Boat noodles restaurants in Bangkok

Best Boat Noodles In BKK
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Boat noodles, or kuay tiew rue, is a dish that always makes Thai locals’ mouths water. It’s also becoming a popular meal among foreigners as well. For those of you that have no idea about kuay tiew rue, it’s time for you to try one of the most delicious – and really cheap – street foods you can try in Bangkok. 

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What are boat noodles?

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Boat noodle stores by the river in 1978
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Boat noodles, or “kuay tiew rue” in Thai, has been one of the most popular noodle dishes in the country thanks to its rich and flavourful broth. And if you’re wondering why they’re called boat noodles, that’s because most of the vendors sold this dish on boats along canals back in the day. Because space was narrow on the boat, most of them served the noodles in really small portions for convenience (and minimum spillage) too – which is why you’ll see the noodles being served in small bowls till today. 

What makes the broth unique is that it’s traditionally a combination of soup and cow’s blood, which gives it its signature thick consistency. It’s served with the customer’s choice of noodles, morning glory leaves, meatballs, and pork or beef slices. 

Because the dish is usually served in small portions, you’ll also find people stacking their noodle bowls to make them as high as they can after a meal!

Best kuay tiew rue in BKK
This is a common sight in kuay tiew rue restaurants
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1. Sri Ayutthaya Boat Noodles (Ari Branch)

Sri Ayutthaya Boat Noodles
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Ari is known as a neighbourhood with many cafes, but that doesn’t mean you’ll only find coffee and cakes here. Sri Ayutthaya Boat Noodles is expanding across Bangkok, and you can drop by Ari Samphan Soi 8 for a meal. 

Sri Ayutthaya Boat Noodles
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The noodles here are really cheap too – you can get a bowl of Pork Noodles for just ฿20 (~USD0.60). If one bowl doesn’t make you satisfied, just order another – it’s normal to have more that one serving of kuay tiew rue. Don’t forget to give their side dishes like Crispy Fried Wontons (฿45, ~USD1.40) a try before leaving. Plus, you can finish your meal up with some Coconut Milk Ice Cream (฿35, ~USD1) to recover from the lunchtime heat. 

Sri Ayutthaya Boat Noodles (Ari Branch)
Address: Ari Samphan Soi 8, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok (900M from BTS Ari)
Telephone: +66 9 0949 4760
Opening Hours: 8AM – 4PM, Monday – Saturday (Closed on Sunday)
Sri Ayutthaya Boat Noodles (Ari Branch) Facebook | Google Maps

2. Nai Berm Boat Noodles

Nai Berm Boat Noodles
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You can instantly recognise Kuay Tiew Rue Nai Berm from its bright red signboard, which sits between Samsen Soi 11 and 13. 

Nai Berm
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This restaurant is really popular among the locals, with a bowl of noodles costing ฿20 (~USD0.60), that tonnes of ingredients noodles, meatballs, liver, meat, and morning glory leaves. The portions here are good and though the soup is not too thick, it is well flavoured without needing any extra seasonings. However, top it up with some crispy Pork Crackling (฿10, ~USD0.30) for an extra crunch. It goes really nicely with the rich and slightly spicy soup too. 

Nai Berm Boat Noodles
Address: 573/10 Samsen Road, Wachira Phayaban, Dusit, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 6 4959 7446
Opening Hours: 6AM – 5PM, Daily

3. Lung Pratunam Boat Noodles

 Lung Pratunam
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Pratunam is quite a hotspot for good and cheap food, like Go-Ang Chicken Rice, and Lung Pratunam Boat Noodles is another restaurant to look out for. Location in downtown Pratunam, you can easily get here on foot from BTS Chit Lom. We suggest coming by after lunch hours as it can get pretty crowded during that time. 

Lung Pratunam
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Here, you can try a bowl of Boat Noodles with Meat (฿25, ~USD80) together with some crispy companions like Pork Crackling (฿10, ~USD0.30) or Crispy Fried Wontons (฿10, ~USD0.30). The boat noodles always taste better when the soup starts to get along with the crispy texture of the side dishes. So, we recommend dumping some of those crackling bits into the soup before you eat them. 

Lung Pratunam Boat Noodles
Address: 30 Phetchaburi Rd., Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 8 5919 1994
Opening Hours: 8AM – 5PM, Daily
Lung Pratunam Boat Noodles website | Google Maps

4. Mae Chan Boat Noodles

Mae Chan store
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Mae Chan has been serving boat noodles in the area for over 15 years, and is known as possibly the best kuay tiew rue restaurant in the Samyan neighbourhood. Here, the recommended dish is Braised Pork Noodles in Soup (฿50, ~USD1.50).

Mae Chan
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The broth is rich and thick, and the braised pork chunks are tender, pairing nicely with the chewy noodles. Here, you can also order Pork Crackling (฿15) or Fried Pork Snacks (฿10, ~USD0.30) to accompany your noodles. One portion of noodles is quite satisfactory, but we won’t blame you for ordering more bowls. 

Mae Chan Boat Noodles
1346 Banthat Thong Rd., Pathum Wan, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 9 2763 6259
Opening Hours: 8AM – 9PM, Daily
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5. Na Choo Boat Noodles

Na Choo
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Na Choo is a family-run business that has been operating for over 50 years. The stall was originally opened by the current owner’s mother, whom it is named after, near Victory Monument – which used to be a central spot for boat noodle restaurants in BKK. Today, the stall is extremely popular among office workers, students, and even other street vendors in the area. 

Na choo
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The menu is quite no-frills, and customers mostly head straight for kuay tiew rue dishes like Boat Noodles, with prices starting from ฿25. Plus, if you find yourself interested in spicy food, you can order Thick Tom Yum Noodles, or Yen Ta Fo Noodles which spicier taste at the same price. 

Note that the stall closes in the afternoon – so head before the lunch crowd comes in. 

Address: Piboon Wattana Soi 5, Samsennai, Phayatai, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 81-939-6483
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 7AM-3:30PM (Closed on Sunday)

6. Pa Yak Boat Noodles

Pa Yak
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Pa Yak Boat Noodles is an old school noodle shop which has been around for roughly 40 years. What makes Pa Yak different from other shops is it actually reduces the price of its kuay tiew rue from ฿12 to ฿10 after 7pm!

Pa Yak Boat Noodles
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Pa Yak’s boat noodles come in small portions (฿12-14), so it’s best to order a couple of bowls at once so that your eating session is uninterrupted. There are a variety of side dishes to order too – we recommend their Pork Meatball (฿60) and Fish Meatball (฿60)

It’s tucked away in Rajavithi Soi 10, next to Krungthep-Siam School of Beauty, so use that as your landmark when paying this store a visit.

Address: Ratchawithi Soi 10, Phaya Thai Rd, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 89-921-3378
Opening Hours: 11AM-9PM, Daily

7. Tha Siam Boat Noodles (Siam Square Branch)

Tha Siam store
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It’s common for Bangkokians to stumble upon this nook while roaming around Siam neighbourhood. Though it looks quite modern, it’s actually been in the area for around 20 years. It’s also located only 300m from Siam BTS, so pop by if you find yourself shopping here!

Tha Siam
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The vibes are not “authentic” as other boat noodle restaurants which are usually outdoors – but that’s a good thing. Tha Siam is air-conditioned, which means you can enjoy slurping down your noodles without sweating. 

If you have no idea where to start, we recommend going for their Pork or Meat Noodles with Clear Soup (฿72) which has a lighter taste compared to the normal brown broth. The soup is not too spicy and is still flavourful, with a good portion of noodles and meat. But if you think you can handle the spice, opt for some Spicy Tom Yum Noodles (฿85). You can also order a Set of Meatballs to go along with your noodles for ฿139.

Address: Siam Square Soi 10, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan, Bangkok
Telephone: 02-560-1700
Opening Hours: 11AM-9PM, Daily

8. Phra Nakorn Boat Noodles

Phra Nakorn
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We get it if fumbling around unfamiliar neighbourhoods trying to find a local store is difficult, especially for tourists. So don’t worry – Kuay Tiew Rue Phra Nakorn is a restaurant located near Victory Monument with outlets in Centre One Shopping Mall, which is really easy to get to. 

There are a couple of noodle choices for you to choose from, such as egg or glass noodles. It will be served up in mini portions that cost ฿15, so go ahead and order a few bowls at once! They also offer Crispy Pork Snacks (฿15) and Fried Wonton (฿15) as sides. For dessert, try some Coconut Milk Custard (฿12), and if the broth spice is too much to handle, slurp down on some refreshing Longan Juice (฿27)!

Address: 1 Ratchawithi Rd., Phayathai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok (3rd Floor, next to escalator)
Telephone: 089-841-8558
Opening Hours: 10AM-9:30PM, Daily

Try kuay tiew rue when in Thailand

kuay tiew rue in Thailand

Kuay tiew rue is always one of Thai locals’ favourites that you should try when in Thailand – the tasty broth will definitely leave you coming back for more. Don’t forget to order as many bowls as you can to see how high your bowl stack can go!

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