Sunday, July 29, 2012

Adventures in Johor Bahru

Cute Cute and Cuchi had the privilege of going into JB (Malaysia) with some of their friends to enjoy some food. In fact, their friends brought them to various fancy places that it pipped their curiosity a lot to blog about the food there and to explore our friendly neighbour across the causeway.
Yes!! We are finally going out right?
First stop that the lions had with a group of friends (Mr Business Times and friends) was this braised duck and beef noodles coffee shop.
Beef noodles
The beef noodles are pretty unique whereby peanuts and shallots are added into the noodles to give it some crunch. The noodles are more like udon and the beef is so tender and full of flavor. Worth a try!
Braised Duck and Tau Kuah
The braised duck and tau kuah is another delight! The duck meat is so tender and the tau kuah is silky smooth.... Mmm... thinking about it, makes Cute Cute want to go back there to eat it again soon.
These two are located at the above coffee shop and once their sampler is done, the lions proceed on to their next destination...

Second stop was at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, a bohemian looking street to have nasi padang and eggs at a coffee shop named Restoran Kin Hua.
Taste so old school.... Enough kick and filled with charcoal taste to make it a really good cuppa
Nasi Padang
Surprisingly, all the items that Cute Cute took were good! The cabbage, sting ray, quails egg and fried egg were all very good.
Half Boiled Eggs
Now these are gems... Cute Cute followed instructions to swallow each yolk whole... They tasted like jelly in your mouth once you eat them. Cute Cute found out that they are kampong eggs.

Next stop was a place near to the Eden garden called Kafe Enampuluhan. Mee rebus was the main draw there.

Mee Rebus
Looked very simple but the sauce for the mee rebus is really good. Not too sweet with a tinge of citrus, the mee rebus is something that one should try. The crispy fried flour adds to the fun of eating it as it gives your bite in your mee rebus.

The lions then followed another group of friends (Astroboy, JunioR and Peary) into JB once again and this time, they tried a few different things. Again, the lions brought these friends to Kin Hua to try the eggs and nasi padang and to eat the nasi lemak that eluded Cute Cute the first time round.
Nasi Lemak
Apparently, this nasi lemak was sold out the first time Cute Cute came here and he managed to snag one this time round. However, it was a bit of a let down as it tasted ordinary. The coconut rice was fragrant and soft though.
Mee Rebus
The mee rebus fared better in the taste category. Its sauce was flavorful and the crunchy things that came with it was also very savory.

Now across the coffee shop was an old bakery, Hiap Joo Bakery, with a 100 year old wood fired oven. The lions brought their friends over to explore and found that they are famous for their buns and banana cakes!

Banana Cake
Seems like this is one of Hiap Joo Bakery's signature. The banana cake was so moist, warm and flavorful when the lions got it and shared among friends. A definite must buy when here.

Coconut Bun
Another must buy and you can keep the buns slightly longer as the coconut fillings are already cooked.

Need a nap after so much eating....
The lions did have an enjoyable time exploring the in and outs of JB town. More to come soon!

Braised Duck, Tau Kuah and Beef noodles - At Restoran Shang Ji near Jalan Lumba Kuda
Mee Rebus - At Kafe Enampuluhan at Jalan Ibrahim Sultan
Nasi Padang, Coffee, Eggs, Nasi Lemak - At Restoran Kin Hua at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee
Hiap Joo Bakery - At Jalan Tan Hiok Nee

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