If You Love Fried Noodles, Kuay Teow Kua Gai Nai Hong (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่นายฮ้ง)

By Mark Wiens 10 Comments
ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่
Kuay teow kua gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่) in Bangkok, Thailand

Any Thai lover of the noodle dish known as kuay teow kua gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่), knows about the restaurants (street food stalls) around the Phlap Phla Chai area of Bangkok, just north of Yaowarat.

This is Bangkok’s kuay teow kua gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่) hood, and there are more than a handful of different restaurants in the area, each serving their own slightly different variation of the dish.

Probably the most famous of them all is Kuay Teow Kua Gai Nai Hong (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่นายฮ้ง).

Street food kitchen
The kitchen

This place is a proper Bangkok street food stall, located down kua gai alley – a fantastic grungy soi that’s black and oily.

I think it still needs a little more grime before it can compare to this noodle spot, though.

Street food
It’s hard to beat a street food environment like this…

Down the street, there are motorbike mechanics, kids running around, flocks of stray cats, fighting roosters, shrines, and of course, food.

Bangkok’s kua gai alley is a perfect street food dining atmosphere – when it comes to street food, the ambiance here is hard to beat.

Kuay Teow Kua Gai Nai Hong (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่นายฮ้ง)
Kuay Teow Kua Gai Nai Hong (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่นายฮ้ง) – This is the place you’re looking for

In the evening is when all the kuay teow kua gai restaurants open.

Kuay Teow Kua Gai Nai Hong (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่นายฮ้ง) is located kind of in the middle of the soi, and depending on which main road you come off, you either have to walk through Nong Ann (another famous kuay teow kua gai restaurant) or another street food stall if you come from the west side road known as Suea Pa (that’s the way I walked in).

Bangkok street food
Searing the noodles – Step #1

Their street food kitchen is set up simple, a few tables hosting the ingredients, and a single charcoal stove with a well used medium sized wok in the middle.

What’s really awesome is their half-barrel shield – a street food antique that’s caked in a layer grease and smoke – you’ve got to love it.

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่
A puff of smoke during the cooking process

There are a couple of dishes on their menu, but we chose to eat what they are most famous for: kuay teow kua gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่).

Sitting over hot flames, the chef first scooped in a generous spatula full of oil (I think it was lard), let it heat, and then plopped in a good handful of wide rice noodles (sen yai). These are the same noodles used to make Pad See Ew.

She didn’t touch the noodles for what seemed like a minute, and just let them sizzle in the fat and heat, until smoke started to pour off the pan in a cloud.

Thai street food in Bangkok
Dropping the egg into the noodles

Pieces of boneless chicken, which appeared to be marinated in salt and pepper, were also fried and combined with the noodles, and also a few slices of pickled squid.

Finally, the last step , she cracked an egg into the middle of the mess.

Chili flakes
Condiments

Condiment wise (เครื่องปรุง), when you eat a bowl of kuay teow kua gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่), you have a number of options.

Just like a Thai style omelet, many Thais lather their bowl of noodles with sauce prik, a tangy tomato sauce, that’s sort of like sweet transparent ketchup.

Others, I think, add a spoon of vinegar.

I like to just load mine up with a few spoons of chili flakes, and that’s all.

Kuay teow kua gai
Kuay teow kua gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่)

It actually took a couple of minutes to cook each bowl of noodles, as the only way to properly make this dish is by slow cooking it, and ensuring that the noodles are golden charred – that’s what the flavor is all about.

The clumps of wide rice noodles were seared until just before getting burnt.

Price – 40 THB

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่นายฮ้ง
Just look at that golden goodness on that kuay teow kua gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่)

The pieces of chicken, the egg, and rice noodles, all had the same insanely delicious smokey char flavor, it really tasted like the entire contents of my bowl had been smoked for hours.

It takes some skill to make kuay teow kua gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่) this well.

I’ve had bowls in Bangkok that weren’t smokey enough and others that didn’t have the heat right, so it didn’t get crispy enough.

Though a simple combination of ingredients, it’s tough to get right; At Kuay Teow Kua Gai Nai Hong (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่นายฮ้ง) they do it incredibly right.

If there’s one thing I could complain about, it was a little on the salty (or MSG) side. A little less on the salt, and it would have been perfect.

Omelet
Course #2 coming soon…

I was just about to order bowl #2, but that’s when I noticed on the menu they had something called Gao Lao Kua Gai (เกาเหลาคั่วแห้ง).

You can usually order “gao lao” from any noodle soup vendor, and it means no noodles, just the meat and fishballs, and vegetables, with the soup.

So Gao Lao Kua Gai (เกาเหลาคั่วแห้ง) basically means noodleless kuay teow kua gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่).

I couldn’t resist.

Again, the wok went on the fire, and a seriously generous amount of lard went in the pan – I think like 1/2 a cup here.

First went in the chicken, which sizzled up in another puff of smoke.

Kuay Teow Kua Gai Nai Hong (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่นายฮ้ง)
Keeping those flames high

She beat up a couple of eggs ferociously with a fork, mixed them with some seasonings, and then poured the mixture, along with more pickled squid, into the pan.

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่นายฮ้ง
Flippin’

She did a couple of flips, let it sizzle, and then confirmed that all edges were golden to perfection.

เกาเหลาคั่วแห้ง
Gao Lao Kua Gai (เกาเหลาคั่วแห้ง) – Chicken omelet

Gao Lao Kua Gai (เกาเหลาคั่วแห้ง) is just a fancy name for a glorious omelet.

Chicken and eggs, and a few pieces of squid, all fried in a generous portion of lard – now that’s what I call eating well – an omelet steak!

Price – 50 THB

Bangkok street food
A few pieces of green onion on top… for looks!

I have to say the Gao Lao Kua Gai (เกาเหลาคั่วแห้ง) was pretty awesome.

It did lack that gooeyness from the noodles obviously, so it was just a very tasty, oily, and smokey omelet, which is a pretty good thing in my books.

Thai omelet
Last few bites of omelet

With a few spoons of chili flakes, the omelet was even better!

Bangkok street food
Just got an order for 50 plates or takeaway!

Kuay Teow Kua Gai Nai Hong (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่นายฮ้ง) opens in the late afternoon, so I got there about 5 pm, hoping to beat the dinner rush – which we successfully did.

But right as I was taking my final few bites, a lady strolled in and ordered 50 plates of kuay teow kua gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่) for takeaway!

Klang Hospital
Across the street form Klang Hospital (Rongpiya Ban Klang โรงพยาบาลกลาง)

Here’s the video of the meal…

(If you can’t see the video, watch it here: http://youtu.be/8tUhL3OijDY)

This lady makes cooking kuay teow kua gai look easy!

The Bottom Line

Kuay Teow Kua Gai Nai Hong (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่นายฮ้ง) is definitely one of the prime spots in Bangkok for kuay teow kua gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่), no doubt about it.

I loved it, and especially that vibrantly smokey flavor that saturated the noodles, chicken, and egg.

I did think it was a little salty (probably MSG too), but I won’t lie, that did make it incredibly tasty.

Kuay Teow Kua Gai Nai Hong (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่นายฮ้ง)

Address: 266/1 Soi Thewi Worayat, Thanon Luang, Banbat, Bamprap Sathupai (near Phlap Phla Chai)
Phone: 02-222-4047
Open hours: 02-222-4047
Prices: 40 THB – 50 THB

ที่อยู่ 266/1 ซอยเทวีวรญาติ  ถนนหลวง แขวงบ้านบาตร เขตป้อมปราบศัตรูพ่าย กรุงเทพฯ 10100
โทร. 02-222-4047
เปิดบริการทุกวัน เวลา 16.00 – 22.00 น.

How to get there

Kuay Teow Kua Gai Nai Hong (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวคั่วไก่นายฮ้ง) is located north of Chinatown, not too far from Hua Lamphong. It’s easiest to get there by taxi, and get dropped off across the street from Klang Hospital (Rongpiya Ban Klang โรงพยาบาลกลาง). Then navigate your way into the tiny soi.

If you’re up for a walk, you can take the MRT to Hua Lamphong and it’s about a 15 – 20 minute walk from there – just follow the map below.


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  • Shaun

    2 months ago

    Hi Mark. In one of your videos on Silom street food, u featured a shop called Yee Jay (beef soup) and a street noodle stall called Kway Teow Khae. Can u tell me more specifically where I can find these 2 places? Thanks!

  • Nancy

    3 years ago

    Hi Mark, I enjoy watching your show and your recommendation are pretty close to the negative liking.. economical is what i like. I am heading out to bkk this weekend and I’m looking for a street stall near Holiday Inn Express Bkk Siam, where i can find fresh lobster cooked in thai style and resonablely priced not tourist price.. do you haveany recommendation? Remeber seeing a video clip on the net before but somehow i lose it.. really sad.. hope to hear from you or any body. . Cheers!

  • Kitti

    5 years ago

    Mark, there is another option : Kuay Teow Ob (ก๋วยเตี๊ยวอบ).

    It’s like the same Kuay Teow Kua Gai but with soft boiled egg on top. Don’t forget to stir an egg with your noodle before eat it.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Oh thank Kitti, I think at Nong Ann they have it, right?

      • Kitti

        5 years ago

        Yes, Nong Ann also have it.

  • Nelson Mochilero

    5 years ago

    Yor photos are really good Mark! Very sharp and contrasted. Colourful and tasty.
    And the food looks really good!

    Hope to see you soon again in Thailand. Cheers!

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Thank you Nelson! Will you be coming to Thailand soon?

      • Nelson

        2 years ago

        maybe