Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Restaurant SPOA 合德宝阿斯里海鲜 @ Telok Kabong, Kg Pasir Puteh, Johor

Restaurant SPOA 合德宝阿斯里海鲜 @ Telok Kabong, Kg Pasir Puteh, Johor

There are few famous aboriginal seafood villages situated near to the sea in Johor Bahru, respectively in Perling, Permas and Pasir Gudang. The restaurant is sitting alongside the sea, enable the diners to enjoy the breeze and also the city view of our neighbour, Singapore. We have taken the opportunity to visit one of the seafood restaurant of the same nature in Pasir Gudang, which is secretly hidden inside Tanjung Puteri Golf Course. 

There are few restaurants within the vicinity, but based on the "research" that we have done, SPOA is the recommended and popular one among others, mainly because the price is comparatively reasonable. We visited SPOA during late lunch hour, the restaurant is extremely quiet with only 2-3 tables of customers.
It is like a live seafood market here where various seafood are displayed in the aquarium and only be "slaughtered" after you place order. The oysters they offer are as big as my palm, they look attractive but we have not ordered as our target today is CRAB!! 
This is some of the crabs where their claws are tied to avoid "prison-breaking". 
Large number of prawns swimming in the water!

Fried Sweet Potato Leaves 清炒番薯叶  RM8
For vegetable, we opted for simple quick fried sweet potato leaves with garlic. Without the sambal belacan that normally goes well with sweet potato leaves, we able to taste the original flavour of it and surprisingly it is also delicious without much seasoning.
Lala Soup 拉拉汤 (600g)  RM12
Different from the clam soup that we normally have in Kuala Lumpur, their clam soup has heavy pepper flavour to balance the cool nature of clams. Ginger, carrots and mushrooms are added to the soup to make it more interesting.
Deep Fried Squid with Butter 奶油苏东 (400g) RM15.20
The butter squid is also not too bad, coated with a thin layer of flour and egg. The squid is deep-fried to perfection, followed by a quick stir fry with curry leaves and cili padi.
Salted Egg Fried Crab 咸蛋大螃蟹 (700g)  RM59.50
We ordered a big crab, the portion is just right for 2 person. The salted egg fried crab here is in wet version, goes well with the white rice. the crab is quite meaty too, totally satisfy our craving for crab!

Not far from the restaurant, there are few kelong, perhaps the fresh seafood are from there? Anyway, other than the seafoods, we do enjoy the seaview there, we found the sea here is less polluted compared to the other few seafood village. 

Address : Restaurant SPOA 合德宝阿斯里海鲜
Kg Pasir Puteh, Teluk Kabong, Johor
Location is near to Tanjung Puteri Resort & Golf Course

However, I do strongly recommend to follow the direction as below to avoid get lost or cannot find the place:

- From second link (travelling on North-South Highway), exit at Pasir Gudang (exit no. 256).
- After exiting, basically you are on Pasir Gudang highway.
- Drive all the way straight with no turns at all for about 40-50mins.
- You will know it's nearing soon, when you enter the industrial zone with a couple of refineries as well as the Johor Port.
- Drive on till you reach Tanjung Puteri Golf Course on the right of the road.
- Turn in and just follow the paved road all the way.
- Reach a stretch of coarsely and poorly paved road (beware road is rather bumpy).
- Proceed till you see a sign board amidst a palm oil plantation.
- It may seem a dead end but no, turn right into the palm oil plantation 
- you'll be surprised to see 3 to 4 restaurants along river bank which is the Straits of Johor overseeing Northern Pulau Ubin!

Quoted from Dreamersloft

Business Hour : 11am - 11.30pm
Tel : 013-7099399 / 07-216 2798

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Restaurant Tua Thow 大头餐室 @ Jalan Tun Abdul Razak , Johor Bharu

Restaurant Tua Thow 大头餐室 @ Jalan Tun Abdul Razak , Johor Bharu

Restaurant Tua Thow is located on the left side of Jalan Tun Abdul Razak if you come from City Square, is a end lot after a row of workshops. The location of Tua Thow is not really strategic as it is rather isolated from Johor Bahru centre, yet is a popular spot for lunch break and surprisingly crowded with white collars during lunch hour. In fact, we have visited Tua Thow twice due to its excellent soup stock, thus this post actually combines two meals.

They serve dried and soup noodles. Customers can opt for small, medium or big, the interesting part is the "small, medium or big" does not represent the portion and size of your meal, but the variety of ingredients to be added in the soup. "Small" costs RM5.00, "Medium" costs RM7.00 and "Big" costs RM10.00. Other than the ingredients predetermined by the price, you can customise your noodles by requesting for add-ons, for example baby abalone, additional prawn, squids and etc.
 Dry Noodles 干捞面  RM7
During our first visit, we ordered the "medium" noodles, one is dry version and the other is soup based version. The dried noodles is mixed well with dark say sauce and pork lard, just a normal dried noodles and nothing to shout about but the soup is excellent. Perhaps we visit Tua Thow around 2pm, where all the essence of meat and ingredients has merged into the soup, enable the soup taste extremely good with the meaty sweetness.
Soup Noodles 粿条汤  RM7
The soupy version comes with the same ingredients, comprising pig livers, pig kidney (which you can tell the boss to omit/replace it if you are not a lover of pig internal organs), pork slices, fish slices, fish maws and vegetables.
Dry Noodles 干捞面  RM10
While the RM10 version is served with additional ingredients i.e. fresh prawn, fishballs, meatballs and fish wantons.
Soup Noodles 汤面  RM10
Overall, I would describe the noodles and the soup as "porkilicious" and might be a very traditional Chinese cooking. If you love double-boiled pork bone soup, Tua Thow's noodles definitely will be your favourite too. But price-wise, I still think it is rather pricey considering the environment of the restaurant, which is quite warm.

Address : Restaurant Tua Thow 大头餐室
9 Jalan Tun Abdul Razak (Susur 4)
80100 Johor Bahru, Johor
GPS : N 1 28.924 E 103 45.179
(Location beside Mobil station)

Business Hour : 7.30am - 2pm (Sold Out)
Closed on Friday

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Celebrating Mid Autumn With Gartien 小田佳園 Pineapple Cakes

Celebrating Mid Autumn With Gartien 小田佳園 Pineapple Cakes

Mid Autumn (In Chinese 中秋节) is coming in corner. During this festive, I believe most of the people will equip some delicacy to serve their guest. In order to create wave, this year Gartien 小田佳園 come out with its special Mid Autumn Festival design. To be outstanding from the traditional mooncakes, why not treat your guests with something special?
Beside this, the pineapples cakes is decorated in a paper-made box with special-to-festive packaging designs containing the picture of modern "Chang Er 嫦儿” and few cute rabbits, definitely a excellent and unique festive gift to friends and family. 
Each Box come with 10 pieces of pineapple cake in individual purple packet with flower printing on the packet. It shows that Gartien is so thorough and even take care of the design of the individual packet which most of the business owners neglects. When you are giving it to an important friend, it also shows the gift giver's sincerity. 
The home-made pineapples cakes is filled with a generous portion of pineapples paste. The pastry taste milky and butteryThe pineapple paste is moist while your taste buds will still be surprised by the pineapples pulps. This is because their pineapples fillings are hand cut to preserve the chewy texture of the pineapples. 
RM45 per box (Self Collection Only)

For all deliveries within Peninsular Malaysia & East Malaysia respectively, a fixed courier charges of RM10 & RM40 respectively will be imposed. In addition to the beautiful box, an exquisite paper bag will be provided too.

1. Booking order BEFORE 4 AUGUST 2014 for 5 boxes and above will be entitled to A BOX FREE.
2. Booking order AFTER 4 AUGUST 2014 (upon availability) for 10 boxes and above will be entitled to A BOX FREE.

Greeting advance Happy Mid Autumn Festival to everyone and your family.

Address : GARTIEN @ 小田佳園
380, Jalan Penang, 10000 Penang, Malaysia.
(next to Kek Seng Coffee Shop/格成茶室)
GPS : 5.416298, 100.329380

Business Hour : 9am-6pm (daily)
Tel : 04-229 0068