If you only have one chance to eat Boat Noodles in Bangkok, you can skip a queue at Thong Smith, and quickly head to this hidden gem close to the city’s Victory Monument area. This lesser-known place, is tucked behind a temple in Soi Ratchawithi 18.

Everyone has their own preferences on their Kuay Teow Ruea (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือ), however Toy Kuay Teow Ruea is consistent with their traditional way serving thick , rich and dark broth.

Toy Kuay Teow Ruea – Sen Yai

There is nothing fancy in this small bowl – a taste of home and comfort feels wonderful after my first sip of the broth. This small bowl will cost you 15 baht only, in which you get your choice of noodles (sen lek, sen mee, sen yai, ba mee, etc), a couple slices of beef/pork, meat balls, greens, bean sprouts, then poured with their Thai herbs fragrant dark broth.

When I first came to Bangkok, a Thai friend told me that it is common to eat many bowls of Boat Noodles, and now I know why 😀 I finished my small bowl in within 3 spoonful. I immediately told my husband to order some more. We ended up ordered 7 small bowls and 1 pisayt (Special) bowl.

In Thai, it is common that you can ask the food vendor for “pisayt” means special or extra. My husband paid for 40 baht for his Pisayt Boat Noodle.

Nevertheless, I think next time we’d still order the small bowl since it’s sort of satisfying to try several kind of noodles and taste, so I can have one bowl sen mee with pork, sen yai with beef, sen lek with pork phed mak (extra spicy), ba mee tom yum, etc.

Best Traditional Boat Noodles in Bangkok
Best Traditional Boat Noodles in Bangkok

It is recommended to order their Chrysanthemum juice AND also their coconut-pandan dessert (Kanom Tuay) that they usually serve to customers’ table. In almost every traditional Boat Noodles vendors, they will serve you Kanom Tuay, BUT IT IS NOT FREE, you will have to pay for a few more bahts. But trust me, you gotta try

Kanom Tuay

It is recommended to order their Chrysanthemum juice AND also their coconut-pandan dessert (Kanom Tuay) that they usually serve to customers’ table. In almost every traditional Boat Noodles vendors, they will servve you Kanom Tuay, BUT IT IS NOT FREE, you will have to pay for a few more bahts. But trust me, you gotta try Toy Kuay Teow Ruea’s Kanom Tuay, it’s really delicious and comforting.

The quiet and relaxing atmosphere, makes my eating experience at Toy Kuay Teow Ruea feels like eating at home – the humble flavors yet bold broth, the “just enough” portion, the affordable price, everything shouts perfection.

Toy Kuay Teow Ruea Boat Noodles (ต้อยก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือ)

18 Ratchawithi Alley
Ratchathewi
Bangkok 10400

Business hours : 8 am – 5 pm
PRO TIP : take grab bike to get here, since taxi or car can’t get inside the alley. Or you can drop by the gate of soi 18 and walk for 200m and find the only temple inside.

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