[Bangkok] Talk about Kway Chap in Bangkok, and “Guay Jub Ouan Pochana” or “Kway Chap Auon Pochana” which was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand is one of the most well-known names.
For Singaporeans, this name may sound so familiar. Guay Jub Ouan Pochana is located at Bangkok Chinatown’s most famous road, Yaowarat.
And there is also a “Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap” in Singapore at 945 Upper Serangoon Road and Holland Village, though I do not think the shops are related to the Bangkok outlet.
If you are lost, you can find the cart right in front of China Town Rama Cinema, teeming with a happy, bustling vibe. It is about a 10 minutes’ walk from MRT Hua Lamphong station.
This stall has been dishing up aromatic pork belly soup with traditional rolled noodles for more than 50 years.
For only 50 or 100 baht for a medium and large bowl respectively (SGD2.25, 5.50), you can enjoy a serving of these chewy yet tender noodles in a fragrant, hot and peppery broth.
Add an egg for 10 baht.
Over in Singapore, the Kway Chap we are familiar with consist of pig innards in a braised saucing, with flat and thin rice noodles on the side.
This version with peppery soup is closer to our Bak Kut Teh, and carbs coming in the form of short rice rolls.
I can imagine why people would enjoy this, the soup is simply bursting with peppery flavours.
If you never had peppery soup before, this would probably be level 8 out of 10 on a scale, so much so that I think it can probably cure a blocked nose.
On the other, I felt that the overwhelmingness of it distracts the natural sweet flavours of the pork and innards. A pity because the pork belly pieces were really quite juicy and crispy.
I would recommended adding a packet of you tiao (10 baht) which are short, crispy doughsticks – best eaten when they absorb some of that soup.
All kinds of people are here, from locals on a date and Chinese families having a meal to Western tourists exploring Thai street food.
Given the number of people visiting this place, the staff have mastered efficiently pouring soup into bowls, or hurriedly seating you in the limited seats.
If you cannot sleep at night, Yaowarat Road is always somewhere you can explore.
Guay Jub Ouan Pochana
408 Yaowarat Road, Khwaeng Chakkrawat, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
Tel: +66 86 508 9979
Opening Hours: 6pm – 3am (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Guay Jub Ouan Pochana
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