Every 3 months, ophthalmologist I run across the Thai border at Mae Sai and spend a few hours in Tachilek, Burma. I discovered this Shan dish when I noticed the owner of a DVD shop eating what looked liked fat rice noodles mixed with brown sauce and cilantro. It’s my rule to explore a new dish each time I cross into Burma, so I gamely followed the little girl tasked with taking me to the noodle maker around the corner. The khao soi noi lady was making two kinds: minced chicken+garlic wrapped in khao soi noi (the rice noodle made fresh at her stand) and a DIY version, in which sauces and seasonings are mixed into the noodle batter before being steamed. No matter that I was already full from Shan-style tofu and noodles at Wat Doi Wow, Kim and I scarfed a plate of the chicken khao soi noi. And then bought out the rest of it to bring back to the farm to share with our Karen-Burmese friends!
Read more about khao soi noi here on Austin Bush’s food blog.