Monday, May 11, 2009

Nong & Jimmy, Ampang

It was a rainy, cool evening and Gary gave me a buzz...
Up for some grilled seafood?
And soon the 4 of us were on our way to Nong & Jimmy..
We left the ordering to the boys, Candy and I were relaxing and sipping coconut juice..
When I first went to N&J 9 years back, it was a very spicy experience but all of us were addicted to it. But after not eating there for a couple of years, I'm not sure how's the food now..

Gary ordered his fave, the seafood fried rice..
He likes the fried rice, he's not even bothered with the loads of large prawns that were in the's the fragrance of the rice that he's addicted to. I took a bite and knew was filled with fish sauce..hence the fragrance and also, the 'wetness' in the rice. Very wet with fish sauce. Am ok with the rice, felt its MSG laden though.
The tomyam soup..
When I had this years back, it was so spicy that my lips and tongue burns everytime I took a sip. Was rather fearful when I took a sip, but it was no longer that spicy. It's just mediocre spiciness, acceptable level. Rather sweet base, I'd prefer it more sour.
The kangkung belacan
Fresh vegetables, this was pretty good.
The grilled sotong was served first..
This was excellent. The charred exterior gave the sotong a nic smokey flavour while the meat was sweet and springy. Very tasty. Have it with their special sauce (some peanut thai spicy sauce) and you'll be at cloud nine :)
Some grilled prawns..
This used to be my fave years back, so I was darn excited when it was served. Alas, there were some changes in their recipe...they slathered too much marination (which were mainly pepper) onto the prawns. Prawns were fresh and springy, but the marination kinda doused the sweetness of the prawns.
Grilled fish..
Thought the fish were not that fresh and too much tumeric over powering (probably to cover?) the taste of the fish.
Highlight of the meal, grilled crabs..
Large crabs, these were grilled to the right level...The meat were firm and juicy. You dont need any sauces for dipping, just enjoy the subtle sweetness from the crabs were good enough.
Nong & Jimmy is located at Lot 27363, Jalan Cahaya 1, Taman Cahaya, Ampang, Selangor.

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Anonymous allie said...

the grilled sotong looks yummy.. I never had this kind of grilled sotong b4. it's thick n in big pieces .

11 May, 2009  
Blogger CUMI & CIKI said...

tomyam looks divine! lucky for you the squid was just nice.. sometimes it comes out burnt or rubbery and that's pretty yucks! we like this place too but a bit far fm pj;)

11 May, 2009  
Blogger J2Kfm said...

geez, i got lost the other day. coming from pandan indah to tmn cahaya. ended up turning around n ate char chan teng. hmm m....

MUST go again.

11 May, 2009  
Blogger Nic (KHKL) said...

this is the place with the yau char kway with kaya, right? omg, i think the last time i went was in..ermmm, 2000? i remember their grilled cockles. ;D

12 May, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

allie: hi there! yes, the grilled sotong's nice and thick..

cumi&ciki: agreed, it's really rather far for those stayin in PJ. luckily my fren drove, else i wont pop by either :p

j2kfm: i'm sorta lost at that area too. was lucky my friend knows this place well

nic: yup, the yau char kway with kaya. they still serve cockles which i'm not a fan of :). some slight changes since 2000, but mainly stayed the same

12 May, 2009  
Blogger mimid3vils said...

I love Thai fried rice with lots of fish sauce too...can;t help digging into the rice, haha~~

12 May, 2009  
Anonymous jason said...

I'm always lost whenever I come here. The tomyam is ok for me as it sure makes my stomach uneasy if it's too sour. Love the grilled squid the most.

12 May, 2009  
Anonymous Lyrical Lemongrass said...

i like the kerang here. But not everything's nice. I guess it's Ampang's claim to fame coz everyone needs a seafood restaurant. hehe.

12 May, 2009  
Blogger Precious Pea said...

Still haven't been here before. I wanna try the crabs and the char kuey dip with kaya.

12 May, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

mimid3vils: hehe you're like my friend who cant stop eating the fried rice too

jason: yup, the tom yum's just mediocre..but sotong's yums :)

lyrical lemongrass: just a few nice dishes. the rest were overpriced/ so-so. i guess so, the only seafood famous there?

pea: try the squids too :)

13 May, 2009  
Blogger babe_kl said...

i loved the cockles and fried rice here, other than that, the rest are not consistent

13 May, 2009  
Blogger backStreetGluttons said...

When we see a dry succulent spread like this , a bit burnt here n there our normally staid demeanor will be rattled and overcome with extreme thirst followed by wild spasm & screams chanting errr....for a certain long lost golden whiff ...
we dun see them

14 May, 2009  
Blogger Sugar Bean said...

Looks like another nice place for seafood. The sotong and the prawns look really delicious.

14 May, 2009  

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