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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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Arirang Korean BBQ Restaurant @ Bandar Putra, Kulai

Arirang Korean BBQ Restaurant @ Bandar Putra, Kulai

Looking for authentic Korean food? If you don't mind to travel 30 minutes from Johor Bahru, Arirang Korean BBQ Restaurant could definitely surprise you with their tasty Korean cuisine. Arirang located in Bandar Putra, Kulai, not far away from the Hutan Bandar Kulai. Despite its remote location, the restaurant is quite crowded with patrons on a Saturday night.

As usual, side dishes were served first. I am always delighted to see the table filled up with various side dishes of different colours, this is one of the best parts about Korean food. The cold yet attractive side dishes definitely open up our appetite prior to the commencement of heavy meaty meal. Although the side dishes are refillable, please slightly resist from having too much of side dishes and save some space for the main course. 

Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup is a heart and stomach warmer especially during cold rainy day. We had the soup in Chinese way (i.e. have the soup with some of the chicken meat) and the Korean owner actually corrected us, he came forward and cut the chicken into pieces using soup spoon, mixed the glutinous rice stuffed in the chicken well with the soup, making it look more like porridge, so that we able to taste every single ingredient in the soup.

We opted for bean paste soup instead of the normal kimchi soup and its taste has indeed surprised us. It tasted savoury with the fragrance of fermented bean, very good to go with rice. 

Another not-to-missed dish -- seafood pancake. It is at its best when served hot. 

Here come the leading role in our set meal. The barberque meat was personally grilled by the Korean owner outside the restaurant, so we can enjoy the barbeque meat in a non-smoky environment. If you think Korean BBQ is best to be eaten with the grilling in front of you, you can still walk to the outdoor and have a chit-chat with the Korean owner while seeing him grilling the meat for you. 

The BBQ meat are well marinated and grilled to perfection I would say, you can eat the meat alone or wrap it with the lettuce and the add some of the bean sauce and garlic, which is less sinful and with diversified texture.

Address : Arirang Korean BBQ Restaurant
7505, Jalan Enggang 19, Bandar Putra
81000 Kulaijaya

Business Hour : 10am - 11pm
Tel : 07-590 8744

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Brazzo Restaurant & Lounge @ Taman Ponderosa, Johor Baru

Brazzo Restaurant & Lounge @ Taman Ponderosa, Johor Baru

Had been to Brazzo in Jalan Serampang for dinner before and this round we tried Brazzo in Taman Ponderosa for lunch. We were told that Brazzo has been offering affordable lunch sets during weekdays for workers who intend to have a quick and decent lunch. 

Pork Sausage
Some of the dishes in the lunch set menu are also available in dinner menu, but the prices are much lower. I ordered my favourite pork sausage, comprising three pieces of sausage, mashed potato and salad. The sausage is topped with the specially made sauce, dark in colour but sweet and sour in taste, which is very refreshing to match with the meaty dish.

Grilled Chicken Thigh
Grilled Chicken Thigh is one of the Brazzo's signature. It is paired with french fries and salad. Smart choice to have chicken thigh for this dish, as it is very tender and smooth, slightly grilled to perfection and topped with the fruity tasted sauce. The french fries has added a brownie point too, crispy on the outside and soft in the inside, we ate it with the grilled chicken sauce instead of chillies sauce, which were perfectly matched too.

As we visited the restaurant on a special occasion, the brownie was given as a complimentary dessert. perfectly ended our lunch.

Address : Brazzo Restaurant & Lounge
10G, Jalan Ponderosa 2/1, 
Taman Ponderosa
81100 Johor Baru

Business Hour : Mon - Sat  12pm - 1am
Tel : 07-351 3034

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Toast 土司坊 @ Permas Jaya, Johor Baru

The Toast 土司坊 @ Permas Jaya, Johor Baru

The Toast is a local brand in Johor Bahru, started its initial business in shop houses. With its decent foods and reasonable price, it has become famous within a very short period of time. To expand its business, it has also started a new outlet in Taman Permas. This building where the new outlet is located, is very eye catching. The existing glass design and high ceiling of the unit has made the restaurant very spacious and bright, provides a very comfortable environment to dine in. 

The Toast has been a popular place for breakfast among Johor Bahru-ian, with wide range of local breakfast dishes, i.e. Nasi Lemak, Mee Siam, Mee Mamak, Chui Kueh and various toast.

Soya 豆浆 RM2.70 , Yuan Yang 鸳鸯 RM2.60
There are quite a number of choices for drinks too. We had Soya and Yuan Yang (coffee and tea mixed).
Margerin Kaya 烤面包(牛油+咖椰)  RM2.30
One should not give a pass to margerin kaya toast in The Toast. As you see from the picture, a very generous spread of margerin and kaya on the bread. Very satisfying!

Nasi Lemak with Chicken Wing 椰浆饭加炸鸡翅  RM8.30
The Nasi Lemak was a smart choice too. Look at the portion and side dishes, definitely worth more than the price. 
Zhui Kueh 水粿  RM3.40
We never thought of zhui kueh being offered in a cafe and surprisingly, it tasted not bad.

This is a very good place for family breakfast as the variety of foods will definitely satisfied everyone. Although it was quite crowded when we visited, the foods were actually served quite fast. We will definitely re-visit this place for its good foods and service.

Address : The Toast 土司坊
Lot 2110,Jalan Permas Utara,
Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, Johor Bahru
GPS : N 1 30.774  E 103 49.080

Tel : 07-388 6880
Business Hour : 8am - 9pm

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Caffebene @ Johor Baru City Square, Johor

Caffebene @ Johor Baru City Square, Johor

Korean desserts are very trendy nowadays. Compared to other Korean desserts, Bingsu is one of the most popular and elaborate snack among Malaysians, in this country which has summer throughout the year. Caffebene originated from Korea, started its development in Malaysia not long ago and this one in City Square is the first outlet in the southern region of Malaysia.

The simple yet inviting exterior design of the outlet. The corner lot with both sides' doors opened make the shop looking spacious and comfortable.
Strawberry Bingsu (Single) RM16.80
A fruity bingsu is definitely our choice after a heavy dinner. Fresh strawberries are sandwiched with the milky shaved ice, rendering the whole dessert very refreshing. Eating strawberry dessert with read bean paste is something new to us, not a bad combination. I especially love the sorbet ice cream on top. 

Frappeno Caramel (Regular)  RM12.70
Caffebene has quite a number of choices for beverages as well, mainly coffee. We ordered a Frappeno Caramel for sharing. The taste is of average, still unable to beat the big brand. We like the fragrance of caramel, but Caffebene's version is slightly too sweet to my tastebud.

Address : Caffebene
Level 3, Johor Baru City Square

Bussiness Hour : 10am - 10pm

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Mian Jiu Dirty Mee 麵久拉揸面 @ Port Dickson, Lukut, Negeri Sembilan

Mian Jiu Dirty Mee  麵久拉揸面 @ Port Dickson, Lukut, Negeri Sembilan

This was during our last trip to Port Dickson. Other than good scenery, nice beach and sea, we actually didn't know that Port Dickson has well known local food too. The dirty mee is one of special and recommended food in the old town of Port Dickson. Mian Jiu, the restaurant selling dirty mee, has been long established in this small town and has definitely become the home taste in the eyes of many Port Dickson's locals.  

Other than dirty mee, Mian Jiu is also famous with its seafood soup. The soup base is made of pork broth and patrons can choose the ingredients that they want to be included in the soup, we have chosen some basic items like beancurd skin, fish ball, meat ball and Yong Tau Foo. If you are a seafood lover, you can opt for seafood too. Just a gentle reminder and make it an usual practice to check the price of the seafood before ordering, to eliminate any surprise when the bill is rendered.

The pork broth was very good, which made everything in the soup tasty too. I especially like the vegetables that fully absorbed the essence of the soup. 

A prior online research shows that dirty mee has two versions, one is fried noodles and the other one is dried noodles. The dried noodles is merely mixing the noodles with dark soy sauce, which to me slightly plain and dull, so we opted form the fried version that came with pork slices and vegetables. We started to know why is it called dirty mee when the dish was served, I bet mostly because of its dark colour. Its presentation fully reflected the unsophisticated feature of local delicacies. Despite the fame of dirty mee, I found it fall slightly below my expectation, lack of "wok hei" that fried noodles should have.    

Address : Mian Jiu Dirty Mee  麵久拉揸面
1854, Jalan Besar, 
Lukut, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

GPS : N 2 34.090 E 101 49.688

Relocate to 1, Pusat Perniagaan Lukut Utama, 71010 Port Dickson, NS
(Effective 24 Dec 2016)

Tel : 012-3538307 / 012-9058663
Business Hour : 7am - 1pm (recommend to visit early)

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Kim Long Curry Fish Head 金龙咖哩鱼头 @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru.

Kim Long Curry Fish Head 金龙咖哩鱼头 @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru.

Kim Long Curry Fish Head at Jalan Wong Ah Fook has been one of the landmark restaurants in Johor Bahru, not only attracting local patrons, but is also Singaporean's favourite. We have been seeing long queue outside Kim Long Restaurant during lunch hour and with the worries of long waiting, we have not visited Kim Long at Jalan Wong Ah Fook, but it remains one of the items on our list. Until we found out a restaurant in Taman Pelangi also bears the same name, more importantly it opens for dinner at night. We were told that all the ingredients used in Taman Pelangi Kim Long are being supplied by the main shop and hence the taste should not be far different. The good taste is also evidenced by the crowd, it is not easy to get a table on Fridays' or weekends' night.

Other than the signature curry fish head, this restaurant in Taman Pelangi is also famous with its kam heong lala (clams stir-fried with garlic, dried shrimp and curry leave). We noticed almost every table has this dish and we followed the trend too. The lala is really a good choice, very savoury to go with rice.

We ordered a small portion, which is just nice for 2 pax. The fish head also comes with long beans, egg plant and cabbage, making the whole dish more abundant with various ingredients. Although it is a curry dish, the fish head used is very fresh, hence its flesh is very smooth and solid. The gravy is not too thick with the appropriate portion of coconut milk, making it rather refreshing and not overly heavy. 

Address : Kim Long Curry Fish Head 金龙咖哩鱼头
51 & 53, Jalan Kuning,
Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru

Tel : 07-3333168
Business hour : 3.30pm - 10.30pm (Tuesday Off)

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Paik's Pan Sizzling Korean Chicken @ City Square, Johor Baru

Paik's Pan Sizzling Korean Chicken @ City Square, Johor Baru

Paik's Pan has entered into the territory of City Square for quite some time. As other freshies in town, the first few months of Paik's Pan's operation in Johor Bahru, there were big crowds and people queuing up to wait for seats. We visited Paik's Pan after a while of its hotness, although the crowd has reduced, we can still see high table turnover rate. 

Paik's Pan is located at Level 3, right outside the Inner City. The eye-catching red and white exterior design is definitely a brownie point, making it look modern, yet friendly and approachable. 

This is not conventional in Korean Sizzling restaurant in Malaysia, they serve side dishes which can be unlimited refilled! The cold side dishes (coleslaw, pickles and radish) are very appetizing and the warm seaweed soup really comforted our tummy before the main course served.

We opted for Spicy Dakgalbi Pan (Chicken) RM30.80/pax before GST & Service Charge. This set include of chicken in spicy sauce, fresh vegetables and rice cake. 

There are other additional ingredients to be added to the hot pan. We had extra cheese and ramen to complete our meal. It costed us RM14.80 and RM 8.80 respectively.

Similar to other Korean Sizzling Restaurants, Paik's Pan has set the minimum order of 2 pax. However, the portion for 2 pax is definitely not meant for 2 person, it can at least feed 3 to 4 person. The overall taste is very delicious, but we hardly finished the whole thing with just two stomach, it would better to share the portion with more people.

Address : Paik's Pan Sizzling Korean Chicken
Lot MF08/09. Level 3, City Square
GPS : N 1 27.695 E 103 45.837

Business Hour : 11am - 9pm
Tel : +607-207 1117

Branch : KSL City, JB