What defines a good bowl of Thai boat noodles? Also known as kuai teow ruea, boat noodles are generally tasty, rich in flavour, and small in portion. Some foodies have slurped from 6 bowls, to up to 16 bowls of boat noodles!
Traditionally, mini bowls were used because the noodles were originally prepared and served on boats (and not because the Thais have a small appetite).
In Singapore, boat noodles are served in regular portions and in the traditional mini servings. While we may not have the super authentic Thai flavour with pig’s blood in the soup (it’s banned in Singapore), here are 6 Thai restaurants with the best bowls of boat noodles!
1. Porn’s Thai Boat Noodle
You’ve heard some buzz about Porn’s Thai restaurant. How about trying his 5th outlet that specialises in noodles? Located just a stone’s throw away from Lavender MRT station, Porn’s Thai Boat Noodle offers 7 types of soup noodles – signature Thai Beef, Clear or Red Tom Yum, Thai Duck, Thai Chicken, Suki Chicken, and Yen Ta Fo (fermented soy paste) Fishball.
All noodles are priced at $6.50, pretty affordable for the portion!
2. Gu Thai Noodle Cafe
It’s past midnight, and you’re hungry. There may not be much food options, but just go to Gu Thai Noodle Cafe and order their palm-sized bowl Boat Noodles.
Priced at $1.90 per bowl, diners get to choose from 4 spiciness levels. One word of advice – you might want to check with the staff about the spiciness of the soup cause we heard even the ‘less spicy’ level comes with a kick!
Gu Thai Noodle Cafe
Address: 1 Selegie Road #01-04 PoMo Mall 188306 Singapore
Contact number: +65 3113 2003
Operating Hours: 11:00am-5:00am Daily
Facebook page: Gu Thai Noodle Cafe
3. Thai Boat Noodles (Bedok)
Priced at $1.00 per bowl, Thai Boat Noodles serves the cheapest Kuai Teow Ruea you can ever find in Singapore. The portion is quite small, like two gulps and you’re done kinda small.
But the good thing is you get to choose from dry or soup versions, or just top up an extra $0.50 for mini tom yum noodles. If you have some seriously competitive friends, you can end the ‘who has the biggest appetite’ feud here once and for all. Whoever loses will have to settle the bill!
Thai Boat Noodles
Address: 799 New Upper Changi Road, Bedok Point #02-32/34 Singapore 467351
Contact number: +65 64459932
Operating Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm Daily
Facebook Page: Thai Boat Noodles
4. Thai Boat Noodles (Golden Mile Complex)
Where to find a realllyyyy good bowl of Thai noodles? Just head to Little Thailand and look for Thai Boat Noodles! Not to be mistaken with the one in Bedok, Golden Mile Complex’s Thai Boat Noodles offers five types of noodles – Yen Ta Fo, chicken, pork, duck and beef. All are priced at $5 except for Yen Ta Fo which is priced at $7.
Do note that they practice a self-service system. You’ll need to pick up your own bowl of noodles and add condiments as you like.
Thai Boat Noodles
Address: Golden Mile Complex 5001 Beach Road #02-01 Singapore 199588
Contact Number: +65 6589 8494
Operating Hours: 10:00am-12:00am, daily
5. Noodle Cafe
Noodle Cafe is a little bit of a hidden gem. To get to this place, you’ll need to take the stairs down towards a “Diva Disco”. It may seem a little dark and dodgy but the noodles might make you go “hey the journey isn’t thaaat bad”.
Noodle Cafe is a popular choice among boat noodle lovers and we can totally see why. Each $1.90 bowl may only a mouthful but it’s a mouthful of sweet, spicy, savoury, and smoky. It’s literally a flavour shot!
Address: 5001 Beach Road Golden Mile Complex #B1-08 199588
Contact Number: +65 3113 2003
Operating Hours: 10:00am-05:00am Daily
6. Thai In Town
Thai In Town is like the hipster cafe of Thai restaurants. It’s famed for its Thai-style rice noodles ($6.90) and flat white noodles ($7.90) in Tom Yum broth. They are generous with their ingredients (especially the beef slices and beef balls). Their broth is appetising yet not over the top. It’s so good that you might even start licking the bowl! While you’re at it, try their chicken wings too!
Thai In Town
Address: 244P Upper Thomson Road 574369
Contact number: +65 8687 9990
Operating Hours: 12:00pm – 12:00am (Mon-Sat), 12:00pm-10:30pm (Sunday)
Facebook Page: Thai In Town
With 6 yummy Thai boat noodles to choose from, how about going on a boat noodle marathon and try ’em all? What are you waiting for? Go grab your friends for a Boat Noodle Challenge! Don’t forget to tell us how many bowls of noodles you can slurp up.
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