Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Ah Hua Kuey Teow 亚华粿条 @ Taman Century, Johor Baru

Ah Hua Kuey Teow 亚华粿条 @ Taman Century, Johor Baru

Ah Hua Kuey Teow is not new to residents in Johor Bahru, as it is the pioneer of abalone kuey teow soup with 50-year history in the southern tip of Johor. Ah Hua Kuey Teow started in 60-an with a pushcart, selling Teo Chew style kuey teow soup in the downtown. With the late owner's creativity and innovation, Ah Hua had invented the abalone kuey teow soup even back in those poverty-stricken years. 

Other than the luxury abalone kuey teow soup, Ah Hua also offers the basic version with pork, intestine and fish balls. Ah Hua Kuey Teow has dry and soup version, we ordered both. If you order the dry version, the waitress will ask if you need chilies and black vinegar too. I thought it was the Singaporean style to eat it with chilies and black vinegar but I was told this is actually the traditional Teo Chew style, which has been practised by Ah Hua since day one of its business. 

The soup version was good too, the broth is very flavourful and with the natural sweetness from the pig bone. The pig liver was thinly sliced and well cooked, hence very soft. Not to forget the springy fish ball, I am not too sure if the fish balls were hand made, but it perfectly matched with the kuey teow soup and definitely will be loved by kids.

Since almost every patron ordered their signature fish cakes, we ordered two pieces to satisfy our curiosity as well. It turned out to be not too bad. The chilies sauce was quite special with the minced coriander, making the fish cakes taste more refreshing.

Although the food here was quite good, the restaurant took quite a while to get our servings ready, it is either due to the crowd on the weekends or the kuey teow soup is cooked bowl by bowl to ensure its quality. If you are rushing for appointment or looking for quick meal, you may want to skip Ah Hua during lunch hours or weekends.  

Address : Ah Hua Kuey Tiao 亚华粿条
21, Jalan Serigala, 
Taman Century, 80250 Johor Baru
GPS: N1 29.138   E103 45.664

Business Hour : 7.30am - 4.30pm 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Boat Noodles @ JBCC Johor Baru City Center, Johor Baru

Boat Noodles @ JBCC, Johor Baru

The famous Thai Boat Noodles has landed in Malaysia for quite some time and I still remember the initial big crowd when boat noodles were first introduced in Kuala Lumpur. Now, the population boom has slowed down, but it still provide an additional choice if you have run out of idea what to have for lunch or dinner.

Different from before, boat noodles restaurants have increased the variety of foods to attract more patrons. Now they offer more Thai cuisines and desserts to accommodate different patrons' preference.
Longan Drinks  RM3.90
Similar to Malaysia, Thailand is also famous with tropical fruits, like mango, longan and durian. My mum used to buy big packet of dried longan when she visits Thailand as it is much cheaper and fresher. During our visit to Boat Noodles, the restaurant was offering Longan Drink as their "today's special". As usual, Thai drink and dessert are slightly sweeter to my taste bud, but it is still acceptable if you are taking hot food. 

There are four types of soup base and two types of noodles. We wanted to order Egg Noodles for testing but was told that Egg Noodles were sold out.

Pathumtani - The Pathuthani recipe is a dark soy sauce broth with an appetizingly sour-ish and delica spicy flavour

Ayutthaya - Ayutthaya has an intensely flavour based creamy dark broth with no less than ten herbs and spices.

We ordered both chicken and beef noodles. Small portion of noodles and meat ball (respectively made from beef and chicken) are served in a small bowl, which was just now for a bite.

The broth was good and both are very appetizing. It is also quite enjoyable to stack up the bowls after eating, especially when you are eating with a bunch of good friends and each of us were competing with each others on how many we could eat! 

Address : Boat Noodles
Lot 307, 3rd Floor,
Komtar JBCC Johor Baru City Center
80000 Johor Baru
GPS : N 1 27.709 E 103 45.811

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Broovies Cafe @ Bandar Indahpura, Kulai

Broovies Cafe @ Bandar Indahpura, Kulai

It has been a while since our last cafe hopping and this round, our target is Broovies Cafe in Kulai. Broovies Cafe is located in Indahpura, a new township in Kulai and getting crowded in recent years after Aeon Jusco rooted here. Following the crowd, many eateries have been set up in the vicinity to cater all levels of patrons. Apart from Broovies, there are also other franchise cafes expanding their territory here, i.e. Sugar on Top, UFB, MyLiberica, Anmour cafe and etc.

Because of the banks located nearby, the traffic flow in front of Broovies Cafe is quite busy and you might need to park further and walk across. Broovies Cafe has a dark blue colour signboard with white wordings and a hidden nation flag of UK, the usage of colours and design truly reflect the UK concept of the cafe. *Please ignore the recruitment banner in front of the shop which slightly spoiled its outer look.*

You will definitely be surprised when you walk closer to the cafe. A blue public phone booth right in the walkway, the glass door and windows which we can see through from inside (just like in the dramas), are so attractive! At the entrance of the cafe, the owner has left the unused coffee grounds on a table to be grabbed patrons who would like to recycle them as fertiliser or for other usage.

The interior look of the cafe, which we are amazed at. The cafe is not spacious, but very contented and well divided into different sections.

Those little ornaments are very matching with the overall concept of the cafe.

Every corner in the cafe worth photo-taking. 

Various cakes are displayed in the glass cabinet, not many choices but each of them looks attractive.

We have chosen the rainbow mille crepe. If you are having the cake in the cafe, they will present it in a nice way, the drawing on the plate and creamy flowers on top of the cake are additional which really opened up my appetite.
Peppermint Mocha  RM11
If you are coffee lover but would like to try something more refreshing, peppermint mocha is a good choice. A combination of coffee, chocolate and mint, fragrance, sweetness and refreshing-ness are all in a cup. 
Rainbow Mille Crepe  RM13
Colourful rainbow mille looks nice, but tasted just normal. I still prefer the rainbow mille crepe from Passionfood, which is layered with fresh fruits and jam.

Waffles are one of the signature dishes in Broovies. So, definitely not to miss it. Other than the Banana Nutella Waffle that we had, Broovies has few other choices of waffle as well. 
Special Drink - Buah Long Long Juice  RM3.9
Broovies was promoting Buah Long Long* Juice during our visit, a tropical fruit juice and very popular among Malaysian. We think its price is quite reasonable and worth for a try and it turned out just nice to match with the creamy cake and waffles. Its sourness refreshed our taste bud and slightly balance the accumulated heaviness from the cake and waffle.

*Buah Long Long is also known as Buah Kedondong in Indonesia, its taste is akin to sour and unripe mango, normally made into juice. 
Banana Nutella Waffle topped with Chocolate Ice Cream  RM16
If you are a fan of the combination of chocolate and banana, you will definitely love this. The waffle batter was itself with chocolate flavouring, making it super duper chocolate-ish. The waffle was topped with banana and nutella, the usage of ingredients is indeed generous. To add a scoop of chocolate ice cream on top, the dessert became extraordinary fabulous.

Address : Broovies Cafe
55, Jalan Kenanga 29/5,
Bandar Indahpura,
81000 Kulai
GPS : 1.642151  103.619689

Business Hour : 12pm - 11pm
Tel : 07-665 1019
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