Somtum Der is globally acclaimed as a pioneer in Thai cooking for its authentic and elevated Isan
cuisine with a modern approach. After the successful 2012 debut in Bangkok, Somtum Der
expanded to New York City in 2014 where it was recognized with One Michelin Star (2016),
followed by openings in Tokyo and Ho Chi Minh City (2017) and its fagship location in the upscale
Thong Lor neighborhood in Bangkok (2018).
"We are thrilled to announce the opening of Somtum Der in Chiang Mai, one of the most beloved
cities in the world," says Somtum Der owner Thanaruek Laoraowirodge. "After multiple visits to
Chiang Mai, I learned that, although Northeastern Thai or Isan food has similarities to northern Thai
food, surprisingly, the authentic taste of Isan cuisine has not been well represented in Chiang Mai.
I think it's time we bring the excitement of Somtum Der and the premium taste of Isan cuisine to
this famous city. One Nimman is the perfect location as Chiang Mai's trendiest neighborhood with
a mix of culture, food and bars for everyone, including locals, expats and tourists."
At Somtum Der Chiang Mai, the menu will offer
Somtum Der’s popular dishes such as Tum Sua
Sakon Nakorn (papaya salad with fermented fsh
sauce and horse tamarind or “Krathin” in Thai);
Tum Thai Kai Khem (papaya salad with salted
egg); Sa Pok Kai Tod Der (deep fried chicken
thigh); Moo Ping Kati Sod (grilled coconut milk
marinated pork); and Larb Tod (deep-fried, spicy
Unlike Central Thailand cuisine, Isan cooking
uses more chili, less sugar, more herbs and a
unique fermented sauce called “pla ra.”
In addition to the recognition by Michelin Guide,
Somtum Der has been bestowed the ‘Thai Select’
award, a prestigious certifcation of authenticity
given by the Ministry of Commerce, Royal Thai
Government, which recognizes qualifed ingredients and distinctive, authentic Thai taste.
A dining experience at Somtum Der is like a brief
journey to Isan itself. At the Chiang Mai 46-seat
restaurant, the Somtum bar remains the focal point
where guests can experience the sights and
sounds of their Somtum freshly prepared in an
open-concept kitchen. The decorative items showcase various artifacts from day-to-day life of Isan
people include the use of huad (weaved steamer),
soom (shing coop) and pa-khao-ma (loincloth),
ordinary items seen in every household in Isan.