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Using her noodle

PHUKET: In the bustling Banzaan Market in Patong, on Pang Muang Sai Gor Road behind Jungceylon, lies a very popular rice vermicelli noodle shop.

Thursday 2 August 2012, 12:14PM

n the Khanom Jeen Phang Nga noodle shop for four years, selling her original rice flour noodles from Phang Nga province.

“The shop began because of my love for these noodles,” she says.

“Before I had the shop, I would always eat khanom jeen for lunch and dinner, so I finally decided to open a shop. I asked my mother for her own recipe, and I went from there.”

Ms Waranya serves several different types of khanom jeen, but the most basic dish – the noodles plus a soup – is B30. The food is all made daily using fresh vegetables.

Khanom jeen noodles are a popular Thai staple often served with curry or other dishes, instead of rice.

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Ms Waranya explains the different food, “Thais like to order spicy soup with noodles, such as gaeng paa (clear spicy soup); nam ya kathi (spicy coconut milk soup) or gaeng tai pla (a Thai fish maw curry).”

She says that foreigners like to order her gaeng kiao wan gai (green curry with chicken), but her customers are mainly locals and officials – including policemen.

“I sell around 30 kilograms of khanom jeen noodles every day. But in high season I’m only open for three hours every day, and I still manage to make a lot of money.”

The shop is open every day from 5.30pm to 11pm, so if you’re around Patong and after a cheap meal, go for a visit.

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