked veggies, chili oil, chili flakes.
Overall, it was a good meal and the service was quick and friendly. We’re used to giant bowls of noodles, like Deer Garden, so personally the portion sizes could have been a bit bigger for the prices, however I will say that the quality is definitely there.
- Braised Duck $18
- Khao Soi, Chiang Mai Curry $17
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