Amazing Thai Isaan Food in Bangkok – Som Tam Pu Maa Restaurant (ส้มตำปูม้า)

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Som Tam Pu Maa (ส้มตำปูม้า) is one of my favorite Isaan restaurants in Bangkok. Get more details here –

Though it’s located a little outside of central Bangkok, on the Thonburi side of the city, one of my all time long standing Thai Isaan food restaurants in Bangkok is Som Tam Pu Maa (ส้มตำปูม้า). Before, I previously lived in the area, so I would eat there quite frequently, but since I don’t anymore, anytime I’m in the area I make a pitstop. For this particular meal, we ordered up a feast that included some of the best tasting dishes from this fine Isaan restaurant.

There’s both a downstairs and an upstairs to Som Tam Pu Maa (ส้มตำปูม้า), the upstairs only used when the downstairs is full, and there’s an air-con on the upstairs floor as well. All the cooking, like most common Thai restaurants, happens on the bottom floor at the entrance to the restaurant. We began things off with the pla pao (ปลาเผา), which is a roasted snake head fish. The fish is first stuffed with lemongrass, and then covered on the outside in salt before being roasted over charcoal. The result is an immaculate beauty where the fish stays moist on the inside and just slightly salty from the skin. The real bonus at Som Tam Pu Maa (ส้มตำปูม้า), and one of the reasons it’s one of the best Thai Isaan food restaurants in Bangkok, is their incredible sauces. The roasted chili sauce, which reminds me of Mexican chipotle, is particularly outstanding.

After the fish, I then took a bite of the Kaeng Om (แกงอ่อม), an extremely herbaceous and fresh soup made with lots of vegetables and herbs. Cooking on a high heat fire, the soup cooked extremely fast so all the vegetables were still crispy and flavorful and not overcooked. It’s another common Thai Isaan food dish. I’ve been a huge fan of larb pla duk (ลาบปลาดุก) ever since I came to Thailand, but few other Isaan restaurants debone the catfish body, and then re-attach the head to serve it. Everything is a trophy at Som Tam Pu Maa (ส้มตำปูม้า). The larb pla duk (ลาบปลาดุก) is extraordinary at this restaurant. They use just the right amount of spice and herbs to accentuate the smoky flavored fish. Another favorite of mine is the yam makua yao (ยำมะเขือยาว), which is a roasted eggplant salad that’s mixed with minced pork and boiled egg before being dressed in lime juice and fish sauce. Another winner! We did order a plate of som tam thai, but I won’t even get into that as it’s the most common Thai Isaan food dish available. We also ordered yam pla duk foo (ยำปลาดุกฟู), a fluffy deep fried catfish that’s served with a marvelous sour green mango sauce.

Anyway, the Thai Isaan food at Som Tam Pu Maa (ส้มตำปูม้า) is absolutely extraordinary!

Som Tam Boo Maa Restaurant
25/48 Thanon Charan Sanitwong, Bang Khun Non, Bangkok 10700
Tel. 0-2822-3577
Hours: 11:00 — 23:00
ที่อยู่ 25/48 ถนนบางขุนนนท์ บางกอกน้อย กรุงเทพฯ, บางขุนนนท์, 10700
โทร. 02-8823577
เปิดบริการทุกวัน 11.00 – 23.00 น.

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longdoydoy says:

Mark. The addition of NG takes at the end was wonderful. Shows that you
really worked on all of your food videos; I just think that it gives you a
lot of credits. Thanks for all that you do :)

Mark Wiens says:

Who else loves Thai Isaan Food?

In this video I eat at one of my favorite restaurants in Bangkok known
as Som Tam Boo Maa Restaurant (ส้มตำปูม้า). Everything they serve is
excellent, including their green papaya salad, roasted snake head fish, and

Enjoy the feast!

#Thailand #ThaiFood #Food #Bangkok 

Bond Kanhawake says:

been sitting here watching your videos for the last 2 hours

Bothyda Sam says:

Mark, you eat a lot I see. Many orders every time but you still look
skinny. Lol

kemangi says:

I am sitting here, being starving and nothing to eat but a half plastic bag
of coco crunch, not even milk to mix it while watching you eating and
eating and eating and eating the meal i have been missing so far.

Jordan Minh says:

Man, you should open a restaurant, with all that passion for food it will
certainly be a great source of an extra income. Love you vids! Lol, you
might go on Discovery Chanel one day 

Kumar Manish says:

face that he makes to show his enjoyment for the food is cringey 

midala40 says:

Love all the green veg soups and main dishes. I seen that fish a lot in
your videos. seems to be a main stay of Thai foods that type of fish. it
also seems green papaya salads seem to always been on your plate. how does
the cat fish taste? here cat fish taste like mud . always wonder why its
like that. great video. always enjoy your video. 

kemangi says:

Eat and eat and eat and eat…you always make me hungry. Now…, i start to
hate you! anyway, thank for bringing a nice memory back of living in Chiang
Mai, a nice city i will never forget.

na taylor says:

Mark: any chance you and ling will be in singapore the first two weeks of
nov 2014?

Robert Ward says:

You don’t know what they do, all you know how to pull that sick face

Sam G says:

What North American fish would be similar to snake head fish, what fish
could I use

Craig D says:

He makees that face, and it keeps people coming back Huungryy

Munwai Soo says:

surely you know by now som tam is the famous thai green mango or papaya
salad. it is not a mango chilli sauce. lol

Cecilia Sugden says:

I have watched quit a few of your videos and I just love the face you make
just after you taste all the food. You are just making me so hungry.

Nu Castiel says:

is that your voice “สวัสดีคับ” really native ^^”

yna prietchuk says:

I’m hungry now ..

Bayar Nyam says:


KOB O says:

I’m soooo hungry

MajaLisaKehlet says:

I love Thai Isaan food! So much richness and sour-sweet-spicy
multidimentional flavours.

for sure my favourite :-)) looks super good! I could eat som tam everyday
for the rest of my life :D

Katae S Padilla says:

I love Isaan Food. Born and raised there in Ubon, Thailand…my mom cooks
really good. We live in the US now. แกงออ่ม (Gaeng Om Soup) is a staple in
our home.
thanks for your awesome vid. I enjoy watching you traveling.

Piyanut Padee says:

you’re accent is so irritating. 

taurus ap says:

The flavour of the herbs and spices must have been the main thing that made
it taste delicious and tasty

Mathias Beutin says:
jesse daboss says:

how do you keep your teeth so white?

vxrmadmanc says:

Mark, great video love it, this restaurant is going on my number one
priority in August. I’m hoping to stay for 6 months on a budget of 20000
baht per month including accommodation in the bang kapi area of Bkk. Do you
think this is possible?im staying close by to friends who have a restaurant
serving Southern (Hat yai) Thai food, off lad prao road. Need to be in one
of your videos so you’ll be getting an invite to try some home made food.
Keep up the good work. 

Julin Likasiri says:

How can you stay so thin?

hardcoremofo says:

That’s the meal that I can eat forever!!!

Oz Promsuk says:

I’m from Isaan and I’ve been to this restaurant with my girlfriend…. We
both agreed that the food there was not really that tasty la~

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