Tucked away in northeastern Thailand, Khon Kaen isn’t just a destination for cultural exploration and nature-based excursions but also, a paradise for food enthusiasts. Read on to find out more about some key dishes with diverse flavours and influences that are part of the city’s foodie scene.

Thai Grilled Chicken 

One of the most beloved street foods in Khon Kaen is Gai Yang or Thai grilled chicken. Vendors grill these succulent chicken pieces to perfection, marinating them with ingredients like fresh lemongrass, garlic, fish sauce, and cilantro. The result is a smoky, fragrant dish that will have your taste buds dancing with delight! Enjoy it as a quick snack while you explore the city’s vibrant streets.

Dim Sum

While dim sum is not a typical Thai food, you can find Khon Kaen restaurants here to relish this popular Chinese delicacy. Such dining venues can be found at properties like Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre which attract local families of Chinese descent. When it comes to dim sum, you can look forward to trying everything from dumplings to steamed buns with various fillings served fresh from a steamed basket which adds to the allure of the experience.

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Isaan-style Som Tam

While Som Tam is a well-known Thai dish, Isaan-style Som Tam which can be enjoyed at restaurants in Khon Kaen is a distinctive variation of this spicy salad. While green papaya remains the key element, ingredients like pickled crab and fermented fish sauce are added to provide a unique and strong flavour; look to savour this salad with grilled chicken or sticky rice for a memorable meal.

Khanom Jeen Nam Ya

For a flavourful culinary experience, seek out Khanom Jeen Nam Ya. The rice noodles, known as Khanom Jeen, are paired with a type of fish curry called Nam Ya and are enjoyed with fresh herbs and veggies. The use of Nam Ya curry paste made with fingerroot (or Chinese keys) as well as lemon basil, fish suce and coconut milk, infuse the noodles with an irresistible taste.