Best Tom Yam in Penang

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There are days when a craving for something hot and spicy is so great that you have just got to get your hands on that one dish to fulfill your longing. Aromatic, spicy and sour, it is none other than Tom Yam! A soup dish of Thai and Lao origins, this dish has evolved into various regional forms to suit the local taste buds, yet still retains its distinct hot and sour taste. Calling out all spicy food lovers! Follow this list to locate the restaurants that top the charts for tom yam and satisfy that spicy food craving of yours!


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    Located at the side of the road on the way towards the busy Penang Port, this humble place has made a name for its clear fish head bee hoon and definitely its Tom Yam soup. Extremely spicy, aromatic and full of flavor, one bowl of it might lead you to look forward to the next. Customize your bowl of Tom Yam with their wide selection of fried and fresh fish, meat balls, fish balls, mushrooms, minced meat and much more, with additional charges. The Tom Yam is served with either Maggie noodles or thick bee hoon, done al dente.

    Tips

    Park either opposite or at the area a little further down from the restaurant due to limited space in front of the place.

    Things to expect

    Long wait as the place is packed most of the time.

    Best with

    Pink Lady (a refreshing cold mixture of grass jelly, syrup, evaporated milk, canned sweet corn)

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM15.00

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    Village Coffee Shop View restaurant

    107A, Pengkalan Weld, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
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    019-4588693

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    Every day
    12:00PM—11:30PM
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    Asia Cafe

    Known as the sister stall of the famous Joo Heng or Raja Uda tom yam, Asia Cafe has provided Penang islanders a reason to have tom yam everyday without going “overseas”. While tom yam is typically intensely spicy, the tom yam served here is less spicy but more sour and has a subtle tinge of sweetness to it. Offering you the opportunity to customise your meal by choosing your own mix of ingredients and type of noodles, Asia Cafe promises a memorable tom yam experience with its unique flavour.



    Tips

    Available everyday in the evening except on Wednesday.

    Things to expect

    A huge coffee shop with a wide variety of food.

    Best with

    Fried fish fillet

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM15.00

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    Large food courts almost always serve anything common, and tom yam is no exception. However, to find a stall worth trying can be quite challenging. Lai Hoe, also known as Stall 99 at the busy Sunshine Market food court has gained itself a spot in the tom yam-worthy list. Served piping-hot with the aromatic fragrance of spices and mint leaves, this bowl of tom yam will warm your belly and spice up your life. 

    Tips

    Not available on Monday.

    Things to expect

    Quite a long wait during peak lunch hours.

    Best with

    Cool down with an ice-cold drink.

    Price

    RM4.50 to RM10.00

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    Lai Hoe @ Sunshine Market View restaurant

    Stall 99, Bandar Bayan Baru, Jalan Mayang Pasir 3, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang
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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    08:00AM—10:00PM
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    Lye Lee Restaurant is more well-known for its minced pork porridge or bee hoon, but hidden in their menu is a seafood tom yam dish. Served with either noodles or bee hoon, this tom yam dish is packed with fresh seafood such as large prawns, fish and meat balls. With a deliciously rich, spicy and aromatic broth, the tom yam clearly packs a punch for those seeking something more thrilling than a bowl of porridge or bee hoon.



    Tips

    Try out their chili with fried garlic and garlic oil.

    Things to expect

    Air-conditioned restaurant that is packed during lunch hours.

    Best with

    Cool down with an ice-cold drink.

    Price

    RM7.00 to RM9.00

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    Lye Lee Restaurant View restaurant

    1-1-10 & 1-1-12, Terrace Plus, 11950, Bayan Lepas, Penang
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    0124397355

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    Every day
    11:30AM—10:00PM
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    One might overlook the tom yam served at Khee Hiang as it is inconspicuously called Siam Soup. Simmered in clay pots and bubbling with the aroma of herbs and spices, choose from fish, shrimp or cuttlefish with bee hoon, koay teow, rice or noodles. The Claypot Peppermint Shrimp is as intriguing as it sounds with fresh mint leaves thrown into the pot for an explosion of tastes.


    Tips

    Try out their handmade curry meat balls if you are feeling adventurous.

    Things to expect

    Spacious restaurant.

    Best with

    Khee Hiang’s Signature tofu

    Price

    RM9.00 to RM21.00

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    Khee Hiang Claypot Noodles View restaurant

    One World, One Terrace Plus, 11950, Bayan Lepas, Penang
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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:30AM—02:30PM
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    05:00PM—09:00PM
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    Thai style tom yam brings a different flavour to the table of local tom yam in Penang. With a light, clear broth as opposed to the thick red ones we are accustomed to, it has a more tangy flavour brimming with the earthly aroma of herbs and spices. Bangkok Tomyam is one place that serves authentic Thai tom yam. Make your selection from generous portions of chicken, vegetables, seafood  or mix them all to
    be simmered in your tom yam, served with either rice or bee hoon.

    Tips

    Available for late night dining i.e. supper.

    Things to expect

    A Malay restaurant with typical Malay rice and meat dishes.

    Best with

    Iced Lime Drink

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM20.00

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    Bangkok Tomyam View restaurant

    3132, Jalan Mahkamah, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang
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    0124259227

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
    12:00PM—12:00AM
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    Tom yam may not come to mind at a yong tau fu restaurant, but this restaurant at The One Terrace in Bayan Baru serves a spectacular spicy tom yam that can go with your favourite yong tau fu ingredients. From stuffed mushrooms to tofu and meat, choices are plentiful. For carbs, choose from noodles, bee hoon, tang hoon, fragrant shitake rice, or even plain rice to go with your delicious tom yam.
    Tips

    Limited reserved parking in front of the restaurant.

    Things to expect

    A meal can become quite pricy with each additional yong tau fu ingredient.

    Best with

    Cold herbal tea

    Price

    RM7.00 to RM15.00

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    Yong Tau Fu Restaurant @ The One Terrace View restaurant

    1-1-11A, Tingkat Mahsuri 5, 11950, Bayan Lepas, Penang
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    0124038553

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    Every day
    11:00AM—03:00PM
    Every day
    05:30PM—10:00PM
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