Eating Sarawak style kolo mee around Johor Bahru, though each stall have their own blend of sauce and toppings, I noticed that they all have nice springy noodles that tasted and felt the same. Curious, I asked the stall holders and they told me that their supplier is in Skudai. Today, I went to the source of all kolo mee in JB at Restoran Orang Kampung 😃
Kolo mee central in Johor Bahru is here at Restoran Orang Kampung which is in the quiet Taman Skudai Indah neighbourhood.
Restoran Orang Kampung started 16 years ago as a kolo mee factory.
Now, all of JB's kolo mee stalls get their kolo mee from Restoran Orang Kampung. The kolo mee retails for RM8 per kilo - the noodles are made with just eggs and flour, with no preservatives.
Besides making and supplying kolo mee, the lady boss Ms Chin whose family hails from Kuching Sarawak decided to start a restaurant here as well. At first, it's a matter of need - there was no place for drinks, food and relaxation at Taman Skudai Indah at that time (12 years ago). So, Ms Chin's family decided to start one right at their own noodle factory.
The kampung spirit is strong at Restoran Orang Kampung. The staff are very helpful and friendly.
The RM6.50 bowl of kolo mee topped with chicken char siew, stir fried minced chicken, fish nugget, small prawns, greens and scallion.
The al dente kolo mee has a nice spring to the bite. The bouncy strands were coated with a mild savoury sauce. Nice and delicious, but my ideal noodle sauce have more intense, layered robust flavours.
The chicken char siew is very good - the meat was well marinated, tender, juicy and had well balanced savoury sweet flavours. The char siew are made with chicken thigh meat.
The chicken char siew are made right there at the restaurant.
The two small prawns were fresh, juicy and sweet.
The two fried fish nuggets were soft, doughy and flavourless.
We then indulged in a premium RM13 set 大碗面 with a tri-color tea, milk, pandan syrup 三色奶茶.
Besides the chicken char siew, fried mince chicken meat, and fish nuggets, there were two large prawns which were fresh, juicy and naturally sweet.
Then, there were three slices of savoury shellfish, which I earlier mistook for fish cake slices. It's a nice touch for shellfish lovers.
The friendly staff introduced us to mee dawai.
What is that?
Mee dawai literally means "wire noodles" and is also known as Kuching noodles.
We want to try!
It's crispy fried kolo mee in a watery savoury sweet tangy sauce.
The tanginess comes from generous amounts of tomato ketchup in the sauce.
It's interesting - a comfort dish for many Sarawakians.
Our total bill for all the food and drinks plus a kilo of kolo mee came to RM34. I think it is very reasonable.
3-Star (out of 5). Orang Kampung is the best place in Johor for pork free kolo mee. Good springy house made noodles, delicious chicken char siew. Warm, friendly service. Cosy, relaxed kampung ambiance. Good value for money.
Restaurant name: Restoran Orang Kampung 山顶面家
Address: 36, Jalan Keindahan 1, Taman Skudai Indah, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
GPS: 1°31'55.5"N 103°37'58.7"E | 1.532087, 103.632976
Tel: +60 17-878 5191
Hours: 8:00am to 2:00pm (Weds off)
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 26 Sept 2016
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