The past 2 years have been hard on everyone due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only there was no travelling, there was even a Circuit Breaker (aka lock down) in Singapore from Apr 2020 to Jun 2020 where we were only able to go out of our house for essential stuff. This global pandemic has changed the way we work, the way we live and everything… It has been pretty hard for everyone, but light is now finally visible at the end of the tunnel…
After more than 2 years of non-travelling, border restrictions have finally relaxed and we decided to test water and visited our neighbouring country! The exchange rate we gotten from Lucky Plaza was S$1 to RM3.12.
We set off at 6:30am and cleared customs in Woodlands around 7am with hardly any other cars seen. A smooth 40-min drive later, we reached Skudai!
This was our first stop for the day after clearing customs 🙂 Originally a stall inside a coffee shop, this place has since then expanded to own a full shop front next door. We randomly ordered a few items such as 大肠头，大肠，卤蛋，猪血，三层肉，瘦肉，as well as two bowls of kway tiao 粿条。
The herbal broth was quite light, making the silky kway tiao an easy slurp. The pig’s blood was more like beancurd with a strong herbal taste. The intestines were very clean and even Ms. K was willing to try some!
And what really impressed us was the freshly deep fried shallots, which made everything so much more addictive! 油葱炸得好香!
- Location: 24, Jalan Maju, Taman Maju Jaya, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Hrs: 8am – 12:30pm (closed on Wed)
Being the start of school holidays, we figured that the queue today at Lao San Kway Chap would be relatively shorter, so that was where we were headed for breakfast!
At 9.40am, there was just 4 customers ahead of us 🙂 Actually, this place is called 老三粿汁.猪什湯 Lao San Kway Chap & Pig’s Organ Soup, but we did not see anyone order any soup throughout our meal.
We ordered 大肠头, 大肠, 粉肠 (3 types of large and small intestines/offals), 三层肉 Pork Belly, 豆干 Beancurd, 菜尾 Preserved Vegetables and 2 small bowls of 粿 Kway (broad rice sheets) for $17.20.
This was a more mild version of kway chap as compared to some of the heavily salted versions. The braised offals were very well-cleaned, which sometimes is a really rare find, for the cleaning process is very tedious. They were all tender and chewy, and mildly salty with a light sweetness, similar to the broth of the kway. The pork belly was tender too. The beancurd and preserved vegetables complemented the offals well, and we like that the preserved vegetables was not overly salty; in fact, it was sweet and salty. The rice sheets were firm and chewy, and we liked the broth too.
While we were enjoying our food, the queue grew to the width of the coffee shop space 😮 Do come earlier to avoid the crowd!
- Location: Blk 232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 #01-1222 S(560232)
- Hrs: 6am – 3pm (close on Mon), 10:30am – 12am (Fri-Sat)
We checked in to our hotel on Lebuh Chulia in the late afternoon, and after a good rest in the hotel, we went to check out the night market scene at Kimberley Street.
This street (Lebuh Kimberley) is a major street food venue in George Town and there were many stalls and kopitiams or coffee gardens along both sides of the street at the junction of Lebuh Cintra and Lebuh Kimberley. This street is also just a short walk from our hotel on Lebuh Chulia (part of the reason to stay at Lebuh Chulia!).
Penang street food or hawker food are very affordable food options in Penang. Prices are usually around RM5 to RM6 (~S$2) for a plate of Lor Mee, Hokkien Prawn Mee, Char Koay Teow, Koay Teow Thng, Assam Laksa etc. I am salivating just typing out this list.
We have been to Serangoon Gardens and to the famous Chomp Chomp Food Centre for several times but not to this market & food centre.
Located just before the circle, hubby remembered a famous Char Kway Teow stall there years ago (but alas it has closed already, because the old couple retired). The food centre has been completely refurbished and it is now more airy, bright and clean!
So today, we decided to do a small ride and small walk to Serangoon Gardens and have some local brunch! Found quite a few gems 🙂
Categories: Breakfast, Central
Tags: beancurd, carrot cake, curry puff, hawker, jelly, kopi c, kway chap, luncheon meat, noodle, Serangoon Gardens, teh c
This morning, we decided to test out our new hiking shoes! Gotta break in the shoes before the actual trip 🙂
Took a stroll to Sembawang Hills Food Centre as it has been a while since our last visit. This place is certainly much livelier in the mornings than evenings! We decided to try the following: