Friday, 28 October 2016

Find Dining with Johor Kaki Half Day JB Food Trail

Hiap-Joo-Bakery
Hiap Joo Bakery | Jalan Tan Hiok Nee | 7:30am to 5pm | Sun off | Tel: 07-223 1703

We just conducted a round of Find Dining with Johor Kaki book presentation at 5 featured eateries with support from sponsors UMLand (United Malayan Land) and MAGistrate. Local media also joined us for a morning of delicious fun and discovery in the cheerful streets of Johor Bahru.

Find-Dining-with-Johor-Kaki

I am appreciative of UMLand's support as we share a common vision about the ability of food to bring people together and build communities.

As Michael Cheng, Group Director of Sales, Marketing and Communications at UMLand so eloquently put "The one thing that can easily bring people from all-walks-of-lives together is food. It is based on this vision and the importance of family and community is to our Asian roots that UMLand has decided to organise this culinary adventure".

Hiap-Joo-Bakery

Our first stop was at Hiap Joo Bakery in JB old town's "culture street". Hiap Joo, the oldest bakery in JB, has long been the darling of local and overseas media, including those from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and USA.

Hiap-Joo-Bakery

Hiap Joo's claim to fame is their 97 year old wood fired oven (built in 1919) still burning bright. With Mr Lim and his son James (the third generation) now fully engaged in Hiap Joo's daily operations, this JB icon is set to shine for years to come.

 Hiap-Joo-Bakery

You got to try Hiap Joo's banna cake and their coconut buns - all baked with the vintage wood fired oven, so there's that smokey taste one cannot get from electric or gas ovens.

Kacang-Pool-Haji
Kacang Pool Haji | Medan Selara Larkin | 7am to 1am | Tel: 013-737 7997

Our second stop was Kacang Pool Haji. Founded over 20 years ago, this JB homegrown brand now has several outlets in Johor Bahru as well as branches in Batu Pahat and Kuala Lumpur.

Kacang-Pool-Haji

Kacang Pool is derived from Ful Medames, a Middle Eastern staple but some people from the Middle East may not be able recognise this popular dish in JB. In the Middle East, kacang pool has no meat - it is a bean stew served with hard boiled egg and flat unleavened bread.

Kacang-Pool-Haji

To the traditional bean stew, Kacang Pool Haji founder, enterprising Haji Makpol added minced beef. Now, the bean stew has a lovely beefy taste. A cheerful sunny side up added colour and the runny yolk added more eggy flavour to the original bland tasting dish. 

Instead of stiff tasteless unleavened bread, the JB version has a thick bouncy white bread slice greased with margarine and browned on a flat iron griddle. The commercial success of Kacang Pool Haji attests to the wide appeal of Haji Makpol's finger licking good innovation.

Roslin-Beriani-House
Roslin Beriani House | Jalan Rebana, Kebun Teh | 8am to 6pm | Tel: 011-4047 3480

Our third stop was Roslin Beriani House.

Roslin-Beriani-House

If you have tried Mohd Shah nasi briyani in Batu Pahat, reputedly the most famous and best in Malaysia, you will notice an uncanny similarity with Roslin's nasi beriani. Mohd Shah was one of Puan Roslin's grandfather's staff before he started his own stall in Batu Pahat. 

Here at Roslin Beriani House, the aromatic spiced basmati rice is eaten with beef rendang, lamb rendang, chicken rendang, ayam masak merah and fried fish. Remember to order pajeri nanas (curry pineapple) with your nasi briyani - it's a juicy sweet treat with spicy and sourish notes.

Chendol-House
Chendol House | Jalan Rahmat, Kg Malayu Majidee | 11am to pm | Mon off

Next, we dropped by at Chendol House to present Encik Ariff a copy of Find Dining with Johor Kaki. Chendol House is a nice place with kampung ambiance to cool our heels a while with local snacks, desserts or a light meal (including kuih muih, mee siam, nasi lemak, nasi ambeng and more).

Chendol-House

Chendol House's chendol has layers of sweetness from the "pandan worms", red beans, sweet corn, glutinous rice, and coconut milk. The sweet concoction is not overly sweet and so very enjoyable.

Kam-Long-Curry-Fish-Head
Kam Long Curry Fish Head | Jalan Wong Ah Fook | 8am to 4:30pm | Tel: 016-752 8382

Our last stop for this round was at Kam Long curry fish head along Jalan Wong Ah Fook. As expected, there was already a long queue ahead of us :-D

Kam-Long-Curry-Fish-Head

We interrupted Dennis and his customers for a while :-p

Kam-Long-Curry-Fish-Head

We had a quick presentation with Dennis before letting him and his brother and sister go back to serving their long line of waiting customers :-D

Kam-Long-Curry-Fish-Head

Then, we tucked in Kam Long's marvelous sweet spicy savoury curry with crunchy juicy vegetables, crispy tofu skin and fresh fish head.



Stay tuned as this is the first of more Find Dining with Johor Kaki food trails to come with UMLand and MAGistrate.

Photos with permission from MAGistrate and UMLand.

Date: 26 Oct 2016

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1 comment:

  1. Any chance outsiders can tag along? 😂

    ReplyDelete

I firmly believe that taste is subjective and so, warmly welcome differing viewpoints :-D But, I disapprove negative comments that are anonymous or hide behind fake identities. I feel that that is the same as speaking ill of others behind their backs. I look forward to all your comments :-D Thank you. (Date: 18 Dec 2015)

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