Kopi and roti bakar JB style@Hua Mui, Johor Bahru

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Every city and every state has their own trademark kopitiam, boasting of its old skool style kopi and roti bakar….JB too, has its own version of famous coffee+bread made ala retro!

Found in Hua Mui, a super rawk looking old skool kopitiam, open since the 1940s and preserved as much as possible to look like how it was back then.

It reminded me so much of the famous corner old skool kopitiam in Hong Kong, but patrons here at mainly locals of multi races, rather than foreign tourists in the Hong Kong one.

The entire area was mainly built and decor-ed with wood and various deer heads were displayed on the white walls, giving the cabin-in-the-wood feel.

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You can order the toasted kaya butter version in bread slices or buns. You can tell from the colour itself, that this was a job nicely done on those buttery creamy layer of goodness!

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A proof to the chef’s sincerity in ensuring each slice is well covered with fragrant butter. Bye bye calories!

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I was seated near the window on the 1st floor, cold breeze blowing in, trees and people watching from up here with a hot cuppa local style kopi panas… was a pretty awesome feeling!

Total damage was only RM 7.40 for 2 cuppas and 2 toasts.

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It is awesome to know that Hiap Joo Bakery is just nearby, thus we dropped by after a quickie breakfast at Hua Mei. The first time I bought em’ banana cakes, I was blown away by the freshness of its taste and the moistness and denseness of the cake. I am happy to be back for more this time!

Being crazed driven by these charcoal baked banana cake, i bought 5 boxes in total (each cost RM9). For 10-12 slices each for RM9, worth every single penny-la! Be warned. Addiction is quick. Damage may be upon your bellies as consumption may be easily increased to 3 slices or more…or entire boxful!

Address:
Restoran Hua Mui,
No. 131, Jalan Trus,
80000 Johor Bahru.
Tel: 07-2247364
Opening hours: 8 am – 6 pm

Address:
Hiap Joo Bakery,
13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee,
 80000 Johor Bahru
(right in front of Kin Wah Kopitiam)
Tel: 07 – 2231703
Business Hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm

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Kueh tiau kia (rice noodles kid) ho laio@Ka Hoe Restaurant, Johor Bahru

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This auntie was busy chopping away those porky deliciousness and almost everyone seated at Ka Hoe was ordering from her. My JB localite friend brought me here for lunch saying that this is a JB trademark dish. Found no where else in Malaysia except here. “Kueh Tiau Kia” literally translated to Rice Noodles Kid.

The smell of the herbalicious soup and pork covered the whole place. Gosh. Tummy growling wowling! Bonus point: the weather was extremely cloudy and windy. Perfect for something hot and soupy.

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I didn’t expect it to look like this. First time seeing my kueh teow soup in brownish black soup rather than clear soup. The soup reminded me so much of Ba Kut Teh. This combination was surprisingly nice!

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The kueh tiau kia is accompanied with some delicious sides: we ordered some tofus and herbal eggs. Added the feem even more towards home cooked BKT.

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This….was the bomb yo! Sliced tender pork drizzled over with the BKT-like sauce and home made fried shallots and shallot oil. You just gotta brace it through. Brace through the guilt of consuming all the calories and cholesterol. The pungent aroma of the porkiness may be too much for some others, but with the herbal soup, the smell was covered slightly.

Best part of it all, when the owner came to collect the food’s money, he joked saying it cost “jee par khor” (hundred dollars). In actuality it was only RM10. For all that. YES, ALL THAT. My jaw was spiritually dropping, if only the guy could see lol. Gosh that was cheap for the amount of food we were served with!

Truly pleasant lunch experience indeed! Yummy good with a beautiful cool breezy weather. And hey, no holes burnt from my pocket yo!

Address:
Restoran Ka Hoe,
No. 24, Jalan Maju,
Taman Maju Jaya,
80400 Johor Bahru Town.

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