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Banana Cakes at Kampung Resipi, S'mart Pandan Johor Bahru JB ⭐⭐⭐✱✱

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You know, when people talk about banana cakes in Johor Bahru, the first thing that come to everyone's mind is Hiap Joo Bakery. Of course, Hiap Joo's banana cakes baked with it's 97 year old wood fired oven have no equal in JB. Nevertheless, my friend John recently introduced me to another delicious banana cake - by Kampung Resipi at S'mart Pandan.

Yong Chun Prawn Noodle at Seng Huat Kopitiam Taman Melodies 成發茶餐室﹣福建永春蝦面

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Hokkien Yong Chun Prawn Noodle in Seng Huat kopitiam is a 40 year old brand in Johor Bahru. It has a loyal local following, but has somehow stayed under the social media radar.

Ampang Yong Tau Foo @ Foong Foong in Kuala Lumpur 鸿鸿安邦酿豆腐 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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After two decades, I still look forward to (and crave) eating Ampang yong tau foo at Foong Foong. Today, I am here with my trekking mates after climbing Broga Hill and Gunung Tok Wan near Kuala Lumpur.

Restaurant name: Restoran Foong Foong 鸿鸿安邦酿豆腐 


Address: 621-A, Jalan Merdeka, Kampung Baru Ampang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia


Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00pm (Closed on Tuesday) 


Tel: +60 12-209 5529

Find Dining with Johor Kaki Half Day JB Food Trail

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Hiap Joo Bakery | Jalan Tan Hiok Nee | 7:30am to 5pm | Sun off | Tel: 07-223 1703

We just conducted a round of Find Dining with Johor Kaki book presentation at 5 featured eateries with support from sponsors UMLand (United Malayan Land) and MAGistrate. Local media also joined us for a morning of delicious fun and discovery in the cheerful streets of Johor Bahru.

Singapore to Broga Hill & Gunung Tok Wan Trekking Itinerary

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Wikipedia photo of Broga Hill

I am joining a trekking trip to Broga Hill and Gunung Tok Wan near Kuala Lumpur organised by The Adventure Village. Trekking is a hobby I like to indulge in whenever the opportunity arises. 

The highlights of this weekend escape are Broga Hill & Gunung Tok Wan, Titi town for traditional Hakka food, Kuala Selangor Firefly Park, and Ampang yong tau foo.

Brunch in JB Johor Bahru at Marco Polo Kitchen in Bukit Indah ⭐⭐⭐✱✱

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Taking advantage of the bright sunny Saturday morning, we dropped by at Marco Polo Kitchen in Bukit Indah for a leisurely brunch (available only on Sat & Sun).

What to Eat in Johor Bahru JB - Halal Food Picks

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For centuries, Johor Bahru, the capital of Johor state has been a meeting place of peoples and culinary cultures from all directions. Jay Bee as the locals call their hometown is a melting pot of all kinds of culinary delights. Thousands of people come across the Causeway every day (especially on weekends) to enjoy food in Johor. Penang and Ipoh may be more famous but JB is Malaysia's most visited food destination. The JB food scene from street hawkers to fine dining thrives and grows with each day. Here's a sample of Halal food picks to whet your appetite and help you plan your next Jay Bee trip.

No Name Economy Rice & Zhi Char at Bunga Ros, Masai JB ⭐⭐⭐✱✱

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Seeing Henry's regular postings from his favourite lunch haunt near the bus terminal at Masai in JB, we couldn't resist checking it out.

看到 Henry 每天 post 爱吃的卤肉面, 看了忍不住, 我们也来了. 卤肉面真的很多卤肉又很香, 很甜, 真的很好吃. 我们还有吃老板的砂煲面, 也是很不错. 砂煲面里有烧肉还有芋头不错. 最喜欢的是老板的怡保河粉. 果条炒得有锅气. 粿条的汁也很够味. 如果你在 Masai 一带, 这无招牌小档口是一个好的午餐和晚餐的去处. Jalan Bunga Ros. Masai 巴士车站对面.


A1 Curry Chicken Mee at Yee Chia Ren Coffee Shop in TUTA JB ⭐⭐⭐✱✱

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Went to Taman Ungku Tun Aminah this evening and stumbled upon a newly opened curry chicken noodle stall at Restoran Yee Chia Ren 一家人餐室.

安格卖咖喱鸡面. A1咖喱面. 小小档口在皇后花园的一家人咖啡馆. 鸡肉嫩嫩的又甜. 咖喱有汤底. 椰浆香甜不过不会太浓. 好香的香料不过不会太辣. 一碗RM5. 如果下午有在皇后一带,不妨试试. 下午3点到晚上12点. 星期三休息. Jalan Temenggong 11.


Malaysian Traditional Coffee Shop Sunshine 新东升 Kopitiam in Ulu Tiram Johor ⭐⭐⭐

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For many people in Malaysia and Singapore, the default breakfast is toast, soft boiled eggs and kopi in the neighbourhood kopitiam (coffee shop).

Chicken Chops Kafe Rasa Ria ⭐⭐⭐✱✱

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Today, we visited the Kafe Rasa Ria in Rengit. Looking through their extensive menu of Western style dishes and local favourites, we opted for their chicken chops. We are chicken chop lovers 😀

AnMour Cafe Casual America Restaurant in Johor Bahru ⭐⭐⭐✱✱

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We visited the AnMour Cafe outlet in Taman Pelangi this afternoon. This hugely successful JB homegrown brand started in 2011 in Sutera Utama. AnMour Cafe now has 6 outlets in Pelangi, Mount Austin, Gaya, Permas Jaya, Sutera Utama, and the newest in Kulai.

Best Johor Family Restaurants · Jay Bee Garden in Skudai · JB ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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We went to Jay Bee Garden restaurant J.B. 園咖哩鱼头小食馆 in Skudai Baru this evening after a long day signing and personalising over 400 copies of Johor Kaki guide to Find Dining in JB 😃 It's one of the first places I think of when I want home cooked style, comfort dishes for family and casual get togethers at reasonable prices.

Foreword to Johor Kaki Book on Street and Heritage Food in Johor

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Today (14 Oct 2016), we held our first public distribution of our 150 page full colour book Find Dining with Johor Kaki featuring 100 JB hawkers. It was held at EH HE Cafe at the historic Jalan Tan Hiok Nee - JB's "Culture Street". Over 300 people from Johor and Singapore attended the event - thank you for your support.

No Michelin Star Tai Wah Pork Noodles at Hong Lim FC 大华肉脞面 ⭐⭐⭐

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This is the other 大华 bak chor mee, without the Michelin Star and sans the insane queue. Otherwise, in most other aspects, this Hong Lim Tai Wah and the other Tai Hwa at Crawford Lane are almost identical. Both have their die-hard fans.

Ping Ping Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee Hong Lim FC 潮州街平平咖喱米粉面

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At Hong Lim food centre, there are 3 chicken curry bee hoon mee stalls. Besides the famous Ah Heng and Heng Kee where there are always long queues, there is another stall, Ping Ping, which is somewhat under the radar.

The Wild - A Promising Young Restaurant in Singapore's West ⭐⭐⭐✱✱

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When we were lunching at The Wild last month, co-owner Shan recommended that we try co-owner Chef Jun's signature roast pork belly for dinner.

SUMO Big Prawn, Lobster, Crayfish, La La ⭐⭐⭐✱✱

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Yeah, I've been a bit obsessed with SUMO Big Prawn noodle this week. So, this was my third time at Ang Mo Kio Blk 628 food centre because my makan kakis (eating buddies) wanted to eat this prawn mee (again). Today, we went for nearly everything 😱
  1. La la clam soup S$6.90
  2. Big prawn noodle soup S$8.00
  3. Crayfish noodle soup S$13.00
  4. Lobster & big prawn noodle soup S$25.00.

SUMO Big Prawn Noodle - Guest Post by Singapore Ah Seng ⭐⭐⭐✱✱

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It's all brudder Carelairfare's fault lah - post those food porn of SUMO Big Prawn Noodle. So, today I buay tahan (cannot resist) have to make an unplanned trip on a rainy morning to Ang Mo Kio Blk 628 food centre to satisfy my craving.

Disclaimer: Any word you catch no ball (don't understand), can check Oxford Singlish dictionary. Any mishap from reading Ah Seng's review, find him. Don't say Johor Kaki hor.....

Yong Xiang Xing Dou Fu Yong Tau Foo Singapore People's Park 驰名永祥興豆腐 ⭐⭐⭐✱✱

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I have a former colleague who is a big fan of Yong Xiang Xing Dou Fu. Every time we were at People's Park food centre, he would volunteer to queue and buy us yong tau foo for lunch. We joked that he must be a shareholder of Yong Xiang Xing Dou Fu 😝

SUMO Big Prawn Noodle Ang Mo Kio Blk 628 Market & Food Centre ⭐⭐⭐✱✱

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When SUMO Big Prawn's noodles starring their lobsters first appeared on my Facebook feed, I didn't really pay much attention. I am not a big fan of gentrification of our street food culture. But, when I saw that they also have "normal" prawn mee, I went down to Ang Mo Kio Blk 628 food centre to give SUMO Big Prawn a try.

Bai Nian Yong Tau Foo with a Delightful Twist in Singapore 百年酿豆腐 ⭐⭐⭐✱✱

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I've been seeing a constant line at Bai Nian Yong Tau Foo 百年酿豆腐 when I was food spotting at the sprawling People Park Food Centre for the past two days.

Poy Kee Yong Tau Foo People's Park Food Centre 培记酿豆腐

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Exploring People's Park Food Centre, one of my old food haunts this morning, I spotted a long queue at Poy Kee Yong Tau Foo. I've eaten at the famous Yong Xiang Xing Dou Fu here before but it is closed on Monday, so I decided to give Poy Kee a try instead.

Sinagpore's Best Koothurar Nasi Briyani @ Blk 17 Beach Road ⭐⭐⭐⭐✱

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Richly flavoured nasi briyani is one of my favourite indulgences. Today, we went to Koothurar Nasi Briyani at Blk 17 Beach Road for our fix. (Most people just know it affectionately as "the Beach Road nasi briyani" as there is no signboard, the best at Beach Road and many say the whole of Singapore.)

Disappearing Singapore Street Food Lao Liang Pork Trotter & Shark Meat Jelly 老两猪脚冻沙鱼肉 ⭐⭐⭐

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Over a decade ago when I ate this pork and shark aspic at Lao Liang, there was already this nagging feeling that we may not be having this for very much longer. Ten plus years on, fortunately Lao Liang 老两 stall is still here at Berseh food centre - the same taste, and the same feeling that this may not last much longer.