Som Tam (ส้มตำ) and Gai Yang (ไก่ย่าง) – The Ultimate Thai Food Combination

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Som tam (green papaya salad) and gai yang (grilled chicken), is the ultimate comforting Thai food combination. For more delicious Thai food, click here –

There are all sorts of marvelous Thai dishes to sample when you’re in Thailand, but one meal that never gets old and always tastes fantastic is som tam (ส้มตำ) and gai yang (ไก่ย่าง). In English this would translate to green papaya salad and grilled chicken. As you might already know, som tam is one of the most popularly eaten Thai dishes, originating from the Isaan province of Thailand. First the green papaya is shredded and then combined with tomatoes, dried shrimp, crabs, eggplant, garlic, chillies and then pounded up with fish sauce, lime juice, and palm sugar. The result is a salad that’s fresh, crisp, and full of incredible flavor. When it comes to gai yang, there are many different methods of preparation and marinades. Most are quite simple and just marinated in a bit of sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce and garlic before hitting the grill. When the chicken is ready, it’s sliced up into pieces, and served along with a chili tamarind sauce. Along with som tam (ส้มตำ) and gai yang (ไก่ย่าง), there’s no better accompaniment than a basket full of sticky rice. The rice is eaten in small bite sized pieces, balled up into pieces and dipped into the dressing or dipping sauce from the salad or chicken.

All around Bangkok you’ll find mobile Thai street food carts selling som tam (ส้มตำ) and gai yang (ไก่ย่าง), and the freshness can vary, though usually it’s fine to eat. There are a few different types of som tam to order. Som tam Thai is the version that includes less fishiness, the dressing mostly just being tamarind water, fish sauce, lime juice, and palm sugar. If you order som tam boo pla raa, your salad will also include fermented fish sauce. It’s a strong flavor, but you just might like it.

At this small roadside stand in the Punnawithi area of Bangkok, everyday at about 11 am they begin to fire up the grills and start roasting the chicken. It can be smelled from kilometers away as the chicken hisses and grills to perfection. It’s a simple street food stall and all they offer is a variety of different som tam (ส้มตำ) salads and gai yang (ไก่ย่าง). It was an excellent meal!

When you’re in Thailand be sure to enjoy the beautiful combination of som tam (ส้มตำ) and gai yang (ไก่ย่าง).

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Fu Hermann says:

sometimes i wonder if he is high and have crazy muchies when he go around eating all these delicious food

แดนนี่ ดั้มส้ says:

My kinda food
I ❤️ IT
cant live without it 😜😜
Awesome video vlog 👍🏻

Maryelin Olivera says:


Amar Mohan Dutta says:

That is called Life Eyes.

PapayaSalad Addict says:

You are killing me with this video because I'm drawing in my own saliva!

shineeginxo says:

Occasionally coming back to this video, because it's the first video that introduced me to Mark! This meal is a classic.

Cindy P says:

Why you are so skinny even you eat so much

Charles Moore says:

Are they really going to get rid of street food in Bangkok ??? How about the rest of Thailand ? Very sad if thats true.

Lexie Sombreno says:

i really like your videos 🙂

UglyMaleee says:

Mark, Can you please put the exact location of this place? e.g. how far from the Punnawithi BTS station? Thank you.

Emil Marstad - Food, Travel, Culture says:

This is indeed one of the simplest and best combinations in Thai cuisine! The marinade is genious

Donna Mari says:

Oh my god I was born in Thailand but I moved to live somewhere else but yes I miss eating it yummy well hopefully I get to go to Bangkok soon

Pako Rumruy TV says:

i liked your feel when you eating

hong thao says:

just watching u eat makes me hungry lol

Shin Han says:

That's torturing man

Vanilla says:

BTW it's meal for 3-4 people

Aim Na Chiangmai says:

wow Mark, you pronunciation is really good.

Islam is Love says:

love ur vdos

TheFunnBuddy says:

When Mark Wiens didn't do the side head action

Ravi Sub says:

Mark Wiens………………you are my bible.

roof pizza says:

Thai minimum wage is 300 baht a day (~10 bucks). That better have been for the two of you at least.

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