My favorite Thai food place – Somtam Nua (ส้มตำ นัว) Siam Square
Just 10 months ago, I had no idea about Somtam, which is quite ordinary food in Thailand. I’ve just heard that that’s just like Kimchi in Korea. Somtam is mixed papaya salad and It’s an ordinary dish which can be easily found on Thai kitchen tables just like Koreans have Kimchi with every meals.
I had my first try to have Somtam on my 2nd trip to Bangkok and fell in love with it! It’s quite spicy and smelly but have something special that I can’t stop eating it.. I can’t explain! I think most of Thai restaurants have Somtam menu but I want to introduce my favorite place for Somtam. It’s already quite popular & famous in Thai and Travelers though!
Somtam Nua (ส้มตำ นัว)
Somtam Nua is a popular & famous Somtam place in Bangkok. It has 2 branches as I know, at Siam square(the original one) and Siam center. I’d tried both branches and I loved them both!
– Siam square branch : Little bit old but the original one. Sometimes I can see a long waiting line for it! It’s located in Soi 5 Siam square.
– Siam center branch : New & modern branch. You can find this branch on Food court floor. I think this place is quite popular in Chulalongkorn university students. Easy to see college students in the restaurant.
Somtam Nua (ส้มตำ นัว) Siam square branch
My first try was Siam center branch and the second was the orginal branch, Somtam Nua Siam square branch. This branch looks little bit old and not much space between tables. Above all this things, people are waiting to have thai food at this restaurant. That means the original one have the best taste, I think.
Me & my Korean bestie ordered the most popular menus in the restaurant.Mixed papaya salad(Somtam for sure), Fried chicken(Kai tud) and Grilled pork neck(Kor moo yang). We heard that these 3 menus are the most popular ones.
Mixed papaya salad (Somtam, ส้มตำ)
I love here’s Somtam! They have many kinds of Somtam to choose. Especially this one have mixed papaya with noodle and fried pork skin snack! It’s not regular Somtam. The regular one don’t have noodle. But sometimes I order noodle to mix with Somtam. This one no need to order noodle and mix by myself because it’s already mixed well. Yummy yummy!
But Somtam in Somtam Nua is very spicy! You better ask the staff make it not too spicy. Even it’s too spicy for me, I couldn’t stop eating Somtam! Haha.
Fried Chicken (Kai Tud, ไก่ทอด)
I see most of tables here ordered this menu! Looking like normal fried chicken but one of popular menu at the restaurant.
It reminded me of coooool beer. I was like dying to have a sip of coool beer with fried chicken! Fried chicken and cool beer, always the best!
Grilled pork neck (Kor Moo Yang, คอหมูย่าง)
My favorite menu here! Can’t describe how much I love this menu. Haha. You see those lovely marvels of fat? I get meat juice all over my mouth and it’s melting away! And, Thai usually have this menu with Sticky rice.I’ve been trying Kor moo yang in Bangkok but Somtam Nua is the best for me. I think Siam square branch is better than Siam center branch, especially in Kor moo yang.
Somtam Nua is not an expensive restaurant. Order & enjoy many kinds of menus as much as you can eat!
– Mixed papaya salad : 79 THB
– Fried chicken : 89 THB
– Grilled pork neck : 89 THB

Somtam Nua(ส้มตำ นัว) Siam sqaure branch

TEL 02-251-4880
Address 392/14 Soi Siam Square 5, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok
Opening Hours 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (Mon-Sun)
Source: ohmybangkok