The Best Johorean Dishes That’ll Tempt You To Cross The Border Just For A Bite

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By: balqis
April 20, 2022

Although some of the dishes, especially the classic hawker food in Singapore and Malaysia are somewhat alike, they are slightly different due to the cooking style and ingredients. For those who are a frequent visitor to Johor yet still feel unsure what to eat, the list of the best restaurants that offer cheap and good food are surely essential during a weekend trip. But here’s the real deal, most of us usually end up being puzzled about what to order by the time we arrive at the restaurant. Fret not as we have all listed the signature dishes of Johor. Trust us, you haven’t truly been to Johor unless you have relished your taste buds with these best Johorean dishes. 

The Best Johorean Dishes That Every Singaporean Needs To Try Out

1.Laksa Johor

Source: Bumbu Asli

Mention Johorean dishes, the first thing that comes to mind has to be the Laksa Johor. Unlike other laksa which often use rice noodles or egg noodles, Johor Laksa uses a signature ingredient that sets it apart from other similar dishes which is spaghetti.  It also has a thicker gravy which almost seems paste-like. The gravy is created with a mixture of coconut milk, lemongrass, ground fish, galangal and local herbs. It is also garnished with mint leaves, cucumber, white radish, mint leaves and Vietnamese coriander. Our only advice is to make sure that you squeeze the lime juice all over the dish before eating. Amongst the local go-to spot for some Laksa Johor is Bumbu Asli.

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Address36-L, Jalan Kolam Ayer, 80100, Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hoursMonday: 8 am – 5 pm. Tuesday to Sunday: 8 a – 6 pm
Contact details0127102692

2.Nasi Ambeng

Source: Nasi Ambeng Original

The history of Nasi Ambeng can be traced from the early 6th century when the Javanese community migrated to Johor. This food which was often provided during special occasions featured a variety of side dishes like fried noodles, sambal, coconut floss and rendang. Since it was served on a large platter, Nasi Ambeng was intended for sharing among the community. However, most of the restaurants simply wrap the dish in banana leaves similar to nasi lemak but rest assured as it still tastes amazing. With a 4.3 star rating on Google, we recommend you to try out Nasi Ambeng at Mat Corner Nasi Ambang. 

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Address22, Jalan Padi Mahsuri 13, Bandar Baru Uda, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hoursOpen daily except Friday: 10:15 am – 3 pm
Contact details0197244798

3. Lontong Kering

Source; Lontong Darat Viral Mersing

Breakfast at Johor is not complete without  Lontong Kering. Touted as one of the best Johorean dishes, it features nasi impit or steamed rice which is wrapped with fragrant banana leaves. Then the rice was diced and served with sambal, vegetables and rendang. For those who want to skip nasi lemak and try out classic dishes, make sure to order some Lontong Kering whenever you’re in JB. As the name suggests, Lontong Darat Viral Mersing has trended amongst the locals for its tantalising taste. 

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Address1589, Jalan Sri Pantai, Kampung Paya Tinggal, 86800 Mersing, Johor
Opening hoursWeekdays: 9 am – 8 pm.  Weekends: 8 am – 9.30 pm
Contact details0137914180

4. Asam Pedas

Source: Restoran Anisofea Asam Pedas Johor Asli

Okay, we know what you’re thinking, it is obvious that Asam Pedas is a popular dish that is available throughout the Southern Coast of Malaysia. However, in Johor, the broth is usually made with cili giling, a chilli paste that is created traditionally using dried chilli. If you prefer fiery spicy food, nothing can truly beat the Asam Pedas at Restoran Anisofea Asam Pedas Johor Asli. 

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AddressG07 Block, 4, Jalan Mutiara Emas 9/3, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hoursOpen daily except Friday: 9 am – 8 pm 
Contact details0127173477

5.Kacang Pool

Initially introduced by the Middle Eastern traders, Kacang Pool is local comfort food that is available in the majority of the restaurants. It is a fava bean stew that is served with a sunny side up egg and minced meat. You will notice that this dish is accompanied by buttered toast for dipping. Although it was eaten during breakfast, you can certainly enjoy it at any time of the day. If you ever find yourself in Larkin, make sure to visit the Kacang Pool Haji Larkin Bomba. 

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AddressGerai 3, Medan Selera Larkin, Susur 5, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, Johor Baru
Opening hoursOpen daily: 7 am – 1 am
Contact details0135712374

6. Pisang Goreng with Sambal Kicap 

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If there’s one food that we simply can’t resist, it has to be banana fritters. Although it was often eaten without any dipping, the Johoreans version will surely make you crave for more. Trust us, once you have taken a bite, you will certainly need this spicy dip as it delivers a sweet and spicy combo. You can find this food at various hawker stalls, but if you’re looking for the best pisang goreng with sambal kicap, simply head to the Suzijai Pisang Goreng Sambal Kicap. 

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AddressTaman Bunga Raya, 84000 Muar, Johor
Opening hoursOpen daily except Sunday: 12 pm – 6.30 pm
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