We paid a visit to Teck Lai in Taman Gaya yesterday - one of my favourite places for mee hoon kueh in Johor Bahru. I like Teck Lai's mee hoon kway and ban mian which is served with fish soup loaded with fried fish and tofu.
I was glad to spot Mdm Chew's busy stall at the corner of Hao Kee coffeeshop as I have not seen her for over two years already.
Mdm Chew and her husband had been running Teck Lai for over 30 years. They took a break five years ago. When they reopened in 2013, they moved here in Taman Gaya. Teck Lai was previously at Taman Johor Jaya (Teratai).
Many of Teck Lai's customers lost track of the shop after they closed the Johor Jaya shop. Mdm Chew thanked me for my previous post on Teck Lai as many of her lost customers reconnected with her after reading the post :-D
We each indulged in a bowl of the RM9 version of mee hoon kway with mackerel, dory fish, tofu and fried anchovies.
The hand torn mee hoon kueh were all of different shapes but roughly the same size. Teck Lai's mee hoon kueh is quite thick, and has a soft chewy mouth feel.
The chunky fried mackerel steaks, which Mdm Chew's husband prepares every morning at the stall at 5:00am.
Fried lightly battered dory fish.
I love this fried tofu with it's crispy fried skin and soft creamy inside that has the gentle soy bean taste.
Teck Lai's broth is clear and made only with fish. Fish lovers will love the lightness and "purity" of the fish broth. Pork lovers will find that the broth lacked the layers of savouriness of a fish and pork blend.
Since I have not tasted Teck Lai's freshly made ban mian for a long time, I decided to get a bowl of it today.
We decided to have another go at the RM9 version :-D
Teck Lai's ban mian is thick with a soft chewy texture which many people like.
Teck Lai provides a simple chili dip blended with light soy sauce. It's a savoury spicy hot blend that enhances the flavour of everything in the bowl.
Teck Lai opens early for breakfast at Hao Kee coffeeshop in Taman Gaya, so it is a good pit stop if you are heading north from JB via the Terbrau Highway.
->> One of my favourite fish noodle soup, mee hoon kueh stalls. Fresh fish, freshly made noodles and kueh, tasty clear broth, spicy power chili sauce.
Read about my first visit to Teck Lai ^ click
Restaurant name: Teck Lai 德来 Fish Noodles
Address: Jalan Gaya 25, Taman Gaya, Ulu Tiram, Johor Bahru (Hao Kee kopitiam)
GPS: 1.567759,103.801145 / 1°34'03.9"N 103°48'04.1"E
Hours: 6:30am till sold out usually by 1:00pm
Date visited: 4 Feb 2013, 21 Nov 2015
Which is your favourite mee hoon kway / ban mian stall in Singapore / Malaysia?
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