Noodle or Kuay Teaw can be regarded as one of the Thai national dishes. You can find it in all variety and in every part of Thailand. How complicated can this be? It can be as complicated as ordering coffee at Starbucks actually. Ordering a bowl of noodle soup is pretty much the same!
If you walk into a noodle shop and order "One Kuay Teaw" or in Thai "Kuay Teaw Charm Neung" - the question to follow is "With Soup or Dry?" (Nam Rue Hang). Then the guy will give up asking considering you won't understand him anyway... and decide on your behalf what you should have.
The few tips below hopefully boost your confidence enough to explore the rich world of noodle soup in Thailand!
The 3 Steps
1) The Noodle
2) The Soup
3) The Meats and Bits
Most noodle soup comes with Bean Sprouts. If you don't want this say Mai Ngawk. The word Ngawk is the short way of saying Tua Ngawk which means bean sprouts here. I know that Ng can be tricky to pronounce... it's useful to repeat in full Mai Aow Tua Ngawk I know! If you hate vegetables and don't want any in your soup, say Mai Sai Pak Loey - this means no vegetables whatsoever.