[Bangkok] Lim Lao Ngow is known for its famous ‘bouncing’ fish balls and noodles (guay tiew look chin pla), voted the best in Bangkok.

The humble stall located at Yaowarat or Chinatown is the original branch, the one given the Bib Gourmand distinction by Michelin Guide.

This legendary stall has stood the test time, spanning across three generations for more than 8 decades.

What makes them popular are their bouncy fish balls, home-made from well-selected fresh fish and without flour as extender nor any additive.

To keep up with modern times and remain relevant to the new generation, Lim Lao Ngow has rebranded to Lim Lao Ngow Bistro, and can be found in a couple of shopping malls. (Note that there is also “Lim Lao Ngow The Original” around.)

I have decided to visit the outlet at Siam Square as that is one of the most convenient, located at the fifth level of Siam Square One.

There are appetisers such as Deep-Fried Legendary Fishball (95 THB), Deep-Fried Squidball (95 THB), Thai-style Pork Sausage (75 THB), Deep-Fried Chinese Spring Roll (85 THB) and Salmon Sashimi in Spicy Sauce (255 THB).

The mains include Dried Signature Egg Noodle (65 THB), Original Fishball Noodle (55 THB), Tom Yum Noodle (65 THB) and Yen Ta Foo Noodle (65 THB).

Customers can choose their noodle type from flat noodle, egg noodle, rice vermicelli, rice noodle, glass noodle, to even instant noodles.

Spice level can also be adjusted from “not hot”, “standard hot”, all the way to “extremely hot”.

I had their Original Fishball Noodle Medium Size which includes a mixture of fishballs, fishcake, and fish dumplings, tossed in Chinese black vinegar sauce.
Their Signature Egg Noodle is accordingly home-made from top-grade flour and fresh eggs.

They further improved the recipe to double the proportion of eggs, use Hong Kong style flour, and cut in tiny flat shapes.

The result? A gooey-ier, chewier, aromatic egg noodle.

Together, these two plus their fish wontons make a simple dish, just moderately spicy.

However, I can imagine some may find this style of noodles a little on the plain side and needing more condiments or sauces.

The best part was indeed its fishballs with that bouncy texture (though wasn’t as succulent as I would have expected).

This makes me want to try out the original stall at Chinatown even more, because I think having there itself can allow you to experience hotter piping noodles prepared fresh-fresh.

Lim Lao Ngow Bistro
37/6, Rama I Rd 5th Floor Siam Square One Building, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

Lim Lao Ngow Fishball Noodle – Chinatown
299, 301 Song Sawat Rd, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
Tel: +66 81 640 4750
Opening Hours: 4:30pm – 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)

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