Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Restoran ZZ. Original Mee Rebus Tulang Gearbox with Lamb Shank in JB

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After tasting it in 2011, I used to take friends to Restoran ZZ at Jalan Petrie regularly for the mee rebus tulang gearbox which is a unique JB style of mee rebus. I also like the rustic kampung ambiance here. But, I stopped a few years later as the place sometimes wasn't well kept.

Bumped into buddy Jon last week and he recommended Restoran ZZ as he enjoyed the food and environment during a recent visit. As I have not been here for a while, I swung over this morning after running an errand in downtown JB.

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Restoran ZZ at Jalan Petrie is like a campsite under trees. I took a few shots, so you can see what I mean. These were shot around 11:30am before the daily lunch crowd descends 😱 Restoran ZZ is very popular with office workers in the area during lunch.

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It's like eating in a garden. It felt cool under the shade even though it was nearly noon time. I love this authentic kampung feel from the Malay architectural touches, sandy earth floor, thatched attap roofs, leafy bushes, palms and tall rainforest trees with thick trunks.

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Restoran ZZ Jalan Petrie is also known as Restoran ZZ JKR because it has a direct access link way from the JKR buildings (Public Works Department). Restoran ZZ has another four outlets around JB. The outlets get their pre-cooked food (sauce and shank bones) here to serve at their respective locations.

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I had Restoran ZZ's famous Mee Rebus Tulang Gearbox. It now costs RM15.50 a pop. It was RM8.50 when I first tried it in 2011 😂

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It's called mee rebus tulang gearbox because it comes with two pieces of stubby lamb shank bones with the ball joint. It does remind me of those old clanky Landrover 4WD manual gearshifts during my 1970s National Service days 😂

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I like this mee rebus sauce as it was thick and tastes sweet spicy (in the flavour and aroma sense, as there was very little hot sting in it). The mild but zesty sting comes from the crunchy cut fresh green and red chili peppers. The cilantro leaves add a bit of it's green taste to the sauce.

If you like a bit more of spicy kick, add a little kicap pedas from the small container on each table. The dark sauce was sweet spicy savoury with a sharp wallop of a lingering spicy sting.

The dish was served warm and cooled a little more by the time I am done taking photos 😂

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The yellow noodles were overdone but mee rebus is one dish which I like my noodles soft, limp and slurpy with gooey sauce 😋

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The dish came sprinkled liberally with golden fried crisps which provide a nice balance to the soft noodles, wet with clingy thick sauce.

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The tulang gearbox (lamb shank bones) had some cartilage, gelatinous soft tissue and fibrous slivers of meat attached. Interesting springy, chewy textures. I could taste a bit of mild lamb gaminess which I like.

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They provided a straw for sucking out the marrow but it was like curd today and was flavourless except for very faint traces of spices.

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👉 I like this mee rebus but not so much the lamb shank bone. Next time, I shall just order the mee rebus without the gearbox 😄 If I am in the mood for lamb shank, I shall order the mee rebus and gearbox separately. I know lah, it is not supposed to be like that..... that's not mee rebus tulang gearbox anymore 😂

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Next time, I want to try Restoran ZZ's Laksa Johor which Jon recommended.

Read my previous post on Restoran ZZ 👈 click

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Restaurant name: Restoran ZZ Sup Tulang 
Address: Jalan Petri 5/1, Kampung Mahmodiah, 80100 Johor Bahru (near Regency Condo and JKR building) 
Map: http://g.co/maps/ygd8k 
GPS1°28'05.4"N 103°44'48.1"E | 1.468166, 103.746698
Tel: 012 254 6340
Hours: 07:00am to 12:00 midnight daily

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Dates visited: 29 Dec 2011, 9 Mar 2013, 6 Feb 2018  

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