Johor Kaki Travels for Food

Singapore blog of true stories by johorkaki@gmail about best food, people & places around the world

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Vesta Lunch Diner @ Dupont Toronto - Miriam Reinoso's Baby

Vesta Lunch Diner @ Dupont Toronto - Miriam Reinoso's Baby

Exploring the disappearing old school diners of Toronto took me to Vesta Lunch in The Annex district slightly northwest of University of Toronto. Vesta Lunch was founded in 1955.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

George Street Diner, Toronto. Little Red Diner in the Movies

George Street Diner, Toronto. Little Red Diner in the Movies

Ask any Torontonian to recommend an old school diner, and George Street Diner will always be among the handful mentioned. Old school diners are like kopitiams (traditional coffee shops) in Singapore. They are friendly, warm hangouts for affordable meals but a disappearing breed today, both in Toronto and Singapore.   

Friday, 14 June 2019

Patrician Grill @ King Street Toronto - Proudly Serving Nothing Fancy since 1967

Patrician Grill @ King Street Toronto - Proudly Serving Nothing Fancy since 1967

When I am in Ang Moh land, I like to visit old school diners which are the equivalent of kopitiams of Singapore and Malaysia.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Tofu Village Toronto Koreatown for Gamjatang - Korean Pork Bone Soup

Tofu Village Toronto Koreatown for Gamjatang - Korean Pork Bone Soup

I like many Korean dishes and one of my favourites is gamjatang. It literally means potato soup but I think of it as the Korean version of bak kut teh (Singapore/ Malaysia pork bone soup).

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Hotel Boss Singapore

Hotel Boss Singapore

Buddy from Hong Kong checked into Hotel Boss at Jalan Sultan and invited me to join him as I am showing him around Singapore.


Saturday, 8 June 2019

BATCH. Stop #1 of Brewpub Hopping in Toronto

BATCH. Stop #1 of Brewpub Hopping in Toronto

Today, we visited BATCH, a brewpub (micro brewery cum pub) in downtown Toronto's Victoria Street, a stone's throw from Eaton Centre mall and Hudson's Bay Company (iconic historic department store).

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Quan Xin Yuan Seafood Restaurant - One of the Last Bastions of Traditional Hokkien in Singapore 泉馨园(清记)海鲜菜馆

Quan Xiang Yuan Restaurant - One of the Last Bastions of Traditional Hokkien in Singapore 泉香园(清记)海鲜菜馆

Traditional Hokkien dishes like many heritage cuisine in Singapore are getting harder to come by in restaurants. One of the few places left to get old school Hokkien food in Singapore is at Quan Xiang Yuan at 252 Jalan Besar (near City Square Mall). A few rarely found heritage dishes are still on the menu here.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

#1 of Top 10 Best Prawn Mee Noodles in Singapore. Tekka Hawker Food Centre

Best Prawn Mee Noodles in Singapore

Back today at one of my favourite prawn mee stalls in Singapore - 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles in Tekka Market & Hawker Centre. This famous stall really needs no further introduction - this is just my personal take on it. 

Friday, 31 May 2019

Kim Chi & BBQ Korean Restaurant in Pelangi Johor Bahru

Kim Chi & BBQ Korean Restaurant in Pelangi Johor Bahru

Last night, buddy Phoebe invited me to join her family for dinner at Kim Chi & BBQ Korean restaurant in Taman Pelangi. Unfortunately for me, I was unable to join them due to a prior commitment - my apologies 🙏 As I was craving for Korean BBQ, we checked in at Kim Chi & BBQ the very next morning 😄

Monday, 27 May 2019

Best 10 Roast Pork in JB Malaysia Series. Restoran Oktober in Johor Jaya Bakawali 洪记烧腊鸡饭

Best 10 Roast Pork in JB Malaysia. Restoran Oktober in Johor Jaya Bakawali 洪记烧腊鸡饭

Seeing that there is always a long queue for Hong Kong roasts at 洪记烧腊鸡饭 during lunch, we came early to Restoran Oktober coffee shop in Johor Jaya (Bakawali side) to try it out.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Best 10 Chap Chai Png / Fan in Johor Bahru Series. My Favourite Economy Rice in Masai JB

Best 10 Chap Chai Png / Fan in Johor Bahru Series. My Favourite Economy Lunch in Masai JB

When I want a balanced meal, quick, no fuss and doesn't compromise on choice and taste, I often go for chap chai png which is known as economy rice (in Singapore) and chap fan (in KL). When in JB, my favourite place for economy rice is 肆源小炒 near the Masai bus terminal. It doesn't have an English name, I just refer to it as Mr Tay's (the boss) place.

Sunflower Bakery & Restaurant @ TD Point Retail Mall, Taman Daya, Johor Bahru 福林坊

Sunflower Bakery & Restaurant @ TD Point Johor Bahru 福林坊

JB social media is now abuzz about TD Point, a new makan hotspot in Taman Daya of Johor Bahru. So, we came here to explore, stumbling upon Sunflower Bakery & Restaurant.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Lunch with Chef Chung Deming - Mod Sin Frontrunner @ The Quarters Icon Village Extension

Lunch with Chef Chung Deming - Mod Sin Frontrunner @ The Quarters Icon Village Extension

Chung Deming always has a thing about cooking and promoting Singapore cuisine, especially hawker dishes. It got the better of him 5 years ago, when he left his investment bank career to start The Quarters bistro to fully dedicate his time and energies to his passion for modern Singapore cuisine.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

One Pot YiGuo (一锅) Singapore Style Steamboat in Heritage Hawker Centre

One Pot YiGuo (一锅) Singapore Style Steamboat in Heritage Hawker Centre

Finally came to One Pot for steamboat dinner with kakis since meeting owner Brent Tay at Maureen's office warming party. In my mind, One Pot is "Singapore style" steamboat because steamboats on our sunny island were like this for as long as I can remember.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Toa Payoh Lor 7 Kway Chap & Braised Duck. 7巷粿汁卤鸭 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Toa Payoh Lor 7 Kway Chap & Braised Duck. 7巷粿汁卤鸭

I enjoyed a nice old school kway chap this morning in Kim Keat Palm Market & Hawker Centre (Singapore) thanks to buddy's tip off.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Chinese Red Stewed / Braised Pork Belly Recipe. Hong Shou Rou 紅燒肉



Stewed pork belly 🐖 also known as red braised pork belly or hong shou rou 紅燒肉 is a popular Chinese pork dish - it is also one of my favourites. Hong shou rou is enjoyed all over China and in Chinese communities around the world. It is considered a "hundred family dish" 百家菜 meaning, a dish which every Chinese family has a recipe for - so there are many variations of hong shou rou. It is basically a savoury sweet dish with tenderly soft skin, meat and almost melt in the mouth fat. The versatile dish is eaten with rice, noodles or bun. 

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Nanyang Old Coffee, Singapore 南洋老咖啡 ☕☕☕☕

Nanyang Old Coffee, Singapore 南洋老咖啡

Today la kopi with Lim Eng Lam owner of Nanyang Old Coffee 南洋老咖啡, thanks to link up by buddy Victor. ("La kopi" literally means "stir coffee" is Singlish for casual meet up over coffee ☕ )


Friday, 17 May 2019

How Does Moray Eels Taste Like? 小珍 SZ Kitchen @ Fairprice Hub, Joo Koon MRT

How Does Moray Eels Taste Like? 小珍 SZ Kitchen @ Fairprice Hub, Joo Koon MRT

I was still in KL when Uncle Bob invited us to join him to taste Moray Eel at Johnny's restaurant 小珍 SZ Kitchen @ Fairprice Hub, Joo Koon MRT Singapore. Thanks to Johnny and Uncle Bob, I had a chance to taste it when I returned to Singapore today.

Eating Roast Goose in KL @ Chen Chen BBQ Goose, Duck in Pudu 珍珍深井烧鹅鸭鸡

Eating Roast Goose in KL @ Chen Chen BBQ Goose, Duck in Pudu 珍珍深井烧鹅鸭鸡

While we were in Kuala Lumpur, buddy SW wondered if we could get some nice roast goose. As usual, I turned to my Facebook friends for help. Chen Chen BBQ Goose, Duck in Pudu came up in the list of suggestions. We picked it because it was on our route and fit in our day's plans.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Wong Mei Kee in Pudu KL - The Best Roast Pork in Malaysia & Singapore? 王美记燒肉 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wong Mei Kee in Pudu KL - The Best Roast Pork in Malaysia & Singapore? 王美记燒肉

Wong Mei Kee 王美记燒肉 have long been on my Eat List as many buddies swear by it - many declaring it the best roast pork in Malaysia and Singapore. I finally got to taste Wong Kee's legendary siu yok or sio bak - missing it many times before because the roast meat was always sold out within 1, at most 2 hours.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Kim Lian Kee KL Hokkien Mee @ Mid Valley Southkey, Johor Bahru 金莲记福建面

Kim Lian Kee KL Hokkien Mee @ Mid Valley Southkey, Johor Bahru 金莲记福建面

As a big fan of Kim Lian Kee KL Hokkien mee, I was excited that they opened a branch in the newly launched Mid Valley Southkey in Johor Bahru. I am eager to know if I still need to go to Kuala Lumpur to get my KL Hokkien mee fix.

Dinner with Niramon of Niramon Couture, Royal Haute Couture Dressmaker

Dinner with Niramon of Niramon Coutour, Royal Haute Coutour Dressmaker

On arriving in Bangkok, we went straight to Ah Yat Abalone at Amoma Grand hotel for dinner with Khun Niramon.

Friday, 10 May 2019

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Hock Lam Street Popular Beef Kway Teow @ Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 福南街著名牛肉粿条

Hock Lam Street Popular Beef Kway Teow @ Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 福南街著名牛肉粿条

Hock Lam Street beef noodles founded in 1921 is the oldest brand of Teochew beef kway teow still in business in Singapore today. They have two outlets - one known as Hock Lam Street Popular Beef Kway Teow @ Old Airport Road Food Centre, and a second one Authentic Hock Lam Street Popular Beef Kway Teow @ North Canal Road (since 2004).

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Yook Mooi Teochew Mee Pok (also known as Yue Mei) @ Jalan Lumba Kuda, JB 玉梅潮州面薄

Yook Mooi Teochew Mee Pok (also known as Yue Mei) @ Jalan Lumba Kuda, JB 玉梅潮州面薄

Buddy Claire tagged me on Facebook about Yook Mooi Teochew Mee Pok 玉梅潮州面薄 - another Lao Tee style noodle stall. Johor Bahru oldies would know what excitement such news bring to JB foodies. (Thanks Claire for the tip off!)


Best Ramadan Bazaars in Johor Bahru 2019. Today, We go to S'MART PANDAN

Best Ramadan Bazaars in Johor Bahru 2019. Today, We go to S'MART PANDAN

First and foremost, may I wish all my Muslim friends Happy Ramadan Al Mubarak.

This is a time I always look forward to every year - as my Muslim friends celebrate the Holy Month, I would join them at Ramadan buffets and bazaars. The sights, sounds, smells, tastes, spirit and atmosphere at Ramadan bazaars always excite me.