Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Kway Teow Kia Meng Fang Johor Bahru 茗芳粿條仔 JK1122
Kway teow kia is a staple in JB much like chicken rice is in Singapore. Kway teow kia stalls are at every corner of JB just like chicken rice stalls in Singapore. Similarly, the standard of kway teow kia stalls in JB is generally high just as chicken rice stalls in Singapore generally serve good chicken rice.
Meng Fang is the first JB kway teow kia stall that I have blogged about. I have since visited it several more times and the standard is still very high.
I like it here at Meng Fang because the pork innards are well cleaned, delicious, the location (Cedar Point food centre) is accessible and comfortable, opens very early (6:30am) and the price is very reasonable.
Today, we ordered a mixed plate of braised pig's tongue, large intestines and ears. Meng Fang's pork innards are braised in a mildly savoury, slightly sweet braising sauce with gentle herbal notes. I like its delicate balance of flavours very much.
I like pig's tongue for it's soft crunchiness which turns creamy and sweet when we chew on it slowly.
The large intestines have a nice soft bouncy bite.
The pig's ears are soft outside and in it's core, a strip of thin crunchy cartilage.
Meng Fang's braised pig skin is tender yet firm. It is springy and rolls in a tight coil. The bite is gummy but not tacky. A very enjoyable bite, indeed.
Nowadays, when I eat kway teow kia, I will also ask for these big intestines 大腸頭 ..... okok.... near the anus to be precise ....
Cleaned and cooked well, the 大腸頭's unique spongy texture makes it a "prime cut" ;-p
Meng Fang's generic kway teow kia noodles are bathed in their mildly savoury, sweet and herbal broth. It is laced with aromatic shallot oil and lard, and topped with crispy fried garlic and lard crackles. A sprinkle of chopped fresh scallion adds refreshing zest to the bowl of simple rice noodles.
The lady boss who ran the Meng Fang stall with her husband for 31 years is friendly and cheerful.
Their son and daughter-in-law have been working at the stall too. The son is preparing the pig's skin, one of Meng Fang's popular items.
Everyday, the family starts work at 2:00am to clean and cook the pork innards at the stall. Meng Fang is ready for business at 6:00am, so it is a good place for early breakfast before heading further north to e.g. Malacca or KL.
At Cedar Point food centre, there is plenty of free parking and available seats at breakfast time as most of the stalls here open for dinner and supper only. Cedar Point is just beside Grand Paragon Hotel.
->> Love coming here for KTK in the morning. Parking is easy, the place is comfortable and the food is delicious :-D All the pork offal are well cleaned, nicely braised, clean tasting and bouncy soft to the bite.
Here is my previous post on Meng Fang.
Restaurant name: Meng Fang Food Stall 茗芳粿條仔 (Cedar Point Food Centre)
Address: Jalan Musang Bulan 2-16, Taman Century, 80250 Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.481492,103.762167 / 1°28'53.4"N 103°45'43.8"E
Hours: Daily 6:30am to 2:00pm (closed on Thursday)
Date visited: 16 Jan 2012, 28 Mar 2014, 6 May 2015
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