Guay teow simply means noodle soup, it’s possibly the most popular dish in Thailand. If you have a craving for it then you won’t have to look very far as it’s available any time of day, it’s particularly good as a late-night snack, and can be found everywhere. There are several variations, most restaurants have their own style and there are street stalls that serve just this one dish, making it easy to order. Light and refreshing, it’s a staple meal for Thai people due to it being easy to find, affordable. and delicious of course!
Ordering noodle soup is easy, everything is cooked separately and mixed together when you order. First you have to choose your noodles, typically the options are wide rice noodles, small rice noodles, vermicelli, fine round rice noodles, yellow egg noodles made from wheat flour and egg, and glass noodles made from mung beans.
Then the broth is added, Naam is just plain broth, usually pork or beef, that has been simmered with aromatics and spices for hours, Naam tom yam is a spicy soup usually served with seafood, and Naam tok has blood blended into the stock, which might not sound too delicious but the rich flavour it creates is actually very good, you should try!
Then the meat is added, depending on where you buy it can be pork, beef, chicken or duck, with extras of fish balls, meatballs, liver, blood cake, or dumplings filled with ground meat. Throw in a mix of vegetables, roasted garlic, and some bean sprouts, then it’s time for the seasoning, add some chilli powder, rice vinegar with chillies, or fish sauce, or better still a little bit of everything, squeeze some lime juice into the mix and devour this bowl of goodness!