Tom Yum Goong is a local favourite in Thailand and there is no lack of restaurants and eateries offering this classic dish. While we were on the lookout for the best Tom Yum Goong in Bangkok, we decided to go ahead and try the famous Pee Aor Tom Yum Goong which is located near to Phaya Thai BTS station.
Pee Aor offers a massive bowl of Tom Yum Goong which is good for two or three people to share. On top of that novelty factor, the established eatery also sources for premium ingredients such as lobsters and crabs.
If you are curious to find out whether Pee Aor’s Lobster Tom Yum Goong Noodle (THB999/S$41.11) lives up to its hype, read on to find out!
There is nothing spectacular to shout about when it comes to Pee Aor’s simple interior design but that is precisely why we love the place. The Thai eatery focuses all its attention on whipping up excellent local dishes which are comforting and reminds us of home.
Lobster Tom Yum Goong is available in two sizes—regular (THB999/S$41.11) and large (THB1200/S$49.38). We went for the latter and it came in a giant bowl filled halfway with lobster, crabs, mussels, a large piece of salmon, fresh squid, an egg and silky rice noodles.
The tangy and spicy broth was extremely flavourful and reflects the true Thai-style tom yum soup. We could taste a hint of the lemongrass which they added into the soup—an essential ingredient found in all authentic Tom Yum Goong dishes.
There were hits and misses when it comes to the ingredients. The lobster and salmon boasts good flavour, but we felt that they were a tad underwhelming when compared to the rest.
On the flip side, we loved the fleshy crabs most as the meat was tender and came with a decent amount of roe. The mussels also left a deep impression on us as they were not just fresh but incredibly plump as well!
So is Pee Aor’s Lobster Tom Yum Goong Noodle worth the hype? It is not bad, but at THB999, we find it too expensive for a local Thai eatery. We’d say that it is a dish that you can consider trying once for the novelty. And if you are feeling rich.
Soi Phetchaburi 5
Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi
Daily: 10am – 9pm
Nearest BTS: Phaya Thai