I haven't ridden a bike for over 30 years, and even back then it was just a puny Suzuki 125cc mosquito bike :P
So you can imagine my excitement about this Johor Food Trail with the Militia Riders Motorcycle Club (MRMC).
The 300km route planned by Mogan, MRMC Road Captain took us from Johor Bahru to Ulu Tiram, Mersing, Kluang, Rengam, Layang-Layang and back to JB.
All along the way, we stopped for famous food :D
Bota and Chef Gary fuelling up their pet horses in Johor Bahru before we set off.
I got a ride on Bota's rocket - yes, it's the 2300cc Triumph Rocket III! I was afraid that I will get blown off by the buffeting wind as we
I was really scared :p
I also got to ride on Gary's Harley-Davidson, his 1,800cc hobby horse.
Our first food stop was Seng Huat kopitiam in Ulu Tiram for their popular wild boar soup.
I like this wild boar soup.
The broth was peppery with a thick heavy body from the dissolved gelatin from the wild boar parts.
The firm yet tender meat wasn't gamey at all. Flavour wise it was little different from domesticated pork. But, the meat was lean without any fat while the skin was crunchy, rubbery and firm. The meat wasn't fibrous but tender with good mouth feel. I enjoyed the change from domesticated pork, once in a while.
With MRMC brothers before we dig into the wild boar soup (which is available only on Sundays at Seng Huat kopitiam).
Click on photo to view my post on Sun Kopitiam
Our second food stop was Sun kopitiam. As Sun kopitiam is just around the corner from Seng Huat, we walked over there.
Sun kopitiam's Must Try sambal toast.
The sambal was savoury, slightly sweet and mildly spicy. The crispy toast was grilled over charcoal.
Sun kopitiam's nasi lemak with the superb mildly spicy sambal with dried shrimps (hae bee) and fragrant coconut flavoured rice. The rice grains were loose and separate easily.
Road Captain Mogan and Rear Sweeper Jacky checking comms before setting off.
Safety is strongly emphasized in all motorcycle clubs and MRMC is very serious about this. The job of the Rear Sweeper is to stay at the back of the convoy and make sure that no one is left behind.
Militia Riders setting off for our next stop.
Mersing here we come :D
Bota gazing at the sandy beach at the Mersing seaside. This is Mogan, the Road Captain's Harley-Davidson on which I rode pillion for most of this trip.
After Mersing on Peninsula Malaysia's sandy East coast shores, we set off on the long winding road to Kluang, at the mountain range along the spine of the Peninsula.
Militia Riders Motorcycle Club dropped by at the famous Asam Pedas Padang Tembak just outside Kluang town.
The popular warung (food stall) serves several types of fish, all fresh and in different kinds of spicy asam pedas gravy. All tasty and delicious. The accompanying traditional Malay vegetable dishes tasted great too.
Posing for a group picture with the friendly owner Pak Hj Latif before digging in on our scrumptious lunch spread.
No more horsing around - serious makaning (eating) in progress.
MRMC members bonding over good food.
When I asked Pak Hj Latif how long has he been running his warung, he proudly hugged this tree, gently caressing the trunk as he said "My warung and this tree are the same age". This tree was planted on the same day Pak Hj started this warung, over 30 years ago.
Leaving for our next stop, the small town of Rengam in Johor.
(Riders have to wear visors or face masks to protect their faces from the wind, sand or flying insects. A beetle strike at high speed can be painful, even dangerous.)
Group photo at the wall murals near the old market in Kluang.
Our next stop was the famous dessert stall at the Rengam bus station and taxi stand for their popular chendol.
As the famed chendol was sold out when we arrived, we had ice kacang or ABC (Air Batu Campur), instead. It turned out quite good too - not overly sweet, and it provided some relief from the scorching sun. (The photos have a reddish hue as the stall was under a canopy of red umbrellas.)
Final food stop for today's ride was Guang Fatt wanton mee 廣發雲吞麵 in laid back Layang-Layang town.
Guang Fatt is a household name in small town Layang-Layang. Originally a mobile hawker stall founded in 1948, today it is a large shop lot run by the third and fourth generations together.
The shop premise is spanking new but the noodles are still old school and handmade. The noodles were crunchy and the sauce savoury with a blend of mainly lard, shallot oil and soy sauce which is the local preference.
After wanton mee in Layang-Layang, we headed back to Jay Bee (Johor Bahru), south via the North-South Highway.
MRMC Johor food trail completed at Skudai toll on the North-South highway.
Click on the photo to read my reviews of Chef Gary's restaurant, Grill Bar Steakhouse
My thanks to MRMC Malaysia Vice President Chef Gary for the idea and for making this brilliant day happen. Gary was Front Sweeper for this trip. (The Front Sweeper rides ahead of the convoy and alerts the members of obstacles and road hazards.)
My thanks to bro Mogan, MRMC Malaysia Road Captain for the great and safe ride. I was riding with Mogan on his steady steed, 1,800cc Harley-Davidson for most of the 300km trip.
Thanks to MRMC Malaysia President Vincent and gracious members of Militia Riders Motorcycle Club for the privilege to be your guest, and the ultimate food and fun day in Johor.
Our 300km route:
- Johor Bahru http://goo.gl/maps/qJg8F GPS 1.471410,103.765702
- Ulu Tiram http://goo.gl/maps/pZrpB GPS 1.599043,103.819706
- Mersing http://goo.gl/maps/xywf1 GPS 2.394579,103.870925
- Kluang http://goo.gl/maps/kUM7m GPS 2.039764,103.370790
- Rengam http://goo.gl/maps/nlJVy GPS 1.884963,103.402783
- Layang Layang http://goo.gl/maps/uTLIo GPS 1.819004,103.471512
- Johor Bahru http://goo.gl/maps/q6n24 GPS 1.582602,103.645362