My friend Sally Wong suggested in Johor Yummy group that I try the dim sum at Hao Yu 豪友 in Taman Johor Jaya. "You will not regret it" she said.
Actually, Sally didn't say Hao Yu, she only said "dim sum at Bakawali 91".
Anyway, I went to Jalan Bakawali 91 in Taman Johor Jaya, confident that my food hunting instincts will take me to the right dim sum joint. Well, it wasn't hard at all as Hao You was overflowing with customers on a Thursday morning.
Hao Yu 豪友 has been serving dim sum for 23 years now, and the second generation MR Cheng is running the shop with the founder in support, in the background.
The staff were friendly and cheerful even though the pace was frenetic.
We picked a nice table along the side walk where I can get good natural light for photo taking and randomly ordered some dim sum for tasting. A rotund Indonesian lady came to take our orders. I stumbled and sputtered with my mangled Mandarin while kak rattled off in impeccable Mandarin, the names of a dozen dim sum in rapid fire.
I surrendered and told kak that I will go to the front and order by the most primitive and fool proof method, by pointing :P
So here were what we pointed to :P
This humble tau sah pau was outstanding. When we tear apart the bouncy soft skin, the molten red bean paste glistened in the morning rays, and then the aroma of melted red beans infiltrated the brain's pleasure centres through the nasal cavities.
Ignore, the pretentious poetic description, this tau sah pau is shiok lah.
Nice char siew pau. Well marinated and juicy char siew wrapped in soft and fluffy pillow-like skin.
I love Hao Yu's braised fried chicken feet. The feet were tender and had good mouth feel while the braising sauce was savoury with just the right balance of sweetness and saltiness. Average chicken feet tend to be overly salty but not at Hao Yu. The braising sauce was so good, I actually drank it :)
I love this.
Minced chicken wrapped in fried tofu skin and then steamed together with braising sauce. By now, I realised that one of the "secrets" of Hao Yu's tasty dim sum is in their savoury braising sauce :)
Chili stuffed with fish cake but it was almost all fish cake. This looked like someone wearing an undersized red top. I prefer my chili pepper full sized :P
Shrimp dumpling, not exquisite but certainly good enough. Shrimp was fresh and skin had just the right bite.
Seeing how popular Hao Yu's congee was among the customers at the kopitiam, we ordered a pork and century egg congee to try. It was good though not much different from other good dim sum places.
It was really funny. In the middle of enjoying our dim sum, a lady and her mum walked up to us and asked "Are you Tony?" It was Sally! LOL that was our first meeting as we have never met before other than on Facebook. Well Sally, I was a pleasure to meet you and I sure didn't regret coming to Bakawali 91 on a Thursday morning. In fact, I need to say a big thank you to you for suggesting to me another good food find :)
Restaurant name: Kedai Makanan Hao Yu 豪友点心楼
Address: Corner kopitiam at the junction of Jalan Bakawali 91 and Bakawali 76, Johor Bahru
Hours: 6:00am to 4:00pm (Closed on Sunday)
Date visited: 29 Nov 2012
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