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Kuaytiaw luy suan: The best Thai dish you've never heard of
Don’t be deceived. These underrated little wraps put Vietnamese spring rolls to shame
The little heard of Thai dish 'kuaytiaw luy suan’ actually means ‘noodles on an adventure in the garden,’ presumably becaise the noodles are served with ample fresh herbs and veggies.
Bizarre nomenclature aside, the dish is similar in form to fresh Vietnamese-style spring rolls, the main difference being that kuaytiaw luy suan are served with a slightly heartier rice paper wrapper and are generally more savory, with a filling that typically combines minced pork, shitake mushrooms and carrot. The noodles are also served with a spicy/tart dipping sauce similar to that served at Thai-style seafood restaurants.
Here’s a list of some of the better places in Bangkok to pick up kuaytiaw luy suan:
Kuaytiaw Luy Suan Khun Thip
Khun Thip claims to be the original vendor of the dish in Thailand, and is still among the tastiest. The rich pork, shrimp and vegetarian rolls are served with a delicious spicy/sour dipping sauce and sides of lettuce and Thai basil. Khun Thip is exceedingly popular, particularly for take-away orders, so anticipate a wait.
Lung Pherm Market, behind Thai Airways Building, Viphavadi-Rangsit Road. Open 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday. Price: 30-60 baht. Tel: +66 (0)86 603 4727.
Kuaytiaw Luy Suan Khun Fon
Also located at Lung Pherm Market, Khun Fon prepares tuna rolls studded with minced ginger, in addition to the more standard pork, shrimp, minced shrimp and vegetarian kuaytiaw luy suan, all of which are served with a slightly sweet dipping sauce.
Lung Pherm Market, behind Thai Airways Building, Viphavadi-Rangsit Road. Open 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday. Price: 25-100 baht. Tel: +66 (0)81 692 5592.
Khun Rat, a street stall located in front of the famous Nom Mont milk and toast shop, sells to-go packets of kuaytiaw luy suan. The pork filling is rich and the dipping sauce among the spiciest we tried. Khun Rat also does a version of the dish with ‘muu yor,’ Vietnamese pork sausage.
160/1-3 Dinsor Road. Open daily, 6am-1pm & 3pm-9pm. Price: 25 baht. Tel: +66 (0)83 901 3698
The kuaytiaw luy suan at Jo, a coffee shop in Bangkok’s Banglamphu district, contain a moist, well-seasoned filling that combines minced pork, shitake mushrooms and carrot. The noodles are served with the standard spicy/sour dipping sauce and another sweet sauce similar to the one that normally accompanies fried chicken, and a generous basket of fresh herbs and veggies.
441 Tanao Road, 11am-10pm. Price: 35 baht. Tel: +66 (0)81 482 2377
This is part two in an ongoing series that highlights some of Thailand's finest little known dishes. To read part one, on the delicious khao khluk kapi, click here.