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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Laksa Mee Hoon Kueh at Restoran Yew Swee in Johor Bahru ⭐⭐⭐⭐

When I heard that Restoran Yew Swee, one of my favourite laksa places in Johor serves laksa mee hoon kueh, I chiong 冲 (rush) there as soon as I could. I love laksa, I love mee hoon kueh, so I was eager to find out how my two favourite things work together in my favourite JB laksa shop.

As good Singaporeans, we ordered both the curry laksa and the usual clear soup versions to try.

Don't be fooled by this light bodied, clear soup - it packed a solid, well balanced savoury sweet punch with crustacean (prawn) umami.

The freshly rolled, hand torn, irregular shaped mee hoon kueh had a nice squeaky bite. It had the taste and aroma of fresh dough which I like.

To me, have or don't have sayur manis is the line I draw between good and not so good mee hoon kueh 😛

Now, to the very reason why we rushed here this morning.

Oh... that same famous Yew Swee laksa stock - that same prawny umami stock layered thick with creamy fresh coconut, jammed with loads of spices - it's hard to equal, let alone beat this.

All the usual curry laksa ingredients like fresh blood cockles, tau kwa, fried tofu skin, fried fish balls, laksa leaves etc were all there.

The freshly made mee hoon kueh was nice. The curry laksa stock was very nice. But, personally they don't really work well together. In my old rigid mind, mee hoon kueh with clear soup is best. Curry laksa with bee hoon or yellow noodles is best.

But please, you must try the mee hoon kueh laksa for yourself 😄

Since we were here, we couldn't resist ordering Yew Swee's lor mee.

I just got this feeling that it will also knock your socks off 😄

It's the same solid umami loaded stock, browned with dark soy sauce and thickened with starch. It packed a umami punch that floored me every time.

Wait. There's more. In the bowl of noodles, there were stewed minced pork that added another layer of savoury sweetness and substance to the dish.

In my mind, that is no better lor mee in JB than this at the moment.

Yew Swee sells fried yong tau foo pieces to go with their laksa and noodle soup, but what caught my attention today were those oversized freshly fried prawn crackers.

The huge prawn cracker was crispy, savoury and sweet from the chopped scallion and prawns embedded inside. It was also studded with bits of chili pepper. It's worth a try, though a bit greasy when it cooled down. Price, RM 2 a piece.

Restoran Yew Swee is a typical Malaysian style casual dining place. No frills, basic furnishings - people are here only for great food at a good price.

Pro Tip: Try to sit as far inside as possible as the blazing sun beats down rather harshly at the front of the shop.

4 Stars (out of 5). Amazing little shop in Johor Bahru that offers a surprising range of umami flavour packed staples. Restoran Yew Swee has the top band of laksa, kway teow soup, lor mee, mee hoon kueh, and their oversized prawn cracker is very good too.

Restaurant name: Restoran Yew Swee 友水  
Address: 64, Jalan Harimau Tarom, Taman Century, Johor Bahru  
GPS: 1.485273,103.765477 / 1°29'07.0"N 103°45'55.7"E  
Waze: Restoran Yew Swee
Hours: Daily 8:00am to 4:00pm (closed on Sundays)   

Non Halal   

Date visited: Numerous times since 17 Jan 2012

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  1. yup nioce...but i dunno why... their curry always very hot... even after 20mins... i leave the bowl to cool its still damn hot! wassup with that?!?!?


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