I will very much love to call this a 1 day Food Trip to JB (or something along that line) but I live on the eastern corner of Singapore and met some interesting traffic conditions that made me spend far too much time traveling than actually seeing/doing anything else. Haha complaints aside, I actually managed to squeeze in two meals and a facial massage session after all thanks to a dear forest friend for driving me around!
I, for that matter, didn’t remember to grab a name card for the facial/massage place so this quick write-up is going to be all but just food!
新山顺发肉骨茶 (Taman Bukit Indah)
No. 59 Jalan Indah 16/12, Taman Bukit Indah,
81200 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
It took me three good hours to get my butt across the customs and to this table spread of food! Thank goodness I took up the folks offer of some light breakfast before I started making my way all the way from home or I cannot imagine if I fainted while I was caught in the traffic! Haha!
Anyway, it was so damn hot that Saturday afternoon and definitely not the kind of weather for bak kut teh, but I was still genuinely glad to see my bak kut teh arriving in a clay pot! I would really wither and die if that highly savory, slightly peppery and slightly mushroomy soup turns cold while I was trying to savor the tender pork ribs, bits of button mushrooms and chunky pieces of garlic inside it. You also can add on stuff like tau pok (fried beancurd skin), meatballs and so on (Of course, you just need to pay more…) but we decided to stick to the original serving.
And the side dishes were just fine, more like homely, so you can order them if you also think that they are mandatory when you eat bak kut teh! But aside from the bak kut teh, you should really try their braised pork! The pork was perfectly braised till it was coated in the dark sauce and it was too fragrant that I think I can down two bowls of rice with the sauce!
All in all, famous and yet just that trusty bak kut teh place with no frills at all. No wonder I was rubbing shoulders with Singaporeans while I was there!
Nijyumaru (Taman Sutera Utama)
94, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4, Taman Sutera Utama,
81300 Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
We digested all that we had during lunch by going for our facial and massage! Not the most glorious of ways but we had plans for dinner anyways and ate shamelessly when the clock screams, “Dinner time!”
According to the forest friend, this is one of the more popular Japanese place available in JB so I doubt this place needs more introduction. In the shortest and sweetest mention possible, my bento was affordable and damn awesome! And I guess my clone was the one who put together the menu because that person actually considered putting my favorite Japanese food (namely cha soba, sushi and sashimi) into one bento like that! How can I not love it right? Hehe!
On the side note, Nijyumaru Japanese Restaurant is located among the entire cluster of shophouses just beside Sutera Mall. And judging by the crowd I witnessed around the area outside the mall, it sure says how much more (food choices) the shophouses have to offer as compared to the mall itself!
That said, if you did not make any reservations before heading over to Nijyumaru, you need to be mentally prepared to wait a (long) while in the queue before you get your table!
And with that, it sums up my whirlwind trip to JB on that fateful Saturday sometime in June! Thank you my dearest forest friend for driving me around and being my ‘Mobile ATM’ at the same time! Hehe!