A friend introduced this tomyam place in Petaling Jaya old town to me. A “restaurant” that is set up by the compound of a corner house in the oldest area of PJ. We went there last weekend to give it a try.

PJ old town tomyam soup
gives you that homey feeling

Suan was supposed to join us, but after I spent about 10 minutes giving her directions, she said

“ah it’s too complicated for me, nevermind you guys go ahead”

So for 3 of us, we ordered a tomyam soup with fresh grouper meat, and a fried kangkong. The owner, who looked and sounds like a Thai, told me that she uses 10 ingredients for the soup and it’s all freshly cooked, per customer basis. No tomyam paste or any of those kinda instant stuff.

PJ old town tomyam soup
some serious hot and sour power

After waiting for about 20 minutes, the tomyam and the vege was ready. My god, the tomyam was seriously one of the best I’ve had. Better than Jimmy and Nong in Cheras, the flavour was really strong and the soup was thicker. If you can’t take it hot, you might want to order more drinks. We can’t stop ourselves from drinking the soup even after finishing our rice.

The grouper fish blends well with the tomyam soup, as you would expect from the not-so-cheap selection of seafood. If your wallet permits, they have some nice grouper head for tomyam fish head too (those can run more than RM 50 for the dish) . The kangkung was pretty good itself too.

Map to PJ old town tomyam soup
so now you know how to go to PJ old town

The place serves tomyam only at night, I’ve heard they closes pretty early. There is a different operator in the afternoon that serves pretty decent food too, however.

Our meal costs about RM 50 for the three of us. A little pricey perhaps, but the fish was of very good quality and the tomyam was definately worth it. Will go there again.

For a satellite image of the place, click on this google map link

Intersection of Jalan Dispensary 38 and Jalan 2/23,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.086394, 101.645701

KY eats – PJ old town Tomyam
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15 thoughts on “KY eats – PJ old town Tomyam

  • June 7, 2006 at 11:37 am

    Wahhhhhhh looks delishhhhh!!!! Will check it out…. It’s very near to the fish paste (yu watt) place that I love to go for breakfast/lunch….

  • June 7, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    i believe there are not many places in malaysia cook killer tom yam soup, my friend, but from the observation on the soup you made it’s probably worth to come back for another round again.heh..
    Those kinda place does give you that kinda homey feeling…and you dont see many of those kinda places these days

  • June 8, 2006 at 1:44 am

    Ooooh I always eat there… Pricey but damn good the tom yam makes u sweat all over the place. It was even better before the lady’s husband passed away and ever since then, she took over the business and pretty much doing a good job to actually able to survive up till now.

  • June 10, 2006 at 6:06 am

    I know this place!!! It’s located next to the pet store. I love their tom yum fish and omelette. Parking is a hassle!!!

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  • August 20, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    dont bother going there laa, over priced already. they were around there for quite some time but i’m not sure whether was it continued from the same cook since last time.

    somehow, when i was there recently, everything looks so dis-organized….service was bad, ran out of rice had to wait long, had to was my own cups and bowls, had to wait for them to boil hot water, everything was slowww…nobody takes your order till u gotta walk up to them and talk to them…

    it was so different from last time i tell u…it was really good, cheap and fast last time, unlike now, pricey. well at least the quality is still there but i rather go somewhere else for such thai food 😉

  • September 5, 2007 at 12:29 am


    it’s true though the price is pretty high for that sort of set up, but gotta admit that the food is still pretty good.

  • November 10, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Just came back from a meal there. My advice: DON’T GO.
    – only two tables occupied with two pax each when we arrived during peak dinner time. We should have taken that as a bad sign and left. Our mistake.
    – non-existent service, had to go to the cook to order. To their credit the food came quickly but hey, there wasn’t any other customers 😉
    – for the two of us, the bill came to RM 60 for two vegetable dishes (petai and kailan), one tomyam having one measly chunk of fish and two rice. Too pricey!

    To our surprise, when we asked for the bill, we were told we were ‘pah pai’. We will NEVER go back there again.

  • July 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Very pricey!!
    1x Tomyam (2 slice fish) and 1 fried kangkung = RM75!! for 3 of us. The 2 slice fish already charged us RM55. WTF!
    I will never go there again!

  • July 15, 2009 at 10:22 am

    JM & Xiao-e,
    Guess they’ve gone a little too crazy about pricing! Thanks for the info.

  • August 14, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    just to share, i had the same experience. perhaps its advisable not to go.

    this place is really cut throat. 2 pieces of fillet fish tomyam costs RM60. when i complained about it being expensive, she said the fish is expensive. but when i checked the next day at the local market, it was only RM13 for a slice. that’s such a ridiculous markup. my total bill came to RM82 for 3!

    • August 16, 2010 at 11:08 am

      yah this place is indeed too pricey, tho the tomyam is awesome but sometimes it’s very difficult to justify the price.

      tho in honesty, RM 13 per slice + all other ingredients will place the cost at about RM 30, so selling at RM 60 isn’t out of the way for typical hawker margin. Then again i wish they have cheaper alternatives.

  • September 26, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    We cook tomyam for lunch today. The ingredients are expensive. for the limes itself costs me Rm 2.65,cilli padi Rm1.90,tomatoes Rm 1.45,serai Rm 2.25 n lengkuas 55sen ,plus others rm1.60 n the fish head itself RM35.。。。a bottle of tomyam paste Rm8.00..
    Alamak i forgot about the chicken stok.

    Costly but its worth for 4 of us to hav this meal.

    • September 27, 2010 at 9:13 am

      shuyean: that’s cool. did you add fish/other seafood?


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