Taiping-like wantan noodles@Kee Kim Huat Kopitiam, Johor Bahru

It is truly wonderful to have friends who enjoy good olde hearty breakfast meals, especially so when your friend is also a foodie person.

I joined her for an early breakfast at 7 am, along with her adorable kiddos. We came to Kee Kim Huat, where I came here few times in the past for lumch, to try the long awaited claypot chicken rice of which customers were not allowed to ‘remind them or chase them’ if their food was taking a little longer than usual to cook. 

My personal opinion was that the claypot chicken rice was good, but not enough to make me wait that long while being suppressed from enquiring. 

This time I was back here, early in the morning instead and the crowd was different! Mainly locals, families and young adult workers. Pretty homely feel and the weather that morning was super cloudy.

The claypot chicken rice stall was closed but several other stalls were opened and today we were here for wantan noodles!

One of my favourite meals and I almost always order back wantan noodles at most kopitiams. My friend said they would be sold out by 9 am and the owners would be done for the day. Wow!

While we waited for our wantan noodles, I joined in the locals’ breakfast delight, hot kopi and toast butter kaya buns. Her kiddos enjoyed them very much, and so did I. Teeheehee. Like a kid again.

My wantan noodles arrived! And my first impression was that, Hey it kinda looked like my Taiping Prima Kopitiam wantan noodles.

And yes, even the taste too! Surprised at how similar it tasted. Every ingredient tasted fresh, especially the chicken broth. Clear as sky, but full of chicken flavours and aroma.

I felt like I was teleported back to Taiping with the whole homely local scene having wantan noodles, hot coffee and toast bread.

Worthy to come back here for the WTM if you can wake up early for breakfast foodieventure!


Kee Kim Huat Kopitiam,

80, Jalan Badik, 

Taman Sri Tebrau,

Johor Bahru.

Opening hours: daily (closed on Mondays)

If you are aiming for the WTM, as adviced by foodie friend, best be there by 7 am, as the WTM will bid you bye bye by 9 am

JB Char Bee Hoon Jin Hojiak@San Lou Seafood Restaurant, Johor Bahru

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.

These baby squids were a bomb! Popping em baby squids up like popcorn over a movie in the cinema would be a perfect combo!

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.

The sweet and sour pork were pretty average. You can make do skipping this, unless you’ve got kiddos at dinner with you. 

The fried long beans were average as well. Wok hei infused yes, but flavour wise was pretty normal. If you want to feel “healthier” by having some greens, this is a good option.

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,

Johor, Malaysia.

Opening hours: daily (4.30 pm – 1 am)

Tel: +607-3323869

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/sanlowseafoodJB/