RUA THONG NOODLE
(BOAT NOODLES AT VICTORY MONUMENT)
The boat noodles are also thickened with pig’s blood, which also gives a lovely rich flavour to the stock. It can be a bit daunting to us westerners thinking about blood in our soup, but it’s pretty much the same as eating black pudding back home!
Kuay teow reua usually comes with fresh bean sprouts, Thai basil and the usual condiments for Thai soup; chilli in vinegar, dried chilli, sugar fish sauce. It’s traditionally served in small bowls.
The story goes that back when Bangkok was navigated by canals, noodle soup was sold directly from the boats. The boat sellers would have to do everything themselves in a one man operation, from making the noodle soup, to serving, to cleaning up! Serving the noodles in a small bowl meant there was less chance of any accidents whilst passing the soup from boat to land!
Anyway enough of the history lesson and onto the review! Perhaps the best place to try boat noodles for the first time is the famous ‘Boat Noodle Alley’ near Bangkok’s Victory Monument. There are dozens of shops down there serving small bowls of this delicious soup for 12 baht a bowl. That’s 25 pence in England so you can afford to order a few!
1/7 Ratchawithi Rd, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400