We recently went to Khlong San, Bangkok again to try the famous Thai Seafood Vermicelli. During our previous visit, we didn’t manage to try it because they were close. Since they were closed, we had no choice but to seek for an alternative and fortunately we came across another stall which offers the same Thai Seafood Vermicelli located just a few metres away from this stall – Jay Piek.
Jay Piek was surprisingly good but according to the Thai food app, Wong Nai, where the reviews are from the local Thais that Jay Piek comes second to Somsak Pu Ob, our hopes for Somsak Pu Ob’s version is high. And it is based on this, we decided to go back to Khlong San to check out their version of the Thai Seafood Vermicelli.
It was only 5.30pm and there were a steady stream of people coming here for a pot or two of their famous seafood vermicelli. The cook had to even juggle between cooking and taking orders from his phone. Look at the close up pictures of these delicious looking crabs.
Thai Crab Vermicelli
The crabs were first brushed, cleaned and parted into equal portions in pots with some parsley. Then each pot are placed over the fire. At this point in time, vermicelli and some spring onions are added into the pot. It only takes a few minutes to cook one pot and at any one point in time, he can cook at least 5 pots.
This is what it looks like when it is cooked. Look at the roes.
Thai Prawns Vermicelli
This is the Thai Prawns Vermicelli and each pot comes with 4 river prawns. The difference between this and Jay Piek’s is that here you get 4 prawns instead of 3. But if you look at my earlier Jay Piek’s post, the prawns there are very much bigger.
During the course of trying to get the best picture, I’d accidentally dropped a prawn. I felt awful after that. But luckily that was the smallest piece that day.
Other than vermicelli, they also have Steamed Mussels. Only basil leaves and water are used to cook these mussels. It is served with sour and spicy sauce at the side.
Overall, I prefer Jay Piek’s version more. The flavor of the seafood vermicelli there are much better.
Somsak Pu Ob (สมศักดิ์ ปูอบ)
Address: Thanon Charoen Rat Soi 1, Khlong San, Bangkok
Open hours: Monday – Saturday from 5 pm – 10 pm, Sunday from 4 pm – 10 pm (but they often sell out early)
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