The famous Thai street noodles can be found at this shop in Lad Phrao, Bangkok. Select your choice of noodles and add any styles of meat you like, whether with or without soup, and fresh veggies. Don’t forget to season your noodles with spicy chili for full flavor and the best taste for you. Come enjoy some delicious Thai food and escape from the heat in a crafty designed, open-air restaurant.
Kanom Jeen Noodles Geng Gai (Fermented rice noodles with Chicken Curry)
Sen Lek Haeng Nua Dtun Noodles (Small Noodles, No soup, Stewed Beef)
Aunti Bpu always enjoyed cooking and food. It wasn’t until Bpu and her boyfriend were retired from their wood furniture shop in Lad Phrao though that she decided to do something with her interest.
Bpu was making her own version of noodles with stewed beef in her house before thinking of opening her own noodle shop. She loved the flavor and the ease of cooking the stewed beef. She began to explore adding different ingredient, a little of this and that — until she found the recipe she thought worthy of sharing with others to enjoy.
This was the start of Baan Bpu Noodles on a small soi in Lad Phrao neighborhood.
Stewed beef noodles doesn’t take much to make either, Bpu informed. It requires patience though, as the beef stews in the sauce for 3-5 hours. Bpu takes this as a positive factor as she and her boyfriend recently retired and didn’t want anything too stressful.
The noodles are flavorful and beef is soft. Select with or with out soup, but make sure to add the proper condiments (fish sauce – naam bplaa, chili flakes, and vinegar – naam som). During our visit, the bowl of steaming noodles were 40 Baht for a normal size, and 70 to up-size – a.k.a. pii-set.
In addition we tried the kanom jeen (read about fermented noodles) with a spicy chicken curry. The curry has a good kick, and you can see why looking closely at the colorful small pieces of chili mashed into the sauce.
The recipe is 100 years old from Bpu’s mother in law. She says most chicken curries have only two to three types of chili, but she adds up to five or six! It gives it a more complex color. Be careful if you don’t typically eat spicy with this one (50 Baht for a healthy serving) because it can give a good kick.
They also brew their own teas with various flavors. These are perfect to help you cool off from the spicy dishes and the heat. Go ahead and try a couple to find the flavor that will quench your thirst and cool your tongue after the spicy noodles. Definitely try to Lam Yai, a sweeter option with the fruit floating at the top – only 15 Baht.
The location of the shop was previously the workshop for her boyfriend’s furniture shop. They wanted to do something that would keep them from loneliness since their children have left the house, but also find something that wouldn’t be as stressful as the furniture business.
Now the shop has an antique, DIY craft feeling. Wooden tables and stools, wood panels along the columns, thrifty picture frames and window frames hang from the ceiling, wood lining the backdrop for the menus — they have put good use to the wood leftovers.
Some of her boyfriend’s furniture collection is on display, mostly old teak wood pieces with intricate designs in Thai traditional style. Some of these items can be difficult to find in Bangkok, but he’s been collecting for years.
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