Bak Kut Teh in Johor, think collagen not cholesterol :p
On our recent trip to Desaru and Johor (Waterfall, Go Kart, and Crocodile), our family Mummy and Daddy got a craving for Bak Kut Teh in Johor (肉骨茶).
There are many famous Bak Kut Teh in Johor, we pick two from Johor Kaki‘s recommendation. Just add white rice and yummy fritters (油条).
Name: Hwa Mei (华美肉骨茶 )
(10min walk from CIQ building. This spot is not easy to find if you drive, narrow road and lack of carpark space)
GPS – n01.46085 e103.76756
Rating : 4.25/5
Generally, Malaysia’s Bak Ku Teh are more herbal then pepperish. Our kids are more accustomed to pepperish broth, as they might not like the “Chinese medicine” smell of herbal broth.
We love the tender and succulent meat at Hwa Mei but the highlight must be the Pig Trotter! So juicy and soft it just melts in our mouth.
Surprisingly, kids finish every last drop of goodness at Hwa Mei. It must be the rain and cold weather, everyone order additional rice and of course more refill of the tasty broth.
Hwa Mei is now our No1 Bak Kut Teh restaurant in Johor!
We pop by Ah Soon on another day.
Name: Ah Soon (亚顺肉骨茶), near to Taman Sentosa The Store
GPS – n01.48872,e103.76746
Rating : 3/5
It gave us the impression that all Johor Bak Kut Teh stalls are popular, always crowded! In fact, most Bak Kut Teh stalls would be packed during lunch hours.
Side dish, Mei2 Cai4 (梅菜) and small chili, both are compulsory for Bak Ku Teh fans.
Stewed goodness, but we found the meat too tough. The standard is about similar to Soon Soon Heng (顺顺兴肉骨茶) opposite KSL.
We ordered a dry Bak Kut Teh chicken too as we noticed it is popular with diners . Definitely more flavourable than the souped version.
If you are still hungry, there is a 我來也 (Wo Lai Yeh bak kwa) opposite the STORE. (GPS n01.49299 e103.76929).
The quality used to be good (maybe a decade ago), but it was too oily this round. We could not find “charred” crispy corners. We had to ovened it one more time before it taste nice. Do order the Char1 Siew1 Soh1 (叉燒酥) instead.
We still hope 我來也 standard has not dropped so much.
Tips for Johor Food Trail :
– get your Bak Kut Teh list from Johor Kaki
– follow our Food Trail in JB (Johor)
– remember Bak Kwa is contraband and cannot smuggle into Singapore ok 🙂
Johor Food trail shares about our best food.
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 !
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.
Day 1 Lunch – There are a few famous Bak Ku Teh in Johor, but none is nearer to KSL city than “Soon Soon Heng”. (Our favourite is Hwa Mei)
Name: Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh Restoran (顺顺兴肉骨茶)
Address: 43, Jalan Serigala, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru
Rating : 3.5/5
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 spent 44Rm for 2 adults and 4 kids, really value for money (read cheap).
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.
Char Kway Teow and soupy Yee Mian noodle. Daddy and Mummy wanted to try out everything. You can view Heng family’s satay here.
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)
Hours: 7am to 3pm (closed on alternate Weds or Thurs)
Rating : 3.5/5
The boys can easily consume three pieces of plain Roti Canai each, and we scooped every piece of morsel off the plates 🙂
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
Hours: 7am to 2pm daily
Rating : 3.5/5
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
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.