Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Taman Tasek Kuey Tiao Kia 南滨园粿条仔 @ Jalan Tasek, Johor Bharu

Taman Tasek Kuey Tiao Kia 南滨园粿条仔 @ Jalan Tasek, Johor Bharu

There are few famous Kuey Teow Kia stalls in town, at different locations. Taman Tasek Keuy Teow Kia is open in the morning and close after lunch hour. This stall is a hidden gem in Taman Tasek, sitting quietly and harmoniously in a small food court, with two other Malay stalls. We actually spent sometime to look for this stall, although Taman Tasek is not that big. For your information, it is just situated at the back of Maybank Taman Tasek, but its appearance is not so obvious.

Deng! The herbal base of the Kuey Teow Kia is lighter in coulour (compared to Wen Qiang Kuey Teow Kia in Stulang) but surprisingly flavourful and goes well with the plain kuey teow.

Our selection of side dishes: Braised eggs, pork skin, preserved vegetable, intestines and pork belly. Thumbs up to the pork skin, it was cleaned properly and all the hairs are removed thoroughly. It is smooth but crunchy, rich of collagen! All the other dishes are not bad too, probably after long hours braising, every dish is fully absorbed with the herbal essence.

This is where the stall located. In fact, we just could not see it from outside and we made few rounds in the residential area without notifying this famous stall under the blessed big tree. 

P/S: This is not the only hidden gem in the same area, you just could not imagine that there is another famous homey style Tze-Char shop located in the second row shoplots, sitting between the workshops.

Address : Taman Tasek Kuey Tiao Kia 南滨园粿条仔
Jalan Tasek 
GPS : N 1 29.123 E 103 43.354
(Near Maybank branch, entrance to Taman Tasek)

Bussiness Hour : 7am - 2.30pm (Off Sunday & Monday)

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Say Yes Hong Kong Dim Sum 思源香港点心 @ Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai, Johor

Say Yes Hong Kong Dim Sum 思源香港点心 @ Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai, Johor

Say Yes was highly promoted by the facebook kakis when it first opened. With its quality dishes, it still maintains its reputation until today. Based on our observation during few visits to Say Yes, it is normally crowded during public holidays and weekends. It was once that we needed to queue up for half an hour before we got seated.  

The floor is laid with small floor tiles, I really like the nostalgic feel.  
Chilled Flower Jelly 桂花糕
We were always tempted by the chilled flower jelly in Hong Kong drama but it is rarely available in Johor Bahru. So, we were very excited seeing this dish in the menu, this is the first item that we say yes to. The texture is more to Agar-Agar in Malaysia, which is crispy. It is very refreshing with the slight fragrance from the flowers and the Chinese wolf berries. The sweetness is just right to our taste.
Chicken Feet 凤爪
The steamed chicken feet is also not too bad, cooked until fall-off-the-bone soft. The long hours cooking also render the chicken feet fully absorb the marinade.
BBQ Pork Bun 叉烧包
The char siew bun, comes in three pieces with their nicely bloom. The dough is very fluffy and the filling is moist .
Fresh Shrimp Dumpling  虾饺
And definitely we will not miss out their shrimp dumpling, it is so tempting with bright pink chunks of plump shrimp veiled in thin, translucent dough.
Shanghai Xiao Long Bao 小笼包

BBQ Pork Cheong-Fun 叉烧肠粉
This Cheong Fun is not so excellent, perhaps I do not like the overwhelmed smell of coriander which takes away the shine of the char siew.
Deep Fried Beancurd Roll with Shrimp 虾卷
Yum yum, the deep fried beancurd roll with shrimp. I like the whole prawn in the crispy and crunchy beancurd skin. The filling is with coriander too (maybe the owner is a lover to coriander?), but the portion is just appropriate.
Baked Mini Egg Tarts 迷你蛋塔
The mini egg tarts are take-away items, but it is really delicious when it is hot from the oven!
Pan Fried Carrot Cake with Preserved Meat 煎萝卜糕
Baked Bun with Honey Pork 雪领叉烧包
The baked version char siew bun has really surprised us. The texture of the dough is similar to butter cookies, but slightly softer than that. It is amazing and highly recommended.
Century Egg & Shredded Pork Porridge 皮蛋粥

Steamed Pork Dumpling Black Mushroom 烧卖

Steamed Custard Bun With Salted Egg 旋风金黄流沙飽
Their Salted Egg Custard Bun is dressed in whirlwind pattern, it is so cute and different, right? This will definitely attract kids' attention the most.

Address : Say Yes Hong Kong Dim Sum 思源香港点心
64 & 66, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3,
Taman Sutera Utama,
81300 Johor Bharu
GPSN 1 30.924  E 103 40.101

Bussiness Hour : 8am - 10pm
Tel : 07-5622572

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The Brazzo House @ Jalan Serampang, Johor Bharu

The Brazzo House @ Jalan Serampang, Johor Bharu

The Brazzon House is no longer strange to JB folks, as it has expanded its business from Jalan Serampang to Taman Ponderosa and Danga Bay. We went to the one in Jalan Serampang, being the first outlet in Johor Bahru. It operates from a bungalow lot, hence there are ample parking lots within the compound of the restaurant. 
Although located at a quiet residential area, The Brazzo House is extremely lively at night even on weekdays. You may need to wait to be seated if no prior reservation is made. The restaurant is divided into few sections, the outdoor seats for smoker, the area with the liquor bar and the indoor dining area.
Soft Shell Crab 软壳蟹 RM19.80
We ordered the soft shell crab as appetizer. I would say the portion is quite generous for the price, it is also crunchy but juicy. If you are here for happy hour, this dish will definitely be the perfect beer food.
Grilled Chicken Thigh  RM18.90
The grilled chicken thigh is served with french fries and salad. The sauce is very tasty with the fruity sweetness from raisin (or dried berry), matched well with the grilled chicken thigh. The salad is dressed with sesame sauce, complement the fresh vegetables perfectly. 
Germany Trio Sausage  RM39.80
The Germany Sausage is served on the "wooden chopping board", come together with salad and mashed potato. The texture of the sausage is good and not too soft, coated with the special sauce, very appetizing! 
Black Forest Cake 黑森林蛋糕  RM11
Ended our meal with Black Forest Cake, the dessert here is of average, nothing much to shout about.

The Brazzo House is open during lunch hour too and the spread of set lunch is similar sumptuous compared to the dishes offered during dinner time, and the best part is it is CHEAPER and more WORTHY! So, it is recommended to visit The Brazzo House during lunch hour.

Address : The Brazzo House
127, Jalan Serampang, 
Taman Sri Tebrau, 80050, JB
GPS : N 1 29.115 E 103 46.555

Business Hour : 12pm - 1am
Tel : +607-3362650