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Som Tam Nua

Siam Square 5, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand Siam Square 5, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
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Som Tam Nua. Bangkok, Thailand
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This place features Isan food, from Thailand’s northeast. From Spicy Som tam to grill tender beef with Nam Jim Jaew (Thai Northeast style dipping sauce). The must eat menu here is a basket of fried chicken.

If you go there on weekends you might have to wait to get in for quite a while.

Location: Just get off the BTS at Siam station and walk to Siam Square Soi 5

Address:
392/14 Soi Siam Square 5, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok +66 (0) 22 51 4880 Hours/Times:
Open daily, 10:45 a.m.-9.30 p.m.

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 décor, 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.

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