Som Tam Nua @ Siam Center, Bangkok
Finally come back to my Bangkok post! (Previous post: SabX2 Wonton Noodles @ Bangkok) I’m going to share my satisfying dinner at Som Tam Nua which gains its popularity by serving different versions of the Som Tam or papaya salad as well as other Issan (northeastern region of Thailand) delicacies. There are several Som Tam Nua outlets at Bangkok and we opted for the one at Siam Center.
Arrived the mall at dinner’s peak hour and we had to join the queue outside the restaurant. It was a weekday and the restaurant was running on full capacity but uckily the wait was bearable and we were ushered to our table after 20 minutes.
The decor is casual but modern with traits of urban industrial design. Exposed light bulbs, dangling lighting, wooden long communal tables that provide a youthful vibe to the overall setting. However the tables are placed a little too close for comfort.
While waiting for our food, I was busy admiring the quirky knick-knacks that placed on the walls.
This was the only option if you want to have rice for your meal.
Papaya Salad with Salted Egg
Som Tom, Thai style salad that can be commonly found at roadside stalls and restaurants. Originally from Issan and there are many variations but generally consist of shredded unripe papaya, chilli, tomato, lime, dried shrimps and peanuts. Other varieties might include marinated baby crab.
We had this version with additional salted egg. The salad undeniable packed a nice fiery punch with pleasant crunchiness from the shredded papaya, long bean and crushed peanuts. The chunks of cherry tomato bring some respite to the taste buds and the dried shrimps provided saltiness to the overall bite.
A must have at Som Tam Nua I must say! Perfectly deep fried to a golden brown hue and rendering a extremely crunchy skin while the inner remained juicy. Topped with fried garlic and fresh chopped spring onion for that extra fragrance. Simply out of the world delicious stuff!
Deep fried Tilapia fish was nicely executed too. Crispy skin with flaky flesh underneath. Flavors was slightly bland, but the chili sauce provided came as rescuer. It was decent but easily forgettable.
Different chili sauces for the fried chicken wings and fish.
Verdict: I like the papaya salad & of course the fried chicken wings! I will come back if I ever visit Bangkok again! But my Bangkok makan list is growing longer and longer, too many good food in Bangkok, how lah! >_<
Som Tam Nua
989, Siam Center, 4th Floor, Rama 1 Road, Pathum Wan
Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand.
Operating Hours: 10.00 – 10.00pm