Monday, 7 April 2014

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa. Update 2019

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa

Went to Sin Kimdo BBQ 金都海鲜餐馆 in Taman Sentosa last night because I had sudden cravings for their signature one bone chicken wings 一支骨鸡翅.

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa

Sin Kimdo BBQ 金都海鲜餐馆, the over 30 year old stalwart of Taman Sentosa was still busy as ever. The signboard was a little weathered but that eye catching big golden crab was still a landmark along Jalan Sutera.

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa
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Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa

There's lots of meat, fish, squid, octopus, vegetables, and of course, Kimdo's signature one-bone chicken wings.

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Some of the food are pre-cooked en masse which can't be helped as the demand is very high.

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa

My usual orders at Kimdo are their famous one-bone chicken wings, petai and loh shi fun (rat tail noodles 老鼠粉).

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa

The chicken wing was deboned, flattened and stretched out like a kite. The one-bone stretched across the wing mid-joint like the cross strut on a kite.

The chicken wing was marinated with mildly savoury subtly spicy seasoning. The wing was charcoal grilled till there were slight browning and a bit of char at the edges.

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa

The BBQ chicken wing was a little dry with not much moistness. It was like a meatier, juicier grilled dried cuttlefish.

The grilled chicken wing tasted mainly savoury with a subtle underlying spiciness and sweetness. Again comparing it with grilled dried cuttlefish, the chicken wing was like a milder tasting version.

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa

The chicken wings come in 3 sizes (colour coated on the "satay stick") - small RM1.10, medium RM1.30, large RM1.60.

If you like your one bone to be drier like cuttlefish go for small. If you like meatier and juicier, go for large (but even the large is neither very meaty nor juicy).

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa

Tenderly crunchy grilled stinky beans (petai).

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa

The lou shi fun and BBQ chicken wings pair quite well - one soupy wet and the other quite dry.

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa

Salty-savoury starch thicken soup with a bit of sweetness from the rat tail noodles and minced pork.

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa

Information for you 👉 Kimdo's BBQ chicken wings are unique to Johor, which is worth a try for the experience. Makes a nice, quite filling food stop together with the loh shi fun. The place is a little dingy. I missed the fun and cheerful group of staff from the last visit 😂 

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa

Restaurant name: Kimdo BBQ 金都海鲜餐馆
Address: 23, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa, Johor Bahru  
GPS: 1.493030,103.768950  
Hours12:00 noon – 3:45pm | 5:00pm – 12 midnight

Non Halal




Date visited: 8 Jan 2019

Chicken Wings at Kimdo BBQ 金都 in Johor Bahru, Taman Sentosa

I was on a food trail in Johor Bahru with a group of Singapore blogger kakis. This was supposed to be a chicken wings trail as Nicole is a famous chicken wing fanatic.

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So, the grand finale of our food trial was Kimdo BBQ 金都 for their famous 1-bone BBQ chicken wings. 

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As there were 5 of us, the restaurant staff ushered us to a large table. Kimdo is a large shop, serving BBQ and also seafood 海鲜.

Kimdo was our number 9 food stop of the day and so I mentioned to the staff, as we walked towards our table, that we would only be ordering a few chicken wings to try.

The staff flashed a reassuring smile and said that it is no problem at all "可以, 可以, 没问题, 没问题", as he took away the seafood menu. There wasn't the slightest pressure at all nor hard selling the more pricey seafood to us.

I like this.

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The BBQ items skewered with slender wooden sticks were laid out in bundles on simple Formica laminate folding tables.

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We picked the food we liked and the small squad of cheerful workers grilled the food we chose over charcoal fire. 

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Various meat and vegetable items grilling over the small charcoal stove.

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This was the food we ordered - not much at all as we were all full by this time. But, it turned out that this was just our first round.

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We liked it so much, we couldn't resist a second round just minutes later :P

The BBQ chicken wings (RM1.50 each) are in the unique 1-bone layang (kite) shape. Kimdo uses only the middle joint of the chicken wing for this, where the meat is the most juicy tender and has the best balance of fat, skin and flesh. (The remainder of the wing are the "drumlet" and pointy wing tip.)

The well marinated chicken wings were skilfully grilled. The grilled skin was crispy with charred edges, while the inside was still juicy moist.

The middle joint of the wing is most people's preferred section but is also the hardest part to eat due to the bones. Kimdo's unique 1-bone style, makes enjoying this part of the chicken wing so fun and easy.

(Kimdo's neighbour Restoran See Hai 101 新四海 sells a similar BBQ chicken wing.) 

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We tried a few other items, and especially love the petai (stinky beans). Went 2 rounds on the petai.


I should mention that the house blended chili dip that comes with the BBQ items packs a sharp hot sting. I liked it, and you have been warned :P

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Elvis, Kimdo's second generation owner came to join us and shared about his family's business. Elvis' parents started the restaurant over 30 years ago in 1983. Elvis' sister runs the Kimdo branch in City Square mall. Kimdo supplies the 1-bone chicken wings to some vendors - one of which sells the wings at Cedar Point in Taman Century.

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What is Nicole's final verdict?

Quote "insanely good!!!!" unquote. 

P.S. Nicole tapau (packet) 10 wings back to Singapore.

Restaurant name: Kimdo BBQ 金都
Address: 23, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa, Johor Bahru
Maphttp://goo.gl/maps/Unjdf
GPS: 1.493030,103.768950
Hours: 5:00pm to 3:45am

No pork, no lard, no Halal cert (BBQ section)

Date visited: 28 Mar 2014

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