Sunday, January 4, 2009

Bangkok Tom Yam @ Petaling Jaya, Old Town

I ponder at the fact; how every working soul tomorrow, will miraculously get back to their usual 7am waking up routine and get to work, seating in front of their desktop and living life another year, just like the last.

I ponder after taking a break from the usual routine of blogging, how my post would sound and read like, in 2009.

If it is anything but comforting, it is coming out (the writing process), bit by bit, crudely put, like suffering from constipation. The brain cells are clearly still asleep whilst the body been spared the weekly gym workout.

As we make way for 2009, we shall firstly clear up 2008.


The place which looks more like a corner lot dingy old house is also known as Bangkok Tom Yam. Hidden in the old side of Petaling Jaya, it houses a kitchen manned or in this case "womanned" by 3-4 ladies, with the chef hailing from Thailand.

Dishing out their killer Tom Yam Fish Head, another killer fact is the price. Their fish head pieces don't come cheap, ranging from at least RM 50 to RM 80 for pieces that you can count with your two hands. Add an additional piece of ikan kurau and that pot will easily cost you RM 120- RM150 if you are not careful.

The tom yam is on the thick side, tangy and spicy, with the ability to take control over the hand to scoop spoonfuls of it into your throat, to give that burning sensation. Despite the price scare, the fish was fresh and firm. It is definitely a seating on the fence when you have to judge whether the dish is worth its price.

The chicken feet kerabu was probably to blame for the wide open appetite. Tangy, spicy, crunchy it was an excellent starter.

The pork ribs, with my failing memory was well flavoured and almost warranted another plate, thank god we restrained with that big bill at the end.

The Fu Yong Egg dish was the usual omelette dish that one can cook at home, minus the "wok hei".

The Heavenly Four Kings was scrumptious as it was full of flavour, with the real deal petai being thrown into the dish. Warning, close interaction with the opposite sex should be avoided after partaking in this experience.

The Lala was done kam heong style with the refreshing addition of basil leaves which gave it a minty aftertaste.

The damage among the 5 of us was a costly RM50 per person. Judging from the "ambience" and the state of the sparsely equipped kitchen, RM 50 was on the pricey side. Then again, you could to take into consideration that the fish was probably purchased at almost near market price (lack of quantity purchased, a Coleman ice box was all they had) and the home cook experience is i suppose priceless.

Address and contact details:

23, Jalan 2/23, 46000, PJ Old Town (opposite GeorgeTown Pharmarcy)

Tel: 03-7782 4469, 012-617 1862

Opening hours: 11.00am - 2.00pm, 5.00pm - 10.00pm

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Pity the price because the food was definitely surprisingly good and probably warrant another time eventhough i am not the biggest fan of tom yam.


With that wishing everyone a nice 2009 year ahead.


Life for Beginners said...

Not a major fan of tomyam either myself (though when it's good, it's really good). The kamheong lala looks delish...

Reminds that we ought to skip the expensive places post seasonal celebrations to ease our pockets somewhat...
Well, cheap and nice places. No point having it inexpensive but average-tasting also, right? :)

Allie said...

I am a big fan of tom yam. But the price is really damaging huh!

jasmine said...

looks really good... also, looking at this post during lunchtime is not helping! :P but 50 per pax is kinda steep for tai chow kinda food.

Nic (KHKL) said...

yeah, too much hols is not good for health...woke up late today, thinking it's still xmas eve! hahaha!

happy new year, dude!

Bean Sprout's Cafe said...

hehe.......Now i am in PJ, M'sia and already tried lots of good food (not enough time T_T)...will fly back to Thailand tonight

I will try to post about M'sia soon :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bean sprouts: ohh u were in malaysia? cant wait to see wat u tried!

nic: hahah i was just thinking its plain holidays.. =)

jasmine: definitely tai chow ambience haha

allie: yes damaging n shocking to say the least..

lob: yes hav to b light on the wallet d..

CUMI & CIKI said...

happy 2009 2u and your sexy galfren... iv miss u la.. see u soon k ;D

Tummythoz said...

Ouch. Can easily satisfy any tomyum cravings at a fraction of that price Pandan Indah. Hapi 2009 & beyond!

mh said... in Malaysia not hot meh? Seems like you've been having tom yum a lot?? :D

Yea..the price was quite expensive, but maybe its the Ikan Kurau. I remembered buying chap fan at Felda's canteen, and it comes up to RM10..and all i took is some taufu, tempeh, fried taugeh and 2 piece of ikan kurau. The woman say its expensive wor...but I thought its such a rip off!!

food looks good..but yea, looking at the ambience vs taste vs portion ...its really on the pricey side.

kennhyn said...

with few glass of beer then this meal will be perfect. But the price tag a bit out of this world for RM50 each.

Precious Pea said...

I heard about this place but didn't expect this kind of price.

Anyway..Happy New Year to you!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pp: happy new year to u too! yes i didnt expect the price too!

kennhyn: with beer ar? got to be even more expensive lor..

mh: yeah ikan kurau is blardy expensive..

tummythoz: ok la..pandan indah here i come!

c&c: u been MIA very long ar? yes c u soon!

J2Kfm said...

wah! RM120 for kurau n fish head?!!! absurd lah.

though other dishes i'm sure made up for it.

where's the petai?!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jkfkm: well it wouldnt b so absurd when u try to shop for kurau in the wet markets..just as expensive!

fatboybakes said...

must abstain from a particular actitivty just coz of petai....that is the test of true lurve after all, for better for worse, for fragrance for stinko....
or both eat la. fair and square.

worldwindows said...

Fish head is expensive but as long as the quality of fish is guaranteed it is worth it. Very tai chow style. The lala looks very good.

mimid3vils said...

How about plain tom yam without the fish?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: can imagine ah beng or ah lian saying "will u lup me eventhough i eat petai *eyelid bats*"

worldwindows: i suppose so..bcoz 1 fish only got 1 head rite?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: haha i shud ask that nxt time!

ling239 said...

Fu Yong Egg with wok hei ?
tat must be something...^_^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: anything sure got wok hei compare to the home made omelettes i make haha..

Michelle said...

I feel the price is quite high for the restaurant, given the environment...anyway, might give it a try if the food is yummy :)

I recommend, Khuntai Restaurant - Off Jln Gasing. Their 'chui pai' steam fish is so appetizing...its open by a Thai Chinese family (that's what I've been told).

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John Grints said...

I wonder how Tom Yam tastes like. Is it sour? I am not sure but I think I have eaten same dish. Anyway, the food seems so delicious. I'd love to have this food inside the hotel. I will surely relish every single bite.

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