Mountain Cravings Satisfied
We had simple vegetarian food continuously for 10 days in the mountains. Naturally, we had craved for delicious food back home. We talked about the famous stalls selling various foods such as Chicken Rice, Prawn Noodle, Nasi Lemak, Mee Soto Ayam, Kway Chup, Pig Organ Soup with Salted Vegetables, Roti Prata (for some, we already had lots of Indian food so we have no idea why someone would crave that), Bak Kut Teh, Sambal Stingray, Crayfish, the list goes on. All we could do at that time was dream in our tents and eat our maggi mee from a cup, whilst trying to get warm in our sleeping bags. Javier, Ozgun, and I (we shared a tent) thus made it a point to go back to Singapore to do two things: organise a trip to Johor Bahru for food; and have a BBQ. Well, Javier, Ozgun, Yong Siang, and I, set out to achieve the former today!
Ozgun has never been to JB before, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to visit JB with him. None of us have also travelled in by bus before, but we know that 170 goes to JB. We met at 1200 hours at Kranji MRT station and took 170 towards JB. We crossed the customs and before we knew it, we were in JB!
Yong Siang and Ozgun, looking happy on our public bus to JB!
We agreed to have dinner at Taman Sri Tebrau, a place that sells seafood at affordable prices. The nearest mall to that area was KSL City Mall and we began our long walk there (about 3km) upon arrival in JB. The roads of JB were filled with bolts as the lamp posts or structures by the streets were not removed diligently. We were walking very fast and Yong Siang landed his foot on one such bolt. It caused him to bleed and we decided to take a cab to our destination, which wasn’t very far at this point in time. Interestingly, the cab fare was only RM 3.70. I took out a RM 5 dollar note and paid for the bill, and the driver happily put it into his pocket without much thought. I held out my hand for the change, but none was given. Looks like they adopt a “keep the change” policy here.
We were looking for a nice lunch and Javier ordered some funny burger that took ages to come. It was apparently very tasty. We hastily bought tickets to “How To Train Your Dragon 2” at 1410 hours. There wasn’t much time for a proper lunch, so we packed some KFC, ate as much as we could in the short time, and brought the remainder into the cinema. We saw the Bak Kut Teh stall outside KFC while buying our chicken and made it a point to visit it after our movie.
Bak Kut Teh stall
After our movie, we immediately went for the Bak Kut Teh. Yong Siang seemed to know quite a lot about the Bak Kut Teh here. He said that Singapore’s Bak Kut Teh is more peppery, but Malaysia’s has a more herbal taste. We have never tried it before so we were really looking forward to trying this herbal Bak Kut Teh. True enough, it was very different and delicious!
Javier and Ozgun looking happy with our giant bowl of soup
Yong Siang gobbling it all up for us… as usual.
We walked around the area after our Bak Kut Teh and we all bought something. They were really cheap as compared to prices at home! There wasn’t anywhere else left to go, so we headed to our dinner place for a drink.
Taman Sri Tebrau Hawker centre – Our dinner place!
Closer view of the hawker
Thirsty but not hungry, so we ordered drinks
Unbelievably soft flesh of the coconut
Javier: Why this coconut taste so weird?
The Fried Oyster stall was really near the stall where we bought our drinks. The fragrance emanating from the wok was irresistible. We ordered a small plate to share!
A plate of fried oyster with a tinge of carrot cake taste
After that plate of fried oyster, we went on to have our dinner. Ozgun was really surprised that we could eat. Well, Singaporeans eat even when they are not hungry!
I last visited this place three years ago, and we decided to order our food from the same stall I ate from previously. While ordering, I asked for the price of Crayfish and to my surprise, it was RM 65 per Kg! It was a huge increase in price from what I experienced three years ago. We ordered it anyway. And so, we had Sambal Stingray, Salted Egg Yolk Crayfish, and Sambal Lala for dinner.
Ozgun is sleepy
Unbelievably fresh sugar cane for RM3
Delicious sambal stingray for RM 26
Salted Egg Yolk Crayfish, RM 39
Sambal Lala, RM 12 (unbelievable prices)
Ozgun: So much food, how can you guys still eat? Yong Siang: I can’t wait to dig in.
We did not ask for the price of the Stingray and Lala as we all assumed that these were fixed price items that wouldn’t really change much. To our surprise, the Stingray was expensive! The Lala was cheap though. All in all, prices in this area have increased significantly. It could be due to the influx of Singaporeans to this area. The affordable Lala does offset the price of everything and make it overall cheaper by a little bit than what we would get for the same price in Singapore. With that, we did some last minute shopping and headed home with our stomachs full. Really full. Now, to organise a BBQ!
Triplet cats with identical markings?
Heading home with our tummies full of food