Saturday, December 28, 2013

~ JB Makan & Shopping Trip Dec 13 - Day 2 (Part 1) ~

23rd December 2013 (Monday) - After a good night rest, we were ready for another day of food hunt around Johor Bahru! What food would you think of when it comes to having breakfast across the border? Prata is one of my top choice as children loves them too!

8:30am - Thanks to Johor Kaki, our trusted food guide, we were able to savor many delicious food in JB. Our first stop is Md. Salleh Restoran which has been serving nice prata for 20 years.

It is also Johor Kaki's preferred prata stall :) :

Name: Md. Salleh Restoran
Location: 22 Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.482688,103.77312

I love to see how each dough is stretched, spread, flipped, tossed and folded. It takes years of experience to make these into perfection. The prata dough were pan-fried till its golden yellow in colour.

Even though there are many flavours available, I love to have my roti prata plain (kosong) and with egg. I must say I adore Md. Salleh's prata the moment I took a bite! Their roti kosong is crispy on the outside yet soft and fluffy on the inside. Tasting the prata which was dipped into the dahl was double happiness for me. While hubby felt the dahl was not spicy enough for his liking, it was perfect for me. :p Children will love this too! Prata with egg was exceptionally yummlicious for me too. It is not too oily and the flavour of the egg was thick and smooth. Definitely a good, energetic meal to start our day!


Even the children were very focus while enjoying their prata. Eat first, play later!

9:20am - Since we were in Pelangi, thought it would be a great idea to try another Johor Kaki's recommendation: San Ming Penang Prawn Mee.

Name: San Ming Penang Prawn Mee (三民槟城福建虾面)
Location: 58, Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru

The prawn mee stall is located within Heng Heng Food Centre (兴兴美食中心). Hubby and I decided to share a bowl and give it a try.

I believe the most important criteria to determine if the bowl of prawn mee is good is dependent on its soup. Personally, I do not enjoy food that is overly spicy as I think it will overwhelm the entire flavour of the dish. San Ming controlled the spiciness of its prawn soup pretty well and I enjoyed its sweetness with a stench of saltiness and sour. However, I thought the flavour of the prawn can be stronger to give the soup a stronger and thicker taste and boost.

For RM5, San Ming's prawn mee offers a good serving of prawns, egg, fish cake, lean meat and noodles. Definitely a satisfying meal to open my appetite. :)

Name: 何记云吞面
Location: 58, Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru

He Ji Wanton Mee is also located within Heng Heng Kopitiam. 

Generally, I find the quality of most wanton mee stalls in JB reasonably good. We ordered mee kia which is tangy but it feels a little too dry. The charsiew and wanton is satisfactory and I enjoyed the sweetness of the sauce. No wow factor but we enjoyed its sincerity and simplicity.

Name: Wah Cai 3 in 1 Chinese Cake (华仔3合1招牌炸年糕)
Location: 86, Jalan Pahlawan 2, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA), Skudai, 81300 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: 7am - 4:30pm daily
GPS: 1.522640, 103.664664

10:30am - Before embarking in our makan trip, we have read many good reviews of Wah Cai Fried Durians and their signature 3-in-1 Fried Nian Gao (Chinese Cake) from various food bloggers. From Pelangi, we braved through the rainy weather and travelled all the way down to TUTA to try out these fried fritters that has caused so much craze. 

Standing by the stall and watching the frying in action is tempting. Each fritter was beautifully fried and laid aside to drain off the excess oil.

Despite having a heavy breakfast earlier, we could not resist the temptations and buy one 3-in-1 fried nian gao to taste. A thoughtful auntie from the stall helped us to cut the nian gao into smaller pieces so we could share among each other. She also shared with us that it is called 3-in-1 because the nian gao was sandwiched between sweet potato and yam.

One bite into the fried nian gao was HEAVENLY! The crispy crust wrapped around the soft nian gao is a perfect combination. While crunching my way through the crust, the sweetness of the nian gao melted in my mouth! I would love to have more if it wasn't for my persistent cough. Another MUST TRY in JB.

Even though I am not a durian lover, I had to give this a try! The frozen durian flesh was pre-wrapped individually, dipped into the batter and deep fried. The strong aroma from the durian filled the air as hubby sunk his teeth into the fritter. The richness and taste of the durian flesh overwhelmed my entire taste bud. Hubby thought the crust could be thinner to enhance the flavour of the durian further. Nevertheless, the fried durian fritter was so delicious and well-received that even our kiddos gave it a THUMBS UP!

Wah Cai also have curry puffs, fried banana and fried cempedak.

Fried banana fritter is our children's favourite.

After talking to the uncle at Wah Cai, he mentioned there are also outlets in Singapore! I am definitely going to check it out to see if it tastes as good! I am missing the Fried Nian Gao already!

Name: Wah Cai Chinese Cake
Location: Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 98585
Unit No: #B2-K10

We bought some fried fritters back to eat on our journey back. It was a morning filled with FOOD but none of us were complaining. :)

More Food Adventure coming up in Day 2 - Part 2

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