Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

Bangkok Travel Guides / August 17, 2016
Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad) Image credit: phurinee

Through the years, som tam has become one of Thai cuisine’s ambassador dishes to the rest of the world, along with other favorites such as pad Thai and tom yum. Som tam, or Thai green papaya salad, has plenty of variations, showcasing the Thais’ culinary creativity.

The classic som tam is expectedly the simplest – strips of raw papaya, tomatoes, and long beans. On the other hand, the “dressed” variants include fermented seafood such as fish, crabs, and oysters. Som tam is always a great starter to any authentic Thai meal.

Here are the best places to have som tam in Bangkok:

  • SOM TAM NUA | Pathum Wan
    For exquisite Northern Thai specialties
    What to order: Tam muah, Larb moo, Som tam Thai
    Price range: 40 to 90 baht ($1.15 to $2.60)
    When: 10:45 – 21:30 (Daily)
    Where: 392 Siam Square 11 Alley, Pathum Wan, Bangkok
  • SOMTUM DER | Bang Rak
    For Isaan favorites in a comfortable, modern setting
    What to order: Deep fried spicy minced pork, Tum hoi dong, Som tam
    Price range: 50 to 120 baht ($1.44 to $3.46)
    When: 11:00 – 14:30 (Lunch); 16:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
    Where: 5/5 Sala Daeng Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok
  • BAAN SOMTUM | Bang Rak
    For the tastiest som tam in Bangkok
    What to order: Lab tod, Som tam, Kang aom pla chon
    Price range: 70 to 120 baht ($2.02 to $3.46)
    When: 12:00 – 21:00 (Daily)
    Where: 9/1 Si Wiang Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok
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