Som Tam Nua @ Siam Square Soi 5, Bangkok

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    So many have been written about this famous Issan (Thailand’s north east) restaurant in the heart of Bangkok. Having awarded by CNNGO as the Bangkok’s Best Som Tam, this two-storey facilities is populated by many locals and tourists in the know. We made it a point to drop by for an early dinner (6pm!) in our recent Bangkok trip.
    To get here, one needs to alight at Siam station. Look out for Bangkok Bank on your left, turn left into the alley which is soi 5. Walk pass Sunya Center and look for Som Tam Nua’s striking orange signboard.

    Be prepared to queue, especially during peak hours. This horrible scene greeted us as we stepped out from the restaurant with a swollen stomach and satisfied grin.
    Cha Yen (Thai Ice Tea, 40 baht)
    It was super refreshing on a hot summer day!
    Dipping sauces
    There will be no prizes given for guessing what is Som Tam Nua’s forte. They probably have more than a dozen of som tam varieties and we picked the preserved egg version (baht 65). It was very spicy, salty, sour and just a bit of sweet taste; unlike the street’s version which is sweeter. The ingredients given were of good quality and very fresh. We can’t stop nibbling on it; even though we were snuffling and sweating like mad!
    Tomsep Kadook On Moo soup (North East Style Spicy Soup with Pork Bone, baht 97) is an Issan-style sour and spicy Tom Yam soup. I like the addition of pork ribs, which gave a sweet definition to the soup. Thumbs up!
    Beating KFC hands down, the Fried Chicken (baht 98) here was really addictive! Served in a basket, it came sprinkled with crispy fried chopped garlic and fresh spring onion. The batter was really crispy and the meat was so juicy! We can’t help but to order a second serving.
    Grilled Pork Neck (baht 98). These pork collar slices was moist and tender; with a delicate, sweet taste that lends itself to all sort of flavours. Great to eat together with the dipping sauces too! The next time you are here, remember to order Khao Niau, an Issan traditional sticky rice in bamboo baskets.
    Oh and a little tip for our dear readers: if you are not sure on what to order, ask for the English menu and order everything with the star sign.

    End of Day 1!

    392/14 Soi Siam Square 5, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok
    +66 (0) 22 51 4880
    Hours/Times: Open daily, 10:45 a.m.-9.30 p.m.

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