Thursday, 5 January 2012

Bitter Gourd Soup @ Kah Kah Loke Restaurant in Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru

Bitter gourd soup is a simple dish commonly made in Chinese homes. At Kah Kah Loke Restaurant in Taman Johor Jaya, the humble bitter gourd soup is elevated to the status of a signature dish. Judging by the capacity crowd at lunch time, Kah Kah Loke’s simple bitter gourd soup indeed has a strong following. 

Despite its leading attraction status at Kah Kah Loke, the bitter gourd soup served here remains almost identical to the homemade version we find at home. There is none of that over commercialised, fanciful or fake pretentiousness to jazz up its homely image. It is just plain old homemade soup - and that could be why throngs are drawn to it daily.

The soup is naturally sweet and the main ingredients are thinly sliced bitter gourd, lean pork, and pork liver – that’s all, just like the way it is done at home. The soup looked cloudy with boiled liver and meat juices suspended in the broth.

The bitter gourd slices are soft yet crunchy and naturally sweet with only a slight hint of bitterness. The pork slices are tender and sweet. The liver here is well cooked and firm. Some people might prefer liver that is less well cooked which is more tender.

A bowl of bitter gourd soup for two persons costs RM9.

I will be back to bond with friends by sharing the warmth of the bitter gourd soup’s homely goodness.

Restaurant name: Kah Kah Loke Restaurant
Address: 62 Jalan Bakawali 39, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.545709, 103.794643
Hours: Daily (Closed on Mondays)
Non Halal

Date visited: 5 Jan 2012


  1. I tried the food at Permas Jaya branch. Tried the bitter gourd soup and I have tasted better ones. Do not understand why people like it. It is nothing out of extraordinary. Guess it is a personal taste. Those I have tasted have more richness with other meat and seafood cooked in it. Tried the fish with ginger and sauce and it is not fresh. The potato leaves are lathered with too much lard and oil, and it is overwhelming. The crispy pork is ok but I will not put it as heavenly. Even a normal economical rice stall can produce this standard. The tofu with minced meat is ok except it is too oily. Overall, the use of oil is excessive in most dishes. I took a peak at the kitchen and it is mostly employed young non-chinese foreign workers and not the experienced chefs cooking it. Overall, it is a disappointment and I will not step back in again.

  2. you should try 大众苦瓜汤 at johor jaya dedap it is much more better than this one

    1. OK. Thank you for your recommendation :-D Shall visit this as soon as possible.


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