Pork and Bones at Aek Noodles !
For many months I’ve seen lots of these shops serving soup with huge chunks of bony pork in night markets ! Then one restaurant popped up in my neighborhood. It is called ก๋วยเตี๋ยวหมูต้มยำตำลึงนายเอก or simply “Aek Noodles” and serve TONS of meaty pork soup daily !
The main dish is called kraduk leng (กระดูกเล้ง) where kraduk means “bone” and leng means “dragon” in Chinese. Thais associate the shape of the spine to the shape of a Chinese dragon and this what you eat here (…no, not dragons) ! You can choose to have it served in a very sour tom sap soup (that you may want to tweak with sugar available on the table) or in a spicy tom yam soup. How’s the meat !? Soft as hell, this meat has been simmering for hours and hours waiting for you to come.
If you are lucky you will receive nice pieces of ribs, but as the name of the dish suggest, it will be pork back. Even if the meat is ultra soft, you need some skills to get to the meat. Using your hands is advisable, don’t worry, others do the same. An hungry person can easily finish these big bowls alone (I do), but I recommend to share and try more of their food.
For those lazy to deal with bones you can pick the kraduk oon (กระดูกอ่อน) version which has cartilages. The cartilages are so soft that it is easier to eat them than discarding them. I usually go for this one when I am alone or want a quicker meal. These big bowls are better eaten with a serving of rice.
You can go also for the cheaper (and smaller) noodle soup version, you can pick the tom sap or the tom yam broth then select a handful of different noodles !
A few other choices without pork and bones are available like these tom yam noodles with seafood (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวต้มยำทะเล).
Another favorite at Aek Noodles is the pork satay plate (moo satay / หมูสะเต๊ะ) which is astounding ! It comes with a huge serving of their delicious (and rich) satay sauce !
They also serve a few desserts, we went for these sweet bananas in coconut milk (kluay cheum / กล้วยเชื่อม). They could have been softer.
Writing this article I found out that Aek Noodles has many other franchises in the Bangkok suburbs (mostly in Thonburi). But this shop is your chance to try it in Bangkok city ! It is located in Sapahan Kwai on Phaholyothin Road (ถนนพหลโยธิน) between soi 11 and 13, right in front of the big Government Saving Bank.
Aek Noodles (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวนายเอก) may be the best place in the city to try these “pork back” soups and definitely worth the ride to Saphan Kwai. And don’t forget to try the satay too 🙂
This review is categorized under “Restaurant Reviews”, which means I visited the restaurant more than once and was accompanied at least one time to ensure a fair review.