KSL Pasar Malam

We talk about Johor Bahru’s fabulous street food in our first post. If you are still clueless about where to start your Johor Food trail, let it be Monday evening, at KSL’s Pasar Malam (Night market).

You will get to taste everything, just bring along an empty stomach :)
If in doubt, consult Heng Family’s extensive Pasar Malam experience.

Every Monday from 4.30PM onwards, the street next to KSL Resorts Hotel start buzzing.
It will transform into a gourmet Pasar Malam.

Fried Chicken cutlet at the start of the Pasar Malam. Crispy treats for the kiddos.

Fried fritters (you2 tiao2), fishball or fishcake never fails to calm a grumpy hungry child.

This White truck serves Penang Laksa and Cendol, the sour and sweet complements each other. Denver’s favourite drink.

Mixed rice anyone? More food variety.

The Satay looks appealing ! and if you love fruit Rojak, we heard this Rojak-on-Motorcycle is a must try!
KSL Pasar Malam review, KSL Pasar Malam Monday only

(middle pic below) The Green colour cylinder building is Grand Paragon, and it is the Pasar Malam’s end point. take your time, enjoy a slow 45mins eat and walk trip to satisfy your cravings. The food is cheap too !

Location of KSL Pasar Malam, how to go to KSL Pasar Malam

Cakes, Tim sum, Fruits, everything is on display. We saw more stalls which are converted from trucks.
Johor satay, KSL Pasar Malam satay

Kids are as curious as the adults, they find everything fascinating. If they are not picky, the Pasar Malam walk will offer tons of eye and food candies :)

Do expect jams at certain junctions (near to popular stalls), locals are out with their baskets to buy farm produce and even poultry.

Chui2 Kueh4 (水粿) and Muah3 Chee2, who interested?
Pasar Malam means we Walk See Shop, and we Eat along the way haha :)

It is definitely a Fun adventure for the little ones.

They get to see sugarcane remains pile HIGH up like a hill, you do not see this in Singapore.
Drinks at Pasar Malam KSL

Minimum 20min queue for the popular carrot cake. The sweet black carrot cake is 100% worth the queue.
Next to carrot cake stall was someone selling Hong Kong’s Salt Baked chicken. The marinated chicken is wrapped and heated with charcoal, will try it next time.

Xio1 Bak3 (燒肉), this is the No1 recommendation by Heng family :)
Crispy and addictive, we were lucky that Uncle Barry manage to grab the last batch.

All 燒肉 were sold out within the first 2 hours !

Sushi? Yes Sushi and Japanese pancake are in the market too haha. The Sushi packaging are very popular with youngsters.

If you are still hungry, welcome to tabao (takeaway) some cakes, pancakes or even Ramee burgers :)

Ramli burger KSL Johor

This is a map of KSL’s Pasar Malam, it stretches from KSL City (South) to Grand Paragon.
Map of Johor Bahru Pasar Malam, distance of KSL Pasar Malam

As we left at around 7pm, more crowds are streaming in. Pasar Malam will open all the way till 10pm.
KSL Pasar Malam no parking

Additional tips :

1) Do set your expectations accordingly, this is Johor Bahru’s side street, and you cannot expect Singapore’s level of hygiene. The sidewalks might be dirtier, the food display less appealing, get over this minor sights and you will truly enjoy your Pasar Malam Trail :)

2) It is safe to bring the kids along for the Pasar Malam. Do stop every few steps to ensure no one has stopped for hamburger :p
The first stretch will have cars moving in the opposite direction, hold on to the kids. Just be vigilant and ensure your belongings are secured.

3) Leave your stroller behind as the pavement might be uneven will also be jam packed at certain stretches.
4) There is minimum seating places or stools. BE prepared to stand and eat your dinner.

5) If we are popping by again, Daddy or Mummy will consider takeaway to dine in the comfort of our Room :)
Easier, less hassle, more comfortable, the same good food, but there would be a 30% discount in the Pasar Malam experience.

On our maiden KSL Pasar Malam trip, it was a nice experience for our families’ kiddos. Food, laughter, sharing of good food and newly acquired taste. More food photos are on SengkangBabies Fanpage to whet your appetite :)

Our JB 3D2N blog posts and photos are listed below :
- Johor Street Food
- KSL City’s Pasar Malam (Mon only)
- KSL Resort pool and shopping
- Safety driving tips in Malaysia

In our final post, we will share KSL’s happening pool.

Johor Food trail

To enjoy good food, you need to have a peace of mind.
Friends visiting our blog know SengkangBabies enjoy road trips up North, but we purposely avoid “notorious” places like Johor and Petaling Jaya (PJ).

When we visited Kidzania at PJ, we dine in and around the hotel, never venturing out. The nagging fear for us is to return to an empty parking slot, where our car was supposed to be!

Back to Johor, we know they have a lot of good and cheap food, but we are more acquainted with Legoland haha. Before the kids came out, we used to drive to Taman Sentosa on the spur of the moment and enjoy butter clayfish or BBQ sotong or whatever.

After the kids pop out, and with negative media coverage of crimes, snatch thefts, car jacking etc, it put a brake to our Johor trips. Even non-original DVDs and wildboar meat (野味) could not lure Daddy over.

Fast forward to 2013, we partner Heng Family and Tan Family on a Johor food trail recently. Heng Family are regular explorers in Johor Bahru.

And most importantly, we have Johor Kaki‘s blog for reference.

Tony’s food recommendation and GPS locations make it hard to miss good food in Johor, and Johor Bahru is easily 2.5 times bigger than Singapore :)

For our virgin Food Trail, we will only focus on Johor Bahru precinct (the capital of Johor).
KSL Resort hotel was our rest point over 3D2N stay. The ground floors belongs to KSL City, good for shopping and food.

We will share more about KSL hotel later, but you need to know that 2min across this hotel, lies more GOOD food !
Food outlets opposite KSL city, good food near KSL

There are a lot of F&B options in KSL city, but we strongly encourage you to be adventurous and walk across the street for some delectable street food.

In our First blog post, we will only feature the Street food which we consumed over 3D2N.
F&B restaurant KSL city, restaurant in Johor KSL

Day 1 Lunch – There are a few famous Bak Ku Teh in Johor, but none is nearer to KSL city than “Soon Soon Heng”.

Name: Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh Restoran (顺顺兴肉骨茶)
Address: 43, Jalan Serigala, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.486233,103.761647
Rating : 3.5/5

Good Bak Ku Teh Johor, Johor Bak Ku Teh review

The Bak Ku Teh (pork ribs) is more herbal than pepperish. Although the stall is seldom empty, waiting time is bearable. Kids must be hungry, we finish every last drop.

Daddy thought the meat was a tad too tough, and kids have problem chewing.
We spend 44Rm for 2 adults and 4 kids, really value for money (read cheap).
Popular Bak Ku Teh Johor, recommend Bak Ku Teh Johor

Day 1 Dinner – Mixed rice dinner

We are still new with exploring Johor Bahru, so we went back to the row of eateries across KSL City (Same as our Bak Kut Teh lunch). Malaysia’s mixed rice is buffet style, you pick your own servings and gravy, and the boss will give you a price. The food might not look appetising, but do not let it deceive you.

Mixed rice is many office workers stable food option, as it reminds us of home-cooked food.
Mixed rice Johor, Mixed Rice Malaysia

Char Kway Teow and soupy Yee Mian noodle. Daddy and Mummy wanted to try out everything. You can view Heng family’s satay here.
Recommend soup Kway Teow Johor

After our dinner, we were hunting for Tang Yuan to celebrate Dong Zhi (冬至汤圆), but alas no luck. We end up with some fusion dessert at BlackBall.

Day 2.1 – Md. Salleh is a plain looking shop. They do not serve fancy Roti Canai (or pratas), but their plain and egg servings are good. Crispy, paper thin foils, with a little burnt corners.

Name: Restoran Md. Salleh
Address: Jalan Pingai (Opposite Pelangi Leisure Mall)
GPS: 1.482377,103.773111
Hours: 7am to 3pm (closed on alternate Weds or Thurs)
Rating : 3.5/5


Popular Roti Canai Johor

The boys can easily consume three pieces of plain Roti Canai each, and we scooped every piece of morsel off the plates :)
Recommend Roti Prata Johor, Roti Prata or Roti Canai

Day 2.2 – Hengs Hengs Kopitiam

Name: San Ming Penang Prawn Mee (三民槟城福建虾面)
Address: 58, Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.481779,103.775042
Hours: 7am to 2pm daily
Rating : 3.5/5

Hengs Hengs Kopitiam, good food Hengs Hengs Johor

Singapore’s Chee Chiong Fun is consumed plain, but Malaysia’s Chee Chiong Fun can go with side dish for a hearty breakfast (or any meal of the day).

Johor is not exactly near to Penang, but you will encounter Penang Rojak (fruit), Penang Laksa, and in this case Penang Prawn Noodle :)

Day 2.3 – Love Durian? Love Nian Gao? Remember Wah Cai (华仔).

Name: Wah Cai 3 in 1 Chinese Cake (华仔3合1招牌炸年糕)
Address: 86, Jalan Pahlawan 2, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA), Skudai, 81300 Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.522640, 103.664664
Hours: 7am – 4.30pm daily
Rating : 4.25/5

Recommend Fried Nian Gao Johor, Skudai Fried Durian, where is Wah Cai Durian

Wah Cai’s best selling items are it’s 3-in-1 Nian Gao (三合一年糕) and the durian fritters. The Nian Gao is sandwiched between sweet potato and yam, thus the 3-in-1 name.

All delicious.
3-in-1 Nian Gao – 2Rm
Durian fritters – 2.50Rm

With every bite, durian aroma fills your mouth. The pulp will seep into the crispy exterior. One is never enough.
Fried Durian Johor, Wah Cai Fried Durian

Day 2.4 – We brave the rain for some splendid Banana cake, Hiap Joo has a Fanpage too.

Name: Hiap Joo Bakery and Biscuit Factory (协裕面包西果厂)
Address: 13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, 80000 Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.456701, 103.764421
Hours: Daily 8am to 6pm (closed on Sunday)
Rating : 4.5/5

Hiap Joo is an old establishment, 1919 ! Look at the old school stove, the staff has to push the shovel deep inside the furnace to bake the pastries and cakes.
Best Banana cake Johor

At 12.30pm, thick Banana scent will fill the shop ! We advise you to arrive earlier to queue up in order to grab a box of banana cake. Limited edition :p

Banana cake shiok! Every tantalising banana chunk will melt in your mouth. You must order the upsize at 8Rm, and one box is never enough for hungry kids !
Best Banana cake Johor, Hiap Joo Banana Cake

Adults will love the coconut buns too.

Day 2.5 – If you arrive earlier than 12.15pm, go and enjoy a cuppa of Nanyang Kopi (coffee) across the street. Restoran Kin Hua and Restoran Hua Mui are both popular.

Name: Kin Wah Restoran (锦华咖啡店)
Address: 8, Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.456776, 103.764367
Rating : 4/5

Restaurant Kin Hua’s toast, egg and Kopi. Just add pepper and sauce to the half-boil eggs, they complement each other well, and perfect for a cool drizzling afternoon.
Kopi Toast in Johor, popular coffee shop Johor

Day 2.6 – Hiap Joo’s boss was even kind enough to recommend Uncle Barry to “The Best Chicken Chop in Town”.

Name: IT Roo Cafe Restoran
Address: 17 Jalan Dhoby, 80000 Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.456845, 103.763546
Hours: Monday to Sunday 11am to 10pm
Rating : 4/5

Ordering from the menu cannot be too difficult, as they are only two 5* items haha :)
IT Roo Chicken chop, Johor Chicken Chop

We love the Chicken Chop and the Root float ! Crispy, tender, with a huge dose of mushroom sauce.
At 13Rm only, this Chicken Chop is a steal.
Best Chicken Chop Johor

Day 3 – By now, you should realise that most good old fashion food stalls will use traditional rooster bowls. Is it a trademark for yummy food ?

Ah Hua Kueh Teow is on the same row as Soon Soon Heng.

Name: Ah Hua Kueh Teow
Rating : 3.75/5

Good food near KSL city

There are a few shops selling Kway Teow soup and we randomly pick Ah Hua. The tasty soup is filled with ingredients and we love the liver. Mummy confirmed no msg is added in the stock.

We pay about 22Rm for soup, dry Kway Teow and another bowl of fishballs.
Delightful and satisfying breakfast.
dry Kway Teow Johor

As Daddy is working on the Johor Food trail blog, he kept swallowing his saliva. We must plan for Food Trail 2, soon.

We would rate our experience 5/5! It was fun travelling with like-minded friends, sharing of food, driving adventures. we are now more confident to explore more of Johor :)

Do pop by Heng family’s food trail on our 3D2N trip here. Our 3D2N photos are already up on our Fanpage :

- Johor Street Food
- KSL City’s Pasar Malam (Mon only)
- KSL Resort pool and shopping
- Safety driving tips in Malaysia

Johor Bahru family itinerary, Johor Bahru 2D1N, JB Kids activities, JB Food Hunt

Daddy sucks when it comes to food vocabulary, let MissTamChiak and Derrick impress you with more Johor Food porn :)

For those who still resist driving into Johor Bahru, fret not, Tony has a walking guide! Follow his Johor and Singapore hawkers Fanpage.

A lot of Singaporeans still have reservations about driving into Malaysia, do pop by our Driving and GPS tips for traveling up North.

* Daddy has copy the shop locations from Heng Family and Johor Kaki, if anything is not updated, please let us have the latest update.

GPS, I hear you

Not too long ago, Daddy used to resist a GPS (Global Positioning System).
He says it removes the joy and adventure out of a road trip.

Yes, even if we miss a turn or exit, that is part of the road trip “fun”…
but kids are not impressed.

Maybe it is the macho stuff, where guys need to be able to topo (navigate) and find their bearings anyway everywhere.

After a few painful “hollands” (navigation failures) near Melaka, Daddy is finally convinced GPS is not a nice-to-have, but a must-have. Maybe it is the constant reminder from the Mrs (you just over shoot the landmark again!) or worse, kids (are we there yet?)

Back to our topic, we will share why a GPS is useful when we travel up North.
It brings us to the last M-I-L-E.

Trust us, in Malaysia or any other country bigger than Singapore, that last mile can prove elusive. When we are hunting for food stalls, you really need to be precise to the street name or junction ! Otherwise, kids will be clamouring (we are hungry) again !
Garmin GPS, GPS food Hunt, Gps for good food Malaysia

A GPS’s basic role is to bring us from point A to B.
Garmin, Tom Tom, and Marbella are some of the popular brands in Singapore’s IT fairs.

Nowadays, a GPS has more functions and computing power.
Do we really need a bigger screen, voice activation, smart phones connectivity ?
Daddy thought the extra functions might end up distracting the driver.

Get familiar with your GPS system in Singapore before driving into Malaysia.

Some newbie questions which we encounter before :

- do I need to set country to Malaysia when I drive to Malaysia? (nope)
- does GPS needs a constant internet or connection? (nope, as map is preloaded)
- so many ways to input the destination, POI (points of interest), postal code, streetname , coordinates (GPS). Even Image (landmark) Geotag.
- you can even use your mobile phones to push the coordinates directly into your GPS unit

- One constant issue is loss of signal when we travel under a flyover. Those entering Johor via Woodlands custom will understand the challenges like the sharp bends, overhead flyovers, your GPS will be barking turn\keep left\right every 100 metres !

Focus on the road first and only GPS-navigate when you are confident of road conditions. Do not cut lanes abruptly or brake suddenly, you can always U-turn further up.

Another less common issue might be to convert your GPS coordinates from Decimals (eg Google Earth) to Degrees and Minutes.

Example Legoland’s GPS Coordinates :
- Degrees, Minutes, & Seconds: 1º 25’ 38″ N 103º 37’ 47″ E
- Decimal: 1.427361, 103.62987
- GPS: N 1 25.642, E 103 37.792

Your GPS unit might not understand Decimal coordinates, and we need to convert them into Degrees.

1) example how to change decimals “1.427361, 103.62987″.
2a) Use the digits after the point, ie 0.427361 x 60 = 25.64166, we round up to 25.642
2b) 0.62987 x 60 = 37.7922, round up = 37.792

2c) Thus we get “1 25.642, 103 37.792

Alternatively, we can use a convertor — http://www.csgnetwork.com/gpscoordconv.html

What features do you like in your GPS?

- lifetime map update for SG and MY ?
- ability to find carpark lots?
- detecting the next speed-trap (illegal in Singapore)
- one day, our Smartphone will become our default GPS navigation unit
- bigger screens?
- detours, traffic jam avoidence
- GPS unit price can range from $150 to $500++, what do you need?
- ability to tell Tow Truck or Ambulance your location coordinates

Daddy is still primitive when it comes to GPS, he justs punch in the numbers, and listens to the instruction. He does not need to understand the satellite and receiver technology behind the GPS infrastructure,

Viola destination, Hooray food trail, yeah 燒肉 !

If you find the hungry kids photos irresistible, do pop by our recent Food trail Johor and Pasar Malam KSL city. Do not visit the albums on an empty stomach !
Johor Street Food, famous johor food

Now that you are more familiar with your GPS system, review our Holiday destinations in Malaysia ! We have some Driving tips too, in case you are apprehensive about driving up North.

More GPS (Garmin) features on this video clip “Coordinates on GPS usage”.

Food trail Malaysia, Driving to Malaysia, Streetfood Malaysia

Thank you to our humble Garmin Nuvi 1250 :)
You have brought us so much Fun, and Food.

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