Do not look down on the power of good food! A filled tummy would definitely be one contributing factor to a good day. When it comes to eating, it is undeniably agreed by most Malaysians, sitting at a stall beside the road gives more of a ‘feel’ rather than being in a fancy restaurant.
Well, no offense to all those high-end chains, but the majority have already picked their side. Johor Bahru, capital city of the Johor state is one of a strong contender when it comes to breakfast culture.
Yes, eating breakfast is more of a distinct culture that will (hopefully) never fade. Typically, breakfast revolves around Nasi Lemak (fragrant rice with a side of assorted spicy sauce). Some might see it as too heavy for a morning fuel, but there are actually more, bigger, and better alternatives.
Disclaimer, this might be a shocking (yet delicious) sight if you are used to eating something light for breakfast. But in Malaysia, bigger is better!
1. Kin Wah Kopitiam
Jalan Trus, 8000, Johor Bahru
Operates at 7.00 a.m – 12.00 p.m (Closed on Tuesday)
Let us start with the basics. A traditional Kopitiam shop that lingers in the heart of all Malaysians. Kin Wah Kopitiam is the place where foodies would batch together closely to have a taste of the past that still breathes.
Munch on their crusty and scotched toast with generous spread of kaya (sweet jam) and butter. Pair it will a half boiled egg and voila! For those who would prefer a simple breakfast, this is the place for you.
2. Bukit Chagar Roti Canai
Jalan Tengku Azizah, Bukit Chagar, Jalan Jim Quee
Operates at 6.30 a.m – 11.00 a.m
Now, if you are a bread-person, this dish might be somewhat familiar. Roti Canai (flatbread) at Bukit Chagar Roti Canai is a must stop for you.
Here, they serve it thick! And not to mention its crispiness even when you dunk it in the gravy. Worry not, as it is not greasy at all. Plus, the Roti Canai here is made fresh to order, so you can indulge the authentic taste of Malaysia’s breakfast food.
3. Warung Saga
No. 5, Jalan Mahamoodiah
Operates at 7.00 a.m – 1.00 p.m (Closed on Friday)
Now, it will get even more serious from here. Warung Saga delivers an all time favourite Johorean dish. Lontong Kering (rice cake with ‘dried’ vege gravy). Greatly paired with sambal and any kind of protein (if preferred).
This stall operates as early as 7.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. But beware, it is quite tricky to locate this stall. How to know you are at the right place? Simply, look around and if you find yourself circled with posters of ministers and celebrities, you are at the right place.
4. Restoran ZZ Sup Tulang (Chain Stall)
Jalan Petri 5/1, Kampung Bahru
Operates at 6.00 a.m – 1.00 a.m
Wanting to try a much ‘greater’ breakfast? Head on to ZZ Sup Tulang Restaurant. Savour their iconic Mee Rebus Tulang (noodles with peanut sauce and beef) and anything that is related to beef and soups.
Great thing is that this stall have few chains and is scattered all around Johor Bahru. Open as early as 6.00 a.m till 1.00 a.m, good food is now accessible at any time of the day.
5. Ayam Goreng Dapur Kayu
Kawasan Perindustrian Dato Onn, Jalan Petaling (Larkin Industri)
Operates at 7.30 a.m – 4.15 p.m (Closed on Sunday)
It is often said, we eat with our eyes and nose before it gets to our tummy. Ayam Goreng Dapur Kayu is one of a kind as they utilise charcoal to fry their chicken.
Imagine the smell seeping through your nose, up through your head. Unknowingly, you began to droll! This place define simplicity at its best.
6. Soto Perdana Madu 4
Jalan Skudai Kiri, Kampung Skudai Kiri
Operates at 7.00 a.m – 11.00 p.m
Wanting to avoid rice during breakfast? How about noodles instead? Head on to Soto Perdana Madu 4.
You can customise your carb options such as rice cakes or vermicelli, soaked in soup, topped with tender bits of chicken, nuts, and fried shallots. Kick it up a bit and add some Sambal Kicap (spicy black sauce). That is how a real Johorean would do.
7. Restoran Serambi Uda
No. 18 & 20, Jalan Padi 2, Bandar Baru Uda
Operates Daily at 7.00 a.m – 6.00 p.m
Thinking of something light yet filling? Savour some Dim Sum and Wantan Noodles at Serambi Uda Restaurant.
Being a Chinese-Muslim oriented place, you will get to taste the cross-over of Chinese style cooking infused with local Malaysian taste that is truly unique only here in Malaysia.
Jom Makan! (Let’s Eat!)
Malaysia welcomes you to chow down our delectable variety of fare, for you to savour and remember.
Nothing bond us together except good food. Don’t be shy to join us, as here in Malaysia, we don’t really mind to share one table with anyone. Simply Malaysia, truly Asia. See you!