Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Som Tam Nua

A little gem in Siam Square. This restuarant, located in Siam Square Soi 5 mainly caters to the local palate and it's so good, I had to visit the restaurant twice, despite the queue. Although I went at rather odd hours both times, after 1.3-pm on a Saturday and after 8pm last night, we still had to queue for at least 20 minutes.

Almost every dish in this place is mouth watering, spicy enough and needless to say, very delicious. The dishes do not come in big portions, so there's a variety you can try even with 2 people, although there's not really a very wide variety to choose from.
Some of the thai food in Som Tam I can't get enough of:
Spicy Chicken Soup. Sour and Spicy - great way to start the meal and build up a huge appetite.

Pork Neck Salad. Tender slices of pork, laced with coriander, peanuts, chilli, lime, fish sauce and onions.

Minced pork salad.
This is an absolutely MUST HAVE. Almost every table we saw on both nights, had a basket of fried chicken. (I found the next best thing after Ice Cold Beer Wings in Singapore). Topped with a generous serving of fried garlic, if it were not for the fear of a ever increasing cholesterol, I would have finished the whole basket alone.
Glass Noodle Salad - very spicy, but taste wise 8/10!
Another salad dish. Papaya with preserved egg. The taste of the lightly salted egg together with papaya salad, tomatoes, onions are the best combination you could get.
And last but not least, Crispy fish! The picture says it all, there's no need for further description. Fresh, and deep fried not till its too dry.
Although I won't say that it's dirt cheap for a local restaurant, but the quality and taste of food is definitely well worth the price paid and the long wait.
Next time you're in Bangkok, make sure trying out this restaurant is on you to-do list. Note though, if you're not a spicy food eater, ask them to go easy on the spicyness or be sure to order at least 3 glasses of drinks.
Ambience: 6/10
Food: 8.5/10
Price: 7/10
Service: 6.5/10
Considering I was just here 3 months ago for Lin hen's night, not many new pictures to come, but I will post some when I have more time.

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