Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Many Noodle Soups of SE Asia

Of all the types of foods in Southeast Asia, noodle soups were the most ubiquitous of all. I estimate that I had some kind of noodle dish once every three days in my 6 months traveling. It seemed that everywhere we went there were new and interesting noodle soups to try.

Some had watery broths, others had thick creamy stocks. 
Some were packed with extreme flavor, and other relied on accoutrements for seasoning. 
All of theme featured some kind of meat and vegetables. 
Many of them had eggs. 
All of them were eaten with chopsticks, even in Thailand where forks and spoons are more common. 
Their prices ranges from $0.60 to $6.00. 
I ate soups in restaurants and on the street, in all settings: from my hotel porch to plastic benches on the sidewalk. 
I had delicious and not-so-delicious soups in every country. 

This is a comprehensive list of all the soups I had in every country in Southeast Asia. Many of them I had more than once. 


Pho with beef in Hanoi, Vietnam

Bun Bo Hue in Hue, Vietnam

Pho Dac Biet (special everything pho) in Saigon, Vietnam

Noodle soup with pig ear from the street in Hanoi, Vietnam


Beef noodle soup in a savory broth in Hua Hin, Thailand

Kao Soi curry chicken noodle soup with crispy wontons in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Breakfast noodle soup with fish on the train in Bangkok, Thailand

Spicy noodle soup with ground pork in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Another version sof Kao Soi in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Noodle soup with poached egg and "bounce pork" in Chiang Mai, Thailand



The best beef noodle soup in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Watery and flavorless noodle soup at a bus stop in Camodia

A mystery meat noodle soup at a bus stop in Cambodia



Pork and rice noodle in Vientiane, Laos

Delicious breakfast noodle soup in Huay Xai, Laos

Breakfast at my hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos



Dry noodle with ground port in Yangon, Myanmar

Singapore style spice noodle soup in Yangon, Myanmar

Rice noodle soup in Bagan, Myanmar



Penang prawn noodle soup in Penang, Malaysia

Assam Laksa in Penang, Malaysia


Spicy coconut curry Laksa in Singapore

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