Behind the Scenes at Jae Muy Rice Noodle Factory

Behind the Scenes at Jae Muy Rice Noodle Factory

SpoonFed: Via Saveur | By Jamie Feldmar

Few travelers to Thailand make it to Isaan, the sprawling agricultural heartland in the northeast. Fewer still make it to Tha Bo, a tiny village in the Isaan province of Nong Khai, which borders Laos from across the Mekong River. But I was determined to visit, spurred on by the two-sentence description the town is allotted in most guidebooks: “A large Vietnamese population lives here, and they’ve cornered the market on rice noodle production. From 5–10 A.M. you can watch people at the factories making the noodles, and then at around 2 P.M. they start the cutting, all by hand.”It is not necessarily advisable to take a 14-hour train from Bangkok to go chasing after what is essentially a footnote in an outdated guidebook. Nevertheless, I was intrigued, both by the chance to see noodle production in action and by the unique food culture around Nong Khai, whose Vietnamese immigrants arrived following the Indochina War [...] READ FULL STORY
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