Fresh Lobster @ Jade Garden Seafood Corner, Sungai Rengit, Johor

Description

As the restaurant name suggests, this place serves a wide selection of fresh seafood that you get to pick and choose.  This is where I got to taste one of the best and freshest Lobster at a fraction of the price that I and most people would typically pay in other cities in Malaysia, regardless of whether it is in a Chinese or a Western restaurant.

This place can be be found hidden in a fishing village that is about a 1.5 hours drive from Johor Bahru.  The footprint of the restaurant is awesomely big and although I did not do a count on the number of tables it could fit,  I imagine it could probably fit a hundred tables, or close to that number.  The place appears to be filled with a lot of Singaporean tourists.  The menu offers Chinese cuisine with many choices of cooking style.  I happily went along with the restaurant’s recommendations which were actually the standard recipe that I had tried umpteenth times in other seafood restaurants.  I did that so that I could have a good comparison with the others I had elsewhere, and regardless of the name on the menu, there is always some difference in the style and taste and they never come out exactly the same.  I wasn’t disappointed!!! The freshness was awesome and taste the cooks gave to the dishes was really good.  So, the next time you are in Johor Bahru and you have a craving for seafood, take a ‘road trip’ to this place.  You won’t be disappointed. Oh!, be early because the place is packed during dinner, especially over the weekends.

Overall Rating: 4/5
Food Taste: 5/5
Pricing: 4/5
Ambience: 4/5
Service: 3/5

Hawker (Street Food) Selection @ Dee Yee Restaurant, Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam

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Description

A good selection of street food can be found here. The seating overflowed to the streets and people were waiting patiently for a table.  My first thought was “the food must be pretty decent to have such a crowd”.

I had the chance to taste the claypot chicken rice and fried koay teow (fried flat noodle) which were pretty good.  The M Chef Western stall appeared to be a popular choice with the crowd from my observation.   There were a couple of other stalls that attracted my attention, in particular the 表哥 chicken rice, but those would have to wait until I return the next time.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 3/5
Pricing: 2/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 3/5

Seafood (Chinese & Thai Cuisine) @ Restaurant Sin Hai Ting, Chai Leng Park, Perai

Description

A “kopitiam-concept’ restaurant.  The menu has a variety of local Chinese and Thai cuisine.  Good size food portion and reasonably priced.  A fairly good place for family lunch/dinner.  The crowd is usually at night.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 3/5
Pricing: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 2/5

Penang Chicken Rice @ Lee Chicken Rice Stall, Lorong Leandro’s (corner Kopitiam), Pulau Tikus, Penang

Description

When I want something simple, chicken rice always comes to mind.  Of all that I have tried in Penang, this place serves one of the best and the cheapest.  The chicken is tender and the special home-made recipe chili sauce completes the taste.  The owner is generous with his sauces.  Just ask and he will happily give you endless refill.

Overall Rating: 4/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 5/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 3/5

Melaka Peranakan Cuisine (Baba Nyonya) @ Amboi Nyonya Restaurant, Melaka

 

Description

Peranakan (a.k.a. Baba Nyonya) cuisine is a mixed of Chinese immigrant and local Malay cooking.  When in Malacca (Melaka) tourists and the locals tend to rave about the famous delicious nyonya food.  Although the baba nyonya influence can be found in almost any eatery place, I didn’t want to pass up on trying true authentic Melaka Baba Nyonya cooking.  Hence, I called up a friend and he recommended Amboi, and told me specifically to try the “Chicken Buah Keluak”.  Interestingly,  the recommendation came with a friendly caution that this dish may not be for everyone and one usually needs to acquire the taste to appreciate its uniqueness. At a glance Amboi menu didn’t look that different from those I had seen umpteenth times in other nyonya restaurants in Penang. But then, that is to be expected as I am not unfamiliar to Penang Peranakan Cuisine.   The actual difference comes down to the ingredients, taste and presentation, and to know that I decided to just go with the typical must-haves, which were Ayam Ponteng, Alam Pedas, Buah Keluak (specialty), Pie-Tee and Acar Awak.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 2/5
Pricing: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 3/5