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Somtum Der is a small cozy restaurant serving delicious northeast Isaan Thai food! The restaurant has a great outside area where you can sit and eat and drink their tasty martinis of vodka and lemongrass or Rosella.
Their specialty is the Som Tam (Papaya Salad), of which they have eight versions of the menu.
The easiest for beginners is the Tum Thai, the base papaya salad made with papaya, limes, tomato, chilies, peanuts and palm sugar. The Tum Thai Kai Kem with salted boiled egg and the Tum Kor Moo Yang with savory grilled pork neck are also delicious!
All of the Som Tams are however quite spicy, even the one-chili versions are hot, but you can ask for a non-spicy version (as I do 🙂 ). I am not that good at eating spicy food, but I try. Espen has no problem eating spicy food, but he sweats a lot! 🙂 Whatever Som Tam you try, order the black or regular sticky rice and dip it into the leftover sauce. Yummy!
The real star on the Somtum Der`s menu is the Moo Ping Kati Sod, thin-sliced pork (or beef) skewers marinated in coconut milk, and then grilled until the marinade caramelizes. Served with nests of coconut-scented rice noodle. So tasty! Also, the house special grilled marinated Pork is delicious!
Somtum Der also has desserts on the menu, like the Thai-styled Ice Kajang, a dish that looks intimidating and impressive but is mostly air. Harder to get past is its flavor. Let’s just say that if you’re a real fan of white bread and pink bubble gum; this is probably the desert for you!
Somtum Der is an affordable, friendly place with delicious and authentic north Isaan Thai food. The atmosphere is great! They also have a restaurant in New York with the same name.
Address: 5/5 Sala Daeng Road, Silom
How to get there: Take the sky train to Silom station, and walk from there (very short).
Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Closed on Sundays.
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