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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Southern Escapade (Johor Bahru) - Part 2

Really apologetic for the lack of updates the last few days. Spent the weekend (and then some) over in KL, a "getaway" of sort for me, from the mundane, routine life here in Ipoh. Though come to think of it, other than the FOOD, and shopping, what else is there in KL? Hmmm, ponder on THAT ... =)

The ZON Regency Hotel ... (Geez, the management seriously owe me some promo wages !!!)

KAFE ENAMPULUHAN - Opens from evening onwards (not sure the actual operating hours)
A short post, as I've to UNpack, and then REpack for another trip up north, to Hulu Perak district for 2 days starting tomorrow. And I was about to lament on my backache from long rides. Sigh ....

Mee Rebus Stulang Laut (RM3.50?)

One of Johor's specialty is the Mee Rebus at Stulang Laut. Yup, it's famous enough to warrant Jeff Ooi's attention. (Click HERE for his take). Mee Rebus is basically yellow alkaline noodles in sweet-curry gravy with lots of potatoes for a thickened consistency. (Still in doubt, click HERE). One familiar sibling of this is Mee Jawa.

So, what makes the Mee Rebus in Johor Bahru stand out from the rest? The loads of fritters sprinkled liberately on top, for one. Delivering crunch and fragrance to the otherwise lacklustre noodles, this simple, unpretentious, supporting character is the STAR of this dish. The gravy is not spicy at all, but rather a tad sweetish. But on a bearable scale, no worries. Squeeze some lime, mix them up well, and slurp away. Good stuff. No wonder people throng this restaurant til no end ....

Otak-otak Kempas (50 cents each)

Still remember my April excursion to JB? Where me and my colleagues had seemingly unlimited supply of Otak-Otak (click for explanation). Yup, this delicacy has various transformation in various states/countries (M'sia, Indonesia and S'pore serve them). Even Johor has TWO, a version from Muar, and another named Kempas. The ones served here is the latter, bloody red in colour, but very addictive in nature. Before you know it, you would've popped a few.

Shop away at the duty-free zone at erm, The ZON. (no pun intended)

The hotel is located within the duty-free zone, therefore a duty-free shopping complex is directly situated inside the hotel itself. Chocolates and liquor are good bargain, (especially the latter, as cans of beer go for less than RM4). Needless to say, KYT made a deal with the devil, the lure of alcohol somehow got him ending up with a few. =P

Sigh ..... that's all this fatigued mind, and restless fingers could manage for the night. Further updates on JB (and of course, the July KL Mini-Food Tour) in upcoming posts. Now, I can get back to my UNpacking and REpacking activity. Oh, what fun ...


CK Lam said...

Wow...still able to buy otak-otak at 50 cents each. Could eat a few packages based on its size...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ok least u get to travel haha..

soon ur blog can be food around malaysia!

Ciki said...

TWO types of otak otak .. and one bright red?! wow.. hv2 see with my own eyes - lol

CRIZ LAI said...

I'm aiming at the otak-otak. Are you planning to pack a few back for us?

In case you are not aware (although I had emailed you), there's a gathering this Saturday in Penang.

Andrew said...

50 cents for otak otak is unheard off in Penang. Anyway, I have heard so much about JB food although I havent really spent much time over there. Keep those posts coming!

J2Kfm said...

ck lam : yup, small bite-size serving. encourage gluttony?

joe : around Malaysia? hehe, I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

cumi & ciki : Muar type is the one served in Penang, and most nyonya eateries. but I avoid due to the heavy lemongrass scent.

criz lai : thanks, I've emailed you. sorry it took me so long to get back to you.

fortesfidelis : Johor has an abundance of delicacies, but the transportation problem kind of hindered our efforts.

Anonymous said...

nice try on food in u ate at Stulang Laut near your hotel...

The chairs are unique in colour and look.. your club room?:

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