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Saturday, February 15, 2014

✈ Day 3 in Bangkok: Som Tam Nua, Siam Square

Awarded by as the Bangkok's Best Som Tam in CNNGo's Best Eats 2010 Awards, Som Tam Nua at Soi 5, Siam Square is very popular among the locals and tourists as well. Be prepared for a long queue even if it's not peak hours :p As the name suggested, their signature dish is Som Tam and they serve authentic Isaan (Thailand's north east) cuisine. Being labelled as one of the must eat food spots in Bangkok, how can we miss this out? :)

Loving the modern interior designs at Som Tam Nua :)

Happy faces while waiting for our foods to be served ^_^

Thai dipping sauces 

Northeast style spicy soup with pork bone @ 97 Baht
An Isaan-style sour and spicy Tom Yam soup served with tender pork bones that are extremely hot and spicy that we quickly order our drinks just after one sip. However, it's very flavourful and addictive despite the spiciness of the soup.

Thai papaya mix salad @ 75 Baht
This two-floor restaurant has built a solid following on Som Tam alone that they are offering dozens of versions of the famous papaya salad dish and we picked this papaya mix salad at last. It comes with crispy pork skin, dried red shrimp, tomato, long bean, peanut, green papaya and not forgotten to mention that their ingredients are very fresh. It just has the right amount of sweetness, saltiness and crunchiness in it, the perfect choice for an appetizer. Yum!

"Som Tam Nua has got the art of papaya salad nailed, in more varieties than one can imagine." said Thai 101 publisher Mason Florence.

Fried chicken @ 98 Baht
Two words to describe the fried chicken, juicy and crispy! According to people's food review, it is a must order dish in Som Tam Nua as the fried chicken are very well marinated and not too oily. My favourite dish of the day and I personally think that it's one of the best fried chicken I've ever had :p

Hot and spicy crispy fish @ 95 Baht
The fish meat was nice and soft with crispy skin topped with mint leaves, onions, dry chilies and various spices but do look out for strong sharp bones. 95 Baht for a whole cooked fish are really very cheap and it's definitely worth it!

Som Tam Nua, a popular hideout among the locals and tourists due to its affordable prices and good quality of food. If you're in Siam Square and looking for good Isaan cuisine, Som Tam Nua would be your perfect choice. I'll definitely revisit the place in the future if I go to Bangkok again, I just can't get enough of their fried chicken! It's fingers lickin' good! (Y) By the way, here's a small tip for you guys, if you do not know what to order, just order everything with the star sign which indicates their signature dishes. Happy hunting!

Som Tam Nua
392/14, Siam Square Soi 5,
Rama 1 Road Pathumwan,
Bangkok 10330, Thailand.

View Som Tam Nua in a larger map

BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit line to Siam station and get off at exit 4. Look out for Bangkok Bank on your left (with some constructions taking place on the right - 27th December 2013) and turn into the alley beside it. Som Tam Nua will be on your left hand side 30 metres ahead or you'll see the orange signboard (refer to the first picture) with a crowd standing outside if you walk down to soi 5.

Operations hour: 10:45AM - 9:30PM daily


Previous posts of Bangkok:
Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha:
Asiatique The Riverfront:


  1. The fish looks attractive. Hahaha

  2. everything looks yummy. seems like u had a lot of fun

  3. That looks like a fun trip! The food looks amazing. I am loving it. Nice blog!

  4. i thought most of the papaya salad are spicy! yours seems like not ya! haha good for me! i shud go try! =D

  5. Want to know how AMAZING your post was? I've just arrived home from work, have been eating awful junk food all day with my colleagues, feel so full - and then I see your post and get hungry. Ha ha! :D

    I LOVE this food, thank you so much for sharing. I want to go and make some thai dipping sauces now... GIG

  6. Bookmarking this page! Som Tam Nua is definitely a place to stop by when I'm in Bangkok!

  7. That fried chicken looks good! I also think the papaya salad is interesting. Bad idea to read this before dinner because I'm definitely hungry now! :D

  8. The food looks so delish!! You're making me hungry in the middle of the night! =) gig

  9. Mouthwatering! I haven't tasted papaya salad yet but it looks so yummy.

  10. Great pictures - That dessert looks unbelievable. I'm hungry just looking at your pics! <3 GIGLove

  11. You shouldn't have posted those food pictures! Now I cannot think of anything else!!! :(((

  12. now im craving for thai food! damn it, the pics look so good, im sure the food tastes great!

  13. i was so so choosy about my ffood when i was in bangkok but now i realize i have missed so much that i could try :(

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  14. oh my gooooosh, my mouth watering now :9 all the food looks really delicious! the place is cozy & neat too <3

  15. Jealous!!! I super want to visit Bangkok too! I heard food and shopping there is great!

  16. wow so yummy all the food...i miss BKK now!

  17. What a lovely place! The food looks delicious :)
    Lucky you!

  18. Minus the pork soup, everything is looking so delicious <3

  19. I want to eat this food ! great photos - giglove -

  20. wow all those dishes look so yummy. I'd like to try them all.

  21. the thai papaya mix salad looks interesting!i feel hungry now!

  22. i woudn't mind trying proper thai food but i cant handle heat haha

  23. I bet you had even more happy faces after food was served and eaten...

  24. Oh, I am posting my Thailand Travel Diary, too. Been to Siam Square, but didn't try Som Tam. Looks good though

  25. Everything looks so good! I love trying out different restaurants in Thailand. I wanna go back now!


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