The elephant bean cafe is a place where i came a couple of times when i was in Muar, both to have coffee and to eat.
This is mainly a coffee place, but like most coffee places in Malaysia they also serve light meals which is what i prefer in the tropical heat.
their coffee was absolutely excellent and i was quite happy with the food i had there too.
The place seems to be frequented mostly by a mix of business people and students aswell as the odd foreigner who comes to town, but Muar does not see many western people.
Kim San Public Cooked-Food Market is located along Hunger Street aka 'tam chiak kuey'. This street is situated along Jln Ali and Jln Haji Abu.
There are lots of food to choose from.
We ordered, wanton noodles, satay, otah and there was a whole table of food.
We tried 4 types of satay - pork, chicken, small intestines and cockles. We also ordered ketupat (compressed rice). The satays were well marinated and juicy. Besides this stall, there were other stalls which we ordered the otak and wanton (dumpling) noodles. I noticed that almost every table would order the wanton noodles. It tasted quite good which might consist quite a lot of lard.
Favorite Dish: Tasty satay
According to a food guide, this shop has been operating for 20 years. The locals call it Long Ji in Mandarin. Their main dish is bak kut teh or herbal pork ribs soup served in a claypot. The dark herbal soup consists of pork ribs, fried bean curb, pork intestines, straw mushrooms and button mushrooms. We ordered bak kut tek for 4 persons, sambal fish, 2 plates of beancurb and braised salted vegetables. Total cost for 6 of us was about RM50.00.
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish is not the bak kut teh but their sambal fish and braised salted vegetables. They used a special Vietnamese sambal paste for the fish. You can buy the paste and bring home to cook. The yam rice was terrifc too.
It's quite a big restaurant in Muar. The locals call this restaurant "Jing Jing" in Mandarin. It's about 10 mins drive from Classic hotel. There were 8 of us and the dinner cost about RM180.00. The overall food was quite good. I enjoyed the garlic prawns, herbal pig trotters and asparagus with scallops. However, their supposed famous snakehead fish beehoon in claypot was a disappointment. The fish soup was quite bland. Patrons could choose to sit in the air-conditioned area or outside. There was also carpark in front of the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Garlic prawns were big and fresh and fried with crispy garlic. Pig trotters were very tenderly braised. The asparagus with scallops was served in large portion.
We had our coffee break at Sai Kee Café. Their speciality is the 434 Kopi powder.
Do ask for the coffee to be thick (kopi-kau) else you will find it a bit bland or mild.
The coffee is served from the machine and you will have to add your own creamer and sugar to your coffee.
You could buy their coffee powder and make your own cup of coffee.
Sai Kee Kopi Serbok Sdn Bhd
34 Jalan Maharani Muar
Tel: 06 951 3828
I have no idea what is Mee Bandung and just knew that Muar is famous for it until we finally tasted it.
Even with our heavy lunch and coffee break, we decide to search for Mee Bandung.
Drove around and finally found the store Mee Bandung Muar.
It is noodles in a gravey with egg and seafood or meat. A very unique taste and taste something like Mee Rebus.
Excellent satay! The pork satay was chunky and delicious. The satay sauce has pineapple in it.
The satay comes with cucumber slices, pineapple slices, rice and served on a piece of leaf.
This is the highlight of our lunch.
We ordered wanton noodles and the noodles were tasty. The wanton noodles came with black sauce, char siew and some green vegetables. We ordered a bowl of Sui Jiao Soup to go with our Wanton noodles.
You could also choose to have sherdded chicken mushroom noodles.
There are a few varieties of roast meat. From roast pork (char siew and siu yuk), roast chicken, roast duck.
This roast meat stall sell very nice roast duck meat. You could also order some chicken meat.
There is another competitor stall inside the coffee shop which sell roast meat and braised duck. So take your pick.
Muar was famous for its Otah. There are a variety of meat to choose from. You could choose from fish meat, fish head meat and prawn meat.
The meat paste are applied onto one side of the leaf and covered with another side of the leaf and stapled or close up with a stick. The otah is then bbq over charcoal till the leaf is slightly burnt.
Each stick of Otah cost RM0.40 to RM0.50.
I think that the Muar otah lack a bit of spicyness.
Fried Carrot Cake
Fried Carrot Cake is a popular dish which can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper and as a snack.
The white radish are sliced and mixed with flour to make into steam cakes. They are then fried with sauces and egg and chilli paste to become a very delicious dish.
You may have it black or white.
Black - sweet sauce
White - saltish
The first stall we came across is the Fried Dough stall. The locals call it You Cha Kwai and Hum Jin Bang.
The direct translation of You Cha Kwai is using oil to fry ghost/spirit. Hum Jin Bang simply means frying salted pastry/biscuits.
They also fried dough which is called butterfly as the shape of it looks somewhat like the butterfly. It goes very well with a cup of soya beancurd drink or porridge.
the small street in the old town centre is full of food stall, park your car and slow slow explore the local food
Favorite Dish: u can find muar special otak-otak, muar cili wantan mee, muar pork satay, muar duck rice...etc
Muar is famous for its Mee Bandung and Restaurant Baridah has a reputaion for serving the best Mee Bandung in town. The restaurant's big sign of "Mee Bandung Muar" is an indication to this eventhough the restaurant also serve other items on its menu.
Favorite Dish: Mee Bandung Muar - a type of noddle with thick gravy/sauce and other condiments such as prawn, beef and boiled egg.