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Travel: Johor Bahru 🇲🇾

Travel: Johor Bahru 🇲🇾

Featuring Hiap Joo Bakery & Biscuit Factory 协裕面包西果厂, Restoran Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh (顺顺兴肉骨茶), People & Places Cafe, Softsrve (Johor Bahru), Restoran Hua Mui (Jalan Trus), Chaiwalla & Co. Container Café (Johor Bahru), Shakespeare Milkshakes, Sangkaya (Jalan Dhoby), Openwork, Cedar Point Food Court
Wei Zhi Chiang
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These are small la las, but they came in quite a big portion sat in a good amount of spicy sauce! Almost every table had one of these and it was a good side to have. The la las were fresh and we liked that in this whole pile, almost none were empty.

📍宽窄巷子 成都串串香
39 Jalan Austin Heights 8/3, 81100 Johor Bahru
🕔 5pm to 1am Daily

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Wanted to try the 极品土豆粉 (7.90RM, S$2.60) but apparently they stopped selling that a few months ago! ☹️ Went with the other noodle option that’s one of my favs, the wide sweet potato noodles. It’s not a big bowl though, as it serves more as a side to the skewers. Noodles were soft and chewy, while the broth packed a really good heat with a touch of sourness. Shiok!

📍宽窄巷子 成都串串香
39 Jalan Austin Heights 8/3, 81100 Johor Bahru
🕔 5pm to 1am Daily

MA LAAAA! Was very excited to try this out and happy it didn’t disappoint. Spice levels are much higher than what we usually get in SG that even the small spice (微辣) was shiok and fiery! Their range of skewers is not that big, but sufficient with a good and pretty fresh variety of meats and vegetables.

The base is charged only once, so when you get top ups of skewers, they’ll just bring it over and add them into your existing bowl. Due to the layer of oil in the base, the skewers are kept hot throughout the meal. We enjoyed the mix of heat and “numbness”, and though super unhealthy, we kept scooping away the oil to drink the broth. 😛

PS, they don’t accept reservations, so I’d recommend to come by for an early dinner just when they open at 5pm. We dropped in around 5.20pm and were lucky to get the last table before the queue started forming really quickly. The waiting time after that takes quite a while!

📍宽窄巷子 成都串串香
39 Jalan Austin Heights 8/3, 81100 Johor Bahru
🕔 5pm to 1am Daily

Spotted Restoran Kak Kak after our breakfast at Restoran Ka Hoe that’s just down the same street. Came by the next day around 10am and some stuff were already sold out ☹️ Prices vary, but these 6 in white saucers were 21.60RM (S$7.20). The items were decent with some hits and misses.

📍Restoran Kak Kak 佳佳点心茶楼
9 Jalan Maju, Taman Maju Jaya, 80400 Johor Bahru
🕡 5.30am to 11.30am Daily, Closed on Tuesdays

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This was my saviour after our very shiok fiery ma la meal at 宽窄巷子 成都串串香, that’s about a 5 minutes walk away. Was craving for something refreshing and sour, and got this by recommendation from the server! They squeezed fresh limes into this and we really liked it that it wasn’t too sweet and was pretty fragrant. Will sure be back for more next time!

📍Regiustea 皇茶天下
71 Jalan Austin Heights 8/5, Austin Heights, 81100 Johor Bahru

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Making it a point to visit a new kway teow kia place every time we’re in JB and Restoran Ka Hoe’s one of our overall favourites thus far! In addition to its smoothness, we loved that extra q their kway teow had. Even though our must-have braised eggs are still best at San Lou Kway Teow Kia, the intestines here were very well cleaned and braised. Remember to get their tofu, but skip on the powdery pig’s blood.

Broth was flavourful and a little peppery. I’m not usually a fan of fried shallots, but theirs were a must! We ordered a 1 pax portion of ingredients with 2 bowls of kway teow and it came up to 12RM (S$4). The kway teow portion was a bit small, but you can always top up at 2RM (S$0.70) for each serving.

📍Restoran Ka Hoe 榕樹下粿條仔
Jalan Maju, Taman Maju Jaya, 80400 Johor Bahru
6.30am to 12.30pm Daily, Closed on Wednesdays

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有点香麻辣香锅 is conveniently located opposite KSL and operates till midnight! Prices are by weight and indicated clearly, 3.80RM/100g for vegetables, 5.80RM/100g for meat and mushrooms, and 7.80RM/100g for seafood. We took away a portion for supper and it was still good even after keeping it aside a while. I liked that it wasn’t overwhelmed with oil, salt or spice. Pretty fragrant bowl that was fried well! Would like to try their ala carte dishes in future.

Service was friendly and they even provide free drinks and desserts for all, to cool you down from the heat!

📍有点香麻辣香锅 Tasty Hotpot
9 Jalan Kijang Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru (Opposite KSL)
🕧 12.30pm to 12am Daily

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Their pin drop on Google maps is off, so we almost missed visiting them. The pin is on the right stretch of shops but at the wrong unit, so just look out for unit 83. Apart from the frozen section, they have a pretty good variety of sashimi and poke bowls. Not the best sashimi, but our box of thick cut salmon were fresh and value for money!

📍Top Catch Fisheries Mount Austin 一頂魚屋
83 Jalan Mutiara Emas 2A Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru
🕛 12pm to 9pm Daily, Closed on Mondays

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Auntie Anne’s is one of my must haves during visits to JB. Other than the Original and Sour Cream & Onion flavoured pretzels, I love their cheese nuggets. Each nugget is stuffed with cheese and if you’re lucky to get them when they are freshly out of the oven, the cheese filling would be stretchy! We also prefer the KSL branch over City Square’s, the pretzels usually have a better crunch.

📍Auntie Anne’s
KSL City Shopping Mall, Lot S13 & S14
33 Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru
🕙 10am to 10pm Daily

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Visited Openwork cafe during our last JB trip and they’ve since opened another small shop at R&F Mall. The menu isn’t as extensive as it focuses on its gyozas. We ordered one of their three spicy options and had to wait a while for them, but it was surprisingly good! Each serving comes with 7 gyozas and each of ours had a well fried crispy side. Would have liked a bit more filling but they were well seasoned and juicy. Sichuan chili oil added a nice heat.

📍Xiaoming Gyoza 小明餃子
R&F Mall Lot 2-105
🕙 10am to 10pm Daily

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Godiva’s always a good place to get a rich dark chocolate soft serve, but it’s an expensive sweet treat - $9 in SG. Have been craving for this quite a while and finally got it here in JB!

📍Godiva
Johor Bahru City Square, J1-18
No. 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru
🕘 9am to 10pm Daily

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Other than the orh jian few carts down from JB Fried Oyster, this is what you must get when you’re here! Again, the waiting takes a while, but these were so good. The wings are not the kind with very crispy skin, but they were fragrant and lightly charred. Meat was super flavorful, juicy and tender, and we absolutely loved the savoury sweet glaze.

Apart from wings, they also sell whole chicken legs at 5RM. Think they open around 5+/6pm and the boss told us that they close when they sell out - that’s usually around 8+ to 9pm!

📍烧鸡翅膀 Chicken BBQ
Medan Selera Meldrum Walk, 80000 Johor Bahru

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