can be found as road side stalls, simple restaurants, at food courts and also in some Indian Mamak restaurants who hire a cooks from Kelantan or southern Thailand to offer more choice to the costumer
Tom Yam stalls and restaurants usually offer a standardized menu.
There is a selection of different types of Nasi Goreng (fried rice): Nasi Goreng Kampung, Nasi Goreng Cina, Nasi Goreng USA, Nasi Goreng Kerabu and others Nasi Pattaya (fried rice wrapped in egg), Nasi Padprik white rice (nasi putih) with meat (chicken, beef, squid, prawn) in different makings: masak merah (tomato sauce), kicap (soy sauce), pedas (chili sauce) and others mixed vegetables (sayur campur), Kailan, Kailan Ikan Masin (kailan vegetable with salty fish) noodles (choice of mee, bihun, kuetiau) in different styles of making: fried (goreng), soup, tom yum soup and others and of course tom yum with the choice of adding chicken (ayam), beef (daging), seafood, or mixed (campur) Some stalls also offer fried fish and other seafood.
Some of these stalls only operate after 5pm, some also or exclusively offer a Nasi Campur buffet for lunch.
The tomyam stalls first appeared in Peninsular Malaysia circa late 1970s and early 1980s. Unlike local Malay food, the food is basically Thai based and somewhat similar to the cuisine in the state of Kelantan. The Tom Yam dishes have a mix of typically sweet, hot and sour flavours. Basically the choice of dishes available at Tom Yam stalls are similar. As the dishes are cooked immediately and quickly when the customer wants it, Tom Yam stalls are the Malay equivalent of the fastfood outlets albeit the Thai based cuisine.
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