Lee Kee is one of the oldest curry laksa stalls in Johor Bahru - it's also one of the first JB hawker stalls I shared in Johor Kaki blog back in 2012.
Started by the current boss' mother, Lee Kee is originally a shoulder slung mobile (kandar) stall plying Jalan Trus in JB. Now located in Kee Kim Huat coffee shop in Taman Sri Tebrau, Lee Kee is still very popular with locals. I like this style of curry laksa too and it hasn't changed one bit since I first tasted it in 2012.
This style of JB curry laksa is loaded with fresh blood cockles, fried bean curd skin, fried tofu, and fried ikan parang fish balls.
The curry broth has layers of crustacean savouriness, sweetness of onions and coconut milk, and mild spiciness from chili and other spices. I like it that the flavoursome curry broth is not cloyingly creamy or milky. I drank it to the last drop.
The fried tofu skin is like a piece of thin and light savoury paper. It is brittlely crispy when dry and when wet with curry broth it is soft crunchy to the bite with curry flavours clinging to it's wrinkled surface.
The pieces of tofu stuffed with fish paste are quartered. The stuffed tofu is similar to those served with Hakka fish ball noodle soup. They are very likeable because of their mildly sweet savoury flavour and interesting rough texture. There're even hints of soy bean taste.
This JB style of laksa always have this fried ikan parang fish ball. Biting through the fish ball's soft browned leathery skin releases a burst of fish aroma from the minced fish meat inside.
The house made sambal chili is mildly spicy with crustacean savouriness from dried shrimps in the blend.
👉 Lee Kee (1946) is an old school Johor style curry laksa, the same vintage as Singapore's famed Sungai Road laksa (1956). The stall holders have kept faithfully to the elaborate old recipe with loads of liao 料 (ingredients) - it's worth a try to taste the flavours of old Johor.
Restaurant name: Lee Kee Johor Laksa (stall inside Kedai Makan Kee Kim Huat)
Address: 80, Jalan Badik, Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Bahru
Hours: Monday to Sunday 06:30am to 2:00pm
Date visited: Several times since 29 Jan 2012
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