After a long hard day of work, we decided to treat ourselves with a scrumptous dinner and our local JB friend brought us to San Lou ( in Mandarin it is literally understood as 3rd Floor). Apparently it was named after the three storey building which housed the original restaurant some thirty plus years ago.
The restaurant was located in a residential area so it may not be an easy find. When in doubt, we can always ask Waze.
The restaurant was packed even on weekdays and I was told, herds of Singaporeans would do the exodus here over weekends. “So cheap and so good”. Yes…to the currency we divide by three whenever we head to Singa-land. Sniffs.
This was the highly acclaimed “charred bee hoon”, the chef’s own style of fried bee hoon, frying them till they become burnt. I know the outward appearance may not look like much. But once you dig your chopsticks in, it would change your thinking altogether.
As a fan of bee hoon, this was probably one of the most kickass wokhei beehoon I’ve ever tasted. Though i have tried once another time where the taste disappointed a little. I self-justified by seeing the packed crowd and long wait…perhaps jeaopardized the quality of the beehoon.
A must order to foodieventurers who pay a visit to San Lou.
Since we came to a seafood restaurant, it only seemed we ordered at least ONE seafood dish (all watchful for a hole in the pocket), the spicy prawns were a spicilicious pleasure! Fresh and plump prawns surrounded by the spicy yet mildly sweet chilli paste. Yumzers!
Definitely worthy returning, San Lou! Looking forward to my next plate of charred bee hoon and new dish ventures!
San Lou Seafood Restaurant,
Jalan Merah 1, Taman Pelangi,
80400 Johor Bahru,
Opening hours: daily (4.30 pm – 1 am)