You can take out or dine at Thai mini market with this braised pork leg rice which is usually served with white rice. — Photos by Lee Khang Yi
By Lee Khang Yi
Friday August 12, 2022 09:46 MYT
KUALA LUMPUR, August 12 – If you spot a Thai grocery store, chances are you’ll find food there too. It’s like a symbiotic relationship.
The latest hybrid restaurant is Ne.nenebubu TomYum World. What’s a bit different about this setup is that the mini market is run by local Alex Chew rather than Thais. It’s also located in an offbeat location on Old Klang Road, which has very few restaurants.
Expect to eat Thai cuisine with a Chinese twist. This suits the area well since their clientele is mostly office workers near Old Klang Road.
Chew also uses ingredients he sources in Thailand to cook the dishes. If you want to recreate these same dishes at home, you can buy the ingredients at the store.
The menu is a choice of noodle or rice dishes suitable for one person. Peak hours are midday on weekdays, while weekends are quieter as offices are closed.
You have a series of tom yum noodles. Choose from a total of five choices for RM16.90 or RM18.90. They vary with various ingredients like chili flakes, sriracha, chili paste, etc. You have a choice of Mama Instant Noodles or Smooth Thai Pasta bichon.
I tasted Ne.nenebubu signature seafood tom yum noodles (RM18.90) at the shop. Chew tells me he doesn’t use one tom yum dough to make the broth because everything is homemade.
Ne.nenebubu ‘ying yong’ ground pork with basil is bursting with flavor thanks to the use of two types of basil.
You will be rewarded with a slightly spicy broth with tangy flavors. It’s incredibly appetizing and you’ll want to swallow it all. Inside the enamel pot it’s served in, you’ll find grilled prawns, sotong, lala clams, fish paste, and ground beef balls.
The heat level is pretty mild but you can turn it up if you want with the green chili sauce on the side. The sauce on its own also makes a delicious dip as it is tangy and not too spicy.
For dishes with rice, there is the braised pork leg, two types of pad krapow or fried minced pork with Thai basil or a mixture of holy basil and Thai basil.
They also serve an unusual set where yellow sour curry or nuts gaeng som accompanied by the primrose flower, an omelet made from cha om vegetables and fried fish. If you prefer a more indulgent meal, there is also a tiger prawn version.
There is also a chicken curry with Thai basil and pumpkin, green curry and a creamy tom kha gai with rice. Prices for rice items range from RM13.90 to RM20.90, which is the tiger prawn version.
On the side, you are given various chili sauces like sweet red chili sauce for the braised pork leg rice and punchier green chili sauce for the basil ground pork (left). The rice dishes are also accompanied by different soups, where there is a clear broth with the minced pork and a slightly saltier dark broth with the pork thigh rice (right).
They also serve a fusion type of Thai items like chicken rice, chicken cutlets and fried fish served with mango salad. From what I understand they also serve the freshly steamed chicken.
There is also otak otak served with dry chilli noodles, Thai style pork dumplings served with noodles. Currently, they are fine-tuning recipes for their char siu and want me items, so it is not available at the moment.
I also tried the Braised Pork Leg Rice (RM16.90), which I packed at home. The highlight is the pork belly with decadent, fatty pieces of skin. The meat is lightly braised in the broth, which they also serve to you.
Flavors tend to be mild but pleasant for fork tender meat. Usually paired with white jasmine rice, I was given a choice of their fragrant lemongrass rice which they serve for their chicken rice which was delicious.
Unlike other places, they also serve braised shiitake mushrooms on the plate. You also have choy with ham, blanched HK kailan and a braised egg with a jammy center to round out the meal. There’s also a sweet red chili sauce on the side if you prefer a spicier kick.
While Braised Pork Leg Rice is milder, Ne.nenebubu ying yong the ground pork with basil (RM15.90) is bursting with flavor. They use a blend of Thai basil and holy basil which gives it a nice flavor when you eat the chewy ground pork with the jasmine rice.
If you dine indoors, they serve the food on trays and enamel pots like this signature seafood tom yum noodle from Ne.nenebubu which has tart and mouth-watering flavors (left). If you like to cook, you will find various Thai ingredients to buy at the mini-market which also supplies the restaurants in the area (on the right).
Enjoy it with a fried egg. The green chili sauce on the side adds a punchy flavor to the dish.
Again, the heat levels are lower here, so I really liked how I could taste the meat better with the herbs. You will have no trouble polishing the rice because this dish is appetizing.
As lunch time is full of customers, you can WhatsApp your order to them in advance to reduce the waiting time. There is a QR code on their Facebook page to scan and see menu details. Look for the hidden store right in front of the Pearl Kuala Lumpur. The Old Klang Road exit is where the public bank is located.
Ne.nenebubu TomYum World, No. 15, Jalan 2/137B, Resource Industrial Centre, Fifth Mile, Off Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur. Open: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Close on Sunday. Tel: +6014-6622734 / +6016-4943407. Facebook: @tomyumworld