Best Tom Yam in Johor Bahru (JB)

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Tom Yam, the signature dish from the Land of Smiles that has travelled across the world and has never taken a dip in reputation, and with the spicy and savoury hunting palates of Malaysians, it’s a celebrity here. The vivacious-coloured broth just awakens your gustatory cells with spicy, sour, savoury and fragrant flavours rolled into one. Splash of seafood are usually loaded into the broth, and its best devoured with a mound of white rice. Enjoy your perennial favourite at renowned restaurants below, where locals with an obsession towards Thai food, call them a second home. 

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    Johnny's Restaurant @ Tebrau CityHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Tired of shopping and in need of a break with a dish that blows you away? Look no further than Johnny’s at AEON Tebrau City. It’s habitually plopped wit patrons, slurping up the buoyant-bright Tomyam that is liberally loaded with ocean goodness and multifarious greens. It does kick in with subtle heat and sweat glands do start to work but leave the worries aside as it’s fully air-conditioned. Not being skimp on the ingredients, charming ambiance, and attentive hospitality are other vital points it's a must visit.

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    Get in early during weekend

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM17.90 to RM30.00

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    Johnny's Restaurants View restaurant

    AEON Tebrau City, Johor Bahru, Johor , 81100 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    073542329

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Black Canyon Halal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Housed in AEON Tebrau City, Black Canyon has gained reputation as one of the best restaurants to satiate authentic Thai cuisine. Not a surprise from a restaurant chain that originated from Thailand and has spread its wings to numerous locations in Malaysia. With exposed beams festooned with falling lightings, it creates a comfy vibe. You don’t actually need to peruse the menu, just eye-scan the neighbouring tables, which is usually graced with a buoyant-bright bowl of tomyam. Graciously served with a melange of vegetables, fresh seafood and finished off with enoki mushrooms, chilies as well as chopped herbs, the depth of flavours is spot-on and does leave your wanting more, certainly lives up to its hype. 

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    Green Curry Chicken is not to be missed and they have set meals too

    Things to expect

    Charming ambiance

    Best with

    Fresh Juices

    Price

    RM20.00

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    Black Canyon @ Tebrau City View restaurant

    AEON Tebrau City , 81100 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    073544328

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Carabao Thai RestaurantPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    You’re bound to hear echoes of “Sawadee-kap” as you step in this resort-like restaurant that is embellished with colourful oil-paper umbrellas and gleaming tapestries that just teleports you to the Land of Smiles visually. Your nostrils are greeted with aromas of tomyam that whets your appetite straightaway and it sure makes a part of your order. Served piping hot with generous thumps of prawns, squids and chickens (if your grab the mixed tomyam), and crunchy greens, it’s simply impeccable. Do specify the heat scale of your palate. 

    Tips

    Get in early during weekend

    Things to expect

    Resort-like ambiance

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM15.90 to RM25.00

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    Carabao View restaurant

    16, Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, 80250, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    073359333

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    12:00PM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—01:00AM
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    Amphawa Boat Noodle

    Be amazed at the undulating stacks of bowls upon entering the dining space as it’s one of most revered restaurants in Johor Bahru serving boat noodles with affordable price tags. The ambiance deserves applause too; it’s tailored to satisfy hipsters as well as families, with white-washed tables and chairs, draped with charming wallpapers and chic designs. Look beyond the noodles and perk up a little heat with their tomyam, which is brimming with bright colours and flavours, swamped with succulent plump prawns and herby greens. For those with gargantuan appetite and seafood enthusiasts, opt for their Tomyam Lobster Noodles, it’s an epicurean’s joy. Huge fresh lobster, prawns, mussels, slivers of eggs and noodles drenched in a lip-smacking broth fills the bowl. 

    Tips

    Mango Sticky Rice not to be missed

    Things to expect

    Cheap and flavourful boat noodles

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM20.00 to RM30.00

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    Amphawa Boat Noodle View restaurant

    No.69, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300, Skudai, Johor
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    075596440

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    11:30AM—10:30PM
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    Soul Thai RestaurantPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    This imposing restaurant is devoted to making you feel like walking into an opulent restaurant in Bangkok. Marvel the photogenic ornaments and decorations that embody the culture and heritage of the neighbouring country. The heavenly aroma of Tomyam just hovers within the air and you know not ordering the luscious broth would be close to a crime. Chock-full in a huge clay bowl, it’s flooded with squids and prawns, as well as crunchy vegetables that just win your heart. The ratio of seafood is amazing, truly value-for-money. 

    Tips

    Make reservations

    Things to expect

    Authentic Thai cuisine in an upscale ambiance

    Best with

    Pineapple fried rice

    Price

    RM17.90 to RM30.00

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    Soul Thai View restaurant

    3-G, JalanBestari 3/5, Taman Nusa Bestari, 81300, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    075115000

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    10:00AM—11:30PM
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    Restoran Singgah SelaluHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    This spacious establishment is a foodie’s amusement park. Be spoilt to rotten with a range of local and international delights that easy on the wallet. If tomyam is your pick, it’s never a bad decision.  Yes, it’s downright a convivial ambiance, yet once the piping hot soup lands onto the table, your hands fail to hold steadiness and all conversations ends till the latter is completely scarfed down. The spicy, sour and fragrant scale is measured to perfection. Wash down the heat with a towering glass of Milo Dinosaur. 

    Tips

    Gather your convives and order various dishes

    Things to expect

    Full-of-live ambiance

    Best with

    Milo Dinosaur

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM30.00

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    Restoran Singgah Selalu View restaurant

    36-F, Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Danga Bay, 80200, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072377255

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    24-hours
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    Tera Thai RestaurantPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Having a partner that constantly craves for Thai fare? Your new rendezvous spot is here. This hidden bungalow offers a tranquil getaway from all the hustle and bustle of the city life. The dining space is equally satisfying where you’ll be pampered with authentic Thai cuisine and tomyam habitually tops the order. Served in a porcelain bowl, the scarlet bowl is copiously laden with seafood and mixed greens that offer a pleasant marriage of spice and sour. Once you’re done with desserts, spend some time strolling amidst the lush greenery and get a few captures for your Instagram, if you’re a nature’s advocate. 

    Tips

    Spend some time in the gardens

    Things to expect

    Soothing ambiance

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    Juices

    Price

    RM25.00 to RM35.00

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    Tera Thai View restaurant

    31, Jalan Abdul Samad, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072226300

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    11:30AM—03:30PM
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    05:30PM—10:30PM
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    Wufu Chok Dee Thai RestaurantNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    In bloody long name for a restaurant but nevertheless, a good one at that. Wufu Chok Dee Thai Restaurant is a mix of Thai and Chinese cuisine where the best of both worlds comes to light. The restaurant is famed for its wide range of dishes, which includes the deliciously spicy seafood tom yam. It's simple, hearty and goes good with rice.

    Tips

    Cash only.

    Things to expect

    A Thai restaurant with a Chinese set-up.

    Best with

    Chinese tea or lemon grass drink.

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM30.00

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    Wufu Chok Dee Thai Restaurant View restaurant

    2, Jalan Timah Sari, Kampung Kenangan Dato Onn, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia, 83000, Batu Pahat, Johor
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    074383293

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    06:00PM—01:00AM
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    Taroko Teppanyaki Pork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Believe it or not, this teppanyaki restaurant actually serves tom yam. It may not be the most prestige, nor the most authentic, but it's a great twist in Japanese dining. Taroko Teppayanki's seafood tomyam is not only packed with good flavour, it is fairly generous in its ingredients as well. Plenty of prawns, squid and fish slices to enjoy!

    Tips

    Set meals available.

    Things to expect

    A standard teppanyaki restaurant.

    Best with

    Green tea.

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM30.00

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    Taroko Teppanyaki View restaurant

    95, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    12:00PM—11:00PM
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    Bangkok Village Restaurant

    If you don't mind the mosquito and heat, then Bangkok Village Restaurant is certainly worth visiting. Having said that, the place is actually quite pretty as it feels close to nature. As for the food, you can expect a great deal of flavour, as well as variety. The tom yom too, is well deserving of this spot as it is packed with spice and herbs. 

    Tips

    Events and party can be held here.

    Things to expect

    Open aired seating.

    Best with

    Tea.

    Price

    RM20.00 to RM50.00

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    Bangkok Village View restaurant

    35/ 3, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    12:00PM—11:00PM
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