Southern Thai Dishes and my Favorite Place to Eat Them in Bangkok


Did you know that I am a Southern girl? Actually I am a mix – my mom is from Nakhon Si Thammarat and my dad is from Pichit, but I was born in Bangkok and grew up in my mom’s hometown so I grew up with Southern Thai food.

Southern cooking tend to be intensely hot, pungent and spicy which I love so much. Here are my top five Southern dishes:

1. คั่วกลิ้ง [Kua Gling]  is a southern Thai dry curry (lemongrass, garlic, shallots, gingers, galangal, kaffir lime skin and dry chilies)  that is commonly made with pork, beef or chicken. The meat is fried together with the curry paste, more chilies and sprinkled with a handful of thinly sliced kaffir lime leaves. I could just eat this dish with a plate of hot steamed rice and that makes my day:)

Beef Kua Gling is my favorite Southern dish of all time!


2. แกงส้มปลา [Gang Som Bplaa] , or what Bangkokian call it แกงเหลือง [Gang Leuang]. I wrote a post about this sour curry which I think it goes nicely with Thai style omelet here.

3. แกงไตปลา [Gang dtai bplaa]

This dish is one of the South’s best known specialties, my mom loves it! It is an acquired taste for most people from outside the region, even myself didn’t like this intensely pungent curry fish when I was a kid. Two years ago my friend who is from Bangkok took me to lunch and ordered this curry which is her favorite Southern dish, I tried it again and since then I think this dish is a star of Southern Thailand – unique taste and flavourful.

The ingredients are a combination of fish viscera, grilled fish, fermented shrimp paste,  pumpkin, string beans and bamboo shoots.


4. สะตอผัดกะปิกุ้งสด [Sa-dtaw Pad Gabpi Gung] 

สะตอ ‘Sa dtaw’ is a green, beanlike seed that comes in large, bright green and wavy 

seed pods. A favorite way to serve these seeds is in a very pungent and spicy stir-fry with shrimp and fermented shrimp paste (กะปิ Gabpi).

My tip for you is you might need to avoid talking to people after having this dish, it makes your breath stink badly. 555

5. ปลาทอดขมิ้น [bplaa tord Kamin] Southern Thai Style Deep Fried Fish with Fresh Turmeric

The magic of this dish is that it is simple to prepare, and it tastes heavenly good. The fish is marinated for couple of hours in a paste made from garlic, lemongrass, black peppercorns, fresh turmeric, salt and chili, then deep fried in hot oil. ฺBefore serving, shower a lot of deep fried garlic over the fish.

I love to pair this fish dish with Gang Som!

Where do I like to go for Southern food in Bangkok?

Some southern Thai food is served in Bangkok’s local market stalls, but it can be difficult to find  authentic southern Thai restaurants in the city center.

Areas near Ramkamhaeng University are hotspots for Bangkok’s southern food, but that is too far from my place. Here are three of my favorite restaurants:

คั่วกลิ้ง + ผักสด [Kua Kling Pak Sod]  The food here is authentic Chumporn, the hometown of the owner. They decorated the place with great classy items of her husband who passed away. It is like having a home-made meal at your friend’s house here.

My high school friends and I had a small get together here, we all loved the food!

Location: 98/1 Soi Thong Lor 5, Sukhumvit 55 Road

Get off BTS skytrain Thong Lor station, then walk or take a taxi or motorcycle to Thong Lor Soi 5, turn Right on the first Soi, Kua Kling Pak Sod is on the left, opposite of the Embassy of Kenya.

Opening hours: daily 11:30 am – 21:30 pm

Tel : 0-2185-3977, 08-6053-7779

ภูเก็ตทาวน์ Phuket Town this tiny shophouse is not in Phuket! but on the corner of Thong Lor Soi 6. The restaurant is furbished to give atmosphere as though you are eating in Phuket – retro style wooden tables, chairs, floors, and wall painting of Phuket Town.

Don’t miss out their ขนมจีนน้ำยาปู Kanom Jeen Nam Ya Poo (rice noodles with crab meat curry), it is so tasty!

Good news for those who don’t like to travel through Bangkok traffic, they also have delivery service. : )

kanom jeen nam ya poo (rice noodles with crab curry)

Location : the corner of Thong Lor Soi 6,  Sukhumvit 55 Road

Opening Hours: daily 10:30 am – 22:30 pm

Tel:  02-7149402


บ้านไอซ์ Baan Ice Restaurant The young owner named “Ice” brings his grandparents’ Southern food recipes from Nakhon Si Thammarat province to metropolitan. He also brings the local ingredients from Nakorn Sri Tamarat daily e.g. chili paste, Sator (stinky beans) and bai liang leaves.

First thing I like about this place is the ambience, casual and relax but vibrant with high-ceiling and glass windows that allows natural light shining trough to give the pleasant feeling.

Their menu is full of Authentic classic Southern dishes. I was very happy to find some dishes that I used to eat often in my childhood and I couldn’t find it anywhere else in Bangkok like Gai Kolae ไก่ย่างกอและ (Southern Curry-Basted Grilled Chicken).

Gai Kolae

If you have a sweet-tooth like me, you have to try their thinly-sliced ice-cream, so good!

If you have a sweet-tooth like me, you have to try their thinly-sliced ice-cream, so good!

Location: Baan Ice @ Somerset Thonglor (between Thonglor Sois 5 and 7), Suhumvit 55 Road

Opening Hours: daily 11:00 am – 22:30 pm

Tel : 02-381-6441-2


ปรายระย้า Prai Raya Phuket Cuisine

Raya is well-regarded in Phuket as one of the island’s best restaurants for Southern food, and it has been opened for over 20 years. Now we can also enjoy the same recipes in Bangkok. Prai Raya has just opened earlier this year (year 2015) in Sukhumvit 8.


The restaurant is a colonial-style house. Very lovely ambience inside.

My favourite dish here is แกงเนื้อปูใบชะพลู Crab Meat Yellow Curry Served with Rice Vermicelli. This dish is in my list of the best Thai dishes you must try! and Prai Raya is the best place to get this dish. 🙂


Crab Meat Yellow Curry.


Steamed Curry with Crab Meat. Delicious too!


Location: 59 Sukhumvit Soi 8 (walking distance from Nana station) , almost to the end of the soi.


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13 Responses to Southern Thai Dishes and my Favorite Place to Eat Them in Bangkok

  1. Andrew kaye 21/11/2015 at 21:11 #

    Fantastic information, so helpful because you explain the the different regional cooking styles and I wouldn’t have a chance finding these places if I just went to Bangkok without your looking forward to Bangkok this December!! Thanks Mod you are an angel

    • Mod 23/11/2015 at 11:01 #

      Thank you for your kind comment. I am happy to hear that you found thus post helpful. Enjoy your trip!. 🙂

  2. rudylew 24/08/2013 at 20:46 #

    Hi Mod,”sa dtaw” in M’sia we call “petai”after having this dish if you go to toilet will make the toilet stink badly, in order to solve the bad smell just hang a brinjal at the toilet.this will kill the smell.It really work… believe it or not.

  3. Dee Mak 24/08/2013 at 19:19 #

    Looks good Kru Mod. Are they even paying you for commercials or recommendations? 555

    • Mod 24/08/2013 at 20:05 #

      I never get paid writing my articles. It is all my own genuine experience and I would like to share things I think they are good to everyone:)

  4. Lenny 12/06/2013 at 15:28 #

    Sadtaw is my favourite dish. I prefer to cook it myself with dry chilli paste and fresh prawns. I also eat them raw at times.

  5. Bill 10/02/2013 at 02:09 #

    Reading your posts always makes me hungry. I miss Thailand.

  6. Rudolf Brönnimann 09/02/2013 at 18:41 #

    ปลาทอดขมิ้น : an older lady in the neighborhood, where I was living in my last holiday in Bangkok, was cooking for me this fish. I was seldom eating a so tasty fish!!!Some days later I ordered this fish in a restaurant in Trang, but …. 🙁

  7. Devils Den 07/07/2012 at 18:39 #

    Tasty and fiercely spicy dishes from Bangkok made my Thai travel more gastronomically exciting! I’m dying to go to Thailand again!;)

  8. Mahathir Ahmad 29/06/2012 at 12:01 #

    Nice dish.I’ve tasted them before during my recent trip to Bangkok and Pattaya.

  9. แฮอร์เมิน 26/06/2012 at 21:15 #

    น้องมด ผมชอบหมดเลย ถ้าอยากกินก็จะไปกินที่หาดใหญ่นะ 🙂

    • Mod 26/06/2012 at 23:28 #

      ทำไมต้องเป็นหาดใหญ่หล่ะคะ นครศรีธรรมราชก็อาหารอร่อยนะคะ 🙂

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