Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh 强记肉骨茶 @ Kota Tinggi, Johor

Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh 强记肉骨茶 @ Kota Tinggi, Johor

We have been hearing the good name of Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh for quite some time, but have not had a chance to try it out due to its locality until a very good Sunday and thanks to the kindness of our driver, we were finally here!

The stall just located at the roadside and but not very eye-catching, there are no other significant buildings nearby, so extra attention is required to avoid missing the stall. It was on weekend and hence there are patrons from Singapore too. By judging from the number of vehicles outside the stall, we were so worried that we have to wait long for a table. But surprisingly, we were seated quite fast in less than 15 minutes after our arrival.  

This is our strategy, one of us queued up to make order while the rest of us looking for table. More importantly, the method works, we got our dishes in 15 minutes after we were seated. We must salute the business owner and their helpers too, for being capable to deliver dishes in a timely manner despite the big crowd during the weekend.

Braised Pig Trotters 卤猪脚
The braised pig trotters came first. As its dark colour showed, the pig trotters are deeply flavourful. The timing for cooking the dish is well controlled too, the skin maintains its springiness, but the meat inside was very soft and melting in mouth. Yummy! 

Special Bak Kut Teh with Rice Wine 肉骨茶(附加米酒)
Similar to most of the bak kut teh in Johor, Kiang Kee bak kut teh is also served piping hot in a claypot. We heard from others that the Kiang Kee bak kut teh has its distinguishing feature, which it goes well with rice wine too. To enhance the dining experience, we requested for the special bak kut teh with rice wine. The rice wine was just appropriate to complement, not overly cover up the goodness of the herbal broth.  

Pig Stomach Pepper Soup 猪肚胡椒汤
As we do not visit Kiang Kee on a regular basis, we tried to have more variety to have a taste of each of dishes. Hence, we added on another porky dish-- pig stomach pepper soup. The pig stomach were cut into bigger pieces to provide better biting texture. The soup is very tantalizing with the pepper.  

 Preserved Vegetables 梅菜  

Address: Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh 强记肉骨茶
Batu 8½, Jalan Mawai, 
Kota Tinggi, 81900 Johor
GPS : 1.827626   103.958473

Tel: +607 8821290 / 019-747-9416
Business Hours: 7.30am till sold out
(Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Stulang Laut Kuey Tiao Kia 三楼粿条仔 @ Taman Stulang, Johor Baru

Stulang Laut Kuey Tiao Kia 三楼粿条仔 @ Taman Stulang, Johor Baru

In the vicinity of the famous Woon Kiang Kuey Teow Kia, there is another stall at the side selling kuey teow kia as well. The stall is commonly known by the regular patrons as San Lou Kuey Teow Kia. Although it does not operate from a proper shop, the business remains good. 

The stall has a very simple set up. There are two stalls under the same roof, the one right at the entrance is selling laksa, and walk a bit further you can see the kuey teow kia stall. For convenience sake, there are some limited parking space just outside of the stalls. 

During dinner hours, the stall is packed with people. We queued up to order our food.

Some of the dishes are displayed at the stall and the patrons can make their choice by pointing to the "spare parts" that you wish to have. To kill the waiting time, you may also take some of their side dishes (which are ready foods) from the table next to the order counter. The side dishes include meat balls, sausages, spring rolls and other fried stuffs. 

I found their dishes not too salty and the taste being quite consistent during our few visits. The herbal soup (the base of the kuey teow) is darker in colour but not very clingy to the kuey teow, maybe this is the reason why it does not taste overly salty compared to some of the kuey teow kia shops.

Overall, we had a pleasant dinner here although the portion was rather small. Feeling not contented with the main course, we actually took the side dishes again! 

Address : Stulang Laut Kuey Tiao Kia 三楼粿条仔
Jalan Stulang Darat, 
Taman Stulang, 80300 Johor Bahru
GPS : N1 28.316  E103 46.645

Business Hour : 5pm - 11pm (Close on Monday)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Tai Hong Lei Cha 大丰擂茶 @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Baru

Tai Hong Lei Cha 大丰擂茶 @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Baru

I have been passing by this street where Tai Hong Kopitiam in Taman Pelangi is located, but always at night. The big green signboard of "Tai Hong Kopitiam" is very compelling and we can't help to be attracted by the restaurant. 
Lei Cha 擂茶
Tai Hong Kopitiam is famous with its Lei Cha (literally, grounded tea), one of the Hakka traditional dishes. Lei Cha is quite common in the southern Johor, due to the Hakka population here. I must say it is a very healthy dish, with assorted vegetables. and even more appealing with the peppermint and basil leave made soup. Although it is not a general favourite by all and some do not even dare to try the greenery soup, I find this a very delicious Hakka delicacy despite I am a Teochew.
Sarawak Kolok Mee 砂拉越哥罗面
Other than the signature Lei Cha, Tai Hong offers wide range of other dishes too, to fulfill everybody's taste bud. I was surprised to Kolok Mee in the Menu and it has definitely made me feel nostalgic about the Kolok Mee that I had in Sarawak few years back. However, this version of Kolok Mee is slightly different from the one I tried at Kuching, which was of a drier version. Tai Hong's has some gravy and is more alike to our wantan noodles. I personally still prefer the Kuching version.
Stuffed Taufu  酿豆腐
Patrons can have pick-and-choose Yong Tau Foo near the cashier counter too. Just choose whatever you like and inform the waiter whether you want the dry or soup version, the Yong Tau Foo will be served to your table once done. We ordered the soup version and I think it is a wise choice, because the soup is made from soy bean. The nature sweetness from the soup matched very well with the Yong Tau Foo. 

Overall, it is a good place for breakfast or lunch, the foods were served pretty fast, so if you looking for quick meal, this place is highly recommended. With the wide variety of foods, I bet you will definitely find something suit you.

Address : Tai Hong Lei Cha 大丰擂茶
42, Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi
80400 Johor Bahru
GPS : N1 29.012  E103 46.504

Business Hour : 8am - 6pm (Close on Thursday)