Penang isn’t the only noteworthy culinary destination in West Malaysia. There are many other states that offer spectacular food. Ask around and you’ll probably find Halal eateries in Johor Bahru.
From authentic local favourites to mouthwatering foreign delicacies, here are a few of the more popular (halal) eateries in Johor Bahru that you should take note of.
If you love the “usual suspects” of Malaysian food, Restoran Aliff is where you can go to find your morning Roti Canai and a cup of teh tarik.
Throughout the day, this spot also serves local dishes such as Nasi Lemak and Mee Goreng, white rice and an assortment of curries.
This bustling steak hub first shot to fame via the opening of its first store in KL and now, ten years later, the legendary Western eatery has finally opened its store in Johor Bahru, helping Johorians and Singaporeans alike enjoy an array of meaty dishes.
Ribs, steaks, burgers, pasta and a whole host of food choices can be found here. There’s even live music in the evenings at certain times.
Lately, halal dim sum has been somewhat trending in KL and now, the trend may have begun to move to many states in Malaysia, including Johor. The Kai Xuan Chinese Restaurant serves common (and not so common) dim sum fare in various flavours.
Get your shumai (traditional dumplings), pao (steamed buns) and chee cheong fun (rice noodle roll) without the pork or lard. Looking for something exceptionally good? Try the crispy softshell crabs.
Here’s something for your sweet tooth. Head on over to Emack & Bolio’s (a stall stationed in Paradigm Mall). It offers ice cream delights and you can look forward to interesting desserts with fun toppings to choose from.
Oreo Marshmallow, Coco Pops or Rice Krispies, this ice cream shop is where you can explore your love of toppings.
If you’re looking for something that’s rich in taste with generous portions, try the Roslin Beriani House. You might find it is said by many that this spot has the best mutton rendang in town.
There are numerous Malaystyledishes to choose from and these include rendang, curry squid, fried chicken as well as traditional kuih (rice flour desserts).
East and West fusion culinary spots can be found in many parts of Malaysia, however, there probably aren’t too many eateries that can compete with the tastes at Ejohng Concept.
Featuring kampung (village-style) fried rice, freeflow drinks and more, drop by if you’re on the lookout for hearty meals and a comfortable setting.
Sup Tulang can be considered one of the most beloved of all Malaysian dishes. This dish is made up of a bowl of tasty soup and large bone marrow with some meat still left intact. Restoran ZZ Sup Tulang has become known for to its tasty Sup Tulang and you might just find its kampung-style restaurant setting a welcome breath of fresh air (after all the artisanal cafes).
Try the gearbox mee rebus (yellow noodles with stewed bone marrow) or the mee soto (noodles in broth) and laksa Johor (spaghetti noodles with thick sauce).
Café Para Para is famous for its incredibly diverse and well-prepared buffet meals. Located along Tebrau Highway (in Grand Paragon Hotel), this eatery serves dishes associated with various ethnic groups (Chinese, Malay, Indian and more).
Buffet-goers can enjoy freshlycooked dishes with live stations, including noodles and satay stations.
Price: From RM 62 for lunch on weekends
With the sheer number of Halal eateries that can be found throughout Johor Bahru, it’s almost impossible to run out of eating options. It’s a beautiful as well as scrumptious state to live, work, play and holiday in.
If you’re ever in the area where these eateries are located, why not make a detour or even make one (or all) of these spots part of your Johorean experience?