Delicious Budget Restaurant Meal in Johor Bahru

My friend asked me whether it is possible to have a delicious and liked a wholesome home cooked meal in Johor Bahru. I told him that there are plenty of coffee shops and food courts in Johor Bahru that served delicious food. He told me that he prefer to have this wholesome delicious meal in a small restaurant; and his budget for 2 persons should not cost more than RM50 ( US$16 or S$20). Well this was quite a challenge as his budget was rather low for a lunch meal for 2 persons at a restaurant. He said that he understand that for this budget he was not expecting to have steam fish, crabs or large prawns; just a normal simple meal.

As we were in Johor Bahru, I took him to a small Chinese restaurant. I wasn’t sure at that time whether I could ordered some food from the menu to suit his budget; but I took up his challenge – as I had been to this restaurant very often. Below are the photos of the food that we ate for RM49.20 – which is inclusive of service charge and towels ( those paper towels).

1) Braised Sweet peanuts. This so called homemade by the restaurant. Not too sweet and salty and it compliment very well with porridge. This is a food that I enjoy eating and it is nutritious too.

2.   Sweet Potatoes Porridge – Instead of eating rice, I had decided to order sweet potatoes porridge.  Porridge is easier to digest and the added sweet potatoes in the porridge gives it a sweet and delicious taste. In total both of us consume 4 bowls of porridge. My mum cooked this porridge quite frequently when I was young.

Sweet Potatoes Porridge

3)   Mixed Seafood in Claypot – There were a few prawns, slices of fish, squid, mushroom, toufu, black fungus, and vegetables in this claypot. The size is small but was sufficient for 2 persons. I enjoyed eating from claypot because the food is boiling hot and it taste better. I normally take the gravy from the claypot and pour it into the rice or porridge.

Mixed Seafood in Claypot

4.   Prawn Omelette – The prawn omelette was slightly overdone. Perhaps it is due to ensure that the small prawns inside the omelette was well done. My next meal I would try the bitter gourd or onions omelette. Anyway for the portion that we were having, this food was definitely sufficient for 2 persons.

Prawn Omelette

5)  Fried Spinach with Anchovy – This is a popular dish that you can commonly find in a Chinese restaurant. Spinach is good for health and it contains lots of fiber as well. There was a generous amount of anchovy given in this dish. Spinach can also be cooked in a wet style with eggs added into it to form a rich gravy.

Fried Spinach with Anchovy

6)   Taiwan Sour Bean Curd Soup with added Vinegar – Unless you are fond of vinegar, you would not liked this soup because there is a strong taste of vinegar in this soup. This is a totally vegetarian soup that resembles the shark fin soup that you find in a Chinese restaurant. It is thick but easy to swallow – soft bean curd, vermicilli and vegetables are added.

Taiwan Sour Bean Curd Soup with Vinegar

7)  Desert – Tapioca with Ginger and Longan. This is a desert that I enjoyed very much. I understand this desert is good for health especially your stomach. This desert was given complimentary when we ordered our food.

Tapioca with Ginger and Longan

8) A pot of Chinese Tea. You can asked for free refilled of hot water into the pot. The photo of the tea cup show a very diluted tea – that was because I was too eager to pour it into the cup before the tea was properly brewed in the pot. I prefer to drink Chinese tea when I am eating Chinese food.

Chinese Tea

So there you have it – all the above food for just RM50 ( US$16 or S$20 ) inclusive of service charges and towels. My friend was impressed with the good value of this meal at such a reasonable price. There are many food outlets in Johor Bahru that offer good food at cheap prices. My advice is don’t go to the shopping mall; as food ordered in a restaurant located in the mall is normally more expensive.










Durian Ice Cream and 4 in 1 Coffee from Johor Bahru

I bought a durian ice cream while I was shopping in KSL City Mall in Johor Bahru. It was from a stall in the food fair that was held at the atrium just opposite Tesco Supermarket. When I ordered one cup of durian ice cream, I didn’t took noticed of the price ( thinking that it would not cost much ) and gave the staff RM10. When the staff at the booth returned RM10 cents to me, I realized that the durian ice cream cost RM10; which I felt that it was overpriced.


Real Durian Ice Cream. The topping of the ice-cream is made of 100% durian flesh.

Anyway, I managed to find an empty table with plastic seats and tried out the durian ice cream. The topping of this ice-cream was made of durian flesh. The taste of the durian topping was bitter and sweet; and with a nice aroma. The quality of the durian used as topping was good and the portion given was quite generous as well. The ice-cream was smooth and not to sweet. Overall I did enjoyed eating this durian ice-cream but I felt that a more reasonable price would be RM7.90. The name of the food outlet selling this durian ice cream was Fonte Deli; which I believed also had a outlet in this mall itself.  The Fonte Deli food outlet as sells cream puff and frozen fruit yogurt.

There was also a stall selling instant coffee and tea bags. A lady sales staff introduced me to their 4 in 1 coffee. It is a blend of black and white coffee added with the usual sugar and cream. I was given a cup to taste the coffee and it was quite nice. So I bought 2 packets and was given one packet free. If I could recalled, the cost of one bag of this Meet U brand coffee from Melaka was RM13.50. Besides that, I was also given a nice recycle bag free. Good value shopping indeed. Do visit the food fair in Johor Bahru if you have the time as there are good bargains and value buy offered by some food vendors. Most of this food fair are mainly conducted in shopping malls in Johor Bahru.

4 in 1 Coffee
Fonte Deli stall at the Food Fair held in KSL City Mall Johor Bahru


Food Fair Held in KSL City Mall