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Saturday, September 17, 2011

CNN Best Eats: Som Tam Nua in Bangkok

Som Tam Nua, in business for about a decade, serves dozens of unique styles of som tam.

It's tough for a business to survive in Siam Square, a hangout haunt for gaggles of fickle Bangkok students.

Yet this two-floor restaurant has built a solid following on som tam alone -- offering dozens of versions of the famous papaya salad dish.

"Som Tam Nua has got the art of papaya salad nailed, in more varieties than one can imagine. Be prepared to queue up for a table," says Thai 101 publisher Mason Florence.

In business for almost a decade, Som Tam Nua has never lost it charm nor its popularity. With modern d├ęcor, the place is always packed full during peak hours.

It is more of an eat-and-run place rather than a chill out spot, serving flavorful Isaan dishes including the popular phad kanomjeen (stir-fried rice noodles) and fried chicken.

Address: 392/14 Soi Siam Square 5, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok +66 (0) 22 51 4880

We met these friendly Thai guys seated at the next table.
L to R: Chok R. Watanakul, Bryan Thongyoo Tantayanondkul, 
Norawit Virunkitkoson and Jimmy Bunprasitphon

Norawit even took charge of ordering for us.


  1. my goodness. i love thai food! i can eat som tam every day!

  2. gosh!!! I should have seen this last week we had a special proj to do Thai theme on out table setting and plating ang ganda ganda!!!

    I'm sure masarap din!!!

  3. Gosh. Ang gwugwapo naman ng guys seated at the next table niyo! <333

  4. They dont look enticing...

  5. mahilig ka ba sa Thai's? FP...ikaw nah!!!

  6. Nice looking guys. Especially Jimmy. Hahaha!



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