A specialty of Bangkok’s Chinatown and one of the most common Bangkok street food, Guay Tiew Kua Gai or chicken fried noodle is among Thais’ and foreign visitors‘ favorites. It’s one of the many Chinese-influenced Thai dishes, made with stir-fried rice noodles (guay itew) and chicken. Because the noodle dish doesn’t require that many and complicated ingredients (you can in fact try to make it at home yourself), the magics lie in each chef’s technique which make the finished dish jaw-dropping good or, maeee… so-so.
What Is Chicken Fried Noodle?
To be a bit more specific, the dried rice noodles is stirred with a simple combination of ingredients, such as chicken, cuttlefish, lettuce, garlic, egg, and spring onion. Some restaurant may add sliced tomatoes, deep-fried dough stick, to flavor it up. The seasonings go to chili sauce (usually Sriracha brand), chili flakes, vinegar, sugar, and tomato sauce. The magical thing about the dish is, if the chef does a great job, the noodles will be crispy and crusty outside yet soft and cooked inside!
Where to Find the Best Chicken Fried Noodles in Bangkok?
A talk about the best chicken fried noodle restaurants in Bangkok can be an epic. But among the many best, we have sorted the 5 best for you!
1. “Ann” Guay Tiew Kua Gai
A super crowded establishment speaks for its fame. Prepared in a wok heated up by charcoal, the slowly cooked noodle become really aromatic! The restaurant is featured in our Best Eats Midnight Food Tour by Tuk Tuk
Price: 50 – 70 THB
Opening hours: 4pm – midnight, daily
2. “Chonticha” Guay Tiew Kua Gai
We definitely love this restaurant for their big pieces of chicken and squid. The restaurant opened for 50 years promises any dishes will not go wrong.
Price: 40 – 100 THB
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm, daily
3. Pheng, King of Chicken Fried Noodle
The best selling of this restaurant isn’t only the traditional-recipe Guay Tiew Kua Gai, but also the adapted recipe which uses Thai famous snack, Taro Fish Strips, instead of rice noodles. Innovative indeed! Whenever we are the restaurant, we always order both.
Price: 40 – 60 THB
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm, daily
4. “Jay Hong” Guay Tiew Kua Gai Warojak
So, we mentioned that the magic of the dish remains in its crispy and soft noodle… here’s an example of the restaurants which manifest this so well. Jay Hong’s noodle is so crispy because the wok is first heated to a dull red glow over a high fire. It makes us hungry just thinking about it!
Price: 60 – 75 THB
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm, Monday to Saturday
5. “Rong Meung” Guay Tiew Kua Gai
What’s special about the dish here is…its look like an omelette. And that is because all ingredients, are stirred fried at once and the eggs glue them together into a single piece.
Price: 50 – 60 THB
Opening hours: 4pm – 10pm, Monday to Saturday
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