Every once-in-a-while, we get a nice comment from one of our guests, such as ‘i never would have tried that on my own’ or ‘I have never heard of this dish before.’ These such comments make us so happy! It means we are doing our job of introducing our guests to the tastes of this great country, especially the lesser-known ones!
One such dish that often gets these comments is Kuay Jab. It is not usually on the radar of first-time visitors or those unfamiliar with the full, never-ending range of Thai food options. Kuay Jab can be found around on the streets, next to all of the other array of noodle shops, but some of the best can be found in Chinatown.
Kuay Jab, sometimes known in english as Peppery Noodle Soup, is a streetside noodle dish made with wide, rolled rice noodles. It has a very distinct style that you don’t see in other noodle dishes. There are two main types of Kuay Jab, Kuay Jab Nam Sai (clear soup) and Kuay Jab Nam Kon (thicker, dark soup). Mixed in with the noodles are crispy pork belly, pork liver, pork intestines, pork kidney, pork lung. You may also see eggs in Kuay Jab.
The flavors are so different from most other Thai noodle soups, that Kuay Jab really stands out to those lucky enough to find and try it. You also know it’s good, when you see the lines in Chinatown spilling off the sidewalk into the streets, waiting for a table – it’s always packed!