There are a few branches of Peking in Johor Bahru and one of them (in Taman Molek) serves Halal Chinese cuisine
Favorite Dish: Seafood - crabs, shellfish, fish, you name it, they have it!
Herbal chicken wrapped in foil
Appetizers - anchovies with fried beancurd
In Malaysia, Chinese herbal pork stew is known as Bah Kut Teh. 20-year old restaurant and still drawing tons of customers per day! The soup is not too oily, not too guilty, just the perfect pork stew you're looking for. Don't forget to ask for freshly chopped garlic to go with your meal.
Favorite Dish: Bah Kut Teh and Assam Fish (steamed kembung fish with delicous spice topping)
From the first look, you would think these are fries from Macdonald's right? Wrong! These are actually fried sticks of sweet potato and they're more delicious than the bland russet burbanks. They're sweet, crunchy and packed with loads of Vitamin A. The Orang Asli folks fried these snacks for us on one rainy Saturday night while we were in Lubuk Tapah camp and reader, we never had a more delicious supper than this! We cruched into the soft, crisp golden flesh and ate till our tummies could not hold any more..
This is where we took all of our meals. Quite a good locale, it faces a bubbling river and is surrounded by trees so you usually, you can see a magpie or even a bigger bird swoosh by as you take your meals.
It's not unusual to find cooked fruit in a South East Asian dish. Straits born Chinese use green papaya for their titek ( stew) dishes, malays use pineapple for their curries and the indians use mangoes for their pickles. So what more the indigenious tribespeople of Malaysia? I had fried papaya with Chilli in Endau Rompin National Park (centre dish) . And it was good though I was more used to eating green papaya salads and stews. Since the papaya was ripe, the flesh was sweet and the chilli gave a little kick to the dish.
The traditional Orang Asli dishes that they served at Lubuk Tapah Campsite at the Endau Rompin National Park was delicious, never mind even if they had a couple of odd ingredients here and there! I'm not joking, most of the ingredients are sourced from the jungle supermart and they include interesting edibles such as young curly fern leaves, rubber seeds, banana stems, lily stems and even squirrel meat.
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish has to be the chicken that is cooked with cassava ( centre dish ) . At first sight, it looks gummy and disgusting but it turned out to be really tasty. The cassava absorbed the chicken juices and it made for a really flavourful paste with rice. Second on my list is the Bamboo Chicken Stew ( The yellow dish on the left) , it chicken pieces were succulent, redolent of the scent of bamboo and lemongrass.
Now, just before my team mates and I entered Endau Rompin, Johor's notoriously rustic National Park, my group leader joked that we were going to suffer for 3 days in the jungle. "Eat up ! " he cautioned when we were dining at Bekok, a small sleepy town at the outskirts of the park, " This is going to be your last good meal! After that, you will be eating cold food! " The idiots that we were, we stupidly believed him and stuffed our faces with the coffeeshop food before us...
Well, I'm glad to say that we had been tricked. The food at Lubuk Tapah Campsite at Endau Rompin National Park was even better the grub found in the town. For the first time in my life, I tasted traditional jungle dishes prepared by the Orang Aslis* . Everything was good and as all the ingredients used were sourced from the wild and the dishes were cooked using simple but interesting methods. If you take a look at the picture, you can see how they cook their Chicken Stew. Yes, the chook and gravy were stuffed in bamboos poles and placed before glowing hot coals. The result was fantastic. The chicken was succulent and the gravy had the woody scent of bamboo...
*indigenous jungle tribesmen of Malaysian
Favorite Dish: NB - Honestly speaking, you can't dine at this place unless you take a one hour ride into the heart of the jungle in a 4wd from Bekok, Johor. Even so, the special Chicken Stew is only cooked on a Saturday for folks staying in a camp. However, if you are very keen to try the Orang Asli cusine and interacting with them, check with www.johorparks.com.
Practically an institution in Segamat, Shi Wei Fu restaurant is popular not only with Johor locals, but also with Singaporeans who may drive for 2+ hours just to eat here.
Unlike most other restaurants in the small town of Segamat, Shi Wei Fu has more ambiance - proper table clothes, waitresses dressed in uniform and cold air-conditioning. Best of all, the food is excellent and pricing very competitive. (Prices used to be higher but seems to have come down in the past two years due to the rather sluggish economy)
The waitresses, whether old or young all wear uniforms of white blouses, black and rather short skirts and sneakers that don't match.
Favorite Dish: You must try the Crispy Smoked Duck that is unique to this restaurant. (I have tasted a similar dish only in Bali's Bebek Benggil Restaurant and this one is actually better.) - RM35 per duck
Fried rice topped with anchovies-a deceptively simple dish, but always consistently delicious. - RM10 (serves 3-4)
Steamed fish teo-chew style-light, fragrant and yummy. (market price)
11.00 am to 2.30 pm
5.00 pm to 11.30 pm
Update as at February 2006:
Shi Wei Fu has opened up a larger and newer restaurant about 2 km from where the old place used to be. The newer restaurant is a favourite for weddings due to its size and ambiance. The old place at Taman Melur has since been closed. I can't be sure that the telephone numbers still work, but you can give it a try.
Very pleasant surroundings.
Surprisingly good service by smiling waitresses, not a frequent phenomenon in Malaysia lately.
Favorite Dish: Hey, only ONE visit and you ask me about my favourite dish ?
I only took DIM SUM .............. maybe later I can fill in more advice for you.
You may have heard the saying that Chinese will eat anything under the sun that is on four legs, except the tables and chairs. Well, it is basically true. As a Chinese myself, I should know!
At Seng Kee Restaurant, the speciality is "exotic "animal meat, but in fact all their food is very good. Exotic meat includes deer meat, flying fox, iguana, turtle, etc.
This restaurant has been around for a while but lately, they bought their own premises and now they occupy 2 shop-lots. They have an air-conditioned section and an al'fresco section. Lately, the air-conditioned section has been used for weddings and it also has a karaoke sound system and stage.
For a small town, this restaurant is tops in ambiance, however, the air-conditioning did mean that my hair didn't smell that great when I got home.
Favorite Dish: The food is simply too delicious. If you don't favour exotic meat, you can order the normal stuff, and it will still be delicious.
Tried & Recommended
Turtle soup with herbs and ginger juice-you need to order ahead. Please call a few days ahead to check on availability.
Flying fox stew-with ginger, rice wine and dark soy
Braised sea cucumber with pork in hot-pot
Steamed red garoupa in light soy sauce
Sweet and sour pork ribs-lip smackingly good.
This restaurant premise which used to house the Sin Teck Heng* Restaurant has been newly renovated and reopened in March 2005. As it is the new kid on the block many locals rushed there to check the food out.
We went there on the weekend (April 05) to have dinner. The new lady co-owners rushed around to make sure that everyone was served and being attended to.
I was rather impressed with the "aunties" and children bustling around because they worked so well together to ensure that food and drinks were served in a fast, efficient and friendly manner-it was teamwork at its best.
Already impressed with the cleanliness of the place, the food (with very little MSG compared to many other places) and the service, when we saw the bill, we left the restaurant, smiling from ear to ear. There is no doubt that we would be back for more!!
*Insider information says that the owners of Sin Teck Heng had come into some "big money" and chose to move out of the restaurant business...and take it easy for a while.
Favorite Dish: Scrumptious Fish-head curry with extra vegetables-cabbage, long-beans, ladies fingers and bean-curd. (we chose to have Red Tilapia instead of fish head = RM14
Lightly "hot wok-ed" Sweet Potato leaves with dash of finely chopped chilli padi=RM5
The oldie but goodie Yam Basket filled with short pork ribs, pineapple and cucumber pieces = RM12
Total bill for 4 adults, 2 big kids and 2 little kids = RM51.90 (US$13.60)
Nothing special about this restaurant but it has good food at reasonable prices. It is a typical Chinese Restaurant, with red table clothes, an aquarium full of swimming fish (for decoration, not for eating!), posters of Tiger girls and Dunhill men.
Favorite Dish: We had a 7 course meal at RM320 per table of 10 people. I've put pictures of the food onto my travellogue. Do drop in to see what you missed out on!
The latest talk of the town with a family oriented environment consisting of a 2 storey food court with local and international delicacies, amusement centre and wonderful location for picnickers by the Lido Beach, across Singapore island. A location where big events e.g. Festive Seasons Open House and Carnival are held.
When you eat here it is certainly not the ambience that brings you here. However, the noodles are very tasty and the price is cheap, even by small town standards!
Favorite Dish: Kway teow (flat white rice noodles) in soup with fishballs and char-siew (sliced BBQ pork) = a mere RM2.00 per bowl
Curry Noodles with fish cakes = RM2.00 per bowl
The other stall nearby sells a glass of soy bean at only RM0.30 per glass-talk about cheap!
Open in the morning till about 11am (when the noodles are sold out)
Just have to mention this really cool restaurant. It serves the best 'roti canai'. It is not a fancy restaurant and there is not much decoration, but it's clean.
The service is okay. The staff are not really friendly but not rude at all. They are also fast so you don't reaaly wait long for your food.
Favorite Dish: My favourite is, of course, the 'roti canai'. It's soft and crispy at the same time ... deeeelicious.
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