Home Noodle Factory

Noodles are popular worldwide and Thailand is no exception. According to the the World Instant Noodle Association, It is estimated that there were 3,460,000 servings of instant noodles in 2018, making Thailand the number 9 consumer of packaged instant noodles in the world. China led the world with over 40 million servings of instant noodles in 2018, and interestingly The US came in at number 6 with 4,400,000 servings. Most noodles in Thailand are purchased in supermarkets and local shops just as it is done the world over. The packages of noodles are very inexpensive compared to the packaged noodles I purchased back home in America, and the taste is vastly superior. So much so, that noodles have become a go-to food for me in Thailand. In the US I would eat noodles as a last resort when the cupboard was bare, or when I needed a cheap meal, but in Thailand, along with rice they have become a staple, and are delicious right out of the package, without having to add ingredients to make the dish tasty. Because noodles are so popular and readily available at any market pre-packaged, it is unusual to see people hand making noodles, so when I was asked if I wanted to photograph a home noodle factory I jumped at the opportunity.

Home Noodle Factory, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Home Noodle Factory, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

When we arrived at the location, I found a small out building had been built beside main residence and filled with water jars and wood burning concrete stoves. Water was boiling in a large wok and the owner was hard at work making noodles by hand.

A Man Making Noodles at a Home Noodle Factory, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
A Man Making Noodles at a Home Noodle Factory, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

The shoot was a bit challenging photographically, as there was severe back light and the building was small, hot and difficult to maneuver in. I managed to squeeze myself into a corner of the shack where the light was interesting on my subjects, and documented the process. I was shooting with a Leica M9 and 50mm Summarit Lens.

A Woman Washes Fresh Noodles at a Home Noodle Factory in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
A Woman Washes Fresh Noodles at a Home Noodle Factory in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
A Man Making Noodles at a Home Noodle Factory, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

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A fine art print of the Home Noodle Factory is Available through Fine Art America.

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