Ah, Thai Boat Noodles. Originating from the floating markets of Thailand, Boat Noodles, or ‘Kuaitiao Ruea’ were traditionally served from small boats bobbing in the canals of Ayutthaya.

A classic bowl of Boat Noodles is a harmony of textures and flavours, topped with meat, often pork or beef, meatballs, bean sprouts, and sprinkled with fresh herbs like cilantro or basil.

These noodle soups are characterised by their rich and savoury broth, made flavourful with a combination of spices and herbs.

In Thailand, you often find a hint of blood, which imparts a unique thickness. But you won’t find blood in Singapore’s bowls.

They are typically served in small portions, encouraging diners to slurp down bowl after bowl, each one a warming spoonful of history. Though in Singapore’s restaurants, many provide both options or just the larger ones.

Here are some places you can find Thai Boat Noodles in Singapore to satisfy your cravings:

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Tha Chang Restaurant & Bar
171 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068621
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Driven to bring the authentic Thai noodle experience to Singapore, three Thai friends studied under a renowned veteran Thai Chef before they successfully established Tha Chang Noodle Bar.

Reopened at Telok Ayer Street, the restaurant has a resonant yet warm interior with neon lights, parasols, pin-ups of memorabilia, and a ceramic stallion all over the place.

Have the signature Special Beef Boat Noodle ($11.90) or Special Pork Boat Noodle ($10.90). For something more indulgent, there is the Premium Wagyu Beef Boat Noodles ($23.00).

The rendition comes with an herbal soup base that is a little spicy, topped out with thick vermicelli, meatballs, pork slices and more.

After I had a sip of the soup, I had the inkling why it was so popular.

There was this amalgamation of robust flavours, and reminded me of the some of the good Boat Noodles served in Bangkok.

They managed to achieve this complex and spicy soup with depth of flavour, even though it was missing the key ingredient of pig’s (or cow’s) blood. I would want to have this again.

They also come as a Beef Hot Pot Boat Noodle Set ($34.00) and Pork Hot Pot Boat Noodle Set ($31.80).

Read more at: Tha Chang Noodle Bar (Telok Ayer Street)

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BeerThai House
City Gate #02-37, 371 Beach Road, Singapore 199597
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon, Wed – Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)

Formerly handpicked as the chef for Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Chef Somsak Chomprach later established Beer Thai House, promising authentic and unforgettable Thai delicacies.

Recently moved to City Gate Mall, the restaurant did not fail to recreate the same comforting atmosphere as it did at its previous place, Golden Mile Complex.

The extensive yet affordable menu is one of the many reasons people keep coming back. One of the standout dishes is Thai Boat Noodles ($6) – available with beef or pork options and the choice of dry or soup.

The broth was indeed rich and flavourful, though sweetness than the usual – quite a comforting bowl of goodness.

I only thought some of the beef parts were tough and chewy, and so it unfortunately won’t be the ‘perfect’ bowl for me. But all in all, indeed worth a try.

Read more at: Beer Thai House (City Gate)

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Warm Up Cafe
110 Mackenzie Road, Singapore 228708
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3:30am (Mon – Sun)

A not-so-hidden gem (any more) in Mackenzie Road, Warm Up Cafe serves diverse selections of favourite Thai foods.

Its indoor area feels intimate with photo walls, warm lighting, and plants. Meanwhile, the outdoor area has a more natural and refreshing vibe with faux grass, fairy lights, and Thai-style dining tables.

The Boat Noodle Soup ($7.50) was available with pork or beef with different types of noodles such as bee hoon, rice noodles, mee kia or tung hoon; and spice levels.

You can also pick the small bowls if you want a small sample size.

Their Boat Noodles was actually almost-authentic-tasting (except without the pig’s blood since it is not allowed in Singapore) with that distinct galangal-tasting broth with robust flavours.

Out of the four spiciness levels, a ‘new-comer’ can go for the “less spicy” which was pretty manageable with a peppery slick kick.

I somehow thought that the beef noodle broth was more layered with some sweetness and nuttiness.

Read more at: Warm Up Cafe (Mackenzie Road)

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Slurp Noodle House & Tea Bar by Folks Collective
Thai Supermarket Food Hall, Aperia Mall #01-17/20, 12 Kallang Avenue, Singapore 339511
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

You would find Slurp Noodle House & Tea Bar right next to the entrance of the new Thai Supermarket at Aperia Mall.

This is a collaboration between Folks Collective and Thai Supermarket.

Slurp, a noodle & tea bar, is a sister brand that emphasises wok-fried dishes and authentic Boat Noodles, providing a distinctive offering that distinguishes this outlet.

It offers Boat Noodles with Beef or Pork ($11.90), and I found it a hearty dish better than some of the average ones out there.

The flavours were bold and layered, with a rich broth and tender beef, though some may find it leaning towards the salty side.

Read more at: Slurp Noodle House (Aperia Mall)

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Royal Thai Boat Noodles & Bar
9 King Albert Park, #01-01/02, Singapore 598332
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)

Starting as a small food stall in Bugis over two decades ago, Royal Thai Boat Noodles & Bar has grown into a two-storey restaurant in the alfresco area of Bukit Timah.

Authenticity is undoubtedly in this place as the Chef only uses ingredients imported directly from Thailand.

Their Boat Noodles come with an herbal base. They are in two sizes: Small ($3.90) and Normal ($6.90). The Normal one is good on its own, while the Small bowl is really more of a side dish.

The soup was thick enough to coat the thin strands of noodles, although it was on the much sweeter side.

Read more at: Royal Thai Boat Noodles (King Albert Park)

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Sukhothai Boat Noodles
Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link, #01-07, Singapore 078867
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

If you are looking for a humble yet comforting place to enjoy the ultimate indulgence in Thai cuisine, then Sukhothai Boat Noodles is the one to visit.

People may overlook it when passing by. This restaurant is relatively small compared to its neighbouring restaurants in the Orchid Hotel line.

They offer Boat Noodles with choices of beef or pork and a selection of noodles, from Rice Noodles, Egg Noodles, and Rice Vermicelli to Sweet Potato Vermicelli.

A bowl of Thai Beef Ribeye Noodles ($16) comes with meatballs, crackling, kang kong vegetables, and tender Wagyu beef slices as the star ingredients.

This momentarily brought me back to Bangkok’s Victory Monument for a while, as the broth had rich, robust and strong flavours that was also belly-warming.

Read more at: Sukothai Boat Noodles (Orchid Hotel)

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Tiew Mai Thai Boat Noodles
1187 Upper Serangoon Road #01-22 The Midtown Singapore 533971
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

The team of Tiew Mai Thai Boat Noodles primarily consists of Thai natives.

They used to work at the Thai hipster eatery Nung Len on Mackenzie Road before it permanently closed. Hence, the same quality of tastiness and authenticity is guaranteed.

Although not very spacious, the dining area is enjoyable with its cosy ambiance. It is on the second floor, as the ground one is only for the cashier and cooking area.

Thai Noodles ($1.80 for the Small and $6 for the Regular bowl) are available in Beef, Pork, and Tom Yum options. Additional side dishes are available if you seek an ultimate Thai culinary experience.

Moderately rich and savory, the broth base has successfully achieved the unique umami taste of traditional Thai soup despite the lack of pig blood.

Read more at: Tiew Mai (The Midtown)

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Victory Boat Noodle Cafe
Beauty World Centre #01-09, 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 4pm – 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)

A not-so-hidden gem in Beauty World: Victory Boat Noodles on the ground floor serves up some of the most comforting Thai Boat Noodles in Singapore.

Victory Boat Noodles is perhaps named aptly to invoke some of that delight.

The eatery itself is owned and ran by Thai staff for an appearance of authenticity. Even the food itself uses recipes from the boss’ own drawer.

The Boat Noodles Pork ($8) is the way to go, with ingredients that include what seems like handmade pork balls.

Likewise, the Boat Noodles Beef ($8.30) leverages on its rich broth to deliver on its bowl of beefy noodles.

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The Original Boat Noodle
Bugis Junction #02-46, 200 Victoria St, Singapore 188021
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11:30am – 9pm (Fri – Sat)

The noodles over at The Original Boat Noodle are served in small bowl servings in bite-sized portions, to maintain those Thai street food vibes.

There are various outlets around Singapore, including Changi City Point, Bugis Junction, Vivo City, Suntec City and Northpoint City.

With four types to choose from (at $1.50++ per bowl), you can always try out all the tantalising soup bases available and decide which is your favourite.

Pick from the spicy and sour Pathumthani, spicy and creamy Ayutthaya 2.0, creamy Tomyum, or the sweet Kuey Chap.

They come in rice noodles or springy noodles options, with either beef or chicken.

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BKK Bistro and Bar
GR.iD #03-02, 1 Selegie Road, Singapore 188306
Opening Hours: 5pm – 2am (Mon – Sun)

BKK Bistro and Bar
202 Kallang Bahru, #01-05, Singapore 339339
Opening Hours: 12pm – 4am (Mon – Sun)

BKK Bistro and Bar at 202 Kallang Bahru, has quickly become a go-to spot for Thai cuisine, particularly famous for its $0.80 Thai Boat Noodles.

There are also reasonably priced medium bowls at $7.80 with basic choice or pork or beef.

The Thai restaurant has opened a new outlet much nearer town at GR.iD Selegie Road, a short walking distance from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.

Customers also have the option to choose between glass or rice noodles and select from two soup bases — red tom yum or herb.

The variety extends to the toppings as well, with choices including prawn, beef ball, and pork liver, among others, which lets you to customise their meal to your liking.

The soup was flavourful, though could benefit if it arrived more steaming hot.

Read more at: BKK Bistro and Bar (Selegie Road)

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