Though there is a focus on Issan style food, we will also provide an exploration through food of the 5 different regions of Thailand, with Nahm Khao Tod (Crispy Rice Salad), Som Tum Issan(Papaya Salad), and Kor Moo Yahng (BBQ's pork collar) from Issan, Khao Soi (curry noodle soup) and Pad Ped Pla (stir-fired cat fish in a non-coconut milk curry) from Chiang Mai in the North, Gai Yahng (BBQ'd chicken on an actual rotisserie), and Kor Moo Krob (crispy pork belly) from central Thailand.
An exploration through food
SOI is a return to Thailand--a departure from your normal expectations of Thai food in Seattle. Our idea is to return back to what it really like to eat in Thailand, with a focus on the food of the raised plateau of the North Eastern region of Thailand called Issan. We believe that Seattle deserves better Thai food and that folks are tired with the typical Thai food in Seattle.
Not Your Typical Thai
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“Little Uncle and Soi spice up Capitol Hill”
Pop the top off a bottle of “Cheap Sunglasses” — a carbonated tequila cocktail tarted up with pomegranate shrub and rhubarb bitters — then order some “drinking food.” I suggest fried chicken skins dipped in a bowl of fish sauce thick with crushed peanuts, or golden, fist-size corn fritters dunked in sweet chili sauce. Chiang Mai-style curry sausage is another great choice. It’s lit with chilies, but not so much that it muffles the pork, lime leaf and lemon grass. READ MORE >>
“Thai drinking food at Soi is full of flavor”
If the décor doesn’t impress you, the food will. Soi wants to say, "You’re in for something different." It’s a Thai joint without pad thai.
This is "jaam duum," drinking food from the northeast corner of Thailand, barbecue and fermented dishes that are pungent, spicy and inspired by neighboring Laos. READ MORE >>
“Soi Rescues Thai Food From Mediocrity”
The food itself aims—and succeeds—at changing your assumptions about Thai cuisine by focusing on the northeastern region of Issan, with flavors and dishes more similar to those of the bordering countries of Cambodia and Laos. Think sticky rice instead of jasmine rice, sausages, and egg noodles. Forget about Bangkok-style staples like pad thai, red curry, or pad se ew. READ MORE >>
“Best New Asian Restaurants in Seattle”
Chef-owner Yuie Wiborg is originally from the Isan province of Kalasin (and owns Banyan Tree in Kent); she’s particularly adept with the menu’s piquant grilled meats, like the sliced kor moo yang pork collar, which evinces the deep flavors of its three-day coriander root, pepper, and garlic marinade; a soy sauce and palm sugar rubdown helps the grill impart a good char. READ MORE >>
“SOI: Not Just Another Thai Restaurant”
Most Americans have tried Thai food, especially here in Seattle where there’s an abundance of Thai restaurants. So, what makes our new “Hip On The Hill” tour partner, SOI, special? Well, it’s not your typical Thai restaurant. Husband and wife restauranteurs, Gabe and Yuie Wiborg bring a unique flavor to SOI — that of the Issan region of Thailand. READ MORE >>
“The Most Anticipated New Restaurants in Seattle; Soi Now Open on Capitol Hill”
OPENING ALERT -- Husband-and-wife team Gabe Wiborg and Yuie Helseth quietly opened Soi last week on Capitol Hill. The couple is serving dishes from the Issan region of northeastern Thailand. Eater has more details, plus the menu. READ MORE >>
“The focus will be on food found in the Isan province of northeastern Thailand”
The Khao Soi, a curry of chicken wings in coconut milk, is topped with a ball of fried egg noodles. Phad Kana Moo Krob, a typical street-corner stir-fry, unites pork belly and kale.
Happy hour brings an entire “drinking food” menu of chicken skins, soured pork ribs, pork jerky and stir-fried morning glory, which you can (and should) finish off with a street vendor doughnut. READ MORE >>
Capitol Hill Times
“Koong ob woon sen: Delicious prawns and glass noodles baked in a clay pot.”
At Soi, the Koong Ob Woon Sen ($16) is served in a claypot, and everything inside—particularly the noodles, prawns, and pork—was noticeably more tender and moist. The black pepper and ginger, while still strong, were better integrated into the dish, bringing a subtle heat and kick that built up with every bite, rather than coming on strong from the get-go. READ MORE >>
“Soi allows your taste buds to explore FIVE different regions of Thailand. ”
Soi. Capitol Hill just keeps on growing and growing, more so now with its newest addition Soi, which not only brings in some more Thai flavor to the area but also allows your taste buds to explore FIVE different regions of Thailand, as reported by Eater. Look for it by mid-July on 10th and Union. READ MORE >>