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I visited the Galleria @ Kotaraya mall in Johor Bahru on yesterday ( Saturday afternoon ). The mall exterior has a distinctive color of red and white; and I liked the spacious pavement and colorful flags attached to the brand new lamp posts. Renovation was still on going and the only retail business activity was on the atrium and the open space on the 1st floor. On the atrium, there were many individual kiosks selling mainly Malay clothes and accessories. On the 1st floor, there were karts selling traditional Malay cookies, candies and food mainly for the coming Hari Raya festival.

Galleria @ Kotaraya Mall in Johor Bahru

The food court in the Galleria @Kotaraya mall was closed – perhaps it was due to the start of the fasting period. The food court looked spacious and well layout; and I wondered whether the original food stalls which I had patronized before the renovation would still be around. I am looking forward to try out the food here when the food court is up and running. Anyway I am glad the Pizza Hut would still be back in this mall as I saw their signage on a store outlet on the first floor – previously they were on the ground floor. For many years, I had been eating at Pizza Hut in the old Kotaraya Mall as this place has a relax and cosy atmosphere.

Galleria @ Kotaraya Mall in Johor Bahru

Overall, the new Galleria @ Kotaraya mall looked more impressive and spacious. As most of the shops are still empty and undergoing renovation; I do not have a idea what concept or merchandise mixed would be for this mall. Are they going to be the same as before – selling Malay traditional clothes and food or a totally new concept similar to their neighbor City Square Mall; which by the way is also undergoing major revamp. Incidentally, the Puteri Pacific Hotel which is just behind the mall is also undergoing a major renovation. Many areas in the hotel have been blocked and boxed up. I wondered why are so many malls an hotels in Johor Bahru city undergoing major renovation? – Perhaps business is booming as more tourists are coming in.

The Galleria @ Kotaraya is still undergoing renovation. Non of the shops are opened yet.

Anyway, I will visit the Galleria @ Kotaraya Mall again hopefully in October in this year and update on the progress of this new mall. For those who are keen in buying Malay traditional clothing and food, this mall is the place to be.

This is at the ground floor atrium of the Galleria @ Kotaraya Mall. The kiosks are selling mainly Malay clothes and fashion accessories.
The revamp Galleria @ Kotaraya Mall looked more spacious and bright.
The food court was totally empty.
Lots of tables and seats at the food court.
One of the Stalls at the Food Court.
Colorful Kiosks at the Atrium
Galleria @ Kotaraya Mall in Johor Bahru
So many kiosks selling Malay cookies and food mainly for the coming Hari Raya Festival
There are plenty of wide open space within the mall and lots of benches for shoppers to seat and rest.

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.