Boat Noodles or Kuay Tiau Rua is one of the most popular dishes to try in Bangkok, recommended by both locals and foreign tourists.
Why is it called boat noodles?
Boat Noodles is a common food that has been in with the Thais for a very long time. It started when Thailand had a big flood after the war in the 40’s. Water transportation became the most convenient way to trade food in Bangkok. Thailand had to send 1.5 million tons to England as the two countries had agreed. And that made Thailand had a problem in not having enough rice for Thais. The government saw that problem then try to support noodle consumption in Thailand instead of rice. The government, however, try to add Thai identity in this noodle eating culture from China. And Thai’s how many famous Thai noodle dished were born (Boat Noodle Soup, Pad Thai, etc.)
Even though Thais are not using water transportation as in the history, instead, they still keep and have a boat on from of a boat noodle restaurant for telling what they are selling. You can still get some boat noodle that is actually made in the boat in places that have a lot of waterways like Amphawa (where the famous floating market is).
Why is a boat noodle bowl so small?
Although you might find a big bowl of boat noodle in some places, many place are still using a small bowl for the boat noodle as it was very convenient in selling right from a tiny boat.
Now let’s go back to Victory Monument where Bangkok locals go for the famous boat noodle area. There are many boat noodle restaurants at Victory Monument. All of them are located in the North Eastern Corner of the monument next to the Fashion Mall.
We have tried almost all places and they are not so different in term of the taste of the noodle. They all still keep the taste of authentic and original boat noodle. So no matter which place your pick, you are going to taste a Bangkok’s boat noodle experience which is quite different from other places in Thailand.