Saturday, August 17, 2013

~ 3D2N Trip to Johor Bahru - Day 1 ~

We revisited Johor Bahru again during the June holidays. This time exploring other parts of JB in search for more yummylicious food. Hubby has always been a great fan of Kuay Chap and thanks to JohorKaki's recommendation, we drove slightly further up to experience the famous kway tiao kia stall which has been in business in the area for more than 30 years.

Name: Guo Tiao Zi Tasek (果条仔)
Location: Jalan Tasek, Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: 7am to 2pm
(GPS: 1.485385, 103.722567)

Hubby ordered quite a lot as the trays of pig's skin, sausages, pig intestines, braised eggs were really tempting. 7 dishes + 4 bowls of kuay tiao cost us RM$34.20 (~SGD$13.60). The pig's skin is smooth and tender and the children LOVE the sausages most. The preserved vegetables is not too salty and I like the kway tiao soup where the taste is milder and more refreshing. Compared to the other kuay chap stall, the aroma and flavour of the various dishes prepared here is not too strong and just nice for my liking.

Later in the day, while we were on our way to the hotel, we tried another bowl of kway chap from the kway teow kia stall in Multi-mart (满地好). It is a small stall within the kopitiam, located near KSL City Mall.

Name: Unknown - Kway Chap stall in Multi Mart
Location: Junction of Jalan Harimau and Jalan Harimau Akar, Johor Bahru
(GPS: 1.485037, 103.760108)

For a bowl of kway chap, it only costs RM5! The soup is darker in colour and has a, thicker flavour. Pig's skin is tender and hubby seems to have a preference for the stronger taste.

Although we are not staying in JB for many days, it certainly help to have phone and data service. After reviewing from the various providers, hubby felt it was more worthwhile to get from Digi. RM25 for each starter pack with all-in-one internet+call+SMS plan.

This time, we are staying in Grand Paragon Hotel which is situated not too far away from KSL City Mall. Another important reason for our stay here is we can visit the weekly Monday night market at our convenience. 

Name: Grand Paragon Hotel
Location: 18 Jalan Harimau, Taman Century, Johor Bahru 80250, Malaysia
(GPS: 1.480929,103.761813)

Bigger lobby with more resting area.

Although Grand Paragon may not look as new or glamorous, it has bigger room and beds to offer! Their deluxe room comes with 2 super duper single beds. Each bed size is about 4.5 feet which is only slightly smaller than a queen size bed. It can comfortably accommodate 2 persons per bed. Definitely a big plus for our family with our size!

The room is carpeted and comes with a bigger toilet with bathtub facility. Our room is clean and we did not experience any issue with the air-conditioning.

View from the room

Other facilities within Grand Paragon includes Gymnasium, Steambath, Foot & Body Massage Centre and a swimming pool. 

Located on the 11th floor of the hotel, the swimming pool overlook the heart of Johor Bahru. Although the semi-circle pool is pretty small, and did not come with jacuzzi, Denver & Gladys had a great time swimming and splashing water in the pool.

I like the view of the scenery from the top, while watching the kids enjoying their time in the waters. I believe it will be another sight and enjoyment when the night falls and the weather gets cooler.

After having a good swim and rest, we drove out again in the evening for more food hunting. We found ourselves back at Tan Hiok Nee Cultural Street and roamed around the little stalls in search for our 'appetizer' before dinner.

After our first fruit rojak experience with the Penang Rojak man, we are more than happy to try tasting it again from another stall. Love the combination of freshness and sweetness from the fruits and the children finished the whole plate without any hesitation.

Name: Fruit Rojak (Kin Wah Kopitiam 锦华咖啡店)
Location: 39-67 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor
(GPS: 1.45657, 103.763873)

I heard the Nasi Padang stall is also very famous for its home-cooked food. Would love to be back to try on our next visit. 

Check for our food galore in Part 2. 

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