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Khao Soi in Minneapolis??

This quickly became a favorite dish after spending a week in Chiang Mai recently and would love to find it in Minneapolis. I saw that Sen Yai Sen Lek has a beef version of it but I'd love to find a place that made it with chicken.

Any tips MSP Chowhounds?

Jen

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Sen Yai Sen Lek
2422 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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  1. The khao soi at Sen Yai Sen Lek is an abomination. Try it at Bangkok Thai Deli in St Paul. No where in Minneapolis has that dish.

    Cheers,

    Huagung

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    Sen Yai Sen Lek
    2422 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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    1. re: HuaGung

      Thanks Huagung - sounds like we need to go to St Paul. Lots of mentions of Bangkok Thai Deli on this board.
      I will definitely try it!

      1. re: rmitchel5

        You might also call Lemongrass to see if they'll do it. They have a lot of American style fare for the masses, but will throw down on their authentic preparations.

      2. re: HuaGung

        I just had the khao soi at SYSL. I thought it was interesting, but missed the mark. It had a boozy aftertaste to it, which sometimes happens when soy sauce meets a sweet component.

      3. You might be able to make it yourself if you can find khao soi paste in asian grocery stores. If you've tried the real deal from Chiang Mai (my favourite place is khao soi from khao soi fah ham), I'm sure you'd be disappointed wherever you try khao soi in town since most, if not all, Thai cooks are from North-eastern part .. not from the Northern part (where Chiang Mai) is located. The specialty dish from each part of Thailand is quite different, and the flavor-based for the food from each part is also different.

        I make khao soi by myself from the khao soi paste and its pretty tasty. I can adjust the flavor to my liking.

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        1. re: moomon

          In which grocery store in the Twin Cities have you been able to find the khao soi paste? In fact, which market do you recommend, in general, for Thai cooking?

          ~TDQ

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I'm guessing: United Noodle? They seemed to have everything.

          2. re: moomon

            Yes, I'd love to know where you are able to find Khao Soi paste in the twin cities.

            Jen

            1. re: rmitchel5

              You can find a decent seasoning mix for Khao Soi by Globo Foods at Dragon Star. The front of the package will say Lobo, but the company that makes it, identified on the back of the package is Globo. It's the same one my mother in law uses in Thailand, and she was born and raised in Chiang Mai. She likes the taste just fine.

              You can also buy pickled mustard greens at Dragon Star too which are an essential part of the taste of the finished dish.

              Cheers,

              Huagung

              1. re: HuaGung

                Was just at BTD yesterday for lunch. I ordered the Khao Soi. It was one of the best things i've had for lunch in a long time! I hope rmitchel5 made it to St. Paul. For dessert we shared sticky rice with custard. I highly recommend it as well.

                1. re: tipitina

                  I think the Khao Soi at SYSL is one of the best dishes in the Twin Cities. HuaGung = way too harsh his assessment. BTD does the dish extremely well,too.

          3. This is a great dish and because it's so regional, I can't wait to eat it and be transported back to chiang mai!