Ka Tieu: A Noodle Bowl of Awesomeness
Sawaddeekap from Thailand! Mmm, mmm…Ka tieu (pronounced GOO-DIEW?) in Cambodian also known as guai tiao in Thai, is a noodle soup consisting of rice noodles with pork stock and toppings. Ka tieu is generally thought to have originated from the ethnic Chinese groups that settled in Cambodia and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. A popular breakfast dish and any-time-of-the-day meal in these regions of Asia, you can find these noodles in stalls, roadside vendors, floating markets and restaurants. This bowl of deliciousness is known for its clear and soothing broth and variety of herbs, aromatics, garnishes and condiments.
Usually, ka tieu is prepared in one of two ways: with all the ingredients in the soup (wet), or with the soup on the side (dry). Both versions can have exactly the same ingredients but allow the diner to control the balance of flavors, spiciness, moisture and textures. When the dish is served “dry” as opposed to “wet”, it can be seen more of a type of noodle salad.
Due to the large ethnic Khmer (Cambodian) population estimated to be over a million people in both Thailand and Vietnam, foodies and travelers can find similarities and wide-spread variations of these noodles throughout the regions.
There’s just something about these noodles that is so comforting and tasty and definitely brings backs memories of many meals with my family, parents and friends. Despite how many bowls of noodles I have eaten, I can seriously eat this daily and look forward to my next bowl!
One thing for sure is that you can't visit these countries without slurping up a dish or two… or three or four…haha! So grab your chopsticks and get down with some ka tieu!