Bangkok Tom Yam, PJ Old Town: Do You Know the Secret?

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Have you ever asked yourself, what is the secret to a great bowl of Tom Yam? Most of the time I’m told it’s a medley of fresh ingredients like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce and chili that gives its distinctive hot and sour taste. But, I’m sure it can’t be that simple. Or is it? Do the ingredients have to be crushed and stir fried? Or could the secret just lies in the choice of seafood or meat? Does adding oyster mushrooms make a difference in the taste? Or could it be the method it was cook? For how long, at what heat, stirred or just left to simmer? In a pot or in a wok? What about colour – red, clear or milky? Which one do you think makes a better bowl? And how do you like yours? Pleasant? Tangy? Sweet? Spicy? Sweaty? Tongue numbing?

Ever wondered if the secret to a great bowl of Tom Yam is in the weather? Lord knows, some night are just wet, miserable and just screaming for a bowl of spicy soup. Or maybe, it lies in the place where you’re having it? Location, location and location. Be it a shop in Bangkok or a back alley in Chiangmai. How about in the front yard of a house in an old part of PJ? Possible.

Maybe, what makes a great bowl of Tom Yam lies is the other dishes. Should we order the Kerabu Glass Chicken Feet Salad? Maybe a meal with two sour dishes is a little pushing it. Maybe. How about an aromatic Pork Omelette? Finely chopped of pork cooked together with beaten egg and some herbs, so fine you can barely taste the pork. Waitaminute, was there even pork in there? I can’t tell. But we will need another dish. Vegetables are a good choice. Kailan (Chinese Broccoli) or Kangkung (Water Convolvulus)? Stir-fried with sambal or garlic? How about both? Shit, I’m confused.

So, tell me, have you figured out its secret yet? I may not have unlocked the winning formula, but I sure know of a hidden place where you can have a good bowl of Thai loving. Guaranteed to have your lips smacking after. How’s that for a happy ending? However, I won’t tell you where it is until you hand over RM38. Because that’s how much a serving of Tom Yam Pla (fish tom yam) costs here. Secret Ingredient or daylight robbery? You be the judge!


Bangkok Tom Yam
No. 23, Jalan 2/23, 46000 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7782 4469, 012-617 1862
Opening hours: 11.00am – 2.00pm, 5.00pm – 10.00pm

Special Note: Thanks to Boo_licious for pointing this place out to me and not charging me a single cent for the tips :)

9 Responses to Bangkok Tom Yam, PJ Old Town: Do You Know the Secret?
  1. Sean
    January 25, 2010 | 5:12 am

    my ideal tomyam is not spicy at all, not sour at all. that explains why i don't order tomyam much, rite :D
    btw, what on earth is that guy stuffing into his daughter's mouth?

  2. Life for Beginners
    January 25, 2010 | 5:25 am

    Aiks, I go to Macau kejap aje and I come back, u dah post lima entries? *bows to speed of the monkey*

    Not tasted this yet, but am darn convinced of the auntie's beeg beeg welcoming smile. :D

  3. Bangsar-bAbE
    January 25, 2010 | 6:09 am

    I like my tomyam super spicy and super sour! But hor..RM38 banyak mahal la!! I say daylight robbery…

  4. thule a.k.a leo
    January 25, 2010 | 6:45 am

    Well, PJ Old Town is not that big. So I'm sure that I will be able to find it without having to pay you RM38 :P *blek*

  5. FBB
    January 25, 2010 | 7:31 am

    its quite fun to make tom yam from scratch. i'm sure there is no definitive tom yam…. its all a matter of personal preference.

  6. CUMI & CIKI
    January 25, 2010 | 8:11 am

    nice one munkey! i also went there recently with cumi.. so near our plc.. burp! hehe

  7. J2Kfm
    January 25, 2010 | 12:20 pm

    daylight robbery. maybe the DSLR effect. ;)

    Anyway, personally .. I don't like extra spicy til tongue-numbing version, but on some days (like you mentioned) … the fiery one may be wat i need to jolt the senses up.

  8. Lyrical Lemongrass
    January 26, 2010 | 2:37 am

    I'm a stickler for punishment and prefer the tongue-numbing kind even though I'll be teary-eyed for a good half hour after that. Been almost 3 years since I last visited this place. Thought they had closed down until Boo told me otherwise!

  9. Little Crown Prince
    February 5, 2010 | 6:00 pm

    i MISSSSSSSS this shop!!!