Kuay Teow Reua (Thai Boat Noodles)

Bangkok Travel Guides / August 17, 2016
Kuay Teow Reua (Thai Boat Noodles) Image credit: Michael Saechang/Flickr

Most Bangkok noodle houses, especially the old ones, serve kuay teow reua in small bowls – a stark contrast to the generous servings of other Thai dishes. That is because originally, kuay teow reua were sold from boats floating along the city canals. The small bowls were necessary so that the soup and noodles didn’t spill over whenever the boat would move.

Some eateries have adapted to the times and moved on to bigger, regular-sized bowls but the more traditional ones stuck to the customary small bowls.

Here are the best places to have kuay teow reua in Bangkok:

  • BOAT NOODLE ALLEY at VICTORY MONUMENT | Phaya Thai
    For traditional Thai boat noodles
    What to order: Kuay teow reua, Brewed bean curd, Yen ta fo
    Price range: 12 to 20 baht ($0.35 to $0.58)
    When: 11:00 – 21:00
    Where: Victory Monument, Phaya Thai, Bangkok
  • KUAY TEOW NAI BUEM | Dusit
    For boat noodles with addictive soup
    What to order: Kuay teow neua sen ba mee, Kuay teow nai buem, Kuay teow reua moo sen mee
    Price range: 20 baht ($0.58)
    When: 06:00 – 17:00 (Daily)
    Where: 573/10 Thanon Samsen, Dusit, Bangkok
  • DOY KUAY TEOW REUA | Thanon Ratchawithi
    For dark, rich kuay teow reua
    What to order: Kuay teow reua, Pork satay, Coconut custard
    Price range: 5 to 15 baht ($0.14 to $0.43)
    When: 08:00 – 18:00
    Where: Ratchawithi Soi 18 (Wat Makok), Thanon Ratchawithi, Bangkok
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