Khon Kaen, Thailand, is a treasure trove of culinary delights especially when it comes to Isan cuisine from the north-eastern part of the country. If you plan a visit here, read on to find out about some of the most popular local dishes you should introduce your taste buds to.

Kai Grata

For a perfect way to start your day in Khon Kaen, restaurants will serve a range of delectable delights to try, though one dish you should not miss is kai grata. Making for a hearty breakfast, it features some fried eggs topped with various meats which can include Vietnamese and Chinese sausages. Of course, you can also add some chilli sauce or soy sauce to give it that extra flavour boost!

Gai Yang

A yummy snack, gai yang is the name for delicious Thai grilled chicken. It’s best enjoyed hot off the grill from street vendors travellers will come across as they explore the city from properties like Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre. The infusion of ingredients like fresh lemongrass, garlic, cilantro and fish sauce in the marinade gives this dish its signature flavour which is bound to make you order more!

Takeaway, Kai yang CM, CC BY-SA 3.0

Laab Moo 

Laab Moo Isan is an Isan-style minced pork salad which packs a culinary punch with its bold flavours. Utilising ground pork, this dish is perfect for meat lovers and is relatively easy to put together which is ideal if you plan to make it back home too. Of course, a key element would be the dressing used which combines lime juice, fish sauce, ground dried chiles, toasted rice powder, mint and more!

Isaan-style Som Tam

Som tam is the name for the country’s famed shredded green papaya salad, but keep in mind its preparation can vary from region to region. When dining in Khon Kaen, look to try Isaan-style som tam which is generally sourer and spicier, while also including fermented fish sauce and pickled crab. Look to eat it with grilled chicken and sticky rice for a meal with a truly harmonious blend of flavours!