Soi 38, Melbourne CBD

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MELBOURNE | Soi 38 is a Northereastern (Isan) Thai restaurant by owners Andy Buchan and chef Top Kijphavee. It’s sandwiched into what appears to have once been an office near the elevators of a 1960s car park. It feels like a real street food spot in Thailand.

There was barbecue and hot pot here in the evenings but that’s since moved to a new space which now houses Soi 38’s sister restaurant, Nana Moojum. This has let Soi 38 focus on what they do best, boat noodles.
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Boat noodles, a noodle soup dish, came into existence in 1942, and were originally served from boats that traversed Bangkok’s canals. In the past, a merchant who sold boat noodles would have been the only person working on a small boat, and would have had to do everything by himself from paddle a boat, scald the noodles, season the soup, serve the dish, handle money and wash the dishes. Today, they can be found at street food stalls and restaurants throughout the city.
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Boat noodle broth has a strong flavour, and usually contains both pork and beef, as well as dark soy sauce, pickled bean curd, and spices. The soup also contains lueat mu sot or lueat nuea sot, which is pig or cow blood mixed with salt and spices, to season the soup.
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At Soi 38 you choose you type of soup, type of noodle, and style (soup, dry, or half dry). And hand your ticket at the counter. A short while later, your bowl of goodness is delivered to your table. Highly recommended is the beef soup with sen yai (wide rice noodles), nahm (soup) style. Delicious.

Soi 38

38 McIlwraith Place
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Australia

Telephone: 0490 396 382
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Mon – Sat: 11:30am to 3:00pm

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