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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Kum Poon


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Big bites of gai-yang somtum in Central World

Where in Bangkok's modern mega mall you eat authentic Issan fare in a touch of Thailand northeastern surroundings? There we do it at Kum Poon.

Kum Poon, literally means 'big bites' in Issan dialect, serves a wide array of Issan delicacies. Although dishes served here can be found much cheaper (and prehaps better) on any sidewalk stalls, but having your favorites gai-yang somtum tom-saap* in a jungle (feel) without the comfort of air-conditioning justified, this restaurant is truly different dining experience worth to sample.


1. minced pork spicy salad (larb moo)
2. grilled chicken (gai-yang)


3. sour and spicy soup with prawn (tomyumgoong)
4. grilled pork in Issan namtok sauce (namtok moo yang)


5. snake head fish fillet with boiled vegetables
6. herbal jelly


Kum Poon ***1/2
Central World Plaza, 7/floor
999/9 Rama 1 Road
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel.: 02.646.1044

Open daily : 10 am - 9 pm
Pay (food only): around THB 500 for two

* Issan (Thailand Northeastern region), gai-yang (grilled chicken), somtum (shredded raw papaya spicy salad), tom-saap (Issan spicy soup)

11 comments:

in the sea said...

Passed by this one many many times but strange haven't tried it yet. Probably every time when I suggested it and just mentioned "hot and spicy", my friends or family members would give a negative sign. Even sometimes when I brought my friends to the entrance, the strong spice and food smell (e.g. the crab smell from somtam) put them on second thought. Think I need to go there by myself in my "excuse me" time. :)

Stella said...

I like "hot and spicy" food. I always like the smell of hot food, especially the curry aroma. It tastes good, smells good and also good for our body.
But we shall not eat hot and spicy food too often though.

Anonymous said...

Good that now we can eat somtum comfortably in Central World.

SAM

in the sea said...

I guess I should like this restaurant. Thank you. Moo Yang and herbal jelly! Of course, somtam.

Thailand Club said...

yes this is one place we eat somtum gaiyang with good hygiene concerned, the shop use hygiene ice cube :)

in the sea said...

Good. Let me convince those who once got hesitant at the entrance of the shop.

Anonymous said...

This is very good Isan food restaurant, real taste Isan, real spicy, delicious. Just no need to sweat on the roadside. ZACK

Sonia! said...

Central World is reopen now,
so this restaurant still there?
I really love Kum Poon's dish!

Thailand Club said...

@ Sonia!: yes Kum Poon is back too

Thai Issan Villa said...

It is sad that many visitors to Thailand tend to shy away from Isan food - or make a beeline to the grilled chicken, perhaps to the som tam, but never to Isan's more exotic specialties. At Gecko Villa in Udon Thani province we cook our own Isan food & Thai dishes, and it is always a pleasure to meet the more adventurous visitor who is keen to try local hits such as Mam sausages, Nong Hua soup, and sweet young bamboo shoots with a kapi shrimp dip... The more eclectic Isan dishes may be an acquired taste - but so is Roquefort!

keoni said...

its a winner for dinner, only inside mall I found selling pak ped tord. give the tom saap a try over the usual tom yum kung. I think the first poster passed it cause there are so many great eats here and Kum Poon is the first one you pass.