Restaurant talk: Somphou Market

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This Thai restaurant and market at Illinois and Cockrell Hill has been under new ownership for about a year and a half, and I am ashamed to say, I didn’t even know it was there until this past weekend. Owner Kam Southammavong bought the existing market and opened its kitchen, which the previous owner hadn’t used. Southammavong also owns a Thai market in Irving and Kuong Thai restaurant in Rockwall.

Somphou market is in an old shopping center, near a bingo hall, a dollar store, a billiards club, a couple of insurance agencies, a nail salon and a restaurant whose specialty is advertised as “chicken and pizza.”

The Somphou kitchen is at the back of the store, along with a few dine-in tables, but you can order at the front counter. The menu is small, with only about six dishes, which we took as a good sign. Maybe Somphou is just trying to make a few things very well. We also liked that the menu has Spanish translations under the English menu descriptions, “Pad Thai, fideo con pollo, puerco, res o camarones.”

We ordered pad thai, pad see ew, fried rice, spring rolls and crispy Thai egg rolls. Our food didn’t come out super fast, another good sign. Photos are below. Does Somphou market have the best Thai food in Dallas? Maybe not. But this is Oak Cliff, and we liked everything we ordered. The spring rolls were the only item I might not try again, but the crispy egg rolls were delicious. Everything we ordered — four entrees and two orders of rolls — cost less than $30.

I want to be accurate about the name of this place. The sign out front reads “Somphou,” and if you look them up on Yelp, you will find reviews under that name. But Southammavong’s business card and labels on all their house-made stuff (spring rolls, rice crackers and more) reads “Ly Food Market and Gifts.”

Southammavong also is a jewelry designer who repairs jewelry and watches. Somphou market carries groceries that aren’t always easy to find in Oak Cliff, including some produce that looked nice — purple yams, Chinese broccoli and fresh lemongrass, to name a few.

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pad see ew with fried tofu

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pad thai with fried tofu — we also tried an order with chicken

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Fried rice with tofu

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Thai egg rolls


Spring rolls with chicken

By |2013-08-05T12:46:28-05:00August 5th, 2013|Dining, Shopping|3 Comments

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  1. tuckspub August 13, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    We had been once and enjoyed it, but on our return visit they had been visited by code enforcement and could no longer allow dine-in for the moment. They said they could do take out and were working on solving the issue regarding eating in. We took our food to go and it was still excellent and very well priced, a feast for two cost $21!

  2. Dana Centola Lynch August 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Thank you for going here! I’ve been meaning to try it out and now definitely will.

  3. msveee August 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    tried to go a couple of weeks ago at a recommendation of a friend but they were closed. i went instead to peking kitchen…really good fresh chinese (not the best in dallas) but good ol’ divey chinese. sadly, they didn’t do good on delivery…30 minutes turned into 1 1/2…with each call saying he’s ten minutes away.
    i might try them again for pick up…
    and definitely will try the thai spot.

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