Sunday, September 14, 2014

After a long hiatus from blogging and providing the latest food eateries to spring up all over Johor Bahru, I have finally made a comeback again. Not sure if its a welcomed move but I just felt something has to be done to keep this blog alive, rather than leaving it to rot after abandoning it for more than 6 months.

Yesterday, I went to check out a new Kuey Tiao Kia (short form KTK aka 淉条仔) stall at Taman Gaya. This is a delicacy that is not available elsewhere, and even unheard of in other parts of Malaysia and that's why one MUST make it a point to drop by and visit a KTK stall when setting foot in Johor Bahru. KTK consists mainly of braised meat, innards, eggs, tau kee, beancurd etc coupled with a bowl of hot steaming kuey tiao soup. The chilli paste is of utmost importance too, just like how sambal is to nasi lemak. They play a complimentary role to each other.

Let's start off with the facade of the Restoran Zheng Zhong, nothing fanciful and just another shop you will easily pass by without giving it a 2nd glance (except for the signage highlighting it had starred in a popular local foodie program - Ho Chak).



Check out the bowl of deep-fried tau kees and meat balls soaked in the herbal soup. Patience is a virtue in this case, waiting for the crispy tau kees to get that texture (50% crisp - 50% soggy) before dipping it in the chilli sauce. Woooooooo UMAMI !


Braised egg and beancurd. Nothing special about the egg but the toufu is worth mentioning with its silky smooth texture. If you fancy a savory sauce of a thick consistency, then this is for you. Remember to drench the toufu or eggs with a good portion of the gravy.


Don't forget to order the braised pork and collagenous pork cheek skin too !



That's all I need for a simple, hearty meal. Plates of braised side dishes with a bowl of hot herbal kuey tiao soup, on a windy night ... S H I O K !


 


Price: 7.0/10
Service: 7.0/10
Conclusion: An inexpensive KTK outlet with a wide, delectable selections of braised products, garner a spot within my heart.


30, Jalan Sasa 4,
Taman Gaya 81800 Ulu tiram
Johor, Malaysia

Operating hours: 12pm - 9pm daily
Tel: +6014-310 4661

Saturday, January 4, 2014

I have been contacted via Facebook by the marketing exec of The Grand Gem Restaurant, Ms An Lionel for the special invitation to drop by for a visit. I truly appreciate this opportunity granted by An and would at the same time, like to offer my apology for this dated article due to my tight schedule.

Let's get things rolling then ... the entrance to The Grand Gem Restaurant @ Grand Bluewave Hotel. For anybody who is not aware of this, the hotel is conveniently located next to the new Custom, Immigration & Quarantine (CIQ) complex and is only within 5 minutes driving distance. A convenient choice for Singaporeans looking to go back across the causeway in the shortest possible time, avoiding the frequent traffic jams around town.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

This is the place we stopped by for a quick lunch en-route to Kota Iskandar and Puteri Harbour in Nusajaya. Reviews from the web on seafood restaurants in Gelang Patah is far and few but I've managed to list out a few. Initially, we wanted to go for Restaurant Tian Lai which is a few metres further down the road but couldn't manage to secure a parking slot, so we did a U-turn and head to Chua Kee instead.

Just to side-track abit and fill you up on my itinerary. A visit to Puteri Harbour and the yachts in the background ...

Sunday, November 3, 2013

源自台湾的其中一个著名美食招牌 鼎太蘴,各地应该都有不少的拥护者吧。。遍布东南亚各国,新加坡,马来西亚,印尼,泰国等等都设有分店,可说已经一步一步迈向国际化了。我这位住在市区的乡巴佬,却只听闻可从来没吃过,每次都听朋友们说有多么的好吃。
这次的曼谷之旅,碰巧在曼谷Central World闲逛时,碰上了鼎,相见不如偶遇,修改了原定的晚餐地点,就决定在此解决。 因为是过了用餐繁忙时段,我们也不需要排队就马上有位子了。环境挺不错,餐厅内依然客满,可想而知他们家的生意有多么好!

我知道很多朋友们都摸不着头脑,觉得我为什么要大老远到曼谷吃鼎太蘴?遍地都是当地美食,要吃不如回到马国或去台湾。现在就此澄清,只是有人看我可怜没吃过鼎的小笼包,要请我大餐,所以我就恭敬不如从命咯。呵呵呵!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

光海鲜是这次我们曼谷行里,其中一项必到的景点。在网路上翻查了很多讯息,也看了不少照片,觉得就算离市中心远了点,还需要特地搭地铁,要走点路也在所不惜。其实是走了很长的一段路哦,大约花了我们最少15分钟。一下机放了行李在酒店,就拖着疲惫的身体,往前冲直达目的地。那种渴望满足食欲的毅力,是无比的强烈。

要找到光,其实说容易也没那么简单,说不容易也不难,我们就是凭着一份信念,一路往前走。首先要搭地铁至Huai Khwang MRT,然后由2号出口左转直走15分钟。看似简单,不过当你走了一段路后,就会不停质疑是否错过了或往不同的方向迈进?

记得。。要保持信念哦!相信自己是对的!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013



This is my first visit to the newly opened Renaissance Hotel in Permas Jaya. I have heard the buffet spread here is comparable to another newly launched hotel - Traders Hotel @ Puteri Harbor. Although having paid for countless buffet treats in Johor Bahru, many would concur that so far none has shown to be on par with what is offered in our neighboring country - be it varieties on table or seafood.
Undeniably, Johor Bahru still has some catch up to do, but with the entry of these 2 (potential) game changers, I see some light at the end of the tunnel and possibly more options for our buffet lovers in the future.