Monday, 1 July 2013
Muar Soup House near Classic Hotel, Muar, Johor
It was the night after the "Big Haze" in Muar. The night before, Muar recorded a whopping PSI (Air Pollutant Index) of 741.
The famous Muar Soup House was on our supper plan arranged by Tourism Malaysia Johor. The haze had subsided considerably and Muar Soup House was temptingly just around the corner from Classic Hotel where we were staying. Peering through the receding haze and sniffing the air, we decided that it was safe enough to venture a little out of the hotel. So we pulled on our masks and proceeded for our soup supper as planned.
When we rounded the corner and arrived at Muar Soup House, there was already a big crowd of people out and about. Actually, it was Monday morning. LOL people were out perhaps celebrating an unexpected "public holiday" because schools and offices were closed on Monday due to the haze emergency.
Coming back to food, Muar Soup House started as a typical pedicab stall in 1958. Today, it occupies 3 shophouses in downtown Muar. Muar Soup House now has a full range of food and drinks like those at 24-hour Mamak cafes. But, at Muar Soup House, it is still their famous mutton and beef soups that are their main draw.
Even today, the famous soups are served from this signature push cart, just like the old days.
The action at the soup cart was frantic and non stop.
The big pots of simmering soup and meat - not very photogenic but something that many crave for.
To stay out of the haze, we chose to sit inside the air con section which has plush seats and nice marble tables. Well past midnight and business was still brisk.
My sup kambing at RM5. The soup was spicy, herbal, robust and not overly oily (excessive oiliness is a common fault of average sup kambing). The bowl was loaded with generous chunks of tender mutton. It had that mutton flavour that I like and yet was not overly gamey, so most people would enjoy it too. Needless to say, I finished the whole bowl with gusto.
The sup tulang or lamb shank soup at RM7. (Another person's order, so I didn't taste this but everybody seemed happy and satisfied.)
The lady boss whipping up a Mee Bandung Muar - a Muar signature dish that I need to come back for at Muar Soup House. She is the second generation owner running this large shop with her younger brother. Her brother told me that a Muar Soup House branch will be opening soon in Johor Bahru :)
Restaurant name: Muar Soup House
Address: 47, Jalan Sisi, Muar, Johor (near Classic Hotel)
Hours: 24 hours
Date visited: 23 Jun 2013