You haven’t experienced Ayutthaya completely if you haven’t tried the famous Ayutthaya Boat Noodles. It’s in this former capital of the Siam Kingdom where people started selling this delicious soup from their boats. In this article, you will read about its origins, its taste and where to get the best boat noodles in Ayutthaya.
History of the Ayutthaya Boat Noodles
Boat noodles, which is a sweetened aromatic soup with cow’s or pig’s blood, were originally served since 1942 from small canoes navigating Bangkok’s and Ayutthaya’s canals in search of customers. As the canoe was small and operated by only one person who had to do the paddling, the cooking, the preparation of the soup and the handling of the money, the soup was served in small bowls so that no soup was being spilt. Over time, the canoes were forced to sell their soup on land. Nowadays, you can still find plenty of restaurants serving boat noodles in Ayutthaya and many of them still serve the soup in small bowls. For Thai, boat noodles can be seen as a quick lunch, and if their appetite is large enough, they simply order several small bowls of boat noodle.
Boat noodles are usually served with either pork or beef. It’s made of broth, dark soy sauce, cinnamon, garlic, radish and blood. It’s up to you which type of noodles you would like to have. Usually, you will get an extra plate with beansprout and Thai basil to add to the aromatic boat noodles. It’s not uncommon that they serve the boat noodles with entrails, such as the liver.
The Best Ayutthaya Boat Noodles
As said, nowadays, you won’t find any canoes on the rivers of Ayutthaya. Instead, most boat noodles restaurants can be found on U-Tong Road, which surrounds the Historical Park of Ayutthaya and is located next to the river. During our research, we came up with the following three favourite boat noodle restaurants in Ayutthaya.
The best boat noodles in Ayutthaya are:
1. Klong Srabua Boat Noodle
After tasting so many boat noodles, we decided that the boat noodles at Klong Srabua Boat Noodle are the best of Ayutthaya. The reason for this is that the broth has a high amount of acidity which tasted amazing! During our visit, which was in the middle of the afternoon, the restaurant was still packed with locals. The menu of Klong Srabua Boat Noodle is simple: you can choose between pork (15 THB) and beef (20 THB). The only other two options are Satay (50 THB) and the Thai dessert Thai Coconut Custard (20 THB). This restaurant is located on U-Thong Road, where you can find many other boat noodle restaurants. Klong Srabua Boat Noodle is open every day from 08:00 until 18:00.
Boat Noodles with Beef (20 THB)
Boat Noodles with Pork (15 THB)
The atmosphere of Klong Srabua Boat Noodle in Ayutthaya
2. Long Lex Noodle
This restaurant is in business for over thirty years, where the older generation is still preparing the boat noodles and the younger generation of the family is trying their best to keep up serving the boat noodles. During lunch times, the restaurant is packed with locals enjoying this delicious soup. The boat noodles come in two sizes with either pork or beef and guests have the option to choose a spicy version. I strongly recommend trying the spicy version. It’s not flaming hot but instead, it gives just an extra kick. A large bowl of boat noodles costs you 40 THB and a small bowl 20 THB. Long Lex Noodle is open daily from 08:00 until 16:00.
A large bowl of beef boat noodles (50 THB)
The older generation is still in charge of making delicious boat noodles
For over thirty years this restaurant is serving their famous boat noodles
3. Pa Lek Boat Noodle
Pa Lek Boat Noodle is a hugely popular boat noodle restaurant in Ayutthaya and an all-time favourite for locals as it serves original boat noodles. The restaurant is located close to Wat Maha That, the famous Buddha head embedded in a Banyan tree, making it perfect for lunch while doing a temple run. The bowls are small and you’ll pay 15 THB per bowl for either beef or pork boat noodles. The restaurant is open from 08:00 - 17:00. On Wednesday, the restaurant is closed.
Boat Noodles with Pork (15 THB)
Boat Noodles with Beef (15 THB)
Pa Lek Boat Noodle in Ayutthaya
In case you don’t like the idea of having soup with blood and you still want to try this famous dish, or when you are looking for halal boat noodles in Ayutthaya, check out Phak Wan Restaurant. This halal restaurant serves Beef Noodle Soup (50 THB) and is almost identical to boat noodles. The difference is that it does not have blood in it, which gives the soup normally the umami flavour.
Stewed Beef Noodle Soup (50 THB) at Phak Wan Restaurant
There you have it, our list of the best boat noodles in Ayutthaya. All of these restaurants and can be found in our food app TopTravelFoods, which you can download for free. If you are planning to visit Ayutthaya as a day trip, check out our article with all the tips and everything you should know about the Ayutthaya Day Trip.