There are many regional variations of Thai food, but southern Thai food (แกงใต้) is my absolute favorite. Get southern Thai food in Bangkok here: http://www.eatingthaifood.com/2011/08/serious-southern-thai-food-feeding-the-addiction-at-lan-luam-dtai-restaurant/
Thai cuisine is diverse and varies quite drastically by region. Northeastern food from the Isaan region often includes dishes like som tam (green papaya salad), grilled meats, and just about everything is eaten with sticky rice. Bangkok central Thai food is also different, with a number of stir fry dishes and creations. Southern Thai food (แกงใต้) is more similar to Malaysian cuisine, with rich coconut milk based curries, fiery chilies, and lots of turmeric roots. In the south of Thailand, seafood is also quite common, especially shrimp, squid, and fish.
So I’m going to be honest and say that I love every regional variation of Thai food, but southern Thai food has a special place in my heart. First of all, my wife, who is Thai, is from the south of Thailand, in Krabi. So most of the time when I’m in Thailand and eating at home, I am spoiled with southern Thai food. After years of enjoying the dishes, I still just can’t get over how pungent and delicious the dishes from the south are. They use such wonderful combinations of fresh ingredients, curry spices, coconut milk, fresh turmeric root, shrimp paste, and fresh vegetables to garnish. Along with a range of different dishes, white steamed rice is always present and goes so well with any meal spread.
If you’re not in the south of Thailand, and in Bangkok, my favorite restaurant for southern Thai food (แกงใต้) is Ran Luam Dtai (ร้านรวมใต้). This gem of a Bangkok restaurant serves all the southern classics that you can imagine, all prepared and waiting in the glass cabinet to be order and devoured. Everything looks amazing everytime I go, but the reality is that I had to choose just a few different dishes because I couldn’t eat everything. While I really love other southern Thai food dishes like Kua Kling Moo (คั่วกลิ้งหมู) or Nam Prik Kaphi (น้ำพริกกะปิ), this time I chose: Goong Pad Sataw (กุ้งผัดสะตอ), Gaeng Tai Pla (แกงไตปลา), and Ganeg Som (แกงส้ม).
I began this meal with the Ganeg Som (แกงส้ม), a sweet and sour southern Thai dish that is made with fish, a choice of vegetable (in my case I got coconut shoots), and a fiery soup that incuded garlic, chilies, turmeric, and lime juice. Gaeng Tai Pla (แกงไตปลา) is another favorite, a Thai curry made with fish innards. The gravy is dark and super salty, but beautifully flavorful. For the third dish I ordered Goong Pad Sataw (กุ้งผัดสะตอ), one of my favorite dishes in the world. It consists of the incredible tasting stink beans, little green colored beans that have a heavenly flavor and a wonderful crunch. These three dishes along with a couple plates of rice and I was incredibly satisfied! When you visit Thailand, don’t miss out trying southern Thai food (แกงใต้).
Ran Luam Dtai ร้านรวมใต้
Address: 375/4 P้hrannok Rd, Bangkoknoy, Bangkok, Thailand 10700
Hours: Daily 6:00 — 20:00
Price: About 30 THB ($1) per dish, 2 of us ate this giant feast for 240 THB ($8).
375/4 ถ.พรานนก เขตบางกอกน้อย กทม. 10700
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