Jun 25, 2017

JB Weekend Food Trip

Johor Bahru has been popping into my radar lately because my cousin staying there. Before this, I have not been to JB other than swift through the check-point to go to Singapore. It's a short trip, we're there for a night and I have packed in all the good food on my trip to ensure my tummy is happy. Here are some of the places I've been:

IT Roo

This place is famous for its chicken chop. You have choices of mushroom or black pepper sauce and also an option whether you want your chicken to be grilled or fried. The restaurant reminiscing the 1970's or the 1980's Western cafe style. It brings back old memories of the past - I have a glance back when my grandfather used to bring me to cafe like this. Back in reality, the food is good. The succulent chicken goes really well with the sauce. In my case, I had the fried chicken chop with mushroom sauce.

Location: No.17, Jalan Dhoby, Johor Bahru
Price range: RM15+
Business hour: 10am - 9:30pm 

Hiap Joo Bakery & Biscuit Factory

A few blocks from IT Roo, there a classic bakery that serves the crowd since . I got half banana cake to try. It is by far the best banana cake baked in the classic way. It has fluffy texture, not so sweet and you can taste the actual banana (instead of those instant banana essence taste). It is a grab-and-go bakery, there's no seating, so you have to pack your order and savor the cakes at a nearby cafe. Since it is an old establishment in the neighborhood, I don't think the cafe owners mind that you have your cake there. The queue is long, but you don't have to wait long since everyone is just taking away.

Location: 13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru
Price range: RM5

Flowers in the Window Cafe

In between lunch and dinner, we had a stopover in one of the beautiful cafe in JB. The Flowers by the Window (as the name suggested) is nature inspired and all the foods and drinks are infused with flowers, herbs, fruits or veggies. We recommend you to try the cakes. Can't go wrong with the moist chocolate cake. For a more adventurous try-out, pick the rosemary, chili & lemon drink. Who could have guessed, these food ingredients can be so refreshing as a drink?

Location: 9, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru
Business hour: 10AM - 9PM
Price range: RM10 - RM20

Carabao Restaurant

Carabao is one of the famous Thai restaurants in JB. One good thing is, it is halal since we notice a lot of Muslims waiting to breakfast when we were ordering our dinner. The menu is what you have in a classic Thai restaurant. We settled for pineapple fried rice to share out among three of us. Also, there's clear Tom yum soup so we went for it, instead of the usual red Tom yum. The chicken green curry quickly become my favourite because of the rich coconut milk and fragrant spices. Mango kerabu is a must because it made up a portion of the veggie to balance out the diet. You can taste how fresh the ingredients are and the dishes brings up the authentic taste of Thai meals. A fresh young coconut drink goes really well with the spicy meal. As a bonus, the dining area is decorated like an upscaled Thai restaurant in Thailand. I would say, don't just come for the food. Come for the experience as well. Table booking on the weekend is recommended. There is plenty of parking space right outside the restaurant, so it is elder-friendly.

Location: 16, Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, Johor Bahru
Opening hours: 5PM - 11PM
Price range: RM20 - RM100

Faculty of Caffeine Cafe

The next morning before we departed to Johor Premium Outlet, we had a quick brunch at the Faculty of Caffeine Cafe. The coffee was really good and smooth. We had our usual flat white and latte. The seafood pasta comes with generous portion of seafood. And the big breakfast is a nice twist of the usual big breakfast. It comes with a waffle (instead of toast), sweet chickpeas (instead of red beans), poached eggs (instead of scrambled), a hashbrown, sauteed mushroom, sausage and ham. I admit I was totally addicted to the chickpeas. However, the bill came up to RM77. It was quite a shock but I guess the price is worth paying for the good food.

Location: 106, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru
Business hours: 9AM - 5:30PM
Price range: RM12 for a coffee, RM20-RM30 for a meal 

Parit Jawa Asam Pedas

While on the way back to Melaka, we took the offroad to go to Parit Jawa, where the best asam pedas fish is. The humble Parit Jawa Roast Fish restaurant serves the best asam pedas according to many foodies and even the local themselves. We went for the recommended BBQ chicken wing, which is honey coated roasted chicken wing with sesame. It's a great starter for the meal. Meanwhile, the star of the show, the asam pedas fish is savory. The sweet, sour and spicy combination is appetizing. You can even drink the curry broth itself. The best fish to go with the asam pedas is the stingray. If you fancy other fishes, they do have siakap, kembung and other fishes depending on the time of your visit. Take note that this is non-halal compared to the food I've mentioned above.

Location: 161, Jalan Jabar, Parit Jawa, Muar
Price range: RM20-RM30

I'm totally new in the JB scene. If you have any food that you want to recommend to me, do leave a comment below. I will check it out on my next visit. Til then... Jya. 

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