Thursday, 11 October 2018

Pork Noodle & Bitter Gourd Soup @ Lucky Star Foods Taman Daya 幸运星猪肉粉 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pork Noodles

My thanks to Johor Kaki reader Yoke Wei who tipped me off to Lucky Star Foods 幸运星猪肉粉 in Taman Daya Johor Bahru for their popular pork noodles. Indeed, it is among the best in JB.

Pork Noodle & Bitter Gourd Soup @ Lucky Star Foods Taman Daya 幸运星猪肉粉

幸运星猪肉粉 is a small shop lot eatery. It is busy throughout the day, especially during lunch time. The restaurant is just a couple of units away from the Public Bank branch in Taman Daya, so looking for it is a breeze (especially, if you use Waze). The seats near the entrance can be a little hot due to the morning sun.

幸运星猪肉粉 has been in Taman Daya for around 20 years. It was a coffee shop stall, until they moved into their own shop lot restaurant here nearly 2 years ago.

Pork Noodle & Bitter Gourd Soup @ Lucky Star Foods Taman Daya 幸运星猪肉粉

Besides their signature pork noodles, Lucky Star added soups to their menu when they expanded into their own shop.

Kway Teow Noodles

At noodle soup shops, I often hesitate between the dry and soup versions - the dry version often have flat, bland tasting sauce while adding noodles directly into the soup changes the soup's taste profile. This time, I took the chance to order the dry version.

Kway Teow Noodles

Oh.... I was delighted with these kway teow noodles.

Kway Teow Noodles

It's all about the sauce (though the chewy spongy tender kway teow was nice too).

The drippy dark sauce was well balanced mildly savoury sweet and there was a unique hint of herbalness in the aftertaste. The subtle herbalness complemented the sauce well and is quite addictive - I mean, I went back again the next day to eat the exact same thing because I love it 😋

Pork Noodle Soup

The accompanying soup was chocked full of minced pork "cake" 肉饼, pork ball, lean meat slices, and offal such as liver.

Pork Noodle Soup

The soup had medium body. It was actually chicken soup made by boiling lots of chicken. The lead flavour was garlicky savoury, followed by moderate savoury sweet. It was delicious - addictive, actually.

Pork Noodle Soup

Everything in the bowl was very fresh. We can feel all the natural tenderness and soft crunch as well as taste the natural sweetness. It was taste of good fresh pork - there is no need for me to say more 😄

Pork Noodle Soup

Oh... this was so good to the last drop 😋

Bitter Gourd Soup

Next, I ordered a bitter gourd soup - a Hakka dish unique to Johor and found in mainly in Johor Bahru and Kulai.

Bitter Gourd Soup

Loaded with fresh porky goodness and slices of bitter gourd in chicken stock.

The chicken soup had the same savoury sweetness but this time it was not spiked with garlic, so it tasted more 清甜 i.e. light savoury sweet.

Bitter Gourd Soup

Folks who have eaten Johor bitter gourd soup before know that the crunchy bitter gourd slices taste sweet with only subtle underlying bitterness. Some would even say that it is just sweet with no bitterness at all - it's there, just so subtle that you have to pay attention to it to realise it.

Bitter Gourd Soup

There were lean pork slices and even a slice of pig tongue. Needless to say, they were all very fresh and taste all natural.

Pork Noodle Soup

👍 If you like pork noodles (quite different from the KL style), check out Lucky Star Foods 幸运星猪肉粉. I like the tossing sauce's unique savoury sweet herbal taste, robust savoury sweet chicken soup, and top quality fresh pork. Their bitter gourd soup is in the top band of best BGS in Johor Bahru too.

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Pork Noodle & Bitter Gourd Soup @ Lucky Star Foods Taman Daya 幸运星猪肉粉

Restaurant name: Lucky Star Foods 幸运星猪肉粉
Address: 81, Jalan Sagu 18, Taman Daya, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor
GPS1°32'48.4"N 103°45'51.1"E 🌐 1.546764, 103.764191
Waze: Public Bank Taman Daya
Tel: 017-636 5692
Hours: 7:30am - 3:00pm (Tues off)

Non Halal




Dates visited: 10 & 11 Oct 2018


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