Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Soon Kee Bitter Gourd Soup 新顺记苦瓜汤 @ Taman Impian Senai Utama, Senai, Johor Bharu

Soon Kee Bitter Gourd Soup 新顺记苦瓜汤 @ Taman Impian Senai Utama, Senai

Senai, being one of the new villages within the district of Kulai, is full with Hakka people. This Hakka's town is famous with Hakka ground tea, yong tau foo and bitter gourd soup. There are few famous restaurant in Senai selling bitter gourd soup and Soon Kee which is situated within a row of shop near to the main road is one of them. Every weekend, you will see the big crowd in Soon Kee during dinner hours. 

There are few reasons that Soon Kee is famous. First, the price of the dishes is extremely reasonable to all people from different levels. Second, other than bitter gourd soup, Soon Kee also offers a wide variety of home-cooked dishes, just to name few, including sweet sour pork, dried-chilies chicken, minced meat tau foo, hakka deep-fried pork and various vegetables.  
Bittergourd Soup 苦瓜汤  RM3.50/pax
The bitter gourd soup, being the signature dish of Soon Kee, is one of the must order. The soup base is made from the pork bone broth. The bitter gourd is cut into very thin slices, slightly boiled in the broth with pork slices and pork intestines (which is optional according to customer's preference). Chinese always says that bitter gourd is good and suitable to be eaten during summer days to reduce heat and to release toxic in human body. Bitter gourd soup is only at RM3.50 per portion.
Bean Sprout with Salted Fish 咸鱼豆芽  RM5 (S)
We have also ordered this superb ordinary dish- bean sprout with salted fish. Other than salted fish, they also put in fresh shredded carrot, Chinese mushroom and leeks, rendering the dish  looks colourful and also more interesting.
Pineapple Pork Intestine 黄梨大肠  RM6 (S)
I always like this dish as it is really appetizing, with this, I can easily clear one big bowl of rice.
Fried Pork 炸肉  RM2.50 / pax
Last but not least, the famous fried pork belly. The interesting part is that the pork belly is marinated with the fermented beancurd and only cut into slices after deep-frying. It is very flavourful and also crispy.

Now you know why this restaurant is always crowded? If the housewife of your home decides to have a break during weekends, here is a good destination to settle a family's dinner as a table of dishes for whole family may cost less than RM50.

Address : Soon Kee Bitter Gourd Soup 新顺记苦瓜汤 
28, Jalan Impian Senai Utama, 
Taman Impian Senai, 
81400 Senai
GPS : N1 35.645' E103 38.816'

Tel : 012-712 8567 / 07-598 0955
Business Hour : 11am - 9pm ( Closed on Tuesday)

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Warakuya Japanese Restaurant 和乐屋 @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Bharu

Warakuya Japanese Restaurant 和乐屋 @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Bharu

This is our second visit to Warakuya, and it was during off-peak hour again to avoid the big crowd and long waiting queue. Warakuya might not be the most authentic Japanese cuisine, but the winning point is the fusion of Japanese flavour with Western elements which attracts teenagers and youngster's curiosity.  

Salmon Sashimi 三文鱼生鱼片  RM22.90
Despite the recent news that Salmon may contain parasites, we still risk our stomach to order Salmon Sashimi as I just could not resist myself from enjoying the nice texture of the fish. 

Chicken Teriyaki Set 烧烤鸡肉套餐  RM13.90
While we normally order from ala carte menu, this round we have taken the opportunity to try their set meal. One thing that I like Warakuya is that no matter how busy the kitchen is, I can still feel their passionate in preparing good and quality food for customers, it never disappoint me. Even the simple chicken teriyaki set, the rice, soup and the teriyaki chicken are served piping hot, and they never compromise on the use of ingredients, they use fresh and really sufficient ingredients in preparing the food, rendering customers enjoy every bite of the food. 
Hana Sushi 花寿司  RM11.90
Salmon AGAIN! Crazy love over the fish roe which burst in my mouth.
Chuka Idako Sushi  小章鱼寿司  RM5.90
Chuka Idako is our must order, but this round slightly transformed into chuka idako sushi.
Negi Maguro 红金枪鱼  RM6.90
Negi Maguro is good too, fresh and juicy.
Kani Karaage 香脆软壳蟹  RM13.90
Craving to taste crab but lazy to remove its shell? Kani Karaage must be your choice then, deep-fried to perfection, a very good snack indeed.
Edamame 毛豆  RM4.90
It is just like our Chinese loved steamed peanut, Edamame is very common but once in a while, I really enjoy to eat this while chatting with friends. 

As usual, our meal ended with Warakuya's complimentary dessert. The dessert does not really taste the best, but it always warm and buy our heart. I think most of the regular customers could feel it as well.

Address : Warakuya Japanese Restaurant 和乐屋
43, Jalan Kuning 2,
Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru
GPS : N01 28.675'  E103 46.042'

Tel: 07- 332 0789 / 016 - 7778234
(Reservation is advisable)
Business Hours: Mon-Sun  11.30am-11.00pm

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Briyani Village @ Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, Johor Bharu

Briyani Village @ Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, Johor Bharu

The Briyani Village is a great Indian restaurant in Johor Bahru downtown. The Briyani Village offers Northern Indian food and tandoori specialties which tendency to village countryside cuisine as I can feel it through my dining experience. Despite its location in a hidden street, it is very popular among Indian food lovers.

The service is prompt and pleasant. As we are first timer in Briyani Village, the waiter is very passionate to recommend the signature dishes in the restaurant.
Garlic Naan  RM4.50
Their Naan is made in the traditional way, which is baked in traditional charcoal tandoori oven. Instead of plain Naan, we have opted the Garlic Naan. The Naan is full with the garlic fragrance, the texture of which is fluffy. I also find that the Nan is salted and buttered, renders it being flavourful even without curry.
Mutton Roganjosh  RM17.50
They offers wide variety of cooking method for mutton, this Mutton Roganjosh is recommended by the waiter which is not overly spicy to suit my liking. The mutton is well cooked, fully absorbed with the flavour of the spices. The mutton is soft and tender, very good to go with Naan or nasi briyani.
Briyani Rice  RM7.50
Different from Malay styled briyani rice, fragrant basmathi rice (which is longer in shape) is used for Indian briyani rice. 
The side dishes for the briyani rice.
Chicken Tikka Achari Masala  RM16.50
Chicken Tikka Achari Masala means boneless chicken in unique mango achar-based gravy. the mango achar-based gravy is good to balance the spiciness of the dish.

A spoon of Chicken Tikka on the Naan! It tastes heavenly good.
The environment is clean and comfortable. The atmosphere is very good too for family dining and friends gathering. It is highly recommended if you are looking for authentic Indian cuisine.

Address : Village Briyani Cafe
15 Susur 1/1, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, 
 80000 Johor Bahru
GPS : N1 28.194'  E103 45.529'

Bussiness Hour : 12pm - 3pm and 6pm - 10.30pm
Tel : 07-2220360