15 Best Tom Yam in Penang That Will Make You Drool (Updated Guide)

Hello Foodies, it's been a while since our last curation of all things Tom Yummmm

Today, we’re back with an updated guide which includes 5 new Tom Yam places (in no particular order) you should not miss out on. Ready? Here we go.

15 Best Tom Yam in Penang That Will Make You Drool (Updated Guide)

1. Village Fish Head Noodles

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We have featured Village a couple of times, yet we couldn’t stop mentioning it. Solely a noodle shop, fish head noodle to be exact. There are two soup base, fresh milky or tom yam. Get a table and go the counter to order your noodle. They have wide range of ingredients for you to add into your bowl, or just get the pre-fixed ones. The vibrant, piping hot and sour bowl of Tom Yam here is no joke. Definitely one of the best Tom Yam in Penang. Though waiting time could be a pain during the weekend.

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Address: 107A, Pangkalan Weld, 10300 Georgetown, Penang. (Alongside with Chew Jetty)

Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (Closed on every 1st&15th day of Lunar Calendar)

This is a non-Halal eatery.

2. Ju Heng Tomyam

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Set in Butterworth is the ever famous Ju Heng tomyam. Many would drive over to mainland just to have a taste of it. Again, you get to pick and choose what ingredients you want to add-on, or get the pre-fixed. The fairly-priced tomyam is also Penangites favourite supper spot. Come after 8 p.m. to get a better taste of the soup, they are much richer as compared. Some say it’s super addictive, so eat at your own risk.

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Address: Jalan Raja Uda, Taman Bunga Raya, 13000 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 6:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Closed on Tuesday)

This is a non-Halal eatery.

3. Min Jiang Coffee Shop

Run by a true Thai lady that has been localized for many years, it’s really easy to overlook Min Jiang Coffee Shop when passing by Air Itam Road. Just look out for O2 Clinic, the shop is located right beside it after the traffic light. This Thai Tomyam noodle is one of the few stalls in the coffee shop that stood out. They serve authentic, thick, spicy bowl of Tomyam with simple ingredients to follow. The waiting time could be a pain though as the lady cooks her orders bowl by bowl. Nevertheless, this is truly one of the best Tomyam in Penang that editor has ever tasted.


Address: Jalan Air Itam, 11500 Air Itam, Penang.

Operating Hour: 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (Closed on Sunday)

This is a non-Halal eatery.

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4. Lao Sher Tea House


From the outside, Lao Sher looks like a typical tea house where the older generations would gather and have tea over conversation. Little did we know Lao Sher serves really good Thai food, especially Tom Yam noodle. This humble tea house has only about 8 tables, serving down-to-earth dishes. Their bowl of Tom Yam is perfect for spicy intolerant people. Still, their Tom Yam managed to capture all the hearty flavors that will make you reminisce again and again. A hidden Tom Yam in Penang, pair your meal with their wide selection of tea.

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Address: 217-H, Jalan Burma, Kampung Syed, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-10 p.m. (Closed on Wednesday)

This is a non-Halal eatery.

5. Lai Hoe at Sunshine Market

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Locals especially Chinese are no stranger to this Tom Yam in Penang. Set in Sunshine Square market, Lai Hoe Tomyam is always the top-pick for lunch, especially the white collars. We recommend pairing your Tom Yam with their minced pork, because they’re like the perfect match. For those who are really adventurous, you could also opt for porridge with Tom Yam soup base. “Adventurous” isn’t? Just by thinking of it makes us sweat.

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Address: Jalan Mayang Pasir 3, Bandar Bayan Baru, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Closed on Monday)

This is a non-Halal eatery.

6. Nana Tomyam

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Considered one of the best place to have Malay Tom Yam in Penang, Nana Tomyam scores great rating and are loved by many customers. Nana doesn’t only serve Tom Yam but also Malay and Thai food. Their wide array of menu has something for everyone, though the tomyam is the most talked about. Curious to find out what Malay tom yam may taste like? Head over to Nana now. Waiting time during lunch hour can be longer, so go during off-peak hours.

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Address: 6 A, Jalan Transfer, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-12 a.m. (Daily)

This is a Muslim-friendly eatery

7. Farm House Cafe

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Tried the fancy lobster tomyam noodle in Bangkok and still craving for it? Well you don’t have to travel far again as Farm House is serving the same, addictive and delicious fancy Tom Yam in Penang! Just by looking at the photos on Instagram will make you drool. Big, juicy lobster topped on creamy, spicy tom yam noodle together with other ingredients such as scallop, prawns and more. Of course, you get the freedom to pick whatever you want in your noodle, but the lobster is always the star.

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Address: 617F,, Jalan Balik Pulau, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: (Tues-Thurs) 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (Fri-Sun) 6 p.m.-12 a.m.

This is a non-Halal eatery.

8. Eastern Wishes Cafe

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Don’t be fooled by the name, Eastern Wishes is actually an Asian style small restaurant set in I-Avenue. Their price is really wallet-friendly, plus it’s air-conditioned. Here, you could either order dishes to pair with rice or opt for their ala carte menu. Their Tom Yam noodle is really no joke. Dark, rich, spicy and sour, combined together is heavenly. They also have it in Dry version, which means fried Tom Yam noodle which is equally delicious. A huge thumbs up from editor!

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Address:  No. 1-1-49, I-avenue, Jalan Tun Dr Awang, Kampung Seberang Paya, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (Closed on Monday)

9. Lye Lee Restaurant

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Another good noodle spot in Penang, just take a look at the crowd and you’ll know. Lye Lee offers a wide range of noodles and porridge, their tom yam is what we’re talking about. Simple, hearty, hot bowl of tomyam would fil your tummy with happiness, so why not? Their servers are very attentive and Lye Lee is usually crowded. Try to avoid peak hours for better experience.

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Address: 1-1-10, Tingkat Mahsuri, Bayan Baru, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (Daily)

This is a non-Halal eatery.

10. De’ Corner Kitchen

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Located right opposite Padang Food Court, De’ Corner has ample parking spaces since it opens at 6 p.m. For those who’ve tried their Tom Yam at their previous location, no worries they’re still as good. Rich in flavor, the orangey-red soup base is so appetizing. Those who don’t fancy tom yam, try out their Milky Soup. Not many have talked about De’ Corner Kitchen, we feel like this Tom Yam in Penang deserves a shoutout.

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Address: 80, Jalan Perak,10450 Jelutong,Penang

Operating Hour: 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m. (Daily)

This is a non-Halal eatery.


11. Classic Bowl & Classic Cafe Bukit Jambul

Located within Bukit Jambul Complex, this place may not be known by many. But if Tom Yam “sparks joy” in you 👈, knowing that this place offers steamboat Tom Yam will double the joy in you. Yes, you heard it right. Tom Yam is served in individual steamboat pots! Not convinced yet? The best part is that you can get them at as low as RM 6 per person. What are you waiting for?


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Address: 5th Floor, Kompleks Bukit Jambul, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Operating Hours: 10AM – 1AM (Mondays to Thursdays & Sundays), 10AM – 2AM (Fridays & Saturdays)

This is a Muslim-friendly eatery.

12. Shuan Shuan Le @ Prangin Mall (涮涮樂®火鍋)

Shuan Shuan Le is another Tom Yam Steamboat that avid Tom Yam lovers should include in their list. The seafood ingredients and steamboat soup base are prepared fresh daily to ensure diners get their dose of tangy yet spicy Tom Yam. Feel free to also order Ala-carte Tom Yam with your preferred noodle choice if you’re simply under the steamboat weather.

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Address:  Level 3, 65, Atrium B, Prangin Mall, 33 Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong, Georgetown, 10110 Penang. 

Operating Hours: 11AM – 9PM (Opens Daily)

This is a non-Halal eatery.

13. Kwang Hwa Tom Yam Noodles @ Raja Uda

It’s a known fact that Raja Uda serves the best Tom Yam anyone could ever ask for. Earlier on, we’ve introduced the infamous Ju Heng Tom Yam in Raja Uda. Check out our previous recommendations here:10 Best Tom Yam in Penang That Will Make You Drool

Now, we’re gonna introduce you to another lip-smacking, saliva-drooling Tom Yam in Raja Uda… *drum rolls*…It’s none other than Kwang Hwa Tom Yam Noodles!! You can easily locate this spot as it is right beside SJK(C) Kwang Hwa and also because it is almost always packed to the brim. Be prepared to spoil yourself here as there are aplenty of ingredients that you can opt for in your bowl of yummy, tummy-filling Tom Yam.

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Address:  No 7121 – G, Jalan Raja Uda, 12300, Butterworth, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 12300 Butterworth (Beside SJK (C) Kwang Hwa Butterworth)

Operating Hours: 6PM – 3AM (Opens Daily)

This is a non-Halal eatery.

14. Restoran Tom Yam Udang

Next up on our list of 10 Best Tom Yam in Penang That Will Make You Drool (Updated Guide) is Restoran Tom Yam Udang in the area of Jelutong. Here, you can find authentic Malay Tom Yam that promises to take you on a whole new world of Tom Yam goodness. If you’d like to know, the price is fairly on the affordable end so no worries for your pocket.

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Address: 36, Lebuhraya Gelugor, Taman Jelutong, 11600 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours:  12PM – 12AM (Opens Daily)

This is a Muslim-friendly eatery.
15. Chang Thai Restaurant @ All Seasons Place

The final spot on our Tom Yam guide that serves off the roof Tom Yam is Chang Thai Restaurant located in All Seasons Place, Farlim. Perhaps you might not opt for Tom Yam under this scorching hot Penang weather but fear not. This place is air-conditioned so you can comfortably savour your bowl of Tom Yam without worrying about perspiring. (psst if you’re perspiring, it’s probably the heat from the Tom Yam)

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Address:  6G-1-15, All Seasons Place, Lebuhraya Thean Teik, Ayer Itam, Penang. 

Operating Hours: 11 AM – 3.30 PM & 6 PM – 10 PM (Opens Daily)

This is a non-Halal eatery.

15 Best Tom Yam in Penang That Will Make You Drool (Updated Guide)

With that, we’ve reached the end of our 15 Best Tom Yam in Penang That Will Make You Drool (Updated Guide) for now. What are you waiting for? Get off your couch and pay these Tom Yam spots a visit today!

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