Food Review: Nai Ek Roll Noodle In Yaowarat, Bangkok | Famous And Delicious Must Try Thai Guay Chub Rolled Rice Noodles
The Place Bangkok’s Chinatown (aka Yaowarat) is an exciting enclave to explore for its rich history and food options. Nai Ek Roll Noodle is one famous causal restaurant in the heart of Yaowarat which specialises in ‘guay chub’, also known as rolled rice noodles. Nai Ek Roll Noodle has been around for more than five decades, which started as a pushcart in Chinatown before its current space since 1989.
Expect huge crowd in the evening, and the best time to visit with less waiting time is the morning as it is opened all day till late night. My most recent trip to Bangkok was my second visit to Nai Ek Roll Noodle.
The space of Nai Ek Roll Noodle is causal and non-air-conditioned, with limited tables.
The queue moves quite fast as most patrons simply order, eat and head off once they are done eating without lingering for too long. The open kitchen action excites me most as you can watch how the bowl of goodness is prepared freshly.
The Food The Rolled Rice Noodles (guay chub) Soup is the signature dish and prices start from 50THB.
The portion is not huge, and I recommend having a basic roll noodles soup along with other side dishes.
The rolled noodles texture is soft and because it is rolled quite thinly, it makes it very easy to have it just with a spoon, along with the broth.
The broth belongs to the peppery category, so if you are not a fan of pepper, it might not resonate well with you. I enjoyed the peppery broth, probably because I am used to having the peppery version of Bak Kuk Teh as well.
What is also unique about the rolled noodles soup is that you also get crispy pork (moo krob) added along with minced pork, sliced pork and pork offal.
I love the crispy pork, which turns out to be as its name, crispy. No regrets ordering an extra side of the Deep-Fried Crispy Pork (100THB).
Another side dish I highly recommended is the Pork Spareribs Stew (from 80THB), which is very tender and soft in a rich stew broth. This dish probably goes better with some white rice.
Rants Expect to queue at least 15-20 minutes in the evening when the Chinatown crowd becomes overwhelming.
Will I Return Again? I have already been here twice before, which speaks a lot about my pleasant dining experience at Nai Ek Roll Noodle. If you are in Chinatown Bangkok, make this a pitstop.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 2/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Nai Ek Roll Noodle
442 Soi 9, Yaowarat Road Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100 Thailand
Monday to Sunday: 8am to 12am
Ranted by The Ranter