Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา) – Khao Man Gai and Satay in Chiang Mai

By Mark Wiens 7 Comments
Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา)
Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา) in Chiang Mai

If you follow EatingThaiFood.com, you might have noticed that I don’t eat khao man gai (rice with chicken) all that often.

It’s not that I don’t like it, it can be good, it’s just that it’s not the most flavorful dish in Thailand, and I usually go for meals, like this or this, that have a bit more kick to them.

But there’s this insanely famous restaurant in Chiang Mai known as Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา), and I had to see what the hype was all about.

During their open hours, from 6 am – 3 pm daily, Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา) remains busy, and if you try to go on a weekend or holiday you might have to wait to be seated.

It’s very popular, for both Chiang Mai locals and Bangkok Thais visiting.

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Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา) for chicken rice in Chiang Mai

They mostly serve khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่), which is rice and chicken, but they also have pork satay, which I was pleased to see.

That’s a combination that’s not actually common to see paired together in Thailand, most restaurants that serve khao man gai, serve khao man gai only.

ไก่ จาน
Plate of chicken and rice (ไก่ จาน)

You could order just a single plate of khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่), which would come with the usual scoop of rice with a handful of chicken chopped on top.

But that’s just not enough protein for me.

What most people order at Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา) is a full plate of chicken (ไก่ จาน), which comes as an assortment of chicken on a full plate, rice is served on separate plates.

Price – 100 THB

Chicken
Mixed plate of chicken

If you don’t tell them anything, or if you ask for just the normal mixed plate of chicken, it will include about 70% white meat chicken (and I ask for it with no skin on, as I’m not a fan of boiled skin), and about 30% liver, lungs, heart, and a few cubes of blood jelly.

I like the full mix, including some of the chicken organs, but if you don’t like that, you can get yours with just white meat chicken (for all white meat chicken say: neua luan เนื้อล้วน).

khao man gai
This is why I eat khao man gai

The best part of eating chicken rice…

For myself, chicken rice would be nothing without the sauce, and especially the raw chilies and ginger.

At Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา), they serve all you can eat of this taste enhancing trio, and if you’re like me, you’ll probably go overboard filling every bite with as much raw chillies and ginger as you can handle.

The sauce was Teochew style I believe, made from fermented soybeans.

ข้าวมัน
Oily rice (ข้าวมัน)

The Rice

One of the reasons I don’t eat khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่) all that often is because I’m honestly not a huge fan of the rice (ข้าวมัน).

The rice is cooked in fatty chicken broth so it glistens with oil and has chicken stock flavor to it. It’s often one of those dishes where it feels like you used lip gloss after your meal.

However, I was pleasantly surprised at Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา), and I thought their rice was nicely balanced and not too oily, but still fragrant.

ร้าน เกียรติโอชา
Khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่) at Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา)

To eat, take pieces of chicken, place them on top of your rice, scoop on heaps of ginger and chilies, douse with a generous scoop of sauce, and you’re good to go.

Again, it’s all about the fresh chilies and ginger and sauce that makes khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่) good.

moo satay (หมูสะเต๊ะ)
20 sticks of moo satay (หมูสะเต๊ะ)

Pork Satay

No one seems to eat at Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา) without an order of their moo satay (หมูสะเต๊ะ).

And how could you resist… they grill them up out front, tempting everyone from the beginning. The grill is not quite bus sized, but it’s still impressive.

Ying and I got a plate of 20 skewers, to supplement our plates of chicken (yes, we got a plate each).

Price – 20 sticks (ไม้) for 100 THB

Thai satay
Tasty Thai satay

Their moo satay (หมูสะเต๊ะ) was pretty decent, the skewers of pork were quite big in size, and they weren’t overcooked. Also, I liked that the meat wasn’t too sweet like it can sometimes be.

The sauce was also nicely balanced, not too sweet, and had a nice nutty flavor to it. I’m also loved the pickles they served with it.

Chiang Mai
Another successful meal in Chiang Mai

Two full plates of chicken, about four plates of rice, and 20 sticks of pork satay, and Ying and I were feeling quite satisfied and ready to continue walking around Chiang Mai.

Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา)
Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา) is always busy

We ate at Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา) at about 10:30 am on a weekday (not exactly a peak meal time), but it was still busy and 90% of the tables were filled the entire time we were there.

If you go on a weekend, it can get pretty packed. It’s one of the most well known restaurants in central Chiang Mai.

ร้าน เกียรติโอชา
Here’s the place you’re looking for

Watch the video of this meal…

(If you can’t see the video, watch it here: http://youtu.be/fydaWB_JcwY)

The Bottom Line

First of all, I really enjoyed the atmosphere, my kind of place; It was busy, people running around, people yelling and calling out food, food running here and here, love it.

The khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่) was very good and the moo satay (หมูสะเต๊ะ) was nice as well.

It’s also worth noting that the staff and owners are all really nice and friendly.

Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา) – Chiang Mai

Address: 42-43 Intawarorot Road, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai
Open hours: 6 am – 3 pm everyday
Phone:  053-327-262
Prices: Full plate of chicken and rice 100 THB

ที่อยู่ อยู่ข้าง ศาลากลางเก่า (ที่ตั้งอยู่ ด้านหลัง อนุสาวรีย์สามกษัตริย์) เลขที่ 41 – 43 ถนน อินทรวโรรส อำเภอเมือง เชียงใหม่
โทร. 053-327-262 ถึง 3
เปิดบริการทุกวัน 06.00 – 15.00 น.

How to get there:

The restaurant is located just behind (or south of) Three Kings Monument in Chiang Mai, almost right in the center of the old walled area of town. Here’s my Chiang Mai food map for the details, just click on Kiat Ocha (ร้าน เกียรติโอชา), it’s easy to find and get to.

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  • Bill

    4 years ago

    Just have lunch there today … here’s the prices ..1 x Medium chicken & rice , 10x satay stick and one bottle sprite soft drink = 190 THB. the ” One layer “of chicken meat ,1/4 inch thick ( boneless with skin ) just cover the bottom plate …Little too expensive for the amount of food , when the average plate of food in chiang mai is 35-60 THB in a similar environment ,..the chicken was tasty ,not much of meat if you don’t eat the skins , the satay was OK , need to eat it HOT though ,as lean meat alway dry out very quickly especially being cook in a BBQ ..My comment maybe little too harsh, as cooking is my hobby / passion , and we all different . I have try your other recommended food places , SP Chicken , Warrorot market ,Buathip ..will comment later…

  • Kul

    5 years ago

    If you standing front of and heading to Kiat Ocha
    Same building on 2 final left hand side shop houses close with small pagoda
    Yen Ta Four (เย็นตาโฟ) ” Sa-ad ” (สอาด) is a famous Yen Ta Four restaurant in Chieng Mai as well
    and you should try Kauy Kaak and Kau Mau Tod stall ( กล้วยแขก / ข้าวเม่าทอด ) next front of Sa-ad.
    Hope you enjoy both of them.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hi Kul, thank you very much for these extra recommendations. When I go back to Chiang Mai again, I will try your suggestions. Thank you.

  • Kitti

    5 years ago

    Yes, that’s the delicious kind of Khao Man Gai, the Teochew แต้จิ๋ว style.

    This looks exactly …..very exactly like my local Teochew Khao Man Gai. The open – close time is almost the same too. around 6 am – 2 pm but usually sold out before 1 pm.

    The rice is not oily even its smell is good. The chicken is plain beautiful tasty. The sauce is awesome wonderful.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hi Kitti, yes glad you love this style too. I love to eat the whole plate of chicken instead of just a small plate of rice with a little bit of chicken!

      • Kitti

        5 years ago

        I have seen your video of Kiat Ocha, a quite enjoy meal with enjoy video.

        Anyway, I think we might eat Khao Man Gai differently because I always mix garlics and chillies with fermented soybeans sauce before put it on the rice.

        and the dark sweet soy sauce, I don’t eat with garlics and chillies as the taste does not go with sweet (at least for me).

        But that’s okay, it’s just the way we enjoy food like how people enjoy noodle with different taste.

        • Mark Wiens

          5 years ago

          Hey Kitti, thanks for sharing, good to know how you eat it too!