Johor Kaki Travels for Food

Singapore blog on food, people, places & overSixty lifestyle by johorkaki@gmail.com

Monday, 11 November 2019

Maxwell Food Centre Fuzhou Oyster Cake in Tanjong Pagar Singapore 洪家福州蠔饼

Maxwell Food Centre Fuzhou Oyster Cake in Tanjong Pagar Singapore 洪家福州蠔饼

Fuzhou Oyster Cake is a traditional street food rarely seen in Singapore nowadays. If you are in Maxwell Road Food Centre, you can try one of Singapore's last few Fuzhou oyster cake stalls.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Best Singapore Bak Kut Teh List. Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha @ Keppel Road 欧南园亚华肉骨茶

Best Singapore Bak Kut Teh List. Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha @ Keppel Road 欧南园亚华肉骨茶

Finally tasted Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha 欧南园亚华肉骨茶 one of Singapore's top bak kut teh brands. I like it 😋 It's one of my top of the mind Singapore BKT now.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

China Street Cooked Food Rickshaw Noodles @ Maxwell Market Food Centre Singapore 拉車麵

China Street Cooked Food Rickshaw Noodles @ Maxwell Market Food Centre Singapore 拉車麵

China Street Cooked Food Rickshaw Noodle is one of the last places in Singapore to taste this humble but historic heritage dish. It is the cheap sustenance that once powered the human drawn rickshaws that plied Tanjong Pagar and Kreta Ayer. The rickshaws were long gone but rickshaw noodles 拉車麵 and the nearby rickshaw depot building remain as reminders that early Singapore was founded on the bare, sweaty backs of our hardy pioneers.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Heng Heng Ondeh Ondeh & Tapioca Cake @ Maxwell Hawker Food Centre Singapore 中国街興興

Heng Heng Ondeh Ondeh & Tapioca Cake @ Maxwell Hawker Food Centre Singapore 中国街興興

So often in those moments of food longings, it's not those past fanciful meals that unexpectedly intrude into my consciousness but much humbler childhood delights. For me, often it's just sweets - ondeh ondeh and tapioca cakes to be precise. What about you?

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Affordable You Shop We Cook for You Restaurant @ Harrison Butcher in Bangkok 🐄

Affordable You Shop We Cook for You Restaurant @ Harrison Butcher in Bangkok

Our local friend brought us to this new concept butcher in Bangkok 🐄 Harrison Butcher which sells locally raised beef and also have a restaurant to cook it for you at small additional charge.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

A Pioneer Singapore Teochew Satay Bee Hoon Stall in Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre 潮洲沙爹米粉

A Pioneer Singapore Teochew Satay Bee Hoon Stall in Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre 潮洲沙爹米粉

Teochew Satay Bee Hoon is not a pretty dish but it is uniquely Singapore and sadly is part of our disappearing Nanyang food heritage. One of the oldest Teochew satay bee hoon stalls still operate at Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre.

Siam Namnueng Thai & Vietnamese Family Restaurant @ ICON SIAM in Bangkok

Siam Namnueng Thai & Vietnamese Family Restaurant @ ICON SIAM in Bangkok

We went to Siam Namnueng at the newly opened Icon Siam shopping centre by the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok. Siam Namnueng is a family oriented restaurant serving both traditional Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.

Monday, 28 October 2019

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Nongsa Point Marina & Resort. Escape the Maddening City & Relax in Seaside Luxury in 1 Hour, Anytime

Nongsa Point Marina & Resort. Escape the Maddening City & Relax in Seaside Luxury in >1 Hour, Anytime

I enjoyed a weekend escape (2 nights & 3 days) relaxing at picturesque Nongsa Point Marina & Resort in Batam. This little piece of heaven is less than an hour by boat from Singapore and costs less than S$100 a night.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Nai Ek Roll Noodles. Michelin Plate Kway Chap in Yaowarat Bangkok Chinatown 陳億粿條

Nai Ek Roll Noodles. Michelin Plate Kway Chap in Yaowarat Bangkok Chinatown 陳億粿條

There are at least two famous kway chap (rice roll noodle) shops in Yaowarat (Bangkok's Chinatown) both on the same main street. There's Kuey Chap Aun Pochana and Nai Ek Roll Noodles. I blogged about Kuey Chap Aun Pochana in 2015 because it left a deeper impression (it later won the Michelin Bib Gourmand award). Nai Ek Roll Noodles on the other hand is no sloth either, it won the Michelin Plate (which is like an honourable mention). In Michelin speak, awards go from Star ⭐ through Bib Gourmand 👶 to Plate 🍽 in descending order.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The Ng Mei Song Legacy 黄美松 - Untold History of a Founding Father of Singapore Bak Kut Teh

The Ng Mei Song Legacy 王美宋 - Story of a Founding Father of Singapore Bak Kut Teh

These three claypots encapsulate a little known 70 year old story of one of the main streams of Singapore bak kut teh. The traditional brownish colour soup is the father of today's quintessentially Singaporean clear peppery soup with prime rib.


Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Bangkok Chef Man Yum Cha Dim Sum 文苑

Bangkok Chef Man Yum Cha Dim Sum 文苑

Our Thai friend Mon brought us to Chef Man Chinese Restaurant, one of her favourite places in Bangkok for yum cha (drink tea) and dim sum.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Wild Agarwood in Bangka Indonesia. King of Incense, Scent from Heaven

Wild Agarwood in Bangka Indonesia. King of Incense, Scent from Heaven

Running this online retirement lifestyle journal brought me to many places and experiences which I would not have otherwise (I mean you can start one too 😄 ). I just spent 3 fascinating nights in Bangka, Indonesia to learn about Agarwood - the King of Incense scent from Heaven.

Ambok Corner Nasi Ayam Penyet & Nasi Goreng Kampung at Jalan Biru Taman Palengi Hawker Centre

Ambok Corner Nasi Ayam Penyet & Nasi Goreng Kampung at Jalan Biru Taman Palengi Hawker Centre

We ate at Ambok Corner twice and like their nasi ayam penyet as well as nasi goreng kampung.


Sunday, 6 October 2019

Tokyo Secret is More than Famous Cheese Tarts & Mille Crepe. Best Restaurants in Mid Valley Southkey Johor Bahru Series

Tokyo Secret. Best Restaurants in Mid Valley Southkey Johor Bahru Series

Tokyo Secret is famous for their signature Hanjuku cheese tarts, crepe cakes and bakes, but I was delighted to find out today at their Mid Valley Southkey outlet in Johor Bahru that they serve excellent savoury dishes too.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Protegie (Singapore) F & B Marketing Agency - Turning Struggling Restaurants & Startups into Successful Businesses since 2014

Protegie F & B Marketing Agency - Turning Struggling Restaurants & Startups into Successful Businesses

During my blogging, I meet F & B business owners everyday. Many have asked me to recommend a trustworthy and professional F & B marketing agency to help them grow their business.

As I am not in the business of F & B marketing, I refer them to Protegie - a Singapore based F & B marketing agency with a dynamic, passionate team led by Benjamin Chan (the enterprising, geeky guy in the white T-shirt). I have known Benjamin for 3 years (since 2016) and am impressed by his immense knowledge, energy, sincerity, and critically for me, ethical approach to business. 

The enviable results Benjamin got for his extensive portfolio of happy clients speak for itself, really.

Talk to Benjamin about growing your business 📨 protegiefnb@gmail.com

The resourceful and creative Protegie team will help your business grow by getting on top of:

💡Social media marketing (Facebook, Instagram)
💡Public relations
💡Market research
💡Strategic management
💡Advertising and promotions.

Protegie has a proven track record of helping struggling restaurants as well as F & B startups in Singapore and Malaysia thrive and prosper in today's intensely competitive environment.

Talk to Benjamin about growing your business 📨 protegiefnb@gmail.com

Master Heng Noodle @ Kampung Baru Pandan, JB. Nice Herbal Beef Noodle Soup 兴师傅手打面馆

Master Heng Noodle @ Kampung Baru Pandan, JB. Nice Herbal Beef Noodle Soup 兴师傅手打面馆

Today, we visited Master Heng Noodle shop at Kampung Pandan in Johor Bahru. Master Heng serves a variety of noodles such as beef noodles, Hakka mee, curry mee, prawn mee etc, as well as Hakka yong tau foo.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Our Hot Favourite Kee Kee Bentong Chicken Rice @ Yat Yeh Hing Restaurant 基记文冬肥鸡饭

Our Hot Favourite Kee Kee Bentong Chicken Rice @ Yat Yeh Hing Restaurant 基记文冬肥鸡饭

We were regulars at Kee Kee Bentong Chicken Rice stall near Kelana Jaya LRT station (in Petaling Jaya near Kuala Lumpur). Most Saturday afternoons, we brought the kids here after their taekwondo class. We love the succulent, tender, smooth, juicy, sweet tasting poached chicken here.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Drive, Eat, Play Road Trip from Singapore to Tasik Kenyir Lake Fish Sanctuary with Wheels for Fun

Road Trip from Singapore to Tasik Kenyir Lake with Wheels for Fun

We had a wonderful time at Tasik Kenyir lake with Wheels for Fun in Malaysia's Trengganu state. Our convoy of 8 cars drove from Singapore to Tasik Kenyir via Kuantan, a distance of about 600km. 

Sunday, 29 September 2019

You Buy, Andy Cook for You Seafood Zhi Char @ Ong Siew Lian Coffee Shop in Pontian 好来海鲜

You Buy Andy Cook for You Seafood Zhi Char @ Ong Siew Lian Coffee Shop in Pontian 好来海鲜

One of my favourite things to do in Johor is to drive to Pontian, buy fresh seafood from the Pontian Fish Market and let the 代炒 zhi char stalls at the market cook it for us.

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Big Prawn Noodles @ AMK 443 Eating House Ang Mo Kio Singapore

Big Prawn Noodles @ AMK 443 Eating House Ang Mo Kio Singapore

As an ardent fan of prawn noodles, buddy Aaron's recent FB posts about Big Prawn Noodles stall at Blk 443 in Ang Mo Kio made me very hungry 😃

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Caffé B Japanese Italian Omakase @ Club Street Singapore

Caffé B Japanese Italian Omakase @ Club Street Singapore

I was invited to an omakase session hosted by chef Masanao Saito at Caffe B at Club Street in Singapore.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken in Komtar JBCC Johor Bahru

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken in JBCC Johor Bahru

We are still in the annual Singapore / Malaysia haze survival mode, having our meals in shopping malls (hopefully the air is really cleaner inside but at least it is cooler). Buddy Clarence suggested that I could do a series on Korean style fried chicken using 4 Fingers as the benchmark. So, here we are - thanks to Clarence.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Arashi Shabu Shabu @ The Mall Mid Valley Southkey Johor Bahru

Arashi Shabu Shabu @ The Mall Mid Valley Southkey Johor Bahru

We walked past Arashi Shabu Shabu countless times while out window shopping in Johor Bahru malls but never stepped in before because we are street food people, first and foremost. But, this month we were trapped in the annual Singapore / Malaysia haze and had no choice but to eat mall food. So, for the first time, we had our lunch at Arashi Shabu Shabu.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Halal Xiao Long Bao in Din Tai Fung @ The Mall Mid Valley Southkey JB vs Original DTF XLB in Taipei

Halal Xiao Long Bao in Din Tai Fung @ The Mall Mid Valley Southkey JB vs Original DTF XLB in Taipei

I know right, most people would think that the xiao long bao in Din Tai Fung franchises cannot bear comparison with the original restaurant in Taipei. So, I must be more than a bit crazy to compare the XLB at the Halal certified DTF outlet in Mid Valley Mall in JB with the original XLB in DTF's parent restaurant near Yong Kang, Taipei. I also never thought that I would be doing this too. Anyway.... .


Cafe Hopping Guide in Taipei for Stylish Coffee Geeks with Class

Cafe Hopping Guide in Taipei for Stylish Coffee Geeks with Class

We were on a week of food trails in Taipei with local buddies. In between scrumptious big meals, we chilled out in stylish cafes across the clean and beautiful city. I like Taipei cafes because they have a way of being geeky while staying classy.

Monday, 16 September 2019

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.