Fantastic Noodle Soup in Wongwian Yai, Bangkok
I love wandering around Bangkok’s Western suburb of Wongwian Yai. It has yet to see any real number of tourists as up until a couple of years ago it had no BTS Skytrain station. Since the government extended the Silom train line out to Bang Wa, Wongwian Yai has become a lot more accessible. It feels a million miles away from the bright lights of Siam and Sukhumvit even though it’s only 15 minutes from central Bangkok on the train. I really would recommend taking a trip out and just walk around the big fresh food market and sample some of the brilliant food this district has to offer.
There are so many places to choose from to eat but if you’re in the mood for noodle soup then there really is only one place you need to go……..
Rachan Noodle. (Also Known as Rachan Meat Products)
I’ve been to Rachan Noodle over ten times in the last three months and each time has been as good as the last. It’s my go to place for noodle soup when I want to introduce someone to street food who’s apprehensive as the shop is so clean! The restaurant is spotless and all the food is neatly packed away in large fridges. It’s an open fronted restaurant so there’s no aircon but there are dozens of fans on the ceiling on continuously so there is always a nice breeze.
There are three main soup styles here:
Kuai-Tiao Sai Nam – Clear noodle soup
Kuai-Tiao Tom Yam – Spicy and sour noodle soup
Kuai-Tiao Nam Tok – Noodle soup thickened with blood (My Favourite)
When you’ve picked your soup, you then pick your toppings. You can have sliced quick blanched pork, stewed pork, beef, tofu and all types of meatballs which are made in house. In fact people come from all over Bangkok to buy their meat products. They sell so many meatballs that they are building a new factory in Nonthaburi to cope with demand. Now that’s a lot of meatballs!
The thing I love most about the soup here is how clean the broth tastes. Too many noodle soup shops in Bangkok use MSG and stock powder to flavour their stocks but you can tell the difference here. They take their soup seriously and you can tell. It makes such a difference when someone has taken the time to make a really good broth, it is the main ingredient after all!
On each table you have all the usual condiments. Sour Chilli Vinegar (made on site like everything here!), roasted chilli flakes, chilli oil and sugar which lets you season your soup just the way you like it.
The manager Joy speaks good English and is really helpful and friendly. She clearly enjoys seeing people enjoying their food! She she runs the place for her father in law and believe me she does a great job, as do all the girls who work here. It makes a big difference to me when I can see staff actually care about the food they are serving. Regardless of who you speak to ordering isn’t a problem as everything is written in English on the menu so if you get stuck just point and smile!
Make sure you pick up a pack of Joy’s homemade gluay charb – banana crisps/chips they are delicious. Also worth a go if you’re looking to try something different is the homemade chrysanthemum tea – Nam Gek Huey, it’s very refreshing and not as sweet as others I’ve tried.
To get there by train take the BTS to Wongwian Yai. Leave the station at exit 2 and the road you want is literally next to the Glass Lift/Elevator. It’s called Soi Krung Thon Buri 1 walk up about 150 metres and it’s on your right.