Som Tam Khun Gan – A Snakehead Fish You’ll Love!

By Mark Wiens 4 Comments
Delicious Thai Food!!!
Delicious Thai Food!!!

Located on a quiet little neighborhood street in Bangkok’s Wachiratham Sathit district (Sukhumvit 101/1) is the little relaxing culinary paradise of Som Tam Khun Gan ส้มตำคุณกัญจณ์.

It was an impulse dining experience; I had never seen the restaurant or heard about it – but just because it looked good, I decided to give it a try.

It’s a sit down restaurant with an ambiance similar to the relaxing Isaan restaurant in Bang Na, nice gardens and an outdoors tropical environment.

But as a street food indulger, I’m not one who usually cares too much about the ambiance of a restaurant – but sometimes it can be nice to relax and enjoy a pleasant meal…

Now on to the FOOD!

Pla Chon Lui Suan (ปลาช่อนลุยสวน)
Pla Chon Lui Suan (ปลาช่อนลุยสวน)

The menu was incredible, a truly gigantic selection of awesome looking Isaan fusion dishes and a large section of various types and styles of fish.

After much decision, I decided on the Pla Chon Lui Suan (ปลาช่อนลุยสวน), a steamed snake head fish topped with limey chili sauce, cloves of sliced garlic, dried chilies and sprigs of mint. It came surrounded by steamed veggies.

It was probably one of the best Pla Chon Lui Suan (ปลาช่อนลุยสวน) I’ve ever had the privilege of devouring. I munched every single bone dry, drank the sauce, and licked the plate clean – it was that tasty!

Price: 280 THB

Som Tam Thai (ส้มตำไทย)
Som Tam Thai (ส้มตำไทย)

The Som Tam Thai (ส้มตำไทย) was good too, normal but still an always pleasant dish to order with any spread of Isaan food.

Price: 40 THB

Som Tam Khun Gan (ส้มตำคุณกัญจณ์)
Delicious Pra Goong (พล่ากุ้ง)

It was my first time to ever eat this dish called Pra Goong (พล่ากุ้ง), and I was overjoyed with my first bite.

The prawns were steamed, not overcooked, so they remained plump and juicy – not rubbery at all.

They were covered in a a sweet chili sauce that was laced with thinly sliced lemongrass, chunks of raw garlic, red onions and fresh sprigs of fragrant mint.

It was just so good, I could barely control my self.

Price: 80 THB

Pra Goong (พล่ากุ้ง)
Pra Goong (พล่ากุ้ง)

Here’s a shot of my rice with a spoonful of Pra Goong (พล่ากุ้ง)!

Thai Food
Som Tam Khun Gan (ส้มตำคุณกัญจณ์) Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand

Som Tam Khun Gan (ส้มตำคุณกัญจณ์) not only has outstanding food, but also is a great relaxing dining environment.

In the daytime the restaurant is more low key, but at night they set up more tables throughout the garden, there is some background music and the restaurant is busy throughout the evening.

If you’re still hungry after that, Bangkok’s deep fried snack truck is just down the road.

ส้มตำคุณกัญจณ์
Thai Food at Som Tam Khun Gan (ส้มตำคุณกัญจณ์)

The Bottom Line

The food is amazing, and the ambiance is just as good – I couldn’t have been happier with my order.

I would highly recommend both the Pla Chon Lui Suan (ปลาช่อนลุยสวน) and the Pra Goong (พล่ากุ้ง). Of course, there are about 200 other things on the menu that looked equally delightful but I just couldn’t order everything.

Lunch or dinner, you won’t be disappointed.

Prices are a little on the high side, but that’s alright when the atmosphere is as nice as it is.

Som Tam Khun Gan ส้มตำคุณกัญจณ์

Address: Sukhumvit 101/1, Wachiratham Sathit Soi 23, Bang Na, Pra Khanong, Bangkok 10260
Hours: 10:00 – 24:00
Phone: 02 – 397 0770

Prices: Expect to pay 200 – 300 THB per person

ส้มตำคุณกัญจณ์
สุขุมวิท 101/1  ซ.วชิรธรรมสาธิต 23 บางนา พระโขนง กทม. 10260
เปิด 10.00 – 24.00 น.
โทร. 02-3970770

How to Get There

The restaurant is located about 1.5 kilometers away from Sukhumvit Road on Soi 101/1. It’s best to take a taxi from Sukhumvit Road all the way to the restaurant unless you want to walk for about 20 minutes. The closest BTS station is Punnawithi.


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  • Lacomble Frédéric

    5 years ago

    I went there with a friend who live in Bkk and knew the restaurant. It was truly orgasmic to taste all this art food. From what I know about thaï food, It is the best.
    May be it is better to keep it off the circuit so it can stay authentic.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Lacomble, good to hear you made it to this place, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Andrew

    8 years ago

    Mark,

    I have recently subscribed to your YouTube channel and it’s very informant but was a little disappointed that you hadn’t done any reviews on food in my area, That was until I looked at the Map provided on your site.

    I live in Sukhumvit 101/1, I have done for the last year and a half and the restaurants you have visited is ones I never knew about or never thought I’d go inside. Just Last night I had to take the family & I to Som Tam Khun Gan and we were blowing away with the quality of the food we had 5 people with 11 dishes & few beers to wash it down. Total bill was 1,900 baht. Very good restaurant.

    thanks for the reviews, keep it up…

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Andrew, great to hear that. Yes, I actually spend quite a lot of time around Udom Suk / Punnawhithi as well – there are lots of great restaurants. Glad you enjoyed Som Tam Khun Gan, a great restaurant, and a nice place to relax.