Johor Kaki Travels for Food

Singapore, Johor, Toronto based blog of true stories by johorkaki@gmail about best food, places, people & overSixty lifestyle

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Butanchu Ramen in Taipei 豚人. Stay Calm & Eat Ramen with Amazing Broth

Butanchu Ramen in Taipei 豚人

This was one of my most memorable accidental finds. Butanchu Ramen was just outside Green World Zhong Xiao hotel where we stayed for a week in Taipei. We were leaving for the airport and our taxi was arriving in 15 minutes. So we dashed into Butanchu for a quickie lunch - otherwise, an overseas chain restaurant is the last thing we want to eat in Taipei 😄

Lai Wah Heen. Sek Dim Sum & Yum Cha in Toronto 麗華軒

Lai Wah Heen. Sek Dim Sum & Yum Cha in Toronto 麗華軒

When Michelle, Carol, and Mama told me about their plans to visit Toronto in August, we started to compile a list of restaurants. (Yeah..... we did not compile a list of tourist attractions, we are the eating-kind 😂 ). 

Saturday, 14 September 2019

October Japanese Cuisine JP Perdana Budget a la Carte Buffet in Johor Bahru

October Japanese Cuisine JP Perdana Budget a la Carte Buffet on Johor Bahru

Scrolling through the posts in 吃的平台 Facebook group, we saw a member shared about the a la carte buffet at October Japanese Cuisine in JP Perdana, Johor Bahru. So, we went there for dinner today.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque. Masjid Negeri Sultan Abu Bakar



The majestic Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque is one of the most beautiful and historic buildings of Malaysia's southernmost state, Johor. Known as Masjid Negeri Sultan Abu Bakar in Malay language, it is the state mosque of Johor.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Ka Soh Fish Head Noodles @ Medical Alumni Complex, SGH Outram Park Singapore

Ka Soh Fish Head Noodles @ Medical Alumni Complex, SGH Outram Park Singapore

Stumbled upon this sign while on my way to visit a friend in SGH (Singapore General Hospital). As I haven't had lunch and fish head noodles is one of my favourite dishes, I came back to Ka Soh Seafood Restaurant for lunch after visiting my friend.


Eating My Way Through The Full Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Award Singapore 2019

Eating My Way Through The full Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Award Singapore 2019
Photo credit: Wikipedia

Here's the full Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Award Singapore 2019 announced on 10 Sep. Many Singaporeans are sceptical about this list. My attitude is, aiyah there's no harm trying lah. I am eating my way through this Michelin listicle and share my independent experience with these stalls 🍽

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Mandarin Oriental Ya Ge. Michelin Star Fine Chinese Restaurant in Taipei 雅閣

Mandarin Oriental Ya Ge. Michelin Star Fine Chinese Restaurant in Taipei 雅閣

After a hectic morning, we went to the famous Ya Ge, a one Michelin Star Cantonese restaurant in Mandarin Oriental, Taipei.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

The 3 Kingdoms of Singapore Bak Kut Teh in Taipei - Founder, Ng Ah Sio & Song Fa

The 3 Kingdoms of Singapore Bak Kut Teh in Taipei - Founder, Ng Ah Sio & Song Fa

When Founder Bak Kut Teh opened in Taipei in Sep 2019, it became the third top Singapore BKT brand to jump on the Taiwan bandwagon. Ahead of Founder were Ng Ah Sio (in Jul 2018) and Song Fa (Aug 2019). As a fan of all 3 Singapore BKT kingpins, I took the opportunity to visit all of them during my Taipei trip. This Taipei bak kut teh trail is easy as all three shops are within 4 MRT stops from each other along the 板南線 Bannan Line (Blue).

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Founder Bak Kut Teh Taiwan Opens 1st Restaurant @ ATT 4 Fun beside Taipei 101 台北.發起人肉骨茶

Founder Bak Kut Teh Taiwan Opens 1st Restaurant @ ATT 4 Fun beside Taipei 101 台北.發起人肉骨茶

Founder Bak Kut Teh, a leader in Singapore pork rib soup opened its first restaurant in Taipei's trendy ATT 4 Fun mall, right next to the iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Stulang Mee Rebus (from Cafe Enampuluhan) now in PJ Kopitiam, Permas Jaya, JB

Stulang Mee Rebus (from Cafe Enampuluan) now in PJ Kopitiam, Permas Jaya, JB

Stulang mee rebus has a special place in the hearts of JB folks (the other is Hj Wahid mee rebus). News about Stulang mee rebus set JB social media abuzz as their fans follow them wherever they go. I was alerted to Stulang mee rebus' latest location, thanks to buddy Evonne.

Mie Aceh @ Mie Aceh Seven One in Batam Indonesia (Warung Aceh Cirasa)

Mie Aceh @ Mie Aceh Seven One in Batam Indonesia (Warung Aceh Cirasa)

Stumbling upon a late night mie Aceh stall near our hotel, we settled down to give it a try - the first ever mie Aceh for me. Before this, we heard legends that mie Aceh hawkers spike their noodles with addictive substances for better business - something which I am sceptical about but hope to verify anyway 😄

Friday, 30 August 2019

Cha Kue Abun Lontong Goreng 66. Fried Rice Cakes or Char Koay Kak in Batam

Cha Kue Abun Lontong Goreng 66. Fried Rice Cakes or Char Koay Kak in Batam

Every time I am in Batam (though I must admit I haven't been there that many times), I inevitably ended up at a coffee shop near Pasar Penuin Wet Market which locals call 榕树下 or "under the banyan tree". There are a few popular food stalls at Kopitiam Long Shu Siah - one of them is Cha Kue "Abun".

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Nyonya Chendol @ Bukit Timah Hawker Centre. In Search of Singapore Best Cendol

Nyonya Cendol @ Bukit Timah Hawker Centre, Singapore

As our car rolled along Bukit Timah Road, buddy Jen asked if anyone wants to stop for his favourite chendol. Of course, all of us want to stop for chendol - there is always time and space for good chendol, any time 😄

Chef Chik. Restaurant Quality Food at Haig Road Hawker Centre, Singapore

Chef Chik. Restaurant Quality Food at Haig Road Hawker Centre, Singapore

KF Seetoh of Makansutra, jio (Singaporean way of saying "invite") us for dinner at Chef Chik's hawker stall at Haig Road Market & Food Centre.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Martabak 818 in Batam. Indonesian Style Ban Chang Kueh or Apam Balik

Martabak 818 in Batam. Indonesian Style Ban Chang Kueh or Apom Balik

When you come to Batam, or anywhere in Indonesia, you have to treat yourself to a martabak manis. It's a form of ban chang kueh, or apam balik, or pancake but the Indonesians have taken it to another level altogether.

Famous Swees Epok Epok. The Best Curry Puffs in Batam

Famous Swees Epok Epok. The Best Curry Puffs in Batam

As our car rolled by Swees Epok Epok off Jalan Imam Bonjol, our local buddy casually pointed out that it is the most famous curry puff shop in Batam. "Can we get some?" I uttered reflexively.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Best Satay Stalls in Batam. Warung Sate Kendal

Best Satay Stalls in Batam. Warung Sate Kendal

Buddies took us for dinner at Warung Sate Kendal at Simpang Orchid at Batam Centre which is the satay hub of Batam. This is the go-to place in Batam where satay lovers go enjoy good satay with locals.

Monday, 26 August 2019

Ayam Bakar Taliwang Pelita. Authentic Lombok Food in Batam

Ayam Bakar Taliwang Pelita. Authentic Lombok Food in Batam

Arriving in Batam from Singapore by boat, feeling a little famish, our local buddies whisked us from Harbour Bay ferry terminal straight to Ayam Bakar Taliwang Pelita in Batam Centre.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

El Fuego by COLLIN'S. Fine Western HALAL Restaurant @ Jewel Changi Airport

El Fuego by COLLIN'S. Fine Western HALAL Restaurant @ Jewel Changi Airport

I was invited for lunch at El Fuego by COLLIN'S, a fine Western HALAL Restaurant at Jewel - Singapore's newest, still hot, dining and shopping hotspot.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Singapore Bak Kut Teh @ Ng Ah Sio Pork Rib Soup Eating House

Singapore Bak Kut Teh @ Ng Ah Sio Pork Rib Soup Eating House

There were moments of tension - the car was rolling along CTE (Central Expressway) and we haven't made up our minds on where to eat 😱 There were simply far too many options in Singapore foodie paradise - some suggestions were passed over because we have eaten there recently, other proposals got cool responses because we weren't thinking of ever going back there again. Then, we struck upon the idea of Ng Ah Sio bak kut teh.

Friday, 23 August 2019

CLOSED. Original Recipe Prawn Vadai @ Haig Best Briyani & Kebabs, Singapore

Original Prawn Vadai @ Haig Best Briyani & Kebabs, Singapore

CLOSED. Arrived a little too early at Haig Road Hawker Centre for a makan session. Meanwhile, tummy needed to be kept entertained before the main event. I recalled that KF Seetoh of Makansutra wrote about Original Recipe Prawn Vadai stall a few days before. I have always loved vadai as a tasty snack with teh tarik, so it once again came to my rescue.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Gandhi Indian Cuisine. Gandhi Roti. List of Best East Indian in Toronto

Gandhi Indian Cuisine. Gandhi Roti. List of Best East Indian in Toronto

Many things change on Queen Street West. Shops and restaurants that you frequent could very well be replaced the next moment due to high rent and competition. But one thing stays the same. 

Monday, 19 August 2019

Hai Kee. Best Roast Pork Meat in Kluang Series 海记肉商

Hai Kee. Best Roast Pork Meat in Kluang Series 海记肉商

Many people go to Kluang for mooncakes and also sio bak (siew yok or roast pork). I've tried a few roast pork places in Kluang but had always wanted to visit the famous Hai Kee meat merchant 海记肉商 which opens only at night till early morning.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Kulai Wengyaoji. Now we can have Taiwan Style Wood Fired Brick Oven Baked Cuisine in Johor 古來甕窯雞

Kulai Wengyaoji. Now we can have Taiwan Style Wood Fired Brick Oven Baked Dishes in Johor 古來甕窯雞

My friend Puan Chong who lives around Kulai / Senai often suggests to me nice places to eat there, which she has tried with her family. Last night, she invited me to join her family at Kulai Wengyaoji 古來甕窯雞.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Restoran Teumsae. Korean Family Restaurant in Nusajaya Johor. Korean Cuisine is not only BBQ

Restoran Teumsae. Korean Family Restaurant in Nusajaya Johor

We met for lunch at Restoran Teumsae, a Korean owned family restaurant at Citrine Hub in Sunway Iskandar, Nusajaya Johor. I like the dishes we tried, especially the ginseng chicken soup, deep fried gimbap (rice roll) and jajangmyeon (noodles).

Friday, 16 August 2019

MG 83 Cafe in Kluang. Delicious Comfort Dishes in the Heart of Bat Town

MG 83 Cafe in Kluang. Delicious Comfort Dishes in the Heart of Bat Town

True blue Kluangite, Sarah brought us to MG 83 Cafe 糖水美食馆, one of her favourite local delights hangouts in downtown Kluang.

Atu Sesame Oil Chicken - Best in Taipei 阿圖麻油雞



Well loved 40 plus year old family run sesame oil chicken soup stall with lots of loyal fans young and old who crave the flavourful comforting, heart and body warming, nourishing dish.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Best Prawn Crackers (Ultimate Cucur Udang) in JB Series 2. Home Based in Johor Jaya ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best Prawn Crackers (Cucur Udang) in JB Series 2. Home Based in Johor Jaya 住家手工式 炸虾饼

Seetoh wanted to try the crispy prawn cracker fritter stall I shared in my blog but the coffee shop was closed when we got there (in Johor Jaya). So, I quickly dialled up my memory, and remembered that JB foodie buddy Keng Chong shared about a home based stall at #1, Jalan Keembong 38 (which is just around the corner in Taman Johor Jaya). Everyone agreed to try our luck there.