We chanced upon this crowded eating place in a row of shophouses when wanted to get out dinner at a coffee shop along the same stretch. And it so happens that the coffee shop that we wanted to go to was not open and we decided to give this “restaurant” a try.
When you look into the corner unit, all you can see if this spartan and simple kitchen and preparation area.
Everything could be seen by the patrons and staff a like. This stall’s specialty has to be its seafood soup and seafood porridge as every table had either or both on their tables. You place you order at the counter with the staff and you get to choose the type of seafood you want in your dish. We chose to have fish, prawns, squid and crabs with our porridge.
The dipping soya sauce had a mix of red and green chilli with chopped garlic, something very unique to the Johor way of eating. I love the flavours of this chilli as the red chilli is filled with spiciness but the green chilli gives the fragrance chilli fruit and lastly the garlic just spices up the flavour of the food with that additional layer of spiciness.
The porridge arrived in a huge claypot with a dollop of garnishing in a pool of soup.
Stir it up a little and you see the bits of seafood that you have ordered.
This porridge is just like the teochew fish porridge except that this has seafood instead of just fish. The rice is soft but not overly mushy, the seafood is fresh and very sweet and even better is the broth which is so full of flavor from the freshness of the seafood ingredients inside. The bowl of porridge looks so huge that I thought we wouldn’t be able to finish it but on that cooling rainy night, I just had to keep getting refills of the porridge. The best thing is that it wasn’t MSG laden at all! You have to trust me on this cos I am allergic to MSG, which means I would get a bad headache, feeling of swelling and numbness in the face, throat and hands. This was just the plain old goodness from fresh food!
Our dinner came up to about MYR38. (~SGD$16) which was very reasonable for the goodies that we chose.
Here is the address if you would like to visit it too
Address: 91, Jalan Mount Austin 3, Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
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Thanks for dropping by!