At both Larb Ubol and Zabb Elee, I ordered the som tum poo plara. The better one was at Larb Ubol. At Larb Ubol, I ordered the duck pad ped, which I definitely enjoyed, though was not wowed with. I’ve had this dish on the streets in Bangkok many times though, so maybe my standards are too high? And the Gang om (Laotian style soup) with chicken that was good, though nothing noteworthy.
At somtum der, I ordered the fried chicken (which having spent seven months in Thailand is amazingly similar to what you find on the streets there. Also ordered the chicken soup which I did like. I was most impressed by the tom saap though Equal parts spicy and tangy, bold flavors, delicious pork, two types of mushrooms, ample lemongrass, etc.
At Zabb Elee, I ordered the tom saap. Much tamer flavors than the one at somtum der. The grilled chicken which was much too sweet to my liking. Almost tasted like the skin was caramelized. And a whole grilled fish that was pretty solid.