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Monday, 7 May 2018

Tried & Tasted Best Char Kway Teow in Johor ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Char kway teow is a popular dish in Johor (just like in Singapore and throughout Malaysia). CKT stalls are everywhere - most kopitiam have one CKT. But, good char kway teow stalls in Johor (and also in Singapore) are like rare gems - there are just a precious few among the dozens. Here are the best top of my mind char kway teow stalls in Johor, after blogging about 21 stalls and tasting a few hundred times.

Note: This is a tried and tasted list. I personally tasted all the char kway teow listed here many times, and did not copy and paste from other people's blogs, Facebook etc.

Pasar Kia Char Kuey Teow 巴沙仔炒粿条面

One of the oldest CKT stalls in Johor. Fried by the fourth generation now, with the third gen helping out. I like it that the sauce is caramelized, enveloping the noodles with robust savoury flavours and toasty taste. This rendition is slightly wet. Now located at Cedar Point where parking is much easier compared to Meldrum Walk (its previous location).

Address: Jalan Musang Bulan 2-16, Taman Century, Johor Bahru (when you step into Cedar Point from the car park, Pasar Kia Char Kuey Teow is on your right at the far end inside) 
GPS: 1.481492,103.762167 | 1°28'53.4"N 103°45'43.8"E  
Hours: Daily 5:30pm to 10:30pm

Penang Goreng Kuay Teow @ Sri Tebrau Market

Another old JB char kway teow stalwart. Slightly drier, tacky type. Savoury toasty with some wok hei despite not using lard. This stall offers the option of kampung duck eggs (in addition to the usual kampung chicken egg). This CKT has many layers of savouriness with subtle underlying sweetness. Mr Khor and son Ryan both work at the stall. Fans cannot stop debating who is better, father or son. You say?

Address: Stall 61, Taman Sri Tebrau Hawker Centre, Jalan Keris, Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Bahru  
GPS: 1.487056,103.768063  
Hours: 3:30pm to 10:00pm (Thursdays off) 


Penang style CKT. Relatively dry, has layered savoury flavours from a blend of soy and fish sauce, with a bit of wok hei. Formerly in Taman Perling at the hugely popular Leong Seng Huat kopitiam, dubbed "Little Penang" by locals. This CKT is in Impian Emas now.

Address219, Jalan Impian Emas 22, Skudai, Johor 
GPS1°32'30.0"N 103°40'00.8"E | 1.541673, 103.666897
Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm (Fri off)

88 Char Kway Teow (stall in Restoran Dwi Lapan kopitiam)

This stall offers the option of duck eggs with their lard fried kway teow. Garlic, lup cheong and prawn provide the aromatic layers under the caramelised savoury sauce and toasty sear. Brininess from blood cockles round up the flavours.

Address: 88, Jalan Pahlawan 2, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA), Skudai, 81300 Johor Baru  
GPS: 1.522671,103.664653  
Hours: Daily 7:00am to 3:00pm (closed alternate Friday)

Char Kway Teow stall in Restoran Tien Tien kopitiam

Popular Penang style CKT in Taman Pelangi. Lady boss wanted to give up CKT and switch trade but support of fans kept her going. Folks like her wok hei and generous use of lard. The rice noodles are well infused with caramelised garlic and savoury sauce flavours with an overlay of toasty taste.

Address: Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru 
GPS: 1°28'54.7"N 103°46'23.0"E | 1.481872, 103.773054 
Hours: 7:00am to 3:00pm (Closed on Weds)

Penang Fried Kway Teow @ Kim Ling 金岭 Coffee Shop

One of the char kway teow stalwarts of Taman Perling. Simple CKT of rice noodles, prawn, bean sprout, blood cockles and chives. The savoury salty sauce is seared into the rice noodles infusing it with caramelised toasty savoury flavour.

Address: 19, Jalan Simbang, Taman Perling, Johor Bahru 
GPS: 1.482709,103.681223 
Hours: Hawker stalls operate from 7:00am to 2:00pm (Closed on alternate Wednesdays)

Penang Char Kia Teow Stall in Hong Kong Boy Kopitiam 香港仔美食中心

阿诚槟城炒粿条 is the only charcoal fried CKT in this list. Nice wok hei imparting a toasty sear on the rice noodles and caramelised savoury sauce with underlying sweetness. Has blood cockles, waxed sausage, chives and bean sprouts. Hong Kong Boy kopitiam is in a lively eating zone in Johor Jaya town which is busy from morning till night.

Address: 2 Jalan Dedap 22, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru 
GPS: 1.540335,103.803570 
Hours: 7:00pm to 12:00 midnight

Kulai Main Street 古來大街炒粿條

This is an institution in Kulai. Known as "Main street char kway teow" but it is actually along a small inside street. Opens only in the evenings for a couple of hours before everything is sold out. Very basic savoury CKT - kway teow, bean sprouts and blood cockles with a savoury sauce tossed and turned in a sizzling wok, that's all. Townsfolk's favourite.

Address: Jalan Ibrahim, Kulai, Johor 
GPS: 1.659867,103.602603 
Hours: 4:30pm till sold out around 7:30pm (Closed on Tuesday)

The following links have the full details to the above char kway teow ➤

Pasar Kia 巴沙仔炒粿条面 👈 click
Penang Goreng Kuay Teow @ Sri Tebrau Market 👈 click
杨家美食.槟城之味 👈 click
88 Char Kway Teow 👈 click
Tien Tien 👈 click
Kim Ling 金岭 👈 click
Hong Kong Boy 👈 click
古來大街炒粿條@ Kulai 👈 click

After eating char kway teow all over Johor hundreds of times, here's Johor Kaki's full list of all 22 blog posts on best Johor char kway teow 👈 click

This list is incomplete. I am still adding to this growing list as I try and taste more char kway teow in Johor. Please share with me your recommendations. Thank you.

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  1. Ha Ha Tony ! I see that you have been putting disclaimer in your recent articles ie " ...did not copy & paste from other people's blogs "

    Too many plagiarists and lazy bloggers around who just want to piggy back on another's hard work

    Don't worry Tony . You're the One :-)

    I will follow you, follow you wherever you may blog
    There isn't an ocean too deep
    A mountain so high it can keep me away
    (apologies to Little Peggy March )

    1. Thank you Vietnam Mari for your support and encouragement :-D It is quite disheartening that copy cat sites are growing in numbers. Readers like you keep me going, creating original content.

  2. Thank you Tony for being the gracious Johor Kaki Pacman gobbling up food on our behalf and blogging about it

  3. Please do more "Tried & Tested" or "best" series!


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