Saturday, December 28, 2013

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

Travelling with friends to explore and savour the food around Johor Bahru is really fun and exciting. Not only do we get to travel to more places, we also combine our tummies power to try more variety of delicacies.

11:50am - Good food are meant to be shared. It feels great to bring our friends to Hiap Joo Bakery to join in the queue and wait for their signature Banana Cake. Finding a carpark lot around the area was challenging but we managed to figure our way through based on past experiences. ^_^

Name: Hiap Joo Bakery and Biscuit Factory (协裕面包西果厂)
Location: 13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, 80000 Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.456701, 103.764421

It was a rainy morning and bringing 8 children along with us was not an easy task. I must compliment all the kiddos for being so co-operative in joining us in our food trail and so supportive in sampling the food with us at every station.

Hiap Joo also sells assorted flavour buns which are freshly baked everyday. 

Why is Hiap Joo so popular? If you walked into the shop, you will realised their buns and cakes were baked over wood fire in a brick kiln-like oven. Trays and trays of buns started coming out around noon time when we arrived. The fragrant aroma of freshly baked bread filled the shop instantly.

Despite the rainy weather, it did not deter the crowd from coming in. Through years of experience and sincerity, Hiap Joo has build trust and good reputation with the buns and cakes that it baked daily. This little box of banana cake is definitely worth queuing for.

Read our previous review on Hiap Joo Bakery:

12:10pm - While waiting for the banana cakes to be ready, we hopped by Kin Wah Restoran (锦华), which is opposite of Hiap Joo, for another round of coffee and tea.

Name: Kin Wah Restoran (锦华咖啡店)
Location: 8, Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.456776, 103.764367

While many choose to order coffee, I have a special preference for Teh Terik. Even though it was lunch hours and many were having nasi padang (another specialty in Kin Wah) , I couldn't help but ordered 2 half-boiled eggs which goes perfectly well with my tea in this rainy afternoon.  

It takes experience and good judgement of time to deliver perfect half-boiled eggs. Its been a long time since I had a good serving of half-boiled eggs boiled to perfection! The yolks were not too hard or too watery. Adding a bit of pepper and soy sauce and giving it a good stir completely satisfied my taste bud as the smoothness of the eggs slide down my throat. Slurp!

Kin Wah also serves nice toast bread but I would go for their half-boiled eggs which deserves more credit. :)

12:30pm - Hubby was chit-chatting with an uncle at Hiap Joo and he recommended IT Roo Cafe as the restaurant serves "The Best Chicken Chop in Town" which was very popular among the locals. There was already a queue before the restaurant opens at 12noon.

Name: IT Roo Cafe Restoran
Location: 17 Jalan Dhoby, 80000 Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.456845, 103.763546

The small, nostalgic looking cafe was already full-house when we arrived. The waitress were very helpful in assisting our group getting our seats. Denver later mentioned to me that this was the only air-condition eatery that we had in our entire food trail. :)

Our tummies were very full but to repay the hospitality, we ordered 3 Grilled Chicken Chop with mushroom sauce for the children, 2 mushroom soups and 2 Root Bear Floats.

Whenever I see root bear float, it reminds me of A&W. Making our own floats at home always doesn't feel and taste the same as having it outside. Always loving this drink no matter where I am.

Mushroom soup

Grilled Chicken Chop (Mushroom Sauce) - RM13 (~SGD5)

IT Roo Cafe's signature dish was Fried Chicken Chop with Mushroom Sauce. Even though we ordered the grilled version, we can tell from the faces of our kiddos that they enjoyed every bite of it. The children ate all the chicken and only left us with the coleslaw and mushroom.

Check out their menu. We may be back to try out their Fried Chicken on our next visit.

2pm - It's great to be back at the comfort of our rooms after multiple meals. :) To pamper ourselves further, we took turns and went for our well-deserved Thai Massage! How about the children? The daddies took turns watching over them as the kiddos jumped and ran in the indoor playground for 2 hours!

KSL Resort guests get to enjoy a 10% discount!

3:45pm - Chinese New Year is only a month away and I thought it's not a bad idea to pamper my nails and be ready to start the New Year. :)

Totally clueless but managed to walk in one of the shops and had my pedicure (with gel) done for RM70. My nails looked so clean! Truly enjoying myself in total indulgence. Haven't been pampering myself for a long time. My body and legs definitely needed a good massage and rest.

Our final journey for Day 2 will ends with our long-awaited Pasar Malam Food Trail. Stay tune for Part 3! 


--andy-- said...

I got to taste the chicken skina after bargaining with Boon Kang haha :)

One more root Float fan here :)

andy (SengkangBabies)

Phoebe said...

I only get to eat the mushroom. hahaha.. next time must order the fried version. :)


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