i finally stepped foot on the Land of Smile, thanks to business trip ehehehehehe. Bangkok is what i imagined it to be, but more. visiting 7/11 was our daily ritual thing to do, before heading back to our hotel. and always baffle at how
cheap super affordable everything is compared to back home. we grabbed a few bottles of liquor and snacks and the bill cost us less than 300 baht (WHAT). we fell asleep in taxi (an hour ride) and didn’t wake up with heart attack, the taxi fare is still below 200 baht (WHAAT). if it’s in KL, our hearts would have lub-dup as the meter runs. and the shopping, where shall i begin huh? oh the club in Bangkok is very happening even though it’s Monday! the only thing that hinders us from having the utmost fun is, language barrier. i guess we could do more if the Thai understands English and we could communicate more.
anyway, apart from having tom yum everydayyyy, we did squeezed in some must-try local food and one of them is this fried chicken and som tam (papaya salad) from this place call Som Tam Nua. i guess Som Tam Nua needs no introduction as it’s highly recommended by whoever been to Bangkok.
so this is the fried chicken everyone raves about! well, it’s good, but not great enough. robust seasoning check, crisp skin check, moist and tender meat check, served piping hot un-check which was a lil’ let down. i swear i didn’t take too long photographing! only managed two shots each as i’m paiseh to keep my colleagues waiting…
we had the chicken with sticky rice (not photographed), what a combination right! the diners next table who seemed like tourists like us, each ordered one as well. the sticky rice is served in a special covered box thingy made of leaf.
this plate of som tam had the best blend of tartness (from the mango) and spiciness (chili padi), studded with dried shrimps and raw long bean. apparently it’s my first plate of authentic som tam, i enjoyed every strips of it. seeing that my superior relished this dish as well, i guess the sourness is actually kind of acceptable. usually, even a tiny bits of sour will put him off. but there he was, kept kiap-ing the strips. i think the combo of sour + spicy + crunch (from the long bean) is very addictive!
this sausage dish was slightly lackluster as i wasn’t a fan of processed meat. my colleague M however find it interesting – it’s served with peanut, ginger and dried chili.
Som Tam Nua deserves a visit if you’re popping by Bangkok for its addictive som tam and flavourful fried chicken!
Som Tam Nua
989, Siam Center, 4th Floor, Rama 1 Road,
Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand.
(this is the one i went to)
392/14 Soi Siam Square 5, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, Thailand.