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Som Tam Nua

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Bangkok will always leave you in a food coma. Visiting this place wouldn’t ever be complete without immersing your palate on their local dishes. And so, every time I am in Bangkok, I am always on the look out for a new food place to indulge in. While in Siam Square, and every time I was there, there is this traditional looking restaurant, dimly lit, quite quaint, with a long queue of people either sitting or standing and waiting to get in. So on one lunch we decided to know what the fuzz is all about. We decided to go in earlier so as to spare ourselves from that long queue.

Thus, it was brunch so we were lucky enough to head straight and sat ourselves in – not to mention we still managed to select our table.

Casual Dining
Casual Dining

Som Tam, Papaya Salad in thai is a famous dish that you would normally find in any dining halls or street food places. It is a beautiful balance of sweet and spicy which I so love. The crunchiness of the shredded papaya as well as the sauce that has been so wonderfully concocted is something that you wouldn’t miss ordering when in Thailand. And so, we of course, had one.

Som Tam with Dried Shrimp and Peanut

I find that some food descriptions in the menu are quite interesting, something that I don’t normally see in a typical authentic Thai restaurant. For one we ordered a pork sausage with green chili dip which I find really succulent, tasty and actually addictive.

Chiang Mai Pork Sausage with Green Chili Dip and Crispy Pork Rind

You would be surprised that the green chili dip is not spicy at all that I actually mistaken it for a crushed eggplant. It was superbly nice to pair with the sausage. I love this dish and would absolutely order it again next time. Oh, the pork rind is something very familiar as we have the same back home called “Chicharon”. We were looking for a Pad Thai and I guess we only resorted to the closest we can get from the menu.

Stir Fry Thai Rice Pork Noodles

The noodles was also delectable. The stir fry taste plus the infusion of spices make it a very appealing dish. There was also flosses on top and a pork rind which makes it even more tastier. Pork, a meat that I so love especially if cooked and done nicely. One that we ordered was the Lemongrass Pork. I am a fan of anything lemongrass and so, seeing it on the menu, didn’t give an option to doubt.

Lemongrass Pork

Same thoughts as with the other dish, this one also didn’t fail us. I absolutely love the lemongrass infusion and the garlic and chilis. If there is also one thing the Thais are good at, it will be their side sauces.

Som Tam Side Sauces

Part of the restaurant is also a cafe which I think they might co-own? And so I also ordered my first cuppa for the day.

My late morning fix – a latte

The cafe also sell some cakes to pair with their coffee, maybe next time I shall give it a try. We were so full to even save a space for dessert. =))

If you would ask me for the price, it’s definitely pocket friendly. Should I come back again? Absolutely, without hesitations. 🙂 And I would recommend Som Tam Nua to anyone who may visit Siam.

Address: 989, Siam Center, 4th Floor, Rama 1 Road, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand

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