Saturday, 10 August 2013
J.H. Lovely Sweets in Old Downtown Johor Bahru
J.H. Lovely Sweets is a small corner shop along Jalan Trus tucked between the Gurdawa Sahib Sikh temple and the Hindu temple. Was feeling famish as I was hurrying by and I remembered my friend Gwen mentioned this stall. So I decided to stop and check out the shop.
The shop is basically an one-man operation. Goldy the boss came from Punjab (India) about 10 years ago to work in a restaurant. When the restaurant closed two years later, Goldy opened J.H. Lovely Sweets and has not looked back since. Today, J.H. Lovely Sweets has become a popular gathering place for the JB Sikh community.
A happy group of Singapore tourists. Still with their luggage in tow, they checked in at J.H. Lovely Sweets first before proceeding to their hotel. They have been doing this for years as they love the food at J.H. Lovely Sweets. From them, I understand that J.H. Lovely Sweets is the only Punjabi food shop in JB.
I wanted something filling, so I ordered an Aloo Pratha which is Indian flat bread filled with soft curried potatoes.
Goldy flattening my Aloo Pratha, getting it ready for the pan.
The Aloo Pratha ready and on the way to my table :)
My Aloo Pratha at RM4.00. I heard one of the Singapore ladies exclaiming "power packed!" when she bite into her Aloo Pratha. For me, it certainly was a good filling meal though I prefer my bread more crispy. I also found the flavour of the curried potatoes and bread quite mild.
Next time, I shall try the kosong chapati and eat it with some of the side dishes.
The simple dahl that came with my Aloo Pratha.
Each table has a bottle of this "Lady's Choice" but it is not peanut butter.
The thing with me is, being unsure doesn't stop me from trying something in big portions. I scooped a large dollop from the "Lady's Choice" bottle and plonked it on my pratha. It turned out to be lime with salt and spices. Too sour for me :P As I was brought up not to waste food, I ate up what I took anyway.
My new found friends showed me that the best way to enjoy chapati is with our hands.
Prices of everything is neatly and clearly laid out. Such a small stall, serves so many things. Amazing.
Some of traditional sweets at J.H. Lovely Sweets. I am saving these for the next makan session with Gwen. She is very knowledgeable about Indian cuisine and it would be wonderful to have her help me appreciate these sweets.
Goldy's business card on the squeeze bottle of mint sauce.
J.H. Lovely Sweets shop is to the right of Gurdawa Sahib Sikh temple.
Restaurant name: J.H. Lovely Sweets
Address: Jalan Trus (opposite Galleria Kotaraya shopping centre)
Hours: 9:30am to 9:30pm
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert (vegetarian)
Date visited: 2 Aug 2013