Saturday, 25 February 2012

Curry Laksa @ Gerai Makan Botak in Kluang, Johor

Overseas Malaysians returning home, after mom and pop's cooking, would head for their favourite hawkers to relive the taste of their comfort foods. Botak's curry mee, an over 60 year old institution in Kluang, is a magnet for locals and Kluangites returning from overseas. Fans from beyond Kluang are also growing steadily in strength.

Botak's curry mee comes overloaded with fresh tofu, fried tofu, fried fish stick, cockles and so on, but the real star is his curry made from a family secret recipe.

The next generation to grow up with Botak's curry mee
Botak's curry is made mostly with  ground spices. The tasty and mildly spicy smooth curry has a pleasant slight grainy feel from the ground spices. It is not oily. Not much coconut milk is used, unlike those found elsewhere which are heavily reliant on coconut for flavour.

Botak's daughter's stall @ Mengkibol River Hawker Centre
Botak's son's stall in Kampung Paya
I like Botak's curry so much that after eating the full works RM6 bowl at his daughter's stall, I tracked down his son's shop in Kampung Paya to have a second round :-D. (Botak himself has opened and is running the third branch in Setia Indah, Johor Bahru.)

Botak's Kampung Paya shop showcases his wall-to-wall collection of colourful tea pots and liquor. There is also this funny looking table with cement shoes :)

I must mention the sambal chili provided with the curry mee. Made from fresh chili and fried in oil, it is spicy and adds oomph to the curry for those who prefer their curry extra hot. This sambal chili is so good, I ate a couple of tea spoons on its own - don't try this at home :-P

Restaurant name: Gerai Makan Botak
Father's address: 46/48, Jalan Setia 3/6, Taman Setia Indah, Johor Baru
GPS: 1.573036,103.759046

Son's address: Jalan Paya 2, Kampung Paya, Kluang
GPS: 2.040879,103.334977

Daughter's address: Jalan Panggung, Kampung Masjid Lama, Kluang (Mengkibol River Hawker Centre) 
GPS: 2.029777,103.320971

Hours: 7:00am to 5:00pm

Date visited: 15 Feb 2012


  1. Went to the Setia Indah branch and was told by another hawker that it is no longer operational.

    1. Thank you for the update. Appreciate it.

  2. May i know for both branches also have the same operation time?

  3. The best curry mee... And this is where my husband proposed me. The most memorable place

    1. wow that's lovely, Rina :-D Congratulations! I need to go back soon to have another taste of this great curry mee :-D


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