Prepare to be “bowled over” by this delicious regional specialty
Although the base ingredients remain the same, there are quite a few variations on the regional specialty known as Sukhothai Noodles. In Thai language they are commonly referred to as kuaytiaw Sukhothai, or kwit-teow Sukhothai, but any way you slice it this dish is Sukhothai province’s very own culinary claim to fame.
The main ingredient is noodles—flat noodles made from rice, to be precise—while the protein can be either pork, pork skin, chicken, or any combination of these aforementioned meats. Another staple ingredient is cut green beans, as well as copious amounts of chili. Lime juice is another important ingredient, as are crushed peanuts, while fried garlic, Thai chili paste, and cilantro are usually used as seasonings (sprinkled on top at the time of serving).
It’s spicy, sour, and meaty, with the lime juice offsetting the slightly sweet meat stock broth, which can be served on the side (heng) or in the bowl like a soup (sai nam). Not surprisingly Sukhothai province is probably is the best place to find this dish, and it’s available in nearly every restaurant in main city of Sukhothai. It’s also readily available just outside the entrance to the Sukhothai Historic Park where visitors can find all sorts of casual eateries serving up hearty bowls of this classic noodle dish. Enjoy!
By Bruce Scott