6 June 2024

Sukhothai cuisine beckons adventurous palates with subtly spiced flavors and unique ingredient combinations, setting it apart from other Thai regional fare. Bursting with the fragrance of lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, its dishes offer a refreshing depth that echoes the ancient recipes of Sukhothai’s culinary heritage.

Since the thirteenth century, rice and fish have dominated the local culinary landscape, yielding delicate yet flavorful dishes. The arrival of Chinese fare introduced noodles, which blended seamlessly with local cooking to create the distinctive taste and texture of Sukhothai Noodle.

This fusion of influences results in a harmonious balance of sweet, sour, salty, and sometimes spicy flavors, ensuring a well-rounded dining experience. Each bite is a culinary journey rich in tradition and distinctiveness, offering a tantalizing glimpse into Sukhothai’s cultural diversity.

Sukhothai cuisine entices adventurous palates with its subtly spiced flavors and unique ingredient combinations, setting it apart from other Thai regional fare.//Photo: TAT’s Sukhothai Office

For travelers venturing through Sukhothai – Siam’s very first kingdom, brimming with rich culture and heritage – here are some of the finest eating establishments to savor this culinary adventure.

Khao Perp Yai Khriang

Khao Perp Yai Khriang is a revered dining spot in Sukhothai. Its name originates from the traditional method of crafting ‘khao perp,’ which involves folding and unfolding thin dough sheets on a delicate white cloth before stuffing them with a variety of ingredients.

What sets this dish apart is the delightful texture of the cooked dough—soft, slightly thick, with porous steam holes dotting its surface.

Khao Perp Yai Khriang offers a delightful medley of flavors, featuring red roasted pork, boiled egg, bean sprouts, and more.//Photo: TAT’s Sukhothai Office

Sometimes referred to as Phra Ruang Noodle, each bowl of ‘khao perp’ boasts a medley of flavors, including red roasted pork, boiled egg, bean sprouts, coriander, and spring onions, all blending seamlessly together.

During festivals, this irresistible dish beckons the crowds, enticing them with its amazing cooking method and tantalizing taste.

Opening Hours: Open daily, 9am to 5pm

Address: Ban Teuk Subdistrict, Sri Satchanalai District, Sukhothai 64130

Phone: 087-036-0060

Jayhea Noodle

Jayhea Noodle is a renowned establishment that has been serving up spicy and sour noodle soup for over 25 years.

Here, you’ll find the authentic essence of Sukhothai noodles, complete with finely chopped long beans in the original recipe.

Jayhea Noodle delivers a robust flavor profile, blending tanginess from fresh lime, saltiness, and a touch of spiciness.//Photo: TAT’s Sukhothai Office

Unlike mass-produced noodles, Jayhea noodles are handmade, resulting in a soft, yellowish hue. Each bite boasts a robust flavor profile, combining tanginess from fresh lime, saltiness, and a hint of spiciness.

It’s a taste sensation you won’t want to miss. Beyond noodles, their menu offers equally tempting dishes like pad Thai, pork satay, and grilled fish.

Opening Hours: Open daily, 7am to 4pm

Address: 6/10 Moo 13, Ban Kluai Subdistrict, Mueang District, Sukhothai Province, 64000

Tel: 055-611-901

Talad Thanam Rab Sadet Sukhothai

Discover the vibrant charm of Sukhothai at the Tha Nam Rab Sadet Sukhothai Market. Located against a scenic waterfront backdrop, this market is more than just a place to eat – it’s a cultural immersion.

Stroll through stalls brimming with traditional Thai treats like khanom krok and khanom khao, elegantly presented in banana leaf cups.

Catch glimpses of locals donning intricate Thai attire, adding to the market’s authentic vibe. Take a break by the water’s edge, where you can relax on woven mats and savor your purchases.

If you’re lucky, you might even catch street performances, ranging from Thai dances to mesmerizing fire sword displays.

Immerse yourself in the flavors and culture of Sukhothai at this enchanting riverside market, as recommended by Lonely Planet.

Opening Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 5pm to 8pm

Address: 12 Moo, Muang Kao Subdistrict, Mueang District, Sukhothai, 64210

Mai Klang Krung

Mai Klang Krung is another renowned establishment in the realm of Sukhothai noodle shops. With a rich history and widespread acclaim, this eatery offers a diverse menu sure to thrill any palate.

Its crowning jewel is the Sukhothai-style hot dry noodle dish renowned for its bold and vibrant flavors.

Beyond noodles, patrons rave about the delectable shrimp paste fried rice, known for its irresistible taste. Adding to the experience, the restaurant presents beautifully adorned “bai tong” banana leaves.

Mai Klang Krung offers Sukhothai dry noodles renowned for their bold and vibrant flavors.//Photo: TAT’s Sukhothai Office

Other beloved dishes include classic pad Thai, khao pad platoo (fried rice with mackerel), and khao khua kai (stir-fry chicken in rice).

Cap off your meal with their signature dessert, Kuay Teow Pak Mo Rad Nam Kati – delightful pork dumplings in coconut soup.

Opening Hours: Open daily, 9am-4 pm

Address: 139 Charodwithee Tong Road, Sukhothai (opposite South East Life Insurance Company)

Tel: 055-013-919, 081-971-4406

By Thai PBS Feature World Desk