Noodle soups in Thailand

Noodle soup in a jay-vegetarian restaurant in the centre of Surat Thani.

Noodle soup in a jay-vegetarian restaurant in the centre of Surat Thani.

I have underestimated noodle soups before. I have thought they are just clear soups with some noodles and vegetables. I was wrong. In Thailand I have ordered noodle soups in many local jay-vegetarian restaurants and they have changed my view.

This noodle soup had penne-like rice noodles and sweet dark broth in a local vegetarian restaurant in Hua Hin.

This noodle soup had penne-like rice noodles and sweet dark broth in a local vegetarian restaurant in Hua Hin.

Noodle soups are fun because they may have so many textures in one dish. A noodle soup may have a sweet broth, chewy fresh vegetables, meaty soyballs and silken noodles.

In Thailand you may vary the taste of your noodle soup by adding vinegar, chili, sugar and soy sauce. Sometimes there is a big plate from where you may add some fresh thaibasil, string beans, sprouts, cabbage, lettuce and preserved vegetables to your soup.

Noodle soup in Hong Ming vegetarian restaurant in Krabi Town. This soup needed some vinegar, soy sauce and sweet chili sauce that was brought with the soy meats I ordered on side. After adding the spice the soup was almost perfect.

Noodle soup in Hong Ming vegetarian restaurant in Krabi Town. This soup needed some vinegar, soy sauce and sweet chili sauce that was brought with the soy meats I ordered on side. After adding the spice the soup was almost perfect.

It is hard to try to buy vegan foods from street food stalls and I don´t do it at all. For luck there are these cheap jay-vegetarian local small-scale restaurants in almost every town. You may get noodle soups for 30 bahts (less than 1 euro) from them.

Dark and sweet noodle soup in a vegetarian restaurant in Pai. This was served around lunch time.

Dark and sweet noodle soup in a vegetarian restaurant in Pai. This was served around lunch time.

Condiments that same along with the noodle soup at the Five Star Vegetarian restaurant in Pattaya.

Condiments that same along with the noodle soup at the Five Star Vegetarian restaurant in Pattaya.

One of the noodle soups in the menu of Five Star Vegetarian in Pattaya.

One of the noodle soups in the menu of Five Star Vegetarian in Pattaya.

Very good example of a soup with a clear and tasty broth in Kitchen Jay in Pattaya.

Very good example of a soup with a clear and tasty broth in Kitchen Jay in Pattaya.

Not so good, actually bad example of a noodle soup with a clear soup in Bangkok. I walked by a jay-vegetarian stall of some buddhist nuns. They probably thought that using spices and strong flavours is not good for you. But I think food is supposed to make you happy and taste like something.

Not so good, actually bad example of a noodle soup with a clear soup in Bangkok. I walked by a jay-vegetarian stall of some buddhist nuns. They probably thought that using spices and strong flavours is not good for you. But I think food is supposed to make you happy and taste like something.

Another example of a soup that should have a tastier broth. I had this at Lee Jae in the Chinatown in Bangkok.

Another example of a soup that should have a tastier broth. I had this at Lee Jae in the Chinatown in Bangkok.

Noodle soup with pink broth in Five Star Jay in Pattaya. This was supposed to be fish-soup-like.

Noodle soup with pink broth in Five Star Jay in Pattaya. This was supposed to be fish-soup-like.

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