Most people know Tom Yum Goong but a few know Tom Yum Noodles or ‘Guay Tiew Tom Yum’. Some dishes come and go but the noodles are as popular now as when I was a kid. The flavors are a combination of Chinese noodles with Thai flavors, similar to Pad Thai but different. Both share the key ingredients: ground peanuts, lime and chili powder.
Like Pad Thai, Tom Yum Noodles were never a haute cuisine but everyday lunch. You can walk into most Thai noodle shops and ask for Tom Yum Noodles. They’ll ask you for your choice of noodles; egg noodles (sen mi), small rice noodles (send lek), large rice noodles (sen yai) or rice vermicelli (mi kow). You also have a choice to have the soup or not.
There are 2 steps in making the noodle soup. First, you make the soup and let it simmer for 1 hour while you prep the noodles and the condiments. The second step is assembling the noodles, vegetable and condiments into a bowl.