I have a long backlog of good food stalls in Johor that I have visited and liked, but have not yet blogged about. Once in a while, there comes a stall I liked so much that it jumps to the front of my blogging queue. Solid Cafeteria kway teow kia 祖传果条仔 is one such outstanding stall.
Solid Cafeteria's pork offal were very well prepared. They were all very well cleaned, braised till tender yet still al dente, while retaining the pork's natural sweetness.
Just one example. Look at the braised pork skin. It was curled into a springy coil because the skin was braised just right.
But the same can be said of the pork offal of many of Johor's best kway teow kia stalls.
The thing that really sets Solid Cafeteria 祖传果条仔 well apart from the rest is their special gravy.
At Solid Cafeteria, the pork offal were drenched with a dark, gooey, syrupy herbal gravy instead of the usual light herbal broth found elsewhere.
Solid Cafeteria's gooey gravy is silky smooth, delicately herbal and with pleasant sweet notes. It is easy to fall in love with (or is it get addicted to?) Solid Cafeteria's flavourful, savoury herbal gravy. The distinctive flavour and taste came from brewing many blended herbs together with lots of large stock bones for hours.
The owner MR Ong said the traditional recipe came from his mother which he later modified and improved upon.
Solid Cafeteria's signature gravy is so good, I am sure I would be perfectly happy to eat at least a bowl or two of plain white rice with just the gravy alone, and nothing else. I fact, I found myself slurping up all the gravy after cleaning my plate of pork offal. It was that good.
Solid Cafeteria is also famous for their signature braised duck. The slices of tender and naturally sweet braised duck meat were flooded with generous amounts of the same signature herbal gravy, that overflowed over the sides of the shallow plate.
The clean tasting kway teow noodles were smooth and complemented the pork offal and braising sauce very well.
The chili sauce was excellent too. Fresh, tangy, spicy hot and sweet.
I must remember to order these fried bean curd skin during my next visit. They look perfect for soaking up Solid Cafeteria's unique herbal gravy.
Will definitely revisit J
Restaurant name: Solid Cafeteria Kway Teow Kia 祖传果条仔
Address: 137 & 139, Jalan Bakawali 50, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru
Hours: 12:00noon to 9:30pm (closed on Monday)
Date visited: 25 July 2012