The Weekend Australian - Travel - - The Food Issue - MICHELLE ROWE

SOM­tum, the spicy green Thai pa­paya salad, can be found on street carts all over Bangkok. But it’s hard to go past Hai Som Tum on Con­vent Road (op­po­site Molly Malone’s pub) in the city’s fi­nan­cial district. This bare-bones shopfront — lam­i­nate ta­bles and flu­oro light­ing with over­head fans of­fer­ing some respite from the heat out­doors — serves ev­ery con­ceiv­able vari­a­tion of the fa­mous salad for a ridicu­lous 30 to 45 baht (about $1-$1.50) a plate. If there’s a bet­ter-value — or tastier — dish any­where, I’d like to meet it. More: 2/4-5 Con­vent Rd, Bangkok (near Silom Road).

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