My ‘super on’ colleagues arranged for a day weekend makan trip over to Johor Bahru for Restoran Soon Chiang supposely amazing Bah Kut Teh.
Travelling from the Malaysia Checkpoint to the restaurant located at Jalan Maju took around 30 minutes. For people who travel to Johor Bahru often, it is located very near Pelangi Plaza.
My colleague must have really dined here pretty often. Both the boss and one of the waitress greeted him as walks in. Impressed.
The restaurant interior looks really old school. Absolutely no modern day restaurant setting and ambience but such places are usually where the really good food are found. We do not have much of such restaurants left in Singapore except for those old shophouses type found at Geylang area.
The menu is conveniently placed on the wall for easy reference when ordering.
A large numbers of tea pots were seen at one of the work island near the kitchen. May be the Teh (tea) is going to be served from there? 😛
Food was served really fast! All dishes were presented in traditional chicken & leaf prints chinese bowls popularly used during Singapore Kampong Days.
The salted vegetable was fresh, crunchy and flavorful! I suspect it’s the secret weapon of the restaurant to make you feel hungrier and order more.
The Tau Pok was ok only. Slightly moisted, a bit chewy. I personally think can give it a miss if you want to focus on other dishes.
The pork stomach soup content was a little too big piece for my liking. Chewing on it for too long feels really gross. You must really be into pork stomach to like their treatment.
The sweet intestine was a fantastic complimentary dish to the Bah Kut Teh. The intestines were cut into small manageable pieces and offered bouncy bites.
Of course, the centrestage belongs to our Bah Kut Teh. Thick, darker in color with strong herbal smell & taste, this Bah Kut Teh was unlike those commonly served in Singapore. The meat was cut into small pieces and tender despite the long hours of brewing. Super delicious!
The only drawback is the small amount of soup given. The restaurant was rather stingy with the soup and they made it clear in their actions that they do not welcome re-fill request. Nevertheless, I still managed to get 2 re-fills.
After the meal, we drove another 30 minutes deeper into Johor Bahru for our sweet endings at A&W.
We hope A&W will make a comeback to Singapore soon. We love your waffles, curly fries and rootbeer float!
Thanks Johor Bahru, Malaysia for the wonderful treat! We will definitely be visiting again soon for more culinary adventures.
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