Taste of Thailand: Noodles!

By Ridin Dinesh

Sawasdee torn chao (good morning) all!

Thailand may be known for its consumption and production of rice, but another main staple of our diet is noodles (Kuay Tiao)! There’s an overwhelming variety of these dishes in Thailand. Today, we’ll focus on the top 3 must try soup noodles, as well as how you can customize them to your taste!

1) Kuay Tiao Look Chin (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวลูกชิ้น)

“Look chin” translates to round shapes – or basically meatballs. They vary in texture, size, and meat (mostly pork, beef, fish, and shrimp). If you ever see a bowl of noodles with vegetables and round looking pieces of meat – then you’ve got yourself Kuai Tiao Look Chin!

2) Boat Noodles (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือ)

Traditionally served from boats by the river, this noodle soup is a big hit! The dark brown broth is usually flavored with pig’s blood, which although sounds unappealing to some, adds a BIG bold taste to this dish. It is served with bean sprouts, morning glory, beef or pork, and look chin.

3) Yen Ta Four (เย็นตาโฟ)

An undeniably tasty noodle dish, Yen Ta Four has a bright pink broth. Don’t let that scare you – its not food coloring, but merely preserved red bean curds that give it the hue and sweet and sour flavor.  A wide variety of toppings can accompany this dish including morning glory, fried tofu, look chin, squid, and pork blood cubes.

Customization

Alright – lets talk about making your noodle dishes unique to you!

Step 1) Chose your noodle type:

1) Sen Mee – the thinnest of them all, made from rice

2) Sen Lek – medium sized rice noodle (a go-to type)

3) Sen Yai – wide rice noodles

4)Bah Mee – wavy egg noodles

5) Woon Sen – glass noodles/vermicelli

Step 2) There are two ways you can have most noodles: you can order it “naam” (with soup), or “haeng” (without soup).

Step 3) Flavor it up! At every noodle place, you will see these common condiments that spice up your dish. Experiment and try adding a little bit of each to see what flavor balance you prefer: fish sauce (salty), vinegar (sour), chili flakes (spicy), and sugar (sweet).

Give them a try, and let us know how it goes!

 Just one train stop away from the National Stadium BTS to Siam station, you can experience all these noodles at Siam Paragon’s food court. There you will find all these noodles and more to explore and taste!

 

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