Restaurant: Sud Yod Kuay Teow Reua (Best Boat Noodles)

By Mark Wiens 29 Comments

To visit Bangkok and not eat Thai boat noodles (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือ) at Victory Monument would be nothing short of a tragedy (watch the video above!).

They are porky, rich, full of succulent flavor, and most of all, they are popular and fun to eat.

Originally served from boats floating in Bangkok’s former extensive network of canals, boat noodles received their name.

Nowadays, while you can find boat noodle vendors that serve big bowls of the dish, at boat noodle alley at Victory Monument, they still stay true to serving small bite sized bowls – a practice that was formerly used so the noodles wouldn’t spill out of the bowl on the choppy canal.

Delicious Thai Boat Noodles!
Delicious Thai Boat Noodles!

A few strands of rice noodles are flash blanched in piping hot soup before being tossed into a small bowl along with a few pieces of water morning glory, some slices of either pork or beef, and a pork meatball.

But the most important ingredient in any bowl of Thai boat noodles (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือ) is a fresh sprinkle of pig’s blood. Sitting at the bottom of the bowl, the blood is instantly cooked as the boiling soup hits it, curdling up into the broth and making an intensely porky flavorsome liquid.

Bowls of boat noodles are delivered with haste – often served and stacked up on your table as you keep eating and ordering more.

Tom Yum Noodles at Boat Noodle Alley
Tom Yum Noodles at Boat Noodle Alley

I like to garnish my boat noodles with a few scoops of vinegar chili sauce, a spoon of chili flakes, and a splash of fish sauce. Many Thais also like a sprinkle of sugar.

So when you’re in Bangkok, head over to Victory Monument for an epic boat noodle experience that you’ll surely enjoy!

Yen Ta Fo - Pink Noodles
Yen Ta Fo – Pink Noodles

At boat noodle alley, they not only serve boat noodles, but also yen ta fo noodles (noodles in pink broth), and tom yum noodles.

Boat Noodle Alley - Victory Monument
Boat Noodle Alley – Victory Monument

Boat Noodle Alley ชื่อร้านอาหาร

Sud Yod kuay Teow Reua (Pa Yuk) (Best Boat Noodle)

City / Place สถานที่

Victory Monument, Bangkok, Thailand

Address ที่อยู่

Victory Monument boat noodle alley is located on road heading towards Phahon Yothin

Open Hours เวลาเปิด – ปิด

Open for lunch and dinner, closes by 9 pm

Telephone Number เบอร์โทรศัพท์

02 271 3178

What to Order / Prices   อาหารแนะนำ / ราคา

  • Kuay teow sen lek neua (boat noodles with beef)
  • Kuay teow sen lek moo (boat noodles with pork)
  • Kuay teow sen
You can't go wrong with boat noodles!
You can’t go wrong with boat noodles!

At just 9 THB per bowl, Thai boat noodles are right off the Bangkok $1 menu! How many bowls of Thai boat noodles can you eat?

Boat noodles are

Description บรรยาย

Boat noodles are served in small bite sized bowls so it’s necessary to eat many bowls and stack the empties as high as possible.

Order beef (neua) or pork (moo) along with a choice of noodle, sen lek (thin rice noodles), sen yai (thick rice noodles), sen mie (tiny rice noodles), or woon sen (glass noodles).  The broth is tasty and the scene is crazy!

Honest Opinion ความเห็น

The busy atmosphere at lunch or dinner at Sud Yod Kuay Teow Reua (Boat Noodle Alley) is a sight to see. The noodles themselves are delicious, though not the best boat noodles in Bangkok.  They are cheap, tasty, and an entertaining place to eat!

Directions

Take the BTS Skytrain to Victory Monument station. Exit heading towards the monument and walk all the way around the skywalk until you reach the Fashion Mall (across the street from Center One – the more popular mall).

Go down the steps from the skywalk at Fashion Mall and walk North through the van station and market.

Cross the small van lane and over a small bridge and you’ll see boat noodle alley. I like to go to the restaurant on the far right hand side.


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For another good boat noodle spot in Bangkok, go to the street stall at Saphan Taksin.



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  • Yoni

    2 years ago

    Food was just OK for me.
    To come all this way for small portions of what I could get anywhere else in Bangkok is kinda pointless.

  • Jeff

    2 years ago

    Mark, I just wanted to say thank you for writing down all this information for us foodies. I’ve been living in Bangkok with my family for a year, and we still haven’t made it through half of your recommendations.

    Your blog truly has a wealth of information, and outshines more than one of the major guidebooks. Thanks again!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Jeff, you’re welcome, so glad that you enjoy eating Thai food and glad all the information in the blog and guide is helpful!

  • Julian

    4 years ago

    Enjoyed 10 bowls of these today while visiting Bangkok – all thanks to you and your great site! Tried bowls with all 4 different types of noodles – which is great to add variety and keep things interesting! I should note for your readers though that the price has gone up to 10B per bowl now, so for 10 bowls, plus a coke & bowls of crispy wonton skins & pork cracklings, I paid 128 B. That said, I’d still happily pay even 50B for one of these heavenly bowls – the broth in particular is incredible! Probably good that I don’t live in Bangkok or I would rapidly become overweight from eating these all the time! :)

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Julian, great to hear from you and so glad that you enjoyed the boat noodles. Nicely done with 10 bowls. Thank you for the update too!

  • Christopher Manu

    4 years ago

    Hey Mark. Me and my lil bro love your guide and videos man! It’s really helped us a hell lot with us living here and exploring different parts of Bangkok! Can’t thank you enough . We found the noodle place today . Had 20 bowls between us. Stuff is addictive! Think I’ve found a new spot to hang out . Haha. Thanks for the tip. Keep up the goodness

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Christopher, thank you so much for watching and glad you enjoyed this boat noodle restaurant, they are addictive!

  • mou

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    Just wanted to let you know that both your blog and guide have been amazing resources for our trip to Bangkok.We head out there on Tuesday and our trip seems to now revolve entirely around food :).Thank you for all your helpful tips and recommendations.
    Happy travels,
    Mou

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hello Mou, fantastic to hear from you and I appreciate you getting my guides. Hope you have an amazing food filled trip!

  • Thuy Doan

    4 years ago

    Your articles are all like a treasure at the end of the tunnel for a foodie like me!
    Thank you very much!!!

    However, I just want to confirm smt. Which boat noodles shop do you prefer? Doy Kuay Teow Reua on Soi 18 Ratchawithi or that one? And which one is easier to find? I will go with my mom who doesn’t enjoy walking so much haha.

    Looking forward for your response!

    Thanksss

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Thuy, right now I prefer Doy Kuay Teow Reua, their noodles are amazing. It’s not too hard to find, just walk behing the temple and you’ll find it! Enjoy!

  • David

    5 years ago

    Thanks a lot for the detailed recommendation. It was a great experience getting there, eating there, and watching other people to understand what I was supposed to do. I’m a big food fan and this is definitely on my top list in Bangkok

  • orana velarde

    5 years ago

    Hi!
    My family and I are all big fans of boat noodle soup, specially our two year old son. We learned that it was called Kuay Teow but then started hearing that boat noodle soup without pigs blood is also called Kuay Teow. Is there a difference in the name?
    I had never heard of the boat noodle alley by the Victory Monument but we are there TOMORROW! We have tried the boat noodle stall under Saphan Taksin and loved it! Theres a reaaally nice one in Bahrani Restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 23 also and further up on Soi 23, on the way to SWU next to a 7 11 and a Somtum stall.
    Loving the Boat Noodle experience!

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hi Orana, wow, great to hear you all love boat noodles so much, and especially your 2 year old son. “kuay teow” just means noodle soup – of many different varieties. For boat noodles you can say “kuay teow reau” and with blood is “kuay teow reau nam tok.”

      • Garry

        4 years ago

        kuay teow actually doesn’t mean noodle soup – it just refers to the flat, white noodles themselves.