Rod Ded Restaurant – You Won’t Be Disappointed With This Isan Food!

By Mark Wiens 12 Comments
Fresh herbs and vegetables
Fresh herbs and vegetables

For the past few years I’ve been dining at Rod Ded Isan restaurant (ร้านอีสานรสเด็ด), but it seems that every time I’ve gone, I somehow haven’t had my camera.

Finally, I went back a few days ago to Rangnam Road, camera in hand.

The Isan food at Rod Ded never fails to satisfy. Vegetables are fresh, the chilies taste like they are straight from Isan, and they tend to make dishes vibrant and sour (a real bonus in my books).

Green papaya salad (som tam Thai ส้มตำไทย)
Green papaya salad (som tam Thai ส้มตำไทย)

The green papaya salad (som tam Thai ส้มตำไทย) at Rod Ded was a winner.

Fresh shreds of green papaya, lots of tomatoes, lots of fiery chilies, and plenty of roasted peanuts. The dressing was exactly the way I most enjoy it, lightly sweet and very sour.

Sour Isan soup with pork ribs (tom saap sekong moo ต้มแซ่บซี่โครงหมู)
Sour Isan soup with pork ribs (tom saap sekong moo ต้มแซ่บซี่โครงหมู)

For soup we ordered the sour Isan soup with pork ribs (tom saap sekong moo ต้มแซ่บซี่โครงหมู).

The broth included a superb meaty flavor with lots of herbs and chilies floating around. Just like everything else at our table, it was nicely sour.

mungbean noodle salad (yam woon sen ยำวุ้นเส้น)
mungbean noodle salad (yam woon sen ยำวุ้นเส้น)

The mungbean noodle salad (yam woon sen ยำวุ้นเส้น) was excellent.

A nice mixture, none of that super rubbery old seafood, but just a few prawns and tender pieces of squid, roasted peanuts, and a generous heaping of cilantro on top.

The dressing was soured with lime juice and not overly sweet. Honestly speaking, it was one of the best yam woon sen’s I’ve had in Bangkok – only one better for me is in Krabi.

catfish larb (larb pla duk ลาบปลาดุก)
catfish larb (larb pla duk ลาบปลาดุก)

The catfish larb (larb pla duk ลาบปลาดุก) included a flavorful mix of ingredients, but it was a little on the moist side, while I prefer the version that’s smoked and dry.

Fried rice with crab (khao pad boo ข้าวผัดปู)
Fried rice with crab (khao pad boo ข้าวผัดปู)

I had no intention of ordering fried rice with crab (khao pad boo ข้าวผัดปู), but after seeing the waitress breeze past with a plate for another table, I had an impulse craving.

It was alright, but I’m a fan of fried rice when it’s cooked on super high heat so it’s dry and non-greasy. Not bad, but not the best.

To get a better version of khao pad boo, I’d actually go right down the street to Kuang Seafood on the corner of Rangnam and Ratchaprarop.

Isan Rod Ded Restaurant (ร้านอีสานรสเด็ด)
Isan Rod Ded Restaurant (ร้านอีสานรสเด็ด)

Isan Rod Ded Restaurant (ร้านอีสานรสเด็ด) sort of looks like a little green warehouse and tables and chairs are set up sprawling into the sidewalk.

It’s normally quite busy especially during peak meal times.

Isan Rod Ded Restaurant (ร้านอีสานรสเด็ด)
I parked my Hummer outside, ha yah right!

The Bottom Line

The quality of the food is approaching that of Som Tam Boo Maa, but they don’t have near the variety of dishes available. The Isan food is excellent, you won’t be disappointed.

The only downside I can think of is that they only serve grilled chicken, no pla pao (grilled fish) which I enjoy eating along with som tam.

Isan Rod Ded Restaurant (ร้านอีสานรสเด็ด)

Prices: Prices are normal local restaurant prices – about 50 – 100 THB per dish. For the dishes above, including a few helpings of sticky rice and 2 bottles of water cost us 390 THB.
Hours: 11 am – 10 pm daily
Address: 3/5-6 Thanon Rangnam

3/5-6 ซ.รางน้ำ ตรงข้าม คิงเพาเวอร์

How to Get There

It’s really easy to get to Rod Ded Restaurant. Just take the BTS to Victory Monument station, exit to Thanon Rangnam Road, walk down the street until you see the big King Power complex (fancy dome building) and the restaurant will be on your left hand side (opposite King Power).


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  • Tara

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark, you’re my Bangkok Food Bible but I won’t be going to this one again. We went yesterday. They lost important points because they refused to let us park in front of the shop despite an empty spot presumably reserved for customers with those ubiquitous traffic cones. It took us another twenty minutes to drive around the block because of heavy traffic to find parking in the multi-storey Century mall. It seems they are a victim of their own success. When we arrived the place wasn’t anywhere full. We were dourly hustled and stacked to a corner with a small table in order to optimise sitting space. Still, I don’t think all that affected the way food tasted: mediocre. We ordered the liver salad, pork salad, som tam thai, catfish salad and sticky rice. Have had much better in Som Tam Nua, Sabai Jai Kai Yang and Hai in Soi Convent. There were other shops in Th. Rang Nam that looked cleaner, livelier and friendlier. Those aren’t prerequisites of course when it comes to good food but they help when your food isn’t great to begin with. Maybe they were just having an ‘off’ day? Whatever it is, it was off-putting enough.

  • Ethan Ross

    8 years ago

    just ate there yestrday. Order all that was recommended above. Must say I was dissapointed. I had better som tam frmo push carts and better larbs. Wasnt cheap as well. Paid for the som tam, soup and larb with one beer 360 THB.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Sorry to hear that Ethan, I personally really like the food there, especially their yum woon sen.

  • Peter

    8 years ago

    Dear Mark,

    Thank you for your review on Rod Det Restaurant.

    Being the only farang by the time visited the restaurant today I had a lot of fun with the thai-only menu but no problems althought my speaking and reading thai is nitnoi.

    The Yam Wunsen was delicious and the larb gai was also good.

    The khao niau though was a bit overcooked so the grains weren’t only sticking to their brothers and sisters but also to my fingers – which maybe was the reason for anyone else in the restaurant to use the cutlery for eating it (although served in a katip).

    Sorry I seemed to be the only customer who wasn’t served herbs and raw veggies on the side – and didn’t dare to ask for it, as I didn’t know the exact term.

    Still a nice and value for money expierience I am sure going to repeat soon.
    :-) P.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Peter, great, glad you were able to eat here. Yah, I know the disappointment of old or over sticky, sticky rice… and I think it occasionally happens at all great Isan restaurants at some point. But when you get a hot freshly steamed katip of sticky rice, that makes up for the old cold ones! Not sure why they didn’t give you a basket of vegetables, I’ve always been served one there…

  • Szymon Kosecki

    9 years ago

    They usualy do, but the selection on the English menu is usually pretty small from my experience. It’s probably good to have a rough idea of what you want (Mark’s excellent Eating Thai Food guide comes in handy).

  • Jo

    9 years ago

    Do they have an english menu?

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Yes, I’m quite sure they do!

      • Sean

        6 years ago

        Yeah…. I speak Thai but I cannot read Thai… It’s a difficult to order food from menu without English words..