Friday, July 8, 2016

New Location: Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ Seafood @ Kampung Baru Ampang

Ampang's veteran BBQ specialist marked a major milestone in May this year, moving from its longtime location in Taman Cahaya to a sprawling venue in Kampung Baru Ampang that feels more spacious & comfortable (farewell to the zinc roofs & punishing heat of the old outlet). It's now on a street that seems easier for newcomers to find, so if you haven't been to this KL institution, this is the right time to follow in the footsteps of the crowds that pack Nong & Jimmy even before 6pm on weekends.

Every first-timer starts with the Nong & Jimmy's famed charcoal-grilled crabs (market price), which should work well for customers who crave a slightly smoky firmness to their crustaceans, but it's worth digging deeper into the rest of the menu, which promises a sweeping range of Thai-inspired creations, some of which can prove elaborately & enjoyably unique.

We're fans of this belacan fried rice platter (RM10 per person; portion pictured is for three), crowned with prawns & strikingly surrounded by savoury meat slices, omelette strips, green papaya, chopped cucumber, chillies & cilantro - mix everything up to experience a pretty tasty medley of flavours & textures in every mouthful. Lots of wholesome fibre in this variation of nasi ulam.

The Som Tam Combo Set (RM35) comes recommended too, partnering the crisp perkiness of a full-fledged papaya salad with smooth chilled noodles, buoyed by very tender squid, fresh prawns & addictive chicken wings for extra dimensions of protein.

Seafood is taken seriously at Nong & Jimmy - our favourite offering here might be the steamed combo of clams, prawns & squid (RM50), with each component shining with a natural sweetness. Alternatively, you can choose a tom yam seafood soup (RM22 for small, RM37 for large) that's tinged with a predictably tangy touch & explodes with a surprisingly fiery exuberance.

Tried-&-tested players like Thai-styled steamed fish & juicy, leafy vegetables score solid points, executed with the sort of capable confidence born of much experience. Wrap up your feast with one more of Nong & Jimmy's signature specialities, the mini zha gui (RM7-RM10), a warm, share-worthy serving of golden puffy fritters coupled with fragrant kaya. Nong & Jimmy appears ready to remain a mainstay in Ampang for many more years to come; thanks to the restaurant for having us here.

Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ Seafood
298C, Jalan 15, Kampung Baru Ampang, Ampang, Selangor. 
Daily, 12pm-230pm, 530pm-11pm. Tel: 016-7568058 or 016-6928112

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11 comments:

  1. Oh? Another barbecue place? Thai, I like!!! But the other place had that young handsome guy doing it, this one hmmmm.... Muahahahaha!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: am definitely on a grilled-food roll, heh, from japanese to thai ... i think you'd like the hearty food here - good for sharing with family & friends ;)

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  2. I have fond memories of this place. Must check out the new location.

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    1. The Yum List: the new location definitely seems like a step up from the old one! ;)

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  3. The seafood looks great,so tempting. But doctor asked me to control my cholesterol...... :(

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    1. CK: uh-oh ... but maybe once in awhile, it should be OK to enjoy some seafood!

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  4. I have fond memories of their food but not the place (it was too hot and humid for me) but now that it has moved to this spanking new and comfortable venue, I'd be sure to revisit. The charcoal-grilled crabs and mini yau char kwai with kaya were what I remembered the most from my time eating at their old place.

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, it's not too stuffy here anymore, though it can still feel a bit warm, especially once you start consuming all the spicy food, heh! and yeah, i think the crabs and the char kwai were the first two items brought to our table! :D

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  5. So shame to tell that I never visit this famous place ~>_<~

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    1. Choi Yen: can consider coming here the next time you want a Thai seafood dinner! ;)

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  6. Went there yesterday evening with some guest. Food is not as good as before under tin roof. Prices have gone up as well.

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