Rice Dishes

Khao-Chae Mae Siri Jasmine-Scented Rice

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Khao Chae Mae Siri may be a humble street stall, but their signature dish is deeply rooted in Thai Royal traditions. It's summer food, traditionally, a humidity-cooling bowl of cold al-dente steamed rice submerged in delicate icy jasmine-scented water eaten with a variety of sides - pickled Chinese turnips, shredded pork, sweet fish and deep-fried kapi (shrimp paste) balls, recipes that have been passed down over several generations spanning more than a century.

There's a subtle complexity that you rarely see, particularly for street food and was thought to have been brought in the 19th century by the Mon people who migrated from Myanmar and found its way to the royal courts and kitchen.

While the floral dish usually only rears its head between the hotter months between March and May when Bangkokians need the cold bowl's cooling effect for a necessary respite from the oppressive heat, its sold year round at Khao Chae Mae Siri.

The price has stayed stubbornly unchanged for years. Just 30 THB (around US $0.80) gets you a bowl of khao chae with several sides either as a refreshing pitstop or to takeaway.

What to order

A pleasingly simple menu. Floral-scented bowls of rice with the sides of your choice (all of which are worth ordering).Β 

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