Friday, 6 January 2012

Salahuddin Bakery in Johor Bahru Old Town (Near City Square)

I love Salahuddin Bakery's large triangular shaped Indian curry puffs (also known as Bengali curry puffs) that are loaded with fillings inside. Salahuddin's curry puffs remind me of my childhood when I used to buy them from Indian peddlers who sold them from wooden boxes strapped to the back of their bicycles.

Nowadays, it is difficult to buy these treats in Malaysia and Singapore, especially good tasting ones.

Fortunately, we in Johor are still able to get excellent Indian curry puffs from Salahuddin Bakery in old downtown JB.

Indian curry puff with beef and potato fillings
Indian curry puff with potato fillings
Salahuddin Bakery’s Indian curry puffs come in fillings of curried cut potatoes and onions with minced chicken, beef or lamb. The shells of Salahuddin’s curry puffs are crispy and flaky. Bits of flaky crusts fall off as you bite into the curry puff.

The bulbous insides are bulging with generous fillings. The shell and fillings taste spicy and are fleetingly pungent to the nose. It’s the kind of flavour and aroma that instantly transports me back to those carefree school days of the 1970s.

Each triangular Indian curry puff costs RM1.70 (in 2012).

Besides buying freshly baked triangular Indian curry puffs, a trip to Salahuddin Bakery is an experience in itself.

Salahuddin is one of the oldest bakeries in JB. They still use that old room-sized wood fired oven that they had been using since 1937. (The other traditional bakery is Hiap Joo which I cover in another post.)


Salahuddin makes a wide range of old styled cakes, breads, pastries, muffins and Bengali puffs – all with that old wood fired oven.

Not only are the confectioneries made in the old way. The manner the goods are displayed for sale is just like old times.

Even the warm and gentle way Enché Salahuddin interacts with his customers is reminiscent of a time when people are less harried and makes time to chat and catch up with each other.

A trip to Salahuddin’s is an experience that I like to indulge myself in as often as I can.

Rating: 4-Stars out of 5

->> Salahuddin Bakery is one of the oldest bakeries in JB serving traditional breads, cakes and curry puffs like a living museum.

Restaurant name: Salahuddin Bakery
Address: 26 Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.456915, 103.763428
 +60 7-227 3736

Dates visited: 6 Jan 2012, 11 Jan 2012, 20 Nov 2012, numerous more times

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  1. Is the bakery closed on Sundays?

  2. i agree. i have seen various members of the family helping out at different times and all of them are very polite and helpful.
    good range of bakes.

  3. I don't think Salahuddin's curry puff uses beef infilling. More likely it is mutton based on cultural differences.

  4. Went there today, a nice place to visit

  5. Maybe it was an off day, but the curry puffs (chicken and mutton) were cold and the filling lacked oomph. Will try to get fresh baked ones next time.

    1. Thanks. Maybe I can find out when the pastries normally come out from the oven. Will update this post.


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