Thursday, 19 January 2012

Haji Wahid Mee Rebus - Johor Signature Food

Haji Wahid’s Mee Rebus, one of the most popular in Johor, has a long, illustrious history. Wak Baidali began selling this famous mee rebus in 1918, and his son Haji Wahid took over the business in 1938. (That’s why Haji Wahid’s mee rebus is also known as Baidali mee rebus.) Today, Haji Wahid’s mee rebus has several branches in JB (and Putrajaya) run by the descendants of Wak Baidali.

Mee Rebus Johor
Zainal's Place, 89 Jalan Keris, Taman Sri Tebrau, JB

The gravy (kuah in Malay) is the soul of mee rebus. Haji Wahid’s gravy is subtly fragrant. Sometimes, I caught whiffs of the distinctive aroma of ground dried shrimps. Ground dried shrimp is a traditional ingredient that I seldom find in mee rebus stalls nowadays. Kudos to Haji Wahid’s for keeping to tradition.

Hj Wahid Mee Rebus at the top level food centre at Larkin Bus Terminal in JB

I love the friendly, relaxing ambiance here above the noise and din
of the bus terminal and market below

Haji Wahid’s gravy is heavier and nuttier than others due to the use of more groundnuts. Again groundnut is another traditional ingredient which average mee rebus stalls use less of these days. Some I believe use very little, if any groundnuts at all, which is a pity as it detracts a lot from the texture and flavour of the gravy.

Haji Wahid's at Plaza Angsana is one of the busiest branches.
There is always a queue waiting patiently for their mee rebus.

If gravy is the soul of mee rebus then Haji Wahid's @ Angsana has lots of soul.
Just look at the number of pots of gravy being prepared for sale.

I love the cool, cheerful ambiance at Plaza Angsana food court

Haji Wahid’s mee rebus is served with a dash of vinegar and dark soy sauce, and a topping of crispy fried crackles. These add zing to the dish without loading the dish with too much frills.

The yellow noodles and bean sprouts in Haji Wahid’s mee rebus are also boiled just right. The noodles and bean sprouts retain a slight spring and crunchiness unlike some other stalls that over cooked them till they taste flat and limp.

Unlike in Singapore, mee rebus in Johor (including Haji Wajid’s) is usually not served with sambal belacan (ground chili with shrimp paste).

Mee rebus is one of my comfort foods and a gastronomic link to my humble but blissful childhood in 1960s Singapore. Haji Wahid’s mee rebus is the closest to that magical mee rebus of old Singapore that I can get today.

Thank you Haji Wahid for that

Restaurant name: Restoran Zainal's Place
Address: 89, Jalan Keris, Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.487536,103.770096
Hours: 7:00am to 5:00pm

Restaurant name: Haji Wahid Mee Rebus @ Larkin
Address: Stall MS 35, Food Centre at Larkin Bus Station
GPS: 1.496438,103.743612
Hours: 7:00am to 5:00pm

Restaurant name: Haji Wahid Mee Rebus @ Plaza Angsana
Address: Stall at Plaza Angsana
GPS: 1.495183,103.705229
Hours: 10:00am to 9:00pm

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  1. Avoid the Angsana stall. Noodles serving too small, barely enough for a small bowl; total bits of crackles can be counted in one hand. Unpleasant peppery taste. The same hand that pulls out raw noodles also gives out change.

  2. The dish from different stalls, look different !!


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