Tom yam? More like tom YUMMM!
Of all the Thai dishes, tom yam is easily in the top 5 favourites for fellow Malaysians. Available in all types of broth, toppings, spice level, sizes and more. While each is special in its own way, we’re shining the spotlight on the creamy tom yam which deserves its own love songs!
P/S: If you’re a lover of creamy tom yam, make sure to read till the end for a pro-tip and special mention about the OG – the Tom Yum Mama hotpot from Jeh O Chula in Bangkok.
1. Little Rara Thai Noodle House @ Multiple locations
Photo Credit: Little Rara Thai Noodle House
Tucked in a corner at a parking lot in Jalan Kia Peng, Little Rara Thai Noodle House started out there as a humble stall serving some unpretentious and comforting Thai food. With 2 more locations now, it is the brainchild of Chef Rudi and his Thai roots, where you can find the Insta-famous and saliva-inducing Tom Yam Taley Noodle!
It’s a base of a rich and creamy tom yum broth and added with prawns, mussels, squid, instant ramen, and luscious egg yolks. If you’re feeling cheeky, you can add cheese on it too! Aside from this addictive tom yam noodle hotpot, you have to try their other dishes like BBQ beef, pad thai, boat noodles, pad kra praw, coconut ice-cream and more!
Little Rara @ Jalan Kia Peng
Address: 1, Jalan Kiapeng, Kuala Lumpur City Center, Kuala Lumpur 50450
Opening Hours: Daily, 6pm to 1am
Little Rara @ Chow Kit
Address: 333, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur 50350
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 5pm to 10pm
2. Baan Kun Ya @ Centrepoint, Bandar Utama
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‘Baan Kun Ya’ which translates to ‘grandma’s house’ started from a grandson who wanted to celebrate his Grandma’s authentic recipes and passion for cooking. With an extensive menu at the restaurant, you’ll be sure to find something you love!
A noteworthy dish in Baan Kun Ya is their Tom Yam Goong, a dish of the iconic spicy sour soup with a generous helping of freshwater prawns and vegetables. Besides that, there’s also the Tom Yam Ta Ley, where the spicy and flavourful soup is accompanied with prawns, clams, squids and crunchy vegetables!
Baan Kun Ya
Address: F107-F110, 1st Floor, Centrepoint, No.3 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 47800
Opening Hours: Daily, 11:30am to 11pm
3. Lobbee Thai Connection @ Multiple locations
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For the tom yam lovers and big eaters out there, you’ve come to the right place at Lobbee Thai Connection! You can get one of their tom yam combos – Scampi Combo (with river prawns) and Lobster Combo (with Boston lobster).
Each combo is loaded with other ingredients like fish paste, soft-boiled eggs, your choice of noodles and more. You’re bound to be one satisfying meal. If you prefer an individual portion, they also have single portion tom yum noodles with squid or a mix of seafood!
Lobbee @ Empire Damansara
Address: LG-07, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours: Daily (closed on Saturdays), 11am to 10pm
Lobbee @ IOI City Mall
Address: GE8, Ground Floor, IOI City Mall, Lebuh IRC, Lebuhraya Lembah Klang Selatan, IOI Resort, Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am to 10pm
Lobbee @ Sri Hartamas
Address: H-0-6, Block H, Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas 50480 KL
Opening Hours: Daily (closed on Saturdays), 11am to 10pm
4. STREAT Thai @ Multiple locations
Bringing you authentic Thai dining experience with great food in a casual and relaxed setting, STREAT Thai hires a team of cookings hailing from all over Thailand! With each chef specializing in their type of street food, you know you’ll only get the best.
Sour, spicy, fragrant with Thai herbs, and laden with your favourite ingredient, the Tom Yum WoW is heaven for your taste buds. You can opt for the fried chicken, assorted seafood, a mix of everything, and more!
STREAT Thai @ Jaya One
Address: The School, 100-G-001, No. 72A Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya, 46200 Selangor
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11:30am to 10pm | Friday to Saturday, 11:30am to 11pm
STREAT Thai @ Tesco Kepong
Address: Kepong Village Mall, Lot F-3, No. 3, Jalan 7A/62A, Bandar Menjalara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am to 10pm
STREAT Thai @ Bangsar South
Address: Nexus, Unit G-3, Level G, Bangsar South City No. 7, Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Daily, 11:30am to 10pm
5. Thai Hou Sek @ Mutiple locations
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The name ‘Thai Hou Sek’ is a play of words which translates to ‘too delicious’ in Cantonese! Serving contemporary Thai-Chinese dishes with bold flavours, you can find a selection of popular street food favourites, comfort food, and sharing plates.
One of their recommended mains is their Seafood Tom Yam that is punchy, spicy, and savoury. It’s a classic favourite that you can’t go wrong with!
Thai Hou Sek
Refer to the Thai Hou Sek Facebook page for the locations and opening hours of the different outlets.
6. My Elephant @ Section 17 & Sri Hartamas
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Started over a decade ago, My Elephant has won over many loyal customers and has even expanded to an additional location. Proud of serving authentic recipes using quality ingredients with quick service, it’s no wonder My Elephant is still a favourite amongst many.
If you aren’t afraid of a little heat, their Tom Yum soup is a must-try! You can opt for just prawns, a mix of seafood, chicken or meatless. Spicy, sour, fragrant and absolutely addictive, those who can’t take spicy might find this quite sweat-inducing!
My Elephant @ Section 17
Address: Block C-G4, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Section 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours: Daily, 11:30am to 2:30pm | 6pm to 10pm
My Elephant @ Sri Hartamas
Address: No. 20-G1, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, Taman Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Daily, 11:30am to 2:30pm | 6pm to 10pm
7. Mooban Thai Food
If you’re looking for some comforting no-frills Thai food, you can find it in this humble eatery in Taman Desa called Mooban Thai. It has a wide selection of rice dishes, noodles, salads, sides and sharing dishes, all at reasonable prices.
One of their crowd favourites is the Tom Yam Namkon! It’s a creamy tom yum soup base with a choice of seafood, pork, or chicken. Creamy, savoury, and flavourful, you’ll find their tom yam with the perfect balance of sweet and sour. Besides their creamy tom yum, they also offer Tom Yam Namsai, a clear tom yam soup with the same ingredients.
Moobaan Thai Food
Address: 15, Jalan Bukit Desa 5, Taman Bukit Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Daily (closed on Tuesdays), 12pm to 3pm | 5:30pm to 10pm
8. Malai Thai @ Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur
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At Malai Thai, their all-Thai kitchen crew are bound to excite your tastebuds with their diverse menu and dishes made using fresh, locally-sourced produce as well as imported ingredients. Famous for their Tom Yum Soup, amongst other dishes, you can opt for mixed seafood or just river prawns.
Besides that, you can also get yours with noodles, chicken or the vegetarian option. Packed with plenty of other ingredients, it’s a great sharing portion. With the perfect balance of all the flavours, it’s a waste to not finish every last drop of the Malai Thai tom yum soup!
Address: Malai Thai Cuisine, Fraser Place, 10 Jalan Perak, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 10pm
9. Kaiju @ APW Bangsar
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It’s undeniable that Malaysians love 2 types of foreign cuisine more than the rest – Japanese and Thai food. One of the more popular eateries in APW Bangsar, Kaiju Company, lets you have the best of both worlds.
With their cheeky menu of a selection of fusion dishes, their Tom Yam Ramen is a must-try amongst many other dishes. Each bowl is loaded with fresh seafood while the ramen is great for soaking up all that yummy tom yum broth.
Address: 29, Jalan Riong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 2:30pm | 6pm to 10:30pm
10. Amphawa Thai Tea & Co. @ Multiple locations
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For those looking for a quick meal, head over to Amphawa Thai Tea & Co. While its most notable product is its selection of Thai-inspired milk teas, it also offers other street food items like mango sticky rice, tom yam bowls, coconut ice cream, and more!
The Amphawa Signature Tom Yum is a must-try which consists of a bowl of tom yum noodles topped with prawns, mushroom and egg! The broth is rich and milky and if you find that a little too spicy for your taste, no fret. Simply wash it down with their Thai milk tea or cool it down with their desserts!
Amphawa Thai Tea & Co.
Refer to the Amphawa Thai Tea & Co. Facebook page for the locations and opening hours of the different outlets.
11. The Brickskys @ Bandar Sri Petaling
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Straying from the conventional creamy tom yam noodles of rice noodles with a creamy tom yam soup, the one from The Brickskys sure is quite the unique twist! Their Tom Yam Carbonara dish is definitely taking the creamy tom yam noodles a bit more literal.
A creamy spaghetti dish made with sautéed garlic and aromatic tom yum paste, this east-meets-west creation is a mix of tangy, creamy, fragrant, and bold flavours. Certainly, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!
Address: 15, Jln Radin Bagus 3, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 10pm
12. PIM’s @ Klang & Aman Suria
Photo Credit:PIM’s Thai Food
If your eyes are always bigger than your stomach, you’ll find it hard to resist the tom yum pot from PIM’s. Called the Super Seafood Tom Yum Pot, you can expect nothing less from that name! Just looking at the photos is enough to make that tummy rumble.
Served in a huge pot with a tom yum kung base and loaded with a myriad of ingredients like Thai instant ramen, crayfish, tiger prawns, scallops, squid, onsen eggs, mushrooms and many more, you can pick a size of 1-2 pax, 3-5 pax or 6-8 pax. Time to get ready for a food marathon!
PIM’s Thai Food @ Klang
Address: 23, Lorong Batu Nilam 21B, Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2, 41200 Klang, Selangor
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 12pm to 10:30pm | Friday & Saturday, 12pm to 11pm
PIM’s & The Rama @ Aman Suria
Address: 22, Jalan PJU 1/43A, Aman Suria, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11:30am to 11pm | Friday & Saturday, 11:30am to 1am
Get your creamy tom yam cravings from the OG – Jay Oh in Bangkok!
Also known as Jeh O Chula, this is a favourite late night supper place for fellow Bangkok locals as well as tourists. Known for their signature Tom Yum Mama dish mainly comprising of a creamy tom yam broth and MAMA instant noodles and topped with a mountain of ingredients like prawns, crab legs, ground pork, roasted pork, eggs and many more.
Aside from achieving Instagram fame for being the ultimate food porn, many can attest to the fact that the food is simply amazing. It’s so good that it’s already been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand. So, you definitely know the food is legit in Jay Oh!
Skip the queue for Jay Oh with Klook!
As a result of being one of the top supper spot in Bangkok,Jay Oh has a long line of customers waiting every day! Many can expect to queue up to an hour or two hours depending on peak hours. You can skip the huge queue at Jeh O Chula by purchasing a meal set with fast track access through Klook!
Opening Hours: Daily, 5:30pm to 1am (last order at 12:30am)
Address: 113 Khwaeng Rong Muang, Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok, 10330
How To Get There: Take a 3-min taxi ride from National Stadium BTS Station to reach Jay Oh in Siam
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