Delicious Makan Trail In Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia! Part 1 (Chop See Kee Wanton Mee 張亞泗雲吞面)
It’s been a while since I went jalan jalan cari makan (walk walk looking for food) with Tony of Johor Kaki Blog and of course, like all previous trips, it’s always full of yummilicious treats!
Tony is king when it comes to food blogging in the State of Johor although he humbly claimed that he still has lots of stalls/shops to cover. His mission is to put every deserving Johor hawkers on the world wide web and I think he did and is still doing a great job at it. Please note that Tony does this on a very regular basis and he is fully committed to his passion. He is not a commercial blogger and does not get paid to review these stalls. Following Tony on food trails has always been a humbling and fulfilling encounter!
Benny is my “crime in partner” when it comes to eating. He is like a radar, scanning the “best” makan posted on web so we could be judge if the bloggers’ tastes are similar to ours. Ricky’s dad used to be a chef and has trained him to be a food snob thus Ricky has the veto when either of us becomes too “attached” to our assessments. That is not to say that we must agree with Ricky but his opinion does give us an after-thought equilibrium.
Last Saturday, all 4 of us went in search of delicious makan in Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia!
The name Batu Pahat means “chiselled rock” in Malay. The origin of this name can be traced back to a legend in the 15th century; when the invading Siamese troops were chiselling rocks at a rocky spot in the coastal village of Kampung Minyak Beku, in hope of getting fresh water during their retreat. – Wikipedia
Enough said, let’s get on with the trail…
I woke up at 2.30am and went back to sleep only to awake at 6.10am. I was running late (I’m very sorry guys) and by 6.30am, Tony was already waiting at the appointed venue in Singapore. He didn’t have coffee and so after 5 minutes into Ayer Hitam, we made a pit-stop at Tong Chuan for kopi “gao gao” (strong) and some carbo to energise ourselves.
The bao as described by Benny was that the marinade was good but the minced meat texture was something we weren’t used to. All of us preferred chunky meaty bites. The glutinous rice was fragrant but the tough texture of the cooked grains was a let down. The lor mai kai was undercooked in my humble opinion but as I went to the kitchen to capture some photos, I could clearly see the locals enjoying their Saturday dim sum outing in this joint. Perhaps, business was so brisk they hadn’t had time to cook their fare properly. Tong Chuan’s production line seemed busy.
After our refreshments, Benny drove us to Batu Pahat where our first stop was the infamous Chop See Kee Wanton Noodles 亞泗雲吞面.
The first two meals solicited mixed response amongst us. Both shops had failed to impress me. Perhaps, with today being a weekend had the unforseen overwhelming sales that made it an “off” day for both shops. I would not be quick to write them off. Rave reviews should have some credibility and if chance permits, I will try them one more time.
As we step out, I saw a bakeshop next to Chop See Kee and asked Benny if he would share half a curry puff with me. We bought 2 pieces and split the loot among the 4 of us. Yumz the word! 🙂
After the satisfying curry puff, we continued to walk towards Batu Pahat’s “Glutton Street” which was a little further down the road. Tony mentioned a no signboard fish ball noodles stall which comes highly recommended by Johor Kaki readers from Batu Pahat. He’d missed this stall during all his previous visits to Batu Pahat and was hoping that it would be opened today. As luck was on our side, the stall was opened for business that morning. I hope the taste hold up.
Look out for it in my next post! 🙂
Our itinerary for 4th October 2014’s leisurely food trail (in order of the time we ate):
Restaurant name: Tong Chuan Kopitiam 东泉
Address: 763, Jalan Batu Pahat, Ayer Hitam, Johor. Malaysia.
Hours: 8.30am to 6pm
Restaurant name: Chop See Kee 張亞泗雲吞面
Address: 2, Jalan Jenang, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
Hours: 8.30am to 9.30pm
Restaurant name: No signboard Fishball Noodle Stall at Batu Pahat’s “Glutton Street”
Address: At the junction of Jalan Peng Kai and Jalan Soga, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
Hours: 10am to 4pm (closed on Tues)
Restaurant name: Kedai Makan Swee Kee 水记炖品
Address: 70, Jalan Abu Bakar, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia.
Hours: 12nn to 8pm
Restaurant name: Ah Soon Fish Head Beehoon and Pork Organ Soup 阿顺猪杂汤
(inside Kedai Makanan Minuman Ah Soon)
Address: No.5, Jalan Temenggong, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
Hours: 11am to 2.30pm | 5pm to 10pm (Closed on Thurs)
Restaurant name: Da Bei Shui 大杯水 Kopitiam (delicious Mee Jian Kueh located there)
Address: Junction of Jalan Penjaja 3 and Jalan Penjaja, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
Hours: Mee Jian Kueh stall operates from 12.30pm until sold out (usually at 4.30pm)
Tel: (+60) 012 732 0369
Restaurant name: Yong’s Steam Bot Garden 海口泳池火锅
Address: No. 2 M/S, Jalan Minyak Beku, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/WQeQg (approximate)
Tel: (+60) 07-432 3320
Hours: 6pm to midnight
Happy eating and bonding 🙂
P.S. Special thanks Benny for driving us to Batu Pahat, Malaysia. And also a very big thank you to Tony for allowing me to hijack the addresses and GPS coordinates 😉
I know we’re in different Johor town, however, I cannot help but compare both handmade wanton noodles and preferred Restoran Chin Chin’s 晶晶面家茶室云吞面 eggy-fragrant noodles