Bangin’ Som Tam at Central Bang Na’s Relaxing Isaan Food Retreat

By Mark Wiens 5 Comments
Lan Gai Baan Yang Kao Suan Kwang ร้านไก่บ้านย่างเขาสวนกวาง
Lan Gai Baan Yang Kao Suan Kwang ร้านไก่บ้านย่างเขาสวนกวาง

You can tell it’s one of those delightfully pleasant restaurants as soon as you arrive. Lan Gai Baan Yang Kao Suan Kwang ร้านไก่บ้านย่างเขาสวนกวาง is fully equipped with that lovely garden style, surrounded by tropical greenery, yet just moments from a boisterous highway.

It’s a huge restaurant, maybe able to accommodate 300 eaters or more.

Pla pao (ปลาเผา) - Roasted Snakehead Fish
Pla pao (ปลาเผา) – Roasted Snakehead Fish

There was live music playing, but to my delight it wasn’t the normal Thai style concert band that blows your ear off when trying to enjoy dinner; it was low key, the way background music should be.

We started things off with the signature pla pao (ปลาเผา) roasted snakehead fish. It was served with a roasted chili sauce instead of the normal green sauce usually associated with such a fish. The sauce was pretty good, the roasted chilies and garlic played a great part.

Price: 220 THB

Thai green papaya salad
Som tam Thai (ส้มตำไทย)

Lan Gai Baan Yang Kao Suan Kwang ร้านไก่บ้านย่างเขาสวนกวาง is famous for their Som tam Thai (ส้มตำไทย). It was almost a som tam treat. One of their secrets was using peanut brittle instead of just roasted peanuts. This gave the som tam that sweet caramelized flavor that went so well with the acidic lime juice.

Don’t miss out on their Som tam (ส้มตำไทย)!

Grilled pork neck Thai salad
Nam tok kor moo yang

The nam tok kor moo yang, grilled pork neck in spices was excellent. They used just the right amount of chili flakes, chopped herbs and red onions to coat the meat.

Larb pla duk (ลาบปลาดุก)
Larb pla duk (ลาบปลาดุก)

Larb pla duk (ลาบปลาดุก) is one of my all-time favorite dishes. Their version was average, but still decent.

tom saap (ต้มแซบ)
tom saap (ต้มแซบ)

Probably the most impressive dish was the Tom Saap (ต้มแซบ). We ordered the version which included pork ribs, cooked to death so they slid off the bone effortlessly.

Pad mee korat
Pad mee korat

We noticed quite a few tables ordering the Pad Mee Korat. It was mediocre, mostly just a beer snacking plate of sweet airy noodles.

The Bottom Line

A winning atmosphere and awesome Isan food makes Lan Gai Baan Yang Kao Suan Kwang (ร้านไก่บ้านย่างเขาสวนกวาง) a definite worthwhile dining opportunity if you happen to be in the Bang Na area. It’s even worth a journey to get there, mainly for their incredible Tom Saap (ต้มแซบ) and their fantastic Som Tam Thai (ส้มตำไทย) treat!

Lan Gai Baan Yang Kao Suan Kwang


Address: 939/22 Soi Suan Sawan, Bang Na Trad 23, Bang Na, Krung Thep
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 23:00, Sunday 10:00 – 10:00
Tel: 081-732-8011, 0-2393-3107
Prices: About 100 – 200 THB per person after a mix of dishes

939/22 ซอยสวนสวรรค์ บางนา-ตราด 23
แขวงบางนา เขตบางนา กรุงเทพฯ
TEL: 081-732-8011 0-2393-3107
เปิด-ปิด จันทร์-เสาร์ 10.00-23.00 วันอาทิตย์ 10.00-24.00 น.

How to Get There

The Great Atmosphere
The Great Atmosphere

The easiest thing to do is to get to Central Bang Na Shopping Mall and from there you can either walk (15 minutes) or take a motorcycle taxi.

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  • Rittigrai Ng.

    8 years ago

    I’m thai and glad to see you love our foods. I would like to recommend my favorite food court in Bangna zone ‘s Seri market food court. It located on underground floor of “paradise park” super store. Most of foods from your recommend are here and all delicious. My wife and I always drive from our home(chachoengsoa) to this food court every weekend. Of course it ‘s a little bit expensive than street vendor but it ‘s tasty more.

  • Mike S.

    9 years ago

    You didn’t try the grilled chicken?

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Nope… I haven’t tried the gilled chicken. Did you try it?

  • Mike

    10 years ago

    Hey Mark,
    wow – I find it so difficult to make good looking pics of dishes like namtog and laab – but your’s look awesome! What camera are you using?

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      Hey Mike,
      Thanks a lot! Right now I’m using a Canon 550D. This restaurant in particular was challenging with no flash though, there was a lot of uneven dim light.
      – Mark