Thailand’s Prayuth to promote country’s cuisine after Khao soi named best soup in the world
- Khao soi – a dish with a coconut milk broth, that includes meat, noodles, pickled cabbage and chillies – was named the world’s best soup by TasteAtlas
- The broth is believed to have been brought to northern Thailand by Chinese Muslim traders from Yunnan during the 19th and 20th centuries
“It’s good news that Thai food is becoming so well known among foreigners,” Prayuth said as he enjoyed a bowl of the traditional northern dish of khao soi at a government-run food exhibition in Bangkok.
Khao soi – a coconut milk-based fare that also includes meat, egg noodles, fresh lime, pickled cabbage, shallots and chillies – was named the best soup in the world by TasteAtlas, a digital platform chronicling local food and authentic restaurants.
TasteAtlas called khao soi a “delicious coconut soup in which numerous regional influences were combined to create a truly spectacular dish”. Thailand’s tom yum kung and tom kha gai soups were also featured in the list.
Earlier this year, Prayuth also lauded Thai rapper and government critic Danupa “Milli” Kanateerakul for popularising mango sticky rice during her performance at the Coachella music festival in California.
The government said it is planning to propose to Unesco to include the dessert in Thailand’s intangible cultural heritage list.