Tuk Tuk Noodle Thai is a gem of restaurant located in the basement of a small building near the entrance of the Yeonnam-dong alley. It would not be an exaggeration to state that Tuk Tuk was the chief cause of Yeonnam-dong's renaissance as a “hot” place. With the growth of unique, small restaurants beginning to form a bustling commercial district, customers have flocked to the area and created long, eager lines of ready diners. The chef of Tuk Tuk is from the Issan province in Northern Thailand, famous for its delicious—and spicy—food (you've been warned). Some Koreans might draw the analogy of Issan Province being similar to Jeolla Province in Korea, another region famous for its food culture.
It may be difficult to make a selection: Tuk Tuk's ssomttam green papaya salad, isan croc (a Thai style sausage dish), tom yum, yum unsen, thod man kung (a deep fried minced shrimp and pork dish), are all impressive. And your must-try list just longer: Last summer, they opened Soi Yeonnam, a Thai noodle shop, in the vicinity and will open a Thai food bar called “opas” soon (end of March 2015). Tuk Tuk Noodle Thai has become a symbol of entrepreneurial success in Yeonnam-dong, and for very good reason. Summary: not to miss.