The reason the noodles got their name is because they were once sold along the kingdom's waterways by vendors who got around using small boats.
Run by a lady called Ting, Ting's Kuay Tiew Rua serves up a delicious blend of noodle soup, which includes a choice of pork balls, meat, or liver in a rich stock. Fresh basil leaves and condiments are provided at your table to adjust the flavor of the soup accordingly.
The chef here usually mixes in about half a spoon of dried chili while preparing each dish. If you prefer to avoid such a spicy end-product, ask your waiter or waitress to ask chef to omit the chili or reduce the amount used if you prefer.
It's not a bad idea to bolster your main noodle dish by ordering some side dishes of pak boong fai daeng ('fried morning glory') and khaep moo ('crispy pork skin'), which you can add to the soup if so desired.
Ting's mother is responsible for passing down this recipe – indeed, she used to sell the noodles herself from a boat located on a canal alongside Victory Monument. This area has been one of the most popular places over the last 30 years to enjoy this dish. While all the vendors were relocated to solid ground many years ago, many continue to set up their stalls on an original boat in order to keep the original theme alive.
If you're in need of refreshment following your noodles, consider ordering up one of Ting's herbal juices, or even a Thai dessert featuring shaved ice and syrup. Many diners feel that ice desserts can provide an effective way of washing away a strong aftertaste.
Ting's Kuay Tiew Rua opens Monday through Saturday during 10 am-8 pm. A bowl of noodles, a side dish, and an iced dessert cost just 10 baht (US$0.28) each.
Ting also provides catering services for party functions and fairs.
Bus: Air conditioned bus numbers 44, 60, 70, 183, 503 and 511 all pass Democracy Monument, which is just a short walk from Ting's Kuay Tiew Rua. Regular (non air- conditioned) bus numbers 2, 15 and 60 also pass the landmark. Just head towards Dinso Road and walk down the street for about 200 meters. You'll see the restaurant on your right-hand side.