Good Eats in Hua Hin at Ruamsaeb Yokkhok (รวมแซบ ส้มตำยกครก)

By Mark Wiens 8 Comments
Ruamsaeb Yokkhok (รวมแซบ ส้มตำยกครก) in Hua Hin, Thailand
Ruamsaeb Yokkhok (รวมแซบ ส้มตำยกครก) in Hua Hin, Thailand

Just the lunch before tackling that 1 kilo lobster at the Hua Hin night market, we had eaten a pretty decent lunch at Ruamsaeb Yokkhok (รวมแซบ ส้มตำยกครก).

During my most recent visit to Hua Hin, I actually went to this restaurant a few times, one because of the good location, and two, because the food was pretty decent.

Though mainly an Isaan restaurant, they really served a menu of Thai dishes that included just about everything.

So while I normally try to stick with Isaan food when it’s an Isaan restaurant, in our hunger we decided to try a variety of dishes – all of it sounding wonderful.

gai yang (ไก่ย่าง)
gai yang (ไก่ย่าง)

We began with the gai yang (ไก่ย่าง) – roasted in the rotisserie chicken style of Thailand, in a big clay vessel, like a tandoor.

If nothing else, come for the chicken, you won't be dissapointed
If nothing else, come for the chicken, you won’t be dissapointed

It was the chicken that made me first fall in love with Ruamsaeb Yokkhok (รวมแซบ ส้มตำยกครก), it was perfection. The chicken was incredibly juicy, and it slipped off the bone.

The skin and meat underneath was oozing with flavor – overflowing with chicken juices.

Price – 120 THB – for 1/2 a chicken

som tam (ส้มตำไทย)
som tam (ส้มตำไทย)

Their som tam (ส้มตำไทย) was average, nothing better than anywhere else, but very good.

Served in a clay "krok"
Served in a clay “krok”

I did like that they served it in a krok, a nice touch that I’ve never seen anyone else do.

Price – 35 THB

Yam tua pu (ยำถั่วพู)
Yam tua pu (ยำถั่วพู)

Yam tua pu (ยำถั่วพู), also known as winged bean salad, is a refreshing sweet and sour Thai salad. It’s flavored with minced pork, prik pao roasted chili sauce, and fried shallots.

Price – 85 THB

tom saap kraduk on (ต้มแซบกระดูกอ่อน)
tom saap kraduk on (ต้มแซบกระดูกอ่อน)

Along with the chicken, another dish you must order is the tom saap kraduk on (ต้มแซบกระดูกอ่อน). It was spicy, sour, herbaceous and there were plenty of meaty chunks of pork inside. One of the better tom saap’s I’ve ever had.

pad kra pao gai (กระเพราไก่)
pad kra pao gai (กระเพราไก่)

The next day we returned again for lunch, sitting at the same table.

Along with the chicken and tom saap moo, we ordered pad kra pao gai (กระเพราไก่), stir fried minced chicken with holy basil. A pile of pad kra pao emerged from the kitchen, laced with chillies, and full of flavor. It was a little too sweet, but it was still so good.

larb moo tod (ลาบหมูทอด)
larb moo tod (ลาบหมูทอด)

Something I had never eaten before is larb moo tod (ลาบหมูทอด), or deep fried larb – so I couldn’t resist.

What is larb tod? Take a normal plate of larb moo (minced pork, onions, lime, fish sauce, chillies), form all the ingredients into small patties, and deep fry them to a crisp like bhajias.

It was crunchy larb, and along with fragrant fried kaffir lime leaves, it was very tasty.

Price – 70 THB

Ruamsaeb Yokkhok (รวมแซบ ส้มตำยกครก) in Hua Hin, Thailand
Ruamsaeb Yokkhok (รวมแซบ ส้มตำยกครก) in Hua Hin, Thailand

The Bottom Line

If you’re in Hua Hin and looking for a great overall Thai restaurant with a good atmosphere, Ruamsaeb Yokkhok (รวมแซบ ส้มตำยกครก) will hit the spot. The chicken and the tom saap moo are a must.

My only complaint is that a few of the dishes were on the sweet side, so it you don’t like too much sweetness in your dishes, tell them to go easy on the sugar.

Ruamsaeb Yokkhok (รวมแซบ ส้มตำยกครก)

Address: Soi. Hua Hin 88/2 Phet Kasem Rd, Prachuap Khiri Khan
Open hours: 10 am – 10 pm daily

ซอยหัวหิน 88/2 ถนนเพชรเกษม ต.หัวหิน จ.ประจวบคีรีขัน

How to get there:

The restaurant is located along the main road in Hua Hin, near Soi 88/2.


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  • Jay Dee

    6 years ago

    Cool, I randomly went here a few years back and also found it pretty good. Will be heading back on the way south in December and I think it will make a good lunch stop! Thanks for all the tips Mark.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hey Jay, cool to hear you’ve been here too. I think I ate here the same exact way too, just walking around and stopped in. Thanks for the other tip about the grilled chicken as well, will remember that for our next visit to Hua Hin.

      • Jay Dee

        6 years ago

        Go for it, seemed quite popular with the locals on the Sunday night we were there. Looking around just now I have a feeling the Military bank may have moved from its former location though, not sure. It was set up in front of this building https://goo.gl/maps/wCm9w near the HH Grand Hotel and Plaza.

        • Mark Wiens

          6 years ago

          Fantastic, thanks for the map and direction. Next time I’m in Hua Hin will check it out.

  • Neil

    6 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    Love your work, I was just wondering if you have any recommendations for other food places in Hua Hin as I’ll be spending some time there soon. I know it pretty well so I’m really more interested in any outstanding stalls, curry shops, or out of the way restaurants you may have found. Isan is my fave Thai food but I would appreciate tips on any Thai food there.
    Cheers and keep up the good work!
    Neil

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hey Neil, great to hear from you, thank you. I haven’t spent much time in Hua Hin, so didn’t get to eat many places. The only other place I ate was Lung Ja (https://www.eatingthaifood.com/2013/08/lung-ja-seafood-lobster-hua-hin-night-market/) for the lobster – a little touristy kind of place, but still pretty good. Also someone recommended me Chao Lay for seafood. Other than that I unfortunately don’t have any experience with curry shops or Isan restaurants. Let me know if you find any!

      • Jay Dee

        6 years ago

        We liked “Roasted Chicken Hua Hin Restaurant” set up on the sidewalk in the evenings on the main road in front of the Military Bank. We’ll be back this time around

        • Jay Dee

          6 years ago

          Meant to say, it’s Isaan.