Singaporeans love hawker food, but the ever-present issue is whether hawker food in Malaysia is better, or is it better in Singapore? So here is a list of some of the best hawker food stalls in Johor Bahru, you can come and taste them yourself before making a decision.
1. Din Kee Beef Noodle
Din Kee Beef Noodle is a well-known brand that makes excellent beef noodles. You can choose from a variety of noodles, as well as the beef bits that you like, and then decide whether you prefer it souped or dried. The simplest Braised Meat bowls, as well as Braised Meat + Tripe, start at RM8.50/S$2.80. Braised Meat + Tripe + Tendon and Fresh Meat are available for RM14/S$4.50. We were informed that revisions to the prices are expected so expect to pay a bit more.
The beef broth is made fresh every day and minimally boiled for five hour to create a rich, meaty stock. To serve, add Sour Pickled Mustard (RM1/S$0.40). We recommend the dry with thick Bee Hoon and crunchy roasted Peanut (RM1/S$0.40), which are tossed in a delicious blend of dark soya sauce, shallot oil, and thick beef gravy.
2. Wah Cai 3-in-1 Chinese Cake
Wah Cai 3-in-1 Chinese cake is sandwiched between Restoran Lai Kee & Kedai Roti Kek Kek Siang Yong. This take-out-only stand sees long lines throughout the day. You might need to wait in line to get your order. Be aware!
The star of their product is the Fried Chinese New Year Cake With Sweet Potato & Yum (RM2.50/S$0.80). This cake has nian gao sandwiched between slices of sweet potato and yam and battered and fried a a la goreng pisang, which Malaysians will tell u is pisang goreng. Fried Banana can be purchased here for RM1.50/S$0.50, along with Fried Cempedak (RM4/S$1.30), and Fried Durian (RM4.50/S$1.50).
3. Restoran Woon Piang
Restoran Woonkiang is a great place to go if you love kway chap. The popular streetside restaurant is known for its Kway Teow Kia (aka skinny, long, kway tea), and the fact that it’s open until the early hours of the morning.
You can simply walk up to the counter to pick your ingredients. These include braised duck, offal and braised pork belly. Once they are chopped up, they will be delivered to you. Even if the innards are not your thing, you should give the kway Teow Kia a shot. It’s super thin, silky, smooth, and pairs perfectly with the broth.
4. Kedai Masakan Itik Taika Huat
Since its humble beginnings as a braised duck stall in 1973, Taika Huat has made great strides. The family still owns the eatery, which is located in an open space area under a zinc roof, surrounded by a variety of large trees. These giant green giants were planted when the stall was founded.
Duck Wings and Teochew-style braised Duck Meat are available starting at RM11/S$3.60 and RM3.50/S$1.20 each for four. Duck Web and Duck Tongue are also available. A surprising and delicious braised Pig Trotter is also available at RM40/S$12.90 each. It’s tender and melty and wobbly in all right places. This can be eaten with rice or the dry Kuehteow (RM2/S$0.70).
5. Restoran Lai Kee
Restoran Lai Kee is another long-standing institution where locals flock. Here, fishballs are still freshly made daily by hand. The fishballs here are 100% ikan paraang, with a pinch of salt, as opposed to the store-bought varieties that contain flour flavourings and other additives.
Fishball noodles are available in a bowl for RM7/S$2.30. It comes with fish cakes, sliced pork, fishballs and a fried version. This fishball has a stronger flavour. It can be eaten in soup or as a dry dish, with dark soya sauce, chilli, and tossed with a little bit of chili. While you wait for your noodles, you’ll notice that each table contains a portion Fried Beancurd Skin (RM5/S$1.60).
6. Kedai Bak Kut Teh Hin Hock
Located in Tampoi (S$4.80), Kedai Bak Kut Teh Hin Hock’s Poached Fish is the most well-known. This is not the peppery bakkut teh that we are more familiar with. It has a strong perfumed taste of Chinese liquorice, an orange peel-like flavor that’s quite acquired.
The Poached Fish is served with Minced Meat Tofu (RM7/S$2.30), a simple but delicious dish made of tofu and topped off with a flavorful meat sauce.
7. Kedai Kek Siang Yong
Kedai Roti Dan Kek Siang Yong is the place to go for traditional Chinese pastries. This institution has been making tau sa piah (Green Bean Paste Pastry RM1.20 / S$0.40), Heong Peah Pastry RM1.90 / S$0.60, and many other products for over 30 years.
They have many other innovative creations, however: The Dried Shrimp Coconut Pastry RM1.40/S$0.50 and Pandan Kaya Puff RM1.40/S$0.50, as well as the Mini Chicken Floss w/Green Bean Paste Pastry RM0.70/S$0.30 have proved to be bestselling products
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