Friday, 25 October 2013

Johor Mee Rebus Hj Wahid at Zainal Place in JB Malaysia

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Hj Wahid mee rebus is one of the JB local favourites. The Hj Wahid brand of mee rebus is now sold in many shops and stalls throughout Johor, and even in Putrajaya by members of the family. Zainal Place's version of Hj Wahid mee rebus is among the best known.


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Restaurant name: Zainal Place
Address: 89, Jalan Keris, Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor bahru (opposite church and Wisma Tionghua)
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/ZK/cm
GPS: 1.487536,103.770096 / 1°29'15.1"N 103°46'12.3"E

Hours: 7:00am to 5:00pm 
Halal

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During lunch, a steady flow of office workers stream into Zainal Place.

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Inside, shielded from the sun and heat, the whirling fans keep the clean and neat space cool and comfortable. The service is basic but the crew is friendly and efficient. Though the helpful staff does warn customers of approaching parking attendants, do note that parking enforcement in this area is rather stringent as it is a high density part of JB. A 60 sen coupon for an hour's parking will give us ample time to enjoy our meal with peace of mind :)

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Zainal Place serves a variety of Malay dishes like nasi lemak, nasi campur, soto ayam and so on but the mee rebus station looks to be the busiest.

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Hj Wahid mee rebus at Zainal Place RM5

I have not tasted the original Hj Wahid mee rebus (unfortunately) but I am impressed with Zainal's edition.

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The gravy is thick like a gooey syrup smothering the noodles yet it is not starchy.

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When I tossed the yellow noodles, I could feel the weight of the sticky gravy clinging to the strands - really.

In the mouth, the gravy tastes mainly peanutty, savoury and very slightly spicy and sweet. The aroma of peanut and spices was slight.


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The staff adds a dash of vinegar and kicap (dark soy sauce) to the mee rebus before serving. This is a Hj Wahid mee rebus trademark that you will find in all Hj Wahid stalls.

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The staff showed me the gravy, scooping it up and letting it dribble down to let me see it's syrupy texture.

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Another feature of Hj Wahid mee rebus is the crispy deep fried toppings.

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The staff sprinkles these crispy crackly bits generously over the mee rebus. As these toppings run out fast, freshly fried bits are replenished throughout the day.

If I could wish, it would be perfect for me if there were some of those old style, small fried shrimp toppings in the mee rebus :)

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Unlike in Singapore, Hj Waid mee rebus is not served with red sambal chili. But, when I asked for red sambal, the bemused friendly staff gave me this sambal hitam which is meant for mee soto :) It's quite power (as we say here) and a reasonable stand in, in my humble opinion :P
 

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For RM9, your mee rebus will come with one of these lamb shank bones complete with a straw to suck out the marrow. I will certainly be back for this.

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->> A quality traditional mee rebus recipe well loved by the people of JB for nearly a century. Zainal's is just one of eight popular family run stalls and shops continuing the Hj Wahid mee rebus heritage.

Date visited: 24 Oct 2013

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6 comments:

  1. Firstly, thank you Johor Kaki for all the wonderful posting as I am a great follower of all your recommendation

    Visited Zainal Place over the weekend for lunch. The location is really easy to find. We ordered 3 plates of mee rebus, the tahu goreng, soto and some curry chicken and sotong. We are rather disappointed that the mee rebus are served in room temperature. Also the tahu goring is also cold as it placed on the shelves for a while. I would expect the food to serve piping hot especially the mee rebus and tahu goreng.

    The cashier was very friendly and always smiling and the service was very fast and efficient.

    Just my personal experience and trust you guys enjoyed your outing.

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    1. Thank you for sharing about experience.

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  2. Mahal la tempat ni..

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    1. Another famous Mee rebus is at Plaza Angsana foodcourt. I think they are relatives or something.

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    2. Yes. I need to visit them again soon :-D

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