Pandan Mutton Soup 班蘭羊肉湯 is one of those famous Johor food that I missed because the legendary shop stopped operations before Johor Kaki blog started. I have only heard of, but never tried Pandan Mutton Soup, till today :-D
The day Pandan Mutton Soup 班蘭羊肉湯 resumed business, JB foodie circles were immediately abuzz with excitement about the good news. So, there are many others who missed Pandan Mutton Soup like me :-D
We rushed to the shop at Kampung Pandan at 2:00pm on it's third day of operation but the mutton soup was sold out :-((
So, we rushed back again on the fourth day at 10:00am.
There was a steady stream of customers of all ages at the simple but comfortable shop with rustic kampung ambiance.
Owner Mr Ho 黄丁益 took over the shop which his father started here 44 years ago at the family home in 1971. As we stood and chatted with Mr Ho, we can smell the seductive herbal aroma from the broth made with over 20 types of herbs boiling in the pot.
Over the years, Pandan Mutton Soup built a huge following with their traditional Hainanese style mutton dishes.
Two of us ordered all these dishes to try. Our total bill came to RM26 (SGD8.60).
One of Pandan Mutton Soup's popular dishes, Lamb Tripe Noodle Soup RM8.
Lamb Ribs with soup RM6.
Lamb Shank with soup RM4.
Pandan mutton soup is medium bodied. The Hainanese styled broth is mild with savoury, sweet, mutton gaminess and herbal flavours all well balanced. The broth doesn't have that overpowering gaminess nor herbal medicine taste found at some mutton soup places. The broth is also not overly greasy. I happily drank the broth from all the bowls to the last drop. (I didn't get any MSG thirst afterwards too.)
The tender lean mutton has only slight gaminess. Pandan Mutton Soup uses New Zealand lamb which is known for it's gentle flavour.
The soft spongy lamb tripe.
Rib with fall-off-the-bone tender mutton.
The lamb shank with shreds of soft spongy gelatinous tissue and tendons clinging to the ball joint.
There are two types of house made chili sauce to eat with the mutton. The one on the left is very spicy and sourish. The darker one on the right is salty but less spicy. I didn't use the sauces as I like to eat my mutton neat.
Jalan Pegaga 3 is narrow and usually full with customers' parked cars.
I usually park outside along Jalan Sendayan where there is normally plenty of parking space and is just a short walk to Pandan Mutton Soup.
As Pandan Mutton Soup opens at 6:00am, it makes it a good choice for breakfast if you are heading north to Kota Tinggi or Mersing via the Tebrau Highway.
->> This is the most famous and well loved Hainanese mutton soup shop in JB. Eating in a kampung house adds to the unique experience of enjoying Pandan Mutton Soup.
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Restaurant name: Pandan Mutton Soup 班蘭羊肉湯.晏子高风第一羊
Address: 22, Jalan Pegaga 3, Kampung Pandan, 81100, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.525441, 103.769114 | N 1°31'25.655'' E 103°46'5.526''
Hours: 6:00am to 3:00pm
Date visited: 25 Jan 2016
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