Today was yet another day trip to Johor filled with fun and laughter 😀
We started off late around 8.30am today, which turned out to be a good thing, because it was pouring so heavily in the morning. There was a fair bit of jam at customs, but we managed to clear it after an hour or so.
Our itinerary for the day:
Pretty relaxed, and we did spend a bit of time getting lost, but it was always so fun getting lost together 😛 Looking forward to our next trip together, Ms K and Ms T!
Gelang Patah is famous for seafood, and there were quite a few restaurants with good reviews. Today, we decided to check out Restoran Chua Kee 蔡記海鮮樓. Looking at the reviews, we made it a point to reach here before 6pm, where it was mostly empty on a Tuesday evening.
Since we were early, we did a quick stroll around the area. There were actually quite a few provision shops here, and some eateries were already closed by this time.
We were back to Taman Sutera Utama 五福城 again! Our gang rather like this place because the Sutera Mall 五福城广场 is definitely less crowded than City Square Mall, and there is this stretch of shops just opposite the mall, for more shopping, and food. Lots of cafe within this vicinity too 🙂
We had tried Just Want Coffee, The Bear and Fish during our previous trip, and today, we decided to check out Maco Cafe & Bakery.
There was a Teatime Combo on weekdays 3pm to 6pm (excluding Public Holidays), where you could choose pair a Mille Crepe (usual price RM9.90) with any coffee beverage (excluding Cafe Brulee series, so usual prices range from RM6.90 to RM11.90) or premium tea selections (usual price RM11.90).
We had wanted to check out this place for the last few trips but it was always closed (because we kept picking the same day to travel 😡). This time, we especially picked a different day, and called in advance to make reservations.
We found the place slightly before 12 noon, and found the metal gates still locked 😮 However, looking through the gates, it seemed that the back door was open, and we figured that we would just take a peep, as we were not too sure if this was the correct place to be, as there were a couple of similarly-named places found in Google Maps.
Boy, were we glad that we went to the back, for we got to see how 叫化鷄 Beggar Chicken was prepared 😀 The owner was preparing the chicken, and explained to us how it was done, hehe! Continue reading
We went on a day trip to Johore again!
And first up was this popular roti canai (or roti prata in Singapore) near the JB custom.
Despite being quite near customs, it took us a little while to find the correct route to this little corner. And it didn’t help that it was raining heavily.
We reached around 10.30am, and split up the work; one went to queue and order, while the rest of us try to secure a table.
We ordered Roti Canai Kosong (RM1 each), and by 10.45am, all roti canai was sold out. We were one of the last few customers, lucky sia!
So, Ms. T heard all about our funny road trip to Johor Bahru the last time, and she wanted to join in the fun.
We decided to make another trip in before Lunar New Year, before the crowds descend into Johor Bahru for Lunar New Year shopping. This time, we would explore more of Skudai area.
Ms. T was like, “So we meet around 10am and go JB for lunch?”… And was quite stunned when we said we should be having our second meal by 10am *LOL just kidding*
We met up at 8am, and the jam wasn’t too bad… so we managed to cover quite a few things today 🙂
We had a late dinner because we were really too full from this trip, and also because we waited a while for seats at this place and another 1 hour for the food to be served 😮
Tried the famed San Low Bee Hoon, along with black pepper chicken, beancurd with minced meat, and sweet potato leaves with fermented beancurd (RM75.65 for 4 pax, including drinks). Gotta say the food was really just so-so… 😡
- Location: Jalan Merah 1, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Direction: 8 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
- Website: Facebook
- Hrs: 4:30pm – 1am
We definitely needed some drinks by now 😛
The Classic Cold Brew (RM16) was really aromatic and the lingering taste after a sip was quite heavenly. The Mixed Fruit Tea (RM17.90) was quite refreshing, and the Cornpuccino (RM15) was interesting, but we thought the Cold Brew was the best! We also shared a sesame cheesecake which was not bad.
We liked the space here and chilled for a while before going for more shopping at the nearby Sutera Mall.
- Location: 65, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Direction: 22 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
- Website: Facebook
- Hrs: 1pm – 1am
We were really full but that didn’t stop us from having some local snacks 😛
In addition to deep fried Chinese New Year Cake 年糕, Restoran Wah Cai 3-in-1 Chinese Cake 华仔三合一招牌年糕 also sells a variety of fried snacks including cempedak, tapioca, sweet potatoes, yam, green bean, bananas and durians. Price ranges from RM 2 to RM 4.50 per piece.
We tried the Chinese New Year Cake 年糕 (yam and green bean flavours) and they were yummy! The batter was really crisp and didn’t feel too oily. I felt that the yam was really fragrant 🙂
- Location: 86, Jalan Pahlawan 2, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Direction: 20 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
- Website: Facebook
- Hrs: 10am – 4pm (Thu-Mon)
Boy, it was difficult to find this place! Google Maps took us through tiny lanes and all to reach here 😮
A rustic place literally under a huge tree, this place was famous for its Teochew-style braised duck. Not only did we order the braised duck meat, we also tried braised duck head, braised pig trotter, intestines, giblets, braised egg, beancurd skin and kway tiao soup (total RM 88.50 for 4 pax). Basically whatever that was still available since we arrived way past lunch time (scroll through the IG post for more photos).
We totally enjoyed this hearty meal, especially the duck and kway tiao soup! The broth and gravy had a delightful herbal flavour 🙂 Also, I think this was our first time trying duck head, and it was quite flavourful.
Definitely our best meal for this trip 🙂
- Location: 1B, Jalan Skudai Batu 8 1/2 (near Lee Pineapple Factory), Skudai 81300 Johor Bahru (国光小学后面） (Google Maps)
- Direction: 18 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
- Website: www.paradigmmall.com.my/jb
- Hrs: 8:30am – 4pm