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Went to City Square Mall in Johor Bahru for the purpose of buying mooncakes. I saw that the renovation of the City Square Mall was progressing quite fast; as many shops were now opened. I think they could probably complete the renovation of this mall by this year end. Anyway, the moon cakes festival fair is currently being held at the ground floor atrium area. It seems that there are more vendors participating this year – which is good because now consumers have more choices.

Moon Cakes Festival Fair at City Square Mall Johor Bahru

I saw many aunties  browsing and tasting the free samples of mooncakes at different stalls. Strangely this fair have the tendency to draw in more ladies than guys; perhaps guys don’t enjoy shopping for mooncakes. I didn’t browse or tried out the sample mooncakes from the different vendors because I know what I wanted. Every year I would simply walked to the same vendor to buy their mooncakes – it is almost a ritual for me.

Want to know which particular vendor got me hooked to their mooncakes every year? The name of the vendor is Yong Sheng Gift Shop – seems liked a strange name for moon cakes vendor. This confectionery company has been around since 1952 – that is 60 years of history. Anyway, what I liked about their mooncakes is that it is not too sweet and heavy in taste. I cannot tolerate moon cakes that are overwhelming sweet; I would throw it away without hesitation.  They have a wide variety of mooncakes flavors such as coffee, green tea, red beans, green beans, mixed nuts, the usual double or single yolk, fruits, etc.

This is the stall that I patronize every year.

There is one particular product which I liked from Yong Sheng Gift Shop – it is the Teochew Delite. It looked liked Tau Sar Piah or Tau Sar biscuits but it is made of winter melon, glutinous rice, preserved vegetable, lotus seed, etc. For those who enjoy Teochew style confectionery, this is a product that you should buy and try. I bought above RM300 of mooncakes from them and I was given one box of mini moon cakes free.

This is the Teochew Delite which looked liked Tau Sar Piah. Very delicious.

The MoonCake Festival fair would be opened till 30th September 2012, make some time to visit this fair and tried out some of the best mooncakes from Malaysia.

Different flavors of Moon Cakes.
Beautiful reusable metal containers for storing moon cakes.

Danga City Mall in Johor Bahru

The Danga City Mall in Johor Bahru is perhaps the only Mall that has a direct railway link at its door step. This means that you can take a train from Singapore to reach Danga City Mall and vice versa. To get an update of the time schedule, you can visit the Danga City Mall website at – The website also gives you the bus schedule and what bus service that goes to this mall.

Danga City Mall in Johor Bahru

Personally, I find Danga City Mall a rather quiet mall with much less people coming here as compared to say City Square in Johor Bahru. Firstly, most people may not be familiar with its exact location. What I did was to take a cab to this mall from City Square which cost about $5/- while some taxi may even asked for $1 or $2 dollars more. Perhaps what the developer of this mall could do is to provide a free shuttle bus service from City Square to Danga City Mall at say one hour interval.

Danga City Mall

Secondly, there are lots of shops that have not been leased out. These empty shopfronts does not create a good shopping atmosphere for this mall.  Yes, the anchor tenant Metrojaya store is there for those who wants to shop in this department store. But you need a spread of vibrant niche stores to give people a good shopping experience. Anchor tensnts does not make a mall successful. You need vibrancy and create the incentives for people to come to this mall.

Restaurant in Danga City Mall

I will try to visit this mall again perhaps at the end of this year. Hopefully there will be more improvements and more niche stores been added to this mall. I will be also be writing a blog on my visit to Danga Bay, which is a major development for Johor Bahru. By the way, Danga City Mall and Danga Bay are not located in the same site. Danga Bay is near to the beach, while Danga City Mall is near the flyover in the city of Johor Bahru.

Danga City Mall

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