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Bubur Nasi Istimewa No. 1 Johor Bahru Sentosa JB

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Bubur Nasi Istimewa No.1 has been one of my favourite street side eating places in JB since my children were toddlers. We often had our dinner here after shopping at Lien Hoe Complex, then the hottest shopping hotspot in JB of the 1990s. Lien Hoe Complex is now Plaza Sentosa but the Jalan Sutera night time stalls and Bubur Nasi Istimewa No. 1 are still the same.

Malaysian Wantan Noodles @ Yoong Seng Coffee Shop in Johor Jaya Jalan Dedap 17 JB 廣記云吞面

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Hungry in Johor Jaya, I stumbled upon 廣記云吞面 in Yoong Seng coffee shop at closing time. I was literally stumbling as I was feeling famished and low on sugar. The friendly shop owners came to my rescue - making me this nice, satisfying old school wanton mee for RM4.50 (2015 price).

Soon Chiang Bak Kut Teh in Johor Bahru 顺江肉骨茶

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Soon Chiang bak kut teh is the place in Johor Bahru to get the Klang style of pork bone in a savoury dark herbal broth. It's a stone's throw from Plaza Pelangi along Jalan Maju, usually referred to as 報紙街 or newspaper street by locals (due to the several newspaper offices here).

Jing Seng Restaurant Desa Tebrau Johor 金城小食馆

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Last night, we dropped by at the popular Jing Seng restaurant at Taman Desa Tebrau for a simple dinner. Small restaurants like Jing Seng are like Singapore's zi char 煮炒 (cook and fry) stalls which serve restaurant type dishes at affordable prices.

Sembawang White Bee Hoon (You Huak) White Restaurant Singapore 友发餐室白米粉

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I have tried Sembawang White Bee Hoon before it became so famous because I lived near by. I was passing by today at lunch. It was raining heavily, so I dashed for shelter inside my old haunt and try to warm myself with white bee hoon - You Huak's claim to fame.

Chua Kee Seafood Gelang Patah Johor 蔡記海鲜

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Chua Kee (together with Tian Lai) are the oldest established kampung style seafood restaurants in Gelang Patah. Star Chef restaurant is a relative newcomer, though it also have a good foothold now too. So, here we are at Chua Kee to complete our roundup of seafood restaurants in Gelang Patah.

Chinatown Seng Kee 119 Famous Steamed Fish Head Singapore 成记驰名酱蒸松鱼头

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I don't know since when, but I've long been a junkie of the Cantonese classic steamed Song fish head. In Singapore, the best place to get this dish is Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre. There are many steam fish head stalls here, so I will try them one by one, starting with Seng Kee 成记 which is the most famous (going by mainstream media mentions). 

(Thanks to Melvin of Jing Ji braised duck & kway chap stall #02-156 who gave me a guided tour of this sprawling grand old food centre and pointing out Seng Kee to me.)

Bedok 85 Fengshan Bak Chor Mee Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian Singapore 兴记肉脞面

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Though Xing Ji rou cuo mian at 85 Fengshan food centre serves a different style of bak chor mee from the others, it is one of the most famous in Singapore. Xing Ji is one of the very rare bak chor mee stalls that doesn't have a "dry" version and their signature noodle is "mee kia" not "mee pok".

Mee Hoon Kueh & Ban Mian at Teck Lai 德来 in Taman Gaya, Johor Bahru

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We paid a visit to Teck Lai in Taman Gaya yesterday - one of my favourite places for mee hoon kueh in Johor Bahru. I like Teck Lai's mee hoon kway and ban mian which is served with fish soup loaded with fried fish and tofu.

Sin Tao Yuan Pekan Nanas Johor Seafood Ikan Bakar 兴桃园铁板烧鱼

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We planned a trip here at Pekan Nanas to try Tao Yuan's legendary grilled stingray (which we missed the last visit). During our previous visit, we arrived at 6:30pm but Tao Yuan's famous grilled stingray was already sold out :-(  This time we arrived at 4:30pm, 30 minutes before opening time ;-D

Dang Gui Roast Duck Restoran Lapan Dua Dua 822 Johor Bahru 超级鸭王当归鸭

Dang Gui Roast Duck Restoran Lapan Dua Dua 822 Johor Bahru 超级鸭王当归鸭

Updated 25 May 2019. When showing Singapore friends around Johor Bahru, we often stop by at Restoran Lapan Dua Dua 822 to enjoy their dang gui (Angelica root) herbal roast duck and also take away some back to Singapore.

Kak Kak Dim Sum Breakfast @ Jalan Maju near Plaza Pelangi 佳佳点心茶楼

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Need early breakfast in JB, on the way up north to Malacca or KL? Restoran Kak Kak opens at 5:00am 6:30am and conveniently located just next to Plaza Pelangi (5 mins drive from JB CIQ off Jalan Tebrau). Nothing exquisite but plenty to choose from, freshly made, tastes good, and very reasonably priced kopitiam dim sum.

Chicken House Kampong Chicken Rice 🐔 Upper Thomson Singapore 甘榜山鸡饭

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🐔 Chicken House Kampong Chicken Rice at Upper Thomson Singapore is one of my pre-blogging long time favourites. I like it that the food here is tasty and the pricing is very competitive.

Restaurant name: Chicken House 甘榜山鸡饭


Address: 256 Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574382


Tel: 6456 0698

Hours: 11:00am to 8:00pm

Joez Coconut Jelly in Penang Georgetown Dato Karamat JK1300

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Michael was raving since day 1 of our trip about his family's must have coconut jelly in Penang. But, our busy programme was very tight - on the road the whole time through Langkawi, Alor Star, Butterworth and Penang. We finally managed to check in at Joez Coconut Jelly along Jalan Dato Karamat just before boarding the plane in Penang on day 5 ;-P

Warung Mahmoodiah Nasi Lemak, Soto & Lontong Breakfast Johor Bahru

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Coming back to Warung Mahmoodiah after two years, I am glad that the street side stall is still as popular as ever (perhaps even more popular now).

Bujang Valley Kedah Tua Sungai Batu Civilisation Complex | Kedah - Where it all Began



Besides good food and travel, I have other interests including archaeology and history ;-D  So, I was really thrilled that Tourism Kedah brought us to visit the Kedah Tua Sungai Batu Civilisation Complex.

Ah Tai Hainanese Chicken Rice @ Maxwell Food Centre Singapore 阿仔海南鸡饭

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Ah Tai Hainanese Chicken Rice is in that narrow band of top chicken rice stalls or shops in Singapore. In chicken rice crazy Singapore, that is a huge feat.

AFE Yishun Chicken Rice (Yishun Central 925)

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After trying the AFE outlet in Woodlands which I thought was quite impressive, I decided to make a pilgrimage to AFE's parent stall at Yishun Central 925.

TM DDG Chong Yoke Har Launched 1MYES 1Malaysia Year End Sale in Penang

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I attended the launch of 1Malaysia Year End Sale (1MYES) on 12 Nov 2015 by Tourism Malaysia Deputy Director General (Strategic and Domestic) Puan Chong Yoke Har at G Hotel in Georgetown, Penang.

Do New Hawker Centres Secure the Future of Singapore's Hawker Heritage?

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I was chatting the other day with a friend about the future of our hawker heritage. She said most people she spoke with are optimistic about the future of Singapore's hawker heritage because the government is building more hawker centres.

BLUE vs ORANGE ● Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol & Ice Kacang

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George Town, Penang has lots of famous eateries and interesting food. The simple cold dessert chendol is one of the most popular ones - it's a life saver when roaming the historic streets and fascinating alleys of Penang's tropical UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Restoran Kapitan Penang Georgetown Malaysia JK1292

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Restoran Kapitan in George Town is one of the most famous eateries in the UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for it's diverse delicious food.

L32 Geylang Handmade Noodles Lor 32 Best Ban Mian Singapore

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L32 Handmade Noodles in Geylang Lor 32, is one of my favourite ban mian / mee hoon kueh stall in Singapore since my pre-blogging days.

Bak Chor Mee Pok - Singapore's Most Uncelebrated "National Dish"? 肉脞面

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Today's bak chor mee 肉脞面, the simple generic yellow noodles topped with blanched minced pork and tossed in a blended sauce of chili paste, soy sauce and black vinegar is ubiquitous in Singapore. There are probably more bak chor mee stalls in Singapore today than any other type of hawker stalls.

Johor Kaki Interview with UFM100.3 DJ Anna 林安娜 Singapore Press Holdings

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I had the privilege to be interviewed by Anna 林安娜 of UFM100.3 on 29 Oct 2015. We talked about Johor food and a bit about Johor Kaki blog.

Paul John The Great Indian Single Malt Whisky JK1287



When Jenny invited me to the Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky tasting party, I jumped at the opportunity. But, I did warn her that my enthusiasm is not matched with any expertise at all. Only curiosity.

Singapore Spanish Restaurant My Little Spanish Place Jamon Bar

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Many things about My Little Spanish Place fascinate me and one of them is their jamon (Spanish ham) bar. Jamon is one of Spain's proudest food icons.

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle @ 466 Crawford Lane Singapore. Singapore's Most Famous Bak Chor Mee

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In the world of Singapore bak chor mee, Tai Hwa Pork Noodle is like Tian Tian in the world of Singapore chicken rice. Singaporeans are passionate about chicken rice and bak chor mee. Everyone of us have our opinions beliefs about it. But, whatever you may think of it, High Street Tai Hwa is the most famous bak chor mee of Singapore.

Stall name: Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle


Address: Blk 466, Crawford Lane, #01-12, Singapore 190466


Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Lavender station


Hours: 9:30am - 9:00pm (Mon off)

Woodlands AFE Delights Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice Singapore

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I often quipped that excellent Hainanese chicken rice can be found in any corner of Singapore. I did not mean that figuratively, nor was I kidding. I am serious :-D

Well, today I stumbled upon a Hainanese chicken rice stall in Woodlands that can rank with the best on the island.

Yes. You heard it. W.O.O.D.L.A.N.D.S.

Paddy Hills Cafe Bistro Singapore South Buona Vista JK1283

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Paddy Hills Cafe is along South Buona Vista Road at the foot of Kent Ridge and is in the same shop lot that used to house the popular vintage Lim Seng Lee braised duck. I have eaten this braised duck many times during my pre-blogging days. It's good to be back at this old place, now completely re-invented.