My Thai Boyfriend (who has now been my Thai Hubby for 9 years!!!) parked our scooter on the side of the red dirt road. We sat down on a worn, wooden table under a huge tree that slightly sheltered us from the 100 degree heat.
This humble food stall didn’t even have a building, but it was legendary. Dom said they make the best Kuay Tieaw Sukhothai in all of Sukhothai, his small hometown, which is a magical place full of ancient ruins located in the northern part of Thailand.
After we sat, Dom spoke some Thai to the glistening with sweat, chubby, amiable cook. Then a few seconds later, before us appeared plastic bowls full of steaming chicken broth, green beans, chicken, fried garlic, Thai chili paste and cilantro.
I couldn’t wait to dig in, but first I had to sprinkle on some fish sauce, sugar, lime, peanuts and chili flakes that were all sitting on the table in cute containers.
I took a sip of the broth and the fresh flavors of garlic, crunchy peanuts, moist chicken, sweetness and spice sent comfort to my heart. Eating it felt like getting a soothing hug from Dom after a stressful day.
We make Kuay Tieaw Sukhothai often, and it never gets old and has those special healing powers every time. And I think the fun part is that everyone takes part in making their own bowl however they like.
This is the quick, healthy version. The classic soup is made by boiling pork for hours and making your own broth, which is so delicious too. But if you don’t have hours like us, and enjoy chicken, try this out.
It may seem like a long list of ingredients, but most of them you can find in your grocery store, so you don’t have to worry about stopping by the Asian store if you don’t have one close.
Also, to serve it, I use a small bowl, fill it, and go back for another two servings. Dom uses a massive bowl and eats it all at once. Do whatever you prefer.
The key to remember for Kuay Tieaw Sukhothai is it is as a laid-back as the Thai people—make it however is the most heart-warming for you.
If you have any questions, leave a comment here or message me on Instagram @thaifoodie, and I’d love to help. Show me your creations too! I’d love to see!!