I was in Johor Bahru CIQ ( Custom & Immigration ) on a late Sunday morning at 11.30 am and surprisingly the queue at the Immigration hall was not very crowded. So I was out of the Johor Bahru CIQ building in less than 15 minutes. As I was walking, I felt very hungry as I took a light breakfast in the morning. I was deciding on what to eat for my lunch and was browsing at the food outlets in City Square which is just opposite the Customs and Immigration Building. Then I decided to walk to Meldrum Walk to check out the Yong Tau Foo stall which located in the old coffee shop. The walk from City Square Mall to Meldrum Walk takes about 5 minutes.
I was happy to see that the Yong Tau Foo stall was still opened and in fact the coffee shop was very crowded. It was hard to find a place to seat but I just went ahead and ordered my food first. After selecting the ingredients from the Yong Tau Foo stall, I found an empty seat inside the coffee shop – sharing the table with an old man who was having porridge. My first impression of the coffee shop was that this place was old, worn out and looked dirty. I think there was no renovation done ever since this coffee shop was opened for business many years ago. I saw there was a chicken rice stall selling Hainanese Chicken Rice. The chickens hanging at the stall looked delicious; perhaps I will order it on my next trip here. I ordered a hot home made barley drink for US$0.30 cents which was cheap.
My food finally arrived and I paid the old man US$3-40 for the Yong Tau Foo with 3 slices of Chee Cheong Fun which is in fact Chinese rice sheet or rolls. The Yong Tau Foo is a popular food that is eaten by the Chinese and it consists of many ingredients that you can select and thereafter it will be served cooked with chili and sweet sauce. The Chee Cheong Fun and Yong Tau Foo that was served to me was filled with curry, chili and sweet sauce combined. Initially I thought that with so many type of sauces combined, it could have a strange taste, but I made the right choice – it taste good. In particular the fried bean stick, Tau foo ( bean cake ), bitter gourd and fried You Tiao ( Chinese fried bread stick ) were very delicious. As for the Chee Cheong Fun or Chinese rice sheet, it tasted good but not really fantastic. Now I know why there were so many people ordering Yong Tau Foo from this stall, it is really cheap and good. The food that I ordered was good for serving of 2 persons and if you are ordering it for the serving of one person, I think it will cost less than US$2.50.
I enjoy the meal of Yong Tau Foo from this stall along Meldrum Walk. The only thing I do not like was the worn out condition of this coffee shop. But if you are there during the weekday, it would be less crowded and there would be probably be empty seats outside the coffee shop which is along the pavement. I have decided that my next meal here would either be the Chicken Rice or Wanton Noodle where I saw so many people also ordering food from these 2 stall holders. I have also written a blog on the Roast Duck Noodle just opposite this old coffee shop along Meldrum Walk. If you are keen in reading about the Roast Duck Noodle shop, just follow the link below:-
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