On a cold and rainy weekend, it’s only a matter of time, before one of us hankers for Tomyam.
Cumi actually found this great place for Tom Yam in Seri Sentosa, and not only does it taste great, it’s chock full of ingredients and only for the price of RM6 per bowl. Surprisingly enough, this price has not changed, in over a year.
Though Tom Yam is a Thai national dish, it is not uncommon to find these spicy sour noodles being sold at coffee shops throughout Malaysia. A good Tom Yam has tons of natural herbs in it, such as gallangal, lime, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, coriander leaves and the all essential, component – chillies. Oh yea, I like my Tom Yam sour (but not too sour), slightly sweet and super spicy. Depending on my mood, I like either vermicelli (bihoon) or egg noodles (yee mien) in my Tom Yam. In Kuala Lumpur (KL) we normally get the red, murky sort of Tom Yam, characteristic of South Thailand, sold in coffee shops. You can only find clear Tom Yam, the kind you get in North Thailand, at Thai Restaurants. It has to be said though, that the Tom Yam sold in coffee shops in KL have been tweaked to our local taste-buds – it tastes good but of course it cannot beat the authentic Tom Yam Kung from Thailand.
In addition to a tasty broth topped with fresh fragrant greens, tom yum soup should always have a decent amount of proteins in it. I’m pretty happy with a tom yum that’s got either squid, prawns and fish, or a mix of seafood in it. Depending on which type of protein is added to the soup, the flavours of the dish are somewhat modified.
In KL, you can even buy tom yum paste in a jar, at the supermarket or at the wet market, that is made of the basic ingredients in tom yum soup. This paste can be reconstituted into a broth to make tom yum soup. Of course, it taste better if the soup is made with fresh ingredients, but I sometimes cheat and use this paste to make my Tom Yam noodles at home;)
The Indonesian lady at this Tom Yam stall cooks a fine Tom Yam. It still tastes great after all this time and the portion has not shrunk;)
My Tom Yam with Yee Mien.. only 6 bucks.. sedap!
This place also does a decent Hakka Mee
Tom Yam Restoran Makanan Pasifik,
Jalan Seri Sentosa 8, Taman Seri Sentosa,
58000 Kuala Lumpur GPS: N3.0711, E101.65227