There are many restaurants in Siam Square and many of us usually have problems deciding where to eat. If you ask your friends, there is a high chance that they will recommend Som Tam Nua to you.

Som Tam Nua at Siam Square Soi 5 is one of the most crowded  restaurants in Siam Square, popular with both locals and tourists.


As the name suggests, they are popular for Som Tam (Papaya Salad)!


They have different variations of Som Tam and you can see which variation suits your tastebuds. The popular ones are:

  • Tam Muah (with a mixture of everything including fermented crab and fish)
  • Kai Kem (salted egg)
  • Poo (fermented crab)
  • Poo Plalah (fermented crab and fish)


I must say that everyone of us have different tastebuds and our standards varies especially for Som Tam. There are some who prefer it to be sweeter while some saltier.

So my word of advice. Try it. If you like it, it’s good! Otherwise, don’t return next time.


Gai Tod (Deep fried chicken wings)! If I can only choose one dish which I like from Som Tam Nua, it has to be this. This triumphs over the som tam. This is definitely a must order!


Phad Khanom Jeen (Stirred fried noodle with pork floss). You can only find this in Som Tam Nua and since you are here, you might as well try their special noodles! The noodles are very soft and the inclusion of flosses and pork skin gives this dish more texture.



If you ordered Som Tam, I would recommend you to order their Sticky Rice instead of normal rice. Here’s how to eat it! Pinch some sticky rice and dip it into the som tam sauce.

Take a bite and you will be amazed at how well both blends together.

[Bangkok] Som Tam Nua