Teochew kway teow thng or soup is everywhere in Johor Bahru, so it is very difficult to stand out in this crowded field. LJ Noodle House has done so well that it has three outlets, in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Taman Pelangi and the mother shop in Taman Impian Emas.
We stumbled upon LJ Noodle House while driving around and searching for a good brunch in Taman Impian Emas. We were attracted by the large crowd in LJ Noodle House and decided to check out what the buzz was about on a Monday mid morning.
At first sight, LJ Noodle House was like any other popular Teochew kway teow thng shop. Same arrangements, same clientele profile and the same menu.
At the kitchen out in front, an Indonesian lady was doing the cooking whereas in other top kway teow thng shops, it was invariably the boss personally handling this critical station. The boss Lau Ciang was at the shop, making sure that everything was running smoothly and well.
We made our orders anyway, each of us in a party of four ordering a different combination of soup and noodles.
But, the first sip of that cloudy soup woke up our sleeping taste buds from the Monday doldrums! Wow, it's a delightful difference.
Whereas in other famous kway teow thng soups, where the fresh fish is usually the dominant flavour, here in LJ Noodle House, it was a good balance of fresh fish and pork flavours.
The tasty soup had good body, smooth yet not oily and addictively lovely.
Well, it was good to the very last drop.
After we were done with the impressive kway teow soup, I observed the Indonesian kak kak at work to spot the difference that made the difference at LJ Noodle House.
Kak kak was really efficient and skillful, and had command of the kitchen in a calm and cheerful style despite the capacity crowd. Amazing grace.
Then I realised that, here in LJ Noodle House, kak kak cooked each bowl of soup separately. It's not the usual way like in other stalls where the fresh ingredients were merely blanched in soup.
The meal for 4 of us with drinks came to RM37.
I asked my kakis whether they would recommend LC Noodle House to their friends, and they all gave a strong affirmative.
LJ Noodle House is definitely a Must Try.
Restaurant name: LJ Noodle House 老江粿条
Address: 31, Jalan Impian Emas 2, Taman Impian Emas, Skudai, Johor
Hours: 7:00am to 5:30pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Date visited: 12 Nov 2012