Tom Yam Gai @ 17 Pee Nong

17 Pee Nong is a lovely little family run restaurant that is nearly always busy in the evenings. The crowd suggested to me that the food must be worth a go so after nearly a year of driving past (it's right by my house!) I finally decided to stop in and see what the crack was.

It's a regular Thai restaurant in that it is overly lit, the tables and chairs are bog standard and the seating stretches outside onto the street. When I went inside, there was a very welcome greeting and I was made to feel at home, but the menu was in Thai so you need to know what you are going to order. They have a large menu and you can order most things you would find at any local rice shop, but I can recommend the tom yam gai (sometimes spelled tom yum gai - but I always find that it has a strong 'a', not a 'u' sound, so I am going for the less orthodox spelling).

Tom yum comes from two Thai words: tom and yam. Tom means to boil, and yam is a spicy and sour Thai salad. So tom yam is a hot and sour soup. It is THE dish to have when you are out with Thai friends, and it can be difficult to get a most smaller rice shops, so I like to order it when I get the chance. It's fragrant herbs enhance the broth using fresh ingredients like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves (makrut), galangal, lime juice, fish sauce and crushed chili peppers. It will normally come with prawns, but chicken and mushrooms are a good combination too.

The soup cost 80 Baht and I ordered a 10 Baht bag of rice to take home with me, which was more than enough for 2 meals. It was served piping hot and had a good amount of chicken in it. The lady asked if I wanted it spicy, and I said I did, so it had a good kick, but wasn't painful. The chicken bits were big and juicy, but there were also some bits of skin that had been boiled still attached which I removed with ease. Perhaps they can be removed pre-order, but it was no biggy.

There was a large party sitting down on a few of the tables, so it could be the perfect place for a big family to eat a decent cheap meal on a school night.

Tel: 044 241 312
Open: 5:00pm - 1:00am
Address: 100/3 Mookamontri Road, Nai Muang, Korat (a few door down from KCTV opposite the train station)

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