Friday, 24 February 2012

Penang Rojak Buah on a Motorbike in Johor Bahru!

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Take a careful look at this mobile rojak stall. Did you notice the Penang licence plate on the motorbike?

According to the rojak man, he came from Penang to Johor Bahru nearly 20 years ago riding this very same small motor bike to seek a living. Today, he is a well known rojak man with his fans trailing his mobile stall everywhere he went. He has also set up his family here in JB.

His old faithful - a classic Honda Cub - is still with him and is still his reliable business partner. To borrow local Honda distributor Boon Siew Honda's corporate philosophy, the Honda Cub has powered this rojak man's "Passion towards Dreams".

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Rojak man has a constant stream of regular customers stopping by his stall along Jalan Maju next to Pelangi shopping centre. Some came on foot while many drove by in their cars or motorbikes to buy the take away version.

Many intricate details go into making this seemingly simple dish. It starts with selecting the right fruits. The fruits are specially picked by the rojak man every morning to ensure that they are all fresh, juicy, and crunchy.

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Even the seemingly straightforward task of cutting the fruits is in itself, an art. As explained to me by the rojak man, how the fruit is cut affects its texture, water content, bite and ultimately its taste.


Only an artist can create a work of art like this.

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The other key ingredient is the sauce. This sauce is totally different from those that I have tried before anywhere else. This sauce is a thick goo that flows like hot melted cheese. It also reminds me of melted chocolate in a fondue fountain, but thicker.

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This delicious snack costs RM4.50
When I got my box of rojak, I immediately stabbed it with the two skinny wooden picks and was about to give the sauce and fresh fruit pieces a vigorous stir when the rojak man hurriedly stopped me. He was like an artist whose work of art was about to be vandalised.

He then suggested that I just eat the rojak and allow the sauce to naturally sink and coat the cut fruits. Apparently, it is better not to stir the rojak as that would only drive the moisture out of the cut fruits and turn the rojak into a soggy mess. True enough, the sauce sank down through the salad, coating the pieces of fresh fruits below as it passes.

The flavour of the sauce is exquisite. Totally unexpected of a mobile stall on the back of a motorbike!

The sauce is a delicate blend of subtle sweet and savoury with the flavour of ground peanuts and fermented prawn paste (the signature of Penang rojak). Together with the naturally sweet, tangy, juicy, and crunchy cut fruits, this rojak is just marvellous. No kidding.


After eating all the pieces of fresh fruit, I tipped the box and let the unfinished sauce slowly flow into my mouth. Rojak man earlier told me that students love his sauce so much that many would eat his sauce on its own. Well, I did too, as it was that good.

Penang rojak man was featured on the excellent Fatbook 非食不可 programme.

->> Give this Penang rojak a try - exquisite taste on the back of a moped. The cut fresh fruits are "dry" and that caramel sweet and crustacean savoury sauce is so addictive. Try it to believe it.


Restaurant name: No name mobile Penang rojak stall on motorbike
Address: Along Jalan Maju next to Pelangi shopping centre in Taman Maju Jaya (this mobile stall moves around in various locations and pasar malams)
Map: http://g.co/maps/r3865
GPS: 1.480613,103.765461 / 1°28'50.2"N 103°45'55.7"E
Hours: Mobile - only hours of the Pelangi location given here. Mon and Tues - 12:30pm to 3:45pm; Weds to Sun - 12:30pm to Thurs

No pork, no lard, No Halal Cert

Date visited: 22 Feb 2012

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11 comments:

  1. Love the story behind the mobile rojak man! He seems proud of his food too, teaching you the proper way to enjoy it lol

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  2. Thanks Veron. Yes, rojak man is a professional with passion for his art and a quiet dignity.

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  3. Wahaha..bro, how to track a mobile rojak man down? Next week go find him liao..

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    1. go to monday pasa malam you will see him at there

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  4. Mike, all the best! My mouth watering now thinking about the rojak ;D

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  5. Bro JK, today is my lucky day...I managed to track the dude down at 12 pm. I was not confident he will be there because the time was noon and you said he'll be there at 12.30 pm. Anyway, I happen to be the 1st customer and ordered one box to take away. Duno how cum he got another one stand by. I asked him to give me the other box too..hahaha, I got 2 boxes. And the hay kor is damn thick and shiok...can also try on toast...or jacob's biscuits..

    After that, i went to the fish ball stall at jalan stulang daram..wah double shiok..ho yeh!!

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    1. LOL Bro Mike. You are having fun! Visited any Ramadhan bazaar yet ;D ?

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  6. Hi, really miss this rojak. Use to eat at least twice a week for several years when my office is in Jln. Abiad. Now that we'd moved our office further, no chance to eat every week. Must drive down this weekend, drooling now..LOL

    Nice blog with good recommendation of foods around Johor. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.

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  7. Thanks Amelia, wish you happy reading and eating ;D

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  8. Hi, JK, great info and wonderful pictures through out your blog. Just discovered it and realised that I have much catching up to do. So embarassed, even though I live in jb, I didn't know so many of these stalls and shops existed. Anyway, just so you know, you're using "am" for the time in this review about the mobile rojak stall. Cheers man, here's to many more happy trails:-)

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    1. Thanks jc franz for your support and encouragement. Thanks also for pointing out. I have amended the timings. Appreciate it. Share with us your favourites too :)

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