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Ton Malakaw is a busy Isan restaurant in the Pradok area of town which specialises in som tam, fried chicken, barbecued moo yor and kanom jeen. Food arrives within seconds of ordering so it is a great place to go and have a quick lunch with friends. It is very similar to Kru Yod's, which is also in Prodok just around the corner. Note to self, neither have classic Isan BBQ chicken.
It's one of those places that Thais love and for some reason it fills up to the rafters every lunch time, but that doesn't mean the service is slow. In fact, the exact opposite is true, with food being prepared at such a rate that it is literally ready before you order. The only dish that we waited for when we ordered was som tam as it was made to my strict guidelines - 'tam Thai', no dried shrimp and no sugar. Having ordered it spicy, I may decide to tell them to tone down the chilis in the som tam next time, as it was rather blistering!
The prices are very reasonable, with an order of som tam, pad mee Korat, 5 pieces of fried chicken and some sticky rice all coming to 200 Baht.
If you have a sweet tooth, there a re a few sweet things on the menu, including a coconut ice cream for just 20 Baht.
I really like this place because it has a nice atmosphere and it has some pretty cool Americana too. A random Nirvana poster on the way to the loo epitomises the quirkiness of their decor.
There is parking around the back and the toilet facilities are good.
Ton Malakaw info:
Open: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Every day)
Tel: 081 064 4673 or 085 479 2839
Please click for the Ton Malakaw Facebook Page
Address: Pradok, Korat
Directions: Heading north on the Khon Kaen Road past Big C and Makro, turn left at the traffic lights by The Pegasus Hotel into Pradok. (NB. Do not take the immediate left down Suranaree Road towards the Ram). Drive past the 7 Eleven and turn left before the Family Mart. Ton Malakaw is about 400 metres down on your left.