Goong Talai – A Treasured Thai Appetizer

Goong Talai at Praya Dining, Praya Palazzo

Street food has Goong Chae Nam Pla – raw, chilled white sea shrimps bathed in super spicy garlic, lime and chili sauce. And old-timer mansion served Goong Talai – raw, room-temperature white shrimps steeped in sweet and sour sauce made from pickled garlic and som sa (a type of aromatic lime). Not too spicy, a tad sweet and aromatic with the now rare som sa, Goong Talai – whose name derived from the fact that each shrimp is served in a tiny cup called tuay talai – was once a favorite appetizer in the old days since King Rama V. The celebrated dish is now revived and served daily at the Praya Dining, Praya Palazzo Hotel by the Chaopraya River.


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