A New Khao Soi Player In Chiang Mai? – Eating Riverside At Rimping Boat Noodles
Anyone who’s been following my blog, or my Instagram, will know that I’m obsessed with khao soi. I ate ten in five days when I got to Bangkok, to try to find you guys the best khao soi in the city! Now I’ve eaten in all the famous khao soi joints in Chiang Mai – Khao Soi Samer Jai, Khao Soi Khun Yai, Khao Soi Islam, Khao Soi Lam Duan – you get the picture. So when my man in Chiang Mai, Craig, told me about a place on the Ping river he’d been going to I decided to investigate…..
Enter Rimping Boat Noodle – It’s just across the Iron bridge going out of town, a little past Rimping Supermarket on the opposite side of the street.
The first thing you notice as you walk through to the seating area is the lovely outdoor, riverside setting. If there is a group of you, then you can choose to sit in one of the open wooden huts. There’s also long benches right over the Rimping river, with great views across to Wat Chai Monkhon. It’s a seriously nice place to dangle your feet over the river and much away on a hot bowl of noodles, washed down with a good latte from the on site coffee shop.
If you are new to street food in Thailand and aren’t to keen on some of the older joints in town then this could be perfect for you. Ordering can be a bit stressful as you have to do it on a tablet, with the writing in Thai, but the friendly staff will do it for you if you call them. Just say ‘khao soi’!
Enough talk of the decor, let’s get down to what we came here for – the khao soi! It’s one of the better khao sois I’ve had, certainly better than 90 percent of what you’d get in Bangkok.
The noodles on top were nice and crispy and the ones in the sauce weren’t overcooked. The flavour from the black cardamom and ground coriander came through well and the chicken fell off the bone.
Good roasted chilli and pickled cabbage.
I love really spicy food so this isn’t a negative for me but even without the roasted chilli it comes with, this khao soi was hot! If you don’t like any heat then you might struggle; If you like it hot you’ll love it!
It was a bit oily for me. I prefer my khao soi on the creamy side like at Samer Jai. My friend prefers it here so I guess it’s just what you like.
On the whole, it’s a solid choice with a good menu, it’s not just khao soi the boat noodles are very good here as the name suggests, as are the other noodle soups I tried.
I give it a very respectable 4 out of 5.
Here’s a map to the restaurant: