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January 8, 2013

Yusof Tomyam, Bangsar


My father in-law is good friends with my former primary school headmaster (rif and I call him Guru Besar), and they would go for tea sessions every weekday evenings. Guru Besar watched us grow up and even attended our wedding dinner. He’s been a good family friend and contributed to a few of my blog content and articles in The Star.

Sadly, Guru Besar passed on two months ago. 🙁



Anyway, he recommended Yusof Tomyam in Lucky Garden Bangsar for good Malay food. rif and I tried the food there recently and we weren’t disappointed. Between the two of us, we shared the ikan bawal goreng tiga rasa, telur bistik, kangkung belacan and tomyam campur.


Ikan Bawal Goreng Tiga Rasa

While tucking into the food, I regretted not trying this place earlier. The fish (RM25) was deep-fried till crispy perfection, and topped with the piquant tiga rasa sauce. This was spicy, sweet and savoury with a good kick from the chilli padi.


Kangkung Belacan

The kangkung belacan (RM4) was simple but nicely prepared. There was a good dose of belacan flavour and the vegetable was cooked till tender. It also came with squid slices and crispy garlic on top.


Telur Bistik

Another simple but delicious dish was the telur bistik (RM4.50). The cooking style wasn’t anything special, but it was a hearty omelette containing chopped vegetables, minced chicken and tomato-chilli sauce. Both this and the kangkung belacan went well with white rice.


Tomyam Campur

I’m a fan of Malay style tomyam, but many places serve a floppy and disappointing version of it. But like the name suggests, Yusof Tomyam’s version (RM6) was not bad at all. It’s not the best I’ve tried, but for now, it ranks up there in my list of decent tomyam. The soup had a good balance of spicy, sour and savoury, with a sweet touch from the seafood.


Dinner came up to RM45 for the above, including two drinks. Not dirt cheap, but pretty reasonable for Bangsar’s standard. I’ll definitely return to try more items. The nasi goreng pattaya looked good.

According to my father in-law, Guru Besar prepared a list of places I should try for my blog content. I look forward to exploring them soon. Thank you Guru Besar!

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Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6.5/10 (halal)
Verdict: Pretty good Malay “big fry” and reasonable prices. Hopefully they stay this way.


Yusof Tomyam
Gerai No. 13
Lorong Ara Kiri 3
Lucky Garden
59100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS Coordinates: N 3 07.685 E 101 40.124

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20 Responses

  1. That’s a nice tribute to guru besar. It made me realize that I can barely recall my primary school headmaster; I assume he’s retired by now, and maybe he would have good tips for good makan places in malacca, heh 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Look him up and he might be able to play tour guide. 🙂

  2. ulric

    I love these flavoursome tiga rasa-style fish…but I prefer siakap instead…hehe =)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Siakap expensive lar…I no $$. 😛

      1. ulric

        Haha…its a once-in-a-blue-moon indulgence lar…hehe =)

        1. Bangsar Babe

          Ok lar…I indulge, at your expense? 😛

          1. ulric

            U…u…u indulger u! 😛

  3. I have been here b4, when I was worked at SYABAS Im always been here.. 🙂

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Lucky you! You got to eat all the good food here. I can’t wait to revisit. 😉

  4. this place does look promising, i love malay “siu chau” and have it once every couple weeks at least 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yes, I’m starting to really like Malay ‘tai chow’. Probably because I love spicy food. 😀

  5. The price of the Bawal Tiga Rasa is quite reasonable actually. The fish looks big and considering that the makan place is in Bangsar. There was once I paid RM100 plus for a tiny bawal due to miscommunication. very expensive experience. 🙁

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yeah, I found the food reasonably priced. I thought it was going to be expensive but I was pleasantly surprised. 🙂

  6. Nampak sedap jugak….Rindu kat Telur Bistik… ^_^

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Jom makan! 🙂

  7. Damn cheap lah especially the fish! But I hardly go Bangsar area at night >.<

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Time to make a trip there?

  8. Kash

    It’s been a long time since I had tom yam or even Malaysian fish, definetly will try when I get back.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yes, do try this! Am now on a hunt for good Malay masakan panas. Hehehe

  9. YY

    Where is it? Is it near to Bangsar village? 😛 I am not familiar with this place

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