Sintane Market in Smyrna, TN – Great Laos and Thai Food – Kao Piak
Of all the things I could throw into a blog today holus bolus style, I think I’m going to to just talk about a lunch that I had this week at Sintane Market in Smyrna, TN.
Which, since we’re on the topic was something entirely new for me. If you follow my blog much, you know that I love exploring the cuisines of different cultures. Although I haven’t been able to travel around the world and try them in their natural habitats, one good thing about Nashville is that it’s a melting pot of sorts and you can generally find almost anything you’re looking for when it comes to food.
My food adventure today was a dish called “Kao Piak” or “Khao Piak” or ‘however they try to spell it in english”. It is pronounced something like kow-pEEuk. I never really got entirely hooked on phonics though, so a polite apology might be in order before or after you butcher their language. Or, if it’s on the menu, you can always point.
Kao Piak is a little like Pho if you’re familiar with the more popular Thai / Laotian noodle soup bowl, but traditionally, Kao Piak is enjoyed at breakfast. I’m thinking if I was able to finish off an enormous bowl of this hot lip smacking soup for breakfast that I’d be entirely useless until the coma began to wear off around lunch time, but that’s how they roll. The friendly people at Sintane Market in Smyrna, TN are pretty awesome folks and the owner was kind enough to make a bowl for me even though it was lunch time. You have to love family operated customer service. McYummy’s won’t do that for you.
Probably the best way to describe it would be to say that it’s a lot like chicken noodle soup, but with better condiments to add into the mix, like bean sprouts and chili flakes to name a couple. The noodles are similar to udon noodles but are made from tapioca flour and rice flour mixed with boiling water. In the bowl, the noodles have a slightly slippery texture, but I just figure that helps to move them into the belly a little bit faster where they are eagerly awaited. Seriously folks, I’m probably not giving up my Thursday Pho for Kao Piak, but this has some truly high comfort food ratings here. Also like Pho, it has some flattened slices of chicken breast and some chicken meat balls- (or at least mine did, I’m guessing the dish will vary a good deal from place to place). There was some celery and fried onions in there too. I made it to the bottom of the bowl, which is something I’ve never been able to do with Pho, so that is saying something for sure.
Oh, and when I was checking out, this rang up. I was really looking forward to having that in my wallet! They’re great people at Sintane, and I highly recommend giving it a try if you live in the Smyrna, Rutherford County, or even greater Nashville area. It’s not Americanized much, so just ignore the duck heads in the refrigerator as you make your way to the dining room in the back.
You can find Sintane Market & Deli at:
1068 courier Place
Smyrna, TN 37167