31Jul
Coconut Marinated Pork

Amazing Isaan Region Flavor in Bangkok: Somtum Der Sala Daeng

Somtum Der Sala Daeng: Northern Thai flavors — Tapas styled

  • Address: 5/5 Sala Daeng Silom Road Soi, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand (Silom Station)
  • Hours: 11am – 10:30pm
  • Dish and Cost:
    • Tapas styled ranging from 60 – 125 Baht ~ $2 – 4 USD

Somtum Der serves up delicious food from the region of Isaan, located Northeastern of Bangkok. When compared to the sweeter palate of Bangkok, Isaan regional food offers a stronger and more savory flavor. Everything here are served on small plates so it’s encouraged to share among everyone at your table. Family style!

This has to be one of my favorite restaurants in Bangkok. I’ve been to this restaurant about 5 times in a 2 week span so you know that I’m not lying about how good it is. Although this restaurant’s food is on the spicier side — like sweat dripping down the temples of my face spicy — there are plenty westerners/foreigners here. Therefore, it’s safe to assume that if you are spice sensitive, you can still get to enjoy this amazing place.

Here are what I ordered starting with my top 4 picks:

Thai Prawn Sashimi with House Special Green Chili Sauce: The sauce is out of this world! It’s citrusy, spicy, and goes so well with the raw prawns. Tip: You can ask for the sauce to be on the side because it’s dangerously spicy, but crazily addicting and mouth-watering.

Shrimp Sashimi

Prawn Sashimi

Grilled Coconut Milk Marinated Pork Skewers: You can really taste the sweetness from the coconut milk infused into the tender and fatty pork. It’s served with a side of red chili dipping sauce, however, they marinated the pork so well that I don’t even dip the pork in it because I want to savor the coconut essence.

Coconut Marinated Pork

Grilled Coconut Milk Marinated Pork Skewers

Tum Thai Papaya Salad: This is the original-styled and it’s the best. The papaya is crisp, the tomatoes are juicy, the dried shrimps are potent, and the sauce has the perfect amount of sweetness and tanginess.

Original Papaya Salad

Original Papaya Salad

Deep-Fried Spicy Pork Spring Roll: Who can say no to this? It’s crunchy and savory and comes with a mayo-like dipping sauce which is a good balance to the other spicy dishes.

Pork Egg Rolls

Pork Egg Rolls

House Special Grilled Marinated Pork

Grilled Pork

House Special Grilled Marinated Pork

Der Styled Deep Fried Chicken Wings

Der Styled Fried Chicken Wings

Der Styled Fried Chicken Wings

Tum Hoi Dong — Papaya salad with marinated (fermented) shellfish

Fermented Shrimp Papaya Salad

Fermented Shrimp Papaya Salad

Grilled Pork Spicy Salad mixed with Roasted Minced Rice

Pork Salad

Grilled Pork Salad

Soft Boiled Prawns Mixed with Fresh Herbs and Minced Roasted Rice

Shrimp Salad

Prawn Salad

Tub Tim Fish Meat with House Chili Sauce

Steamed Fish

Steamed Fish

Store front

Store Front

Store Front

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About Linh

"I love to eat. I live to eat. I travel to eat." It only took a short amount of time for me to find out that the rat race, corporate life was not the life I want and that pushing papers was not as creatively stimulating as they advertised. As a result, I exchanged my suits for suitcases and setting on a year long journey to Southeast Asia. For each country I visit, my goal is to immerse myself in its culture and, of course, feast my way through all of its delicacies.
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