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Fried Fish Bee Hoon Soup @ Fei Long in Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru 肥龙鱼头餐饮室


After our delicious nasi lemak breakfast at Restoran JJ, I noticed that the restaurant two doors away was a hive of activity. Curious, we popped over to see what the excitement was all about. It was Restoran Fei Long 肥龙. I vaguely recalled it being discussed in a foodie forum and that it serves good fish head bee hoon soup.

Food We Love - Pisang Goreng (Fried Bananas)

Pisang Goreng (fried banana) is a well loved, common street hawker snack in Johor.

Molten hot, banana flesh almost like sweet melted cheese wrapped in crispy, crunchy fried batter is a favourite tea time treat for many of us.

Chilling with friends at a pisang goreng stall, enjoying fried snacks with a cuppa of teh terik is a special kind of uniquely Malaysian bonding ritual.

Here are three pisang goreng stalls I love and I am sure that there are more, that I have yet to discover.

Pisang Mawar is arguably the most famous pisang goreng stall in Johor Bahru. Pisang Mawar is a cheerful place with constant streams of customers enjoying their tea here or bagging loads of goodies to take home.
Pisang Mawar has many Singaporean customers as it is located on a route convenient for Singaporean drivers to pick up bags of goodies on their way home.

Another famous Pisang Goreng stall, Sweet Banana has been selling their popular fried goodies from their push cart stall along Jalan Stulang Darat for many years before they recently relocated to their new premises at Stulang Walk.
Now customers can relax and enjoy the same Sweet Banana tasty fried goodies with comfortable seating and easy, ample free parking.

This pisang goreng stall in Taman Sri Skudai that does not really have a name, is a favourite place with residents who like to come here to take a break from the afternoon heat and catch up on the day's happenings in the neighbourhood.
It is not unusual for famous hawker stalls to have no name and yet everyone in the neighbourhood knows about them as it is the local landmark.

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Address: Off Jalan Sungai Chat in the direction of Woodlands/ Pusat Bandaraya. Next to Galeri Mawar and opposite the clock tower at Dataran Bandaraya.
Operating Hours: 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Nearest Parking Area: Ample free parking at location

Address: Stulang Walk ( at the junction of Jalan Stulang Darat and Jalan Stulang Laut)
Operating Hours: 1:00pm to 6:00pm (closed on Sunday)
Nearest Parking Area: Ample free parking at location

Name: No name (faded bamboo curtain bears the sign “GORENG2 ”)
Address: At the junction of Jalan Emas 7 and Jalan Emas 2, Taman Sri Skudai
Operating hours: 2:00pm to 5:00pm (closed on Sunday)
Nearest Parking Area: Ample free parking at location

Goreng Pisang Mawar in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Pisang Mawar is the most famous pisang goreng in JB. People may have different preferences on which is the tastiest or most popular pisang goreng, but for fame, Pisang Mawar is unmatched.

Pisang Rajah

The thing that struck me about Pisang Mawar is the place is so happy and relaxed. Perhaps, it is the surroundings. Not far from the beach, up a grassy slope with a florist and Galeri Mawar as the backdrop, and easy parking. But most of all, everyone seemed so relaxed and happy here, chilling in the afternoon :)

The family that runs Pisang Mawar was so cheerful - that sets the tone for the whole place. I mean, this must be the most photographed pisang goreng stall in Johor, if not Malaysia, but they still obliged photographers warmly and graciously.

Pisang Mawar is famed for their pisang goreng. Crispy outside, soft and sweet inside. The batter was also not greasy. 

Remember to dip the pisang goreng in this spicy hot and savoury sauce. When combined with the sweet taste of the crunchy pisang goreng, it creates a very interesting mix of flavours and bite.

When enjoying my pisang goreng, I saw the lady pouring fresh, good quality, clear vegetable oil straight from the plastic bottle into the frying wok. No compromise with recycled oil here.

We love this curry puff

Besides their famous pisang goreng, Pisang Mawar also offers other tea time snacks like curry puffs, spring rolls, kuih muih, mee siam and nasi lemak. Pisang Mawar also served drinks and this is the only place that actually gave us a not-too-sweet teh tarik when we requested for "kurang manis" or less sweet. Thumbs up :)

Pisang Mawar's nasi lemak was good too. We were at Pisang Mawar in the afternoon, so by this time the nasi lemak was cold. Yet, the coconut fragrance still greeted us when we opened the old style banana leaf and old newspaper wrapping.

The sambal chili was a grainy, thick paste. Not overly spicy and not too sweet. This sambal chili is more like that from the old days, whereas nowadays, the more drippy, gravy-like and sweet kind seemed to be served in most places. Another thumbs up for Pisang Mawar.

Pisang Tanduk

->> Pisang Mawar is a must try for it's fame, and personally, I like the food here too, especially their pisang goreng :)

Pisang Mawar was featured on Fatbook 非食不可 programme.

Restaurant name: Pisang Mawar
Address: Off Jalan Sungai Chat, next to Galeri Mawar and Kedai Bunga Kim Florist (nearby landmarks are Thistle Hotel and Johor Clock Tower)
GPS: 1.461741,103.741906 / 1°27'42.3"N 103°44'30.9"E
Hours: Noon till late afternoon


Date visited: 4 Jan 2012, 27 Sep 2012

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Nasi Padang JJ in Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

I have always been fascinated by nasi padang stalls because of the sheer variety of flavours and colours to taste and feast upon with the eyes.

I was food spotting in Johor Jaya and was drawn to Nasi Padang JJ as I was impressed with their range of food. Nasi Padang JJ is like a mini one-shop Ramadhan bazaar, everyday!

And, behind all that sumptuous food is just Man, his wife Kak Ami, and a helper in the kitchen. Man is the brother of, wait for this, Man of Kak Ina (Restoran Causeway) fame. The two brothers have the same nickname and both run among JB's most loved nasi padang stalls. One Man runs Restoran Causeway with his wife Kak Ina, and this Man, runs Nasi Padang JJ with his wife, Kak Ami.

In the kitchen, Man was doing the day's cooking with just one lady helper.

In the morning between 7:00am to 9:30am, Nasi Padang JJ sells nasi lemak. Each nasi lemak packed in these pointy cone packets costs RM1.50.

Kak Ami packs the nasi lemak with banana leaves and old newspaper at the shop every morning, in the old charming way.

When we unwrapped the nasi lemak, it was still warm inside and the coconut aroma escaped to greet our noses.

For lunch, I tried Nasi Padang JJ's beef rendang and squid stuffed with mashed tofu.

Nasi Padang JJ's authentic Padang style the beef rendang was tender, juicy and fragrant inside while the caramelised outside was stiffer. The gelatinous tendons and fats were smooth, soft and jelly like, adding interesting texture to the bite. 

The good sized squid was stuffed with mashed tofu and egg. This was the first time I had this interesting fusion dish. The spicy chewy squid combined well with the softer, blander tofu and egg.

Kak Ami has an artistic eye and she takes a lot of pride in the presentation of her food. Let's watch the parade of just a small sampling of the food at Nasi Padang JJ.

These brinjal garnished with chili looks so colourful that it seemed like table art.

Spicy fried potato wedges with ground chili.

Quail fried to a crisp.

Fragrant pandan fried chicken.

Malay styled fried chicken.
Chicken rendang - not very photogenic but I bumped into the chef of a famous Chinese restaurant getting a packet of Nasi Padang JJ's for take away (bungkus). Shan't mention which Chinese restaurant but the chef told me that I got to try JJ's chicken rendang because it is special. So, next time :)
Nasi Padang JJ serves a lot of fish dishes.
Fried salted fish.

JJ's popular asam pedas ikan pari which Man and Ami are very proud of. I must come back for this :)

Healthy greens to complete our meal.

The different types of sambal chili to spice up our meal.

I can go on and on to show you more photos of Nasi Padang JJ's food but I think you got the idea :) The best is to go and see, and eat it for yourself :P

Restaurant name: Nasi Padang JJ
Address: 21, Jalan Teratai 4, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.536893,103.810562
Hours: Breakfast 7:30am to 9:30am. Lunch/ Dinner 12:00 noon to 7:00pm

Dates visited: 26 Sep 2012, 27 Sep 2012

Kampar Chee Cheong Fun @ Restoran Kampar CS in Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru 金宝豬腸粉


Kampar 金宝 is a charming, quaint little town near Ipoh in Perak famous for its chee cheong fun 豬腸粉. I heard about the two stalls in JB selling Kampar style chee cheong fun; one is Restoran Kampar CS in Taman Johor Jaya, and the other is Restoran G Cheong Fun in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA).