15 ultimate Thai noodle soups to try while you’re in Thailand


Guay Tiew (ก๋วยเตี๋ยว) literally means noodle in Thai. There are many types of Thai noodles you can choose, when ordering at a local noodle stall/ restaurant, such as egg noodle (Bah – Mhee/ บะหมี่), rice vermicelli (Sen Mhee/ เส้นหมี่), rice pappardelle (Sen Yai/ เส้นใหญ่ ,) rice fettuccine (Sen Lek/ เส้นเล็ก), glass noodle (Woon Sen/ วุ้นเส้น), etc.

Today, I’m going to talk about the most common/ popular noodle soups in Thailand. If you are here in Thailand don’t forget to give them a try. They are just delicious!

15 most famous Thai noodle soups

1. Guay Tiew Tom Yum Goong (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวต้มยำกุ้ง)

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Soup Type – Tom Yum

Noodle type – Any/ Many local folks love instant noodle and egg noodle

The most common based soup every foreign travelers have heard of. Guay Tiew Tom Yum Goong has recently become even popular when many restaurants start experimenting and pushing the simple version of this noodle soup to another whole level. By adding a lot of good seafood, the price of noodle can go up from 40 baht to 300 baht +++

2. Guay Tiew Tom Yum (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวต้มยำ)

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Soup Type – Clear

Noodle type – Any

This type of noodle soup are varied and really depend on certain restaurants. When you say ‘Tom Yum’ or “Yum’ after ordering a noodle soup. It simply means ‘to spice up’ your noodle soup. Most of the time, the chef will finish up his/ her ‘Yum’ with ground peanut. So, if you’re allergic to it don’t forget to say ‘Mai Sai Tua (ไม่ใส่ถั่วลิสง)’ right after ordering your noodle.

3. Guay Tiew Moo/ Nuea Thoon (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวหมู /เนื้อตุ๋น)

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Soup Type – Brown

Noodle type – Any

The Chines-inspired noodle soup. The soup is made from a combination of cinnamon, star anise, Chinese black soy sauce, and salt. The meat (pork or beef) is marinated and braised. The result is an aromatic, flavorful, and tender…. Yummilicious. :9

4. Guay Tiew Naam Tok (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวน้ำตก)

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Soup Type – Brown/ Black

Noodle type – Any

One of the most popular Thai noodle soups among Thai people. You can choose either pork or beef just like Guay Tiew Mhoo/ Nuea Thoon. It’s a well-combined bowl of a special sauce with Naam Tok sauce (made from pig/ cow blood). Guay Tiew Naam Tok is also known as ‘Guay Tiew Rua’ (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือ) since they were sold by many boat hawkers in many floating markets.

5. Guay Tiew Look Chin Plaa (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวลูกชิ้นปลา)

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Soup Type – Clear

Noodle type – Any

Look Chin Pla means chewy fish balls. If you love fish dumplings you should give this dish a try. The noodle soup is featured with fried shrimp balls, fish dumplings, deep fried fish slices, etc.

6. Guay Tiew Look Chin Kae (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวลูกชิ้นแคะ)

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Soup Type – Clear

Noodle type – Any

This noodle dish, originated from China, is very much like Guay Tiew Look Chin Pla. Look Chin Kae is a combination of fish paste and sliced tofu.

7. Guay Tiew Yen Ta Fo (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเย็นตาโฟ)

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Soup Type – Pink soup

Noodle type – Any

This noodle soup is Guay Tiew Look Chin Kae with a twist. Instead of having all the Look Chin Kae, the chef will add seafood such as, squid and jelly fish, onto the bowl. Then, he/ she will drizzle a pink sauce made with Chinese fermented tofu before adding the soup.

8. Khao Soi (ข้าวซอย)

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Soup Type – Yellow curry

Noodle type – Egg noodle topped with deep-fried egg noodle

One of the most famous northern Thai noodle soup.  This Burmese-influenced dish is rich-in-taste and very aromatic. The soup is made with from yellow curry and coconut milk. Paired with the noodle soup, chicken, pork, and beef are the alternative meat choices, but chicken is the most favourable one among the locals.

9. Bha Mhee Mhoo Daeng (บะหมี่หมูแดง)

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Soup Type – Clear

Noodle type – Egg noodle with shrimp/ pork dumplings

Another famous Chinese noodle soup Thai people like. Mhoo Daeng is a grilled pork, which marinated in a special sauce and red food coloring. Many folks also like the dish without soup.

10. Guay Tiew Ped (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเป็ด)

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Soup Type – Brown

Noodle type – Any

Sliced duck meat on top of your favorite noodle with Chinese brown soup. Some Guay Tiew Ped places add duck feet, duck livers, duck gizzards on the noodle soup as well. If you are a big fan of duck meat you should never miss this bowl.

11. Guay Tiew Gai Ma Ra (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวไก่มะระ)

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Soup Type – Brown

Noodle type – Any

Gai = Chicken in Thai. Ma Ra = Bitter squash. The way they make the soup is like the brown soup in Guay Tiew Ped, but it’s more nutritious since there are extra ingredients, like shiitake mushroom, galingale, bay leaf, etc. Many Thais love this noodle soup because they like to eat the braised chicken feet.

12. Guay Jub (ก๋วยจั๊บ)
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Soup Type – Brown/ clear

Noodle type – Guay Jub (Rice noodle roll)

There are 2 types of Guay Jub; the brown soup one and the clear soup one. The brown soup is the same base soup Guay Tiew Ped. The clear soup is spiced up by crushed white pepper.

13. Suki Naam (สุกี้น้ำ)

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Soup Type – Clear

Noodle type – Glass noodle

Suki Naam is a Taiwanese-inspired noodle soup, adapted from Taiwanese hot-pot. The noodle soup is cooked with seafood and other meats and added beaten egg at the very end of the cooking process. A special Suki sauce (made with pink tofu and white sesame) is served along with the noodle soup.

14. Guay Tiew Raad Nha (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวราดหน้า)
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Soup Type – gravy-like soup

Noodle type – stir-fried rice pappardelle/ stir-fried rice vermicelli/ deep-fried egg noodle

This is a unique dish originally from China. Raad Nha simply means “pouring over.” The chef will make the soup and thicken it before pouring it over the noodle of your choices.

15. Ka Nom Jeen Naam Ngaew (ขนมจีนน้ำเงี้ยว)

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Soup Type – Spicy tomato soup

Noodle type – Northern style rice noodle

Last but not least, Kanom Chin is a angel-hair-size rice noodle, favoured by local Thai Northerners. The noodle soup contains pork blood jelly, ground pork, pork ribs, crushed tomato, etc. The dish, itself, is spicy and a little sour.

What is your favorite Thai noodle soup? Wonder where is the best place to eat these noodle in Bangkok?

More articles about Thai noodle are coming up. Please Stay Tuned! :9

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