Casual readers of RealThai must get the impression I'm noodle obsessed. In fact, I hadn't hardly eaten noodles at all the first several years I worked here. I always found Thai noodle dishes too sweet, and the various pork/beef/fish balls that seem to accompany such dishes are, for the most part, shockingly nasty. In recent years I've opened up a bit and have found a few noodle dishes I really enjoy, including the topic of this entry, kwaytiao khae. I've mentioned this particular dish before here and here, and recently noticed a new shop not far from my house selling the stuff. Well, despite it's rather attractive appearance:
this was by far the worst bowl I've yet to encounter. If kwaytiao khae was served on board airplanes or in hospitals, this is what it would taste like. The broth was institutional and tasteless, and the various ball products tough, chewy and tasteless.
Khuat didn't have much better to say about her yen ta fo:
When I get a chance, I plan to feature the best kwaytiao khae I've had yet, which is sold virtualy on the side of the road in Chinatown. Please be patient.