Delicious Makan Trail In Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia! Part 1 (Chop See Kee Wanton Mee 張亞泗雲吞面)

It’s been a while since I went jalan jalan cari makan (walk walk looking for food) with Tony of Johor Kaki Blog and of course, like all previous trips, it’s always full of yummilicious treats!

Tony is king when it comes to food blogging in the State of Johor although he humbly claimed that he still has lots of stalls/shops to cover. His mission is to put every deserving Johor hawkers on the world wide web and I think he did and is still doing a great job at it. Please note that Tony does this on a very regular basis and he is fully committed to his passion. He is not a commercial blogger and does not get paid to review these stalls. Following Tony on food trails has always been a humbling and fulfilling encounter!

Benny is my “crime in partner” when it comes to eating. He is like a radar, scanning the “best” makan posted on web so we could be judge if the bloggers’ tastes are similar to ours. Ricky’s dad used to be a chef and has trained him to be a food snob thus Ricky has the veto when either of us becomes too “attached” to our assessments. That is not to say that we must agree with Ricky but his opinion does give us an after-thought equilibrium.

Last Saturday, all 4 of us went in search of delicious makan in Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia!

The name Batu Pahat means “chiselled rock” in Malay. The origin of this name can be traced back to a legend in the 15th century; when the invading Siamese troops were chiselling rocks at a rocky spot in the coastal village of Kampung Minyak Beku, in hope of getting fresh water during their retreat. – Wikipedia

Enough said, let’s get on with the trail…

I woke up at 2.30am and went back to sleep only to awake at 6.10am. I was running late (I’m very sorry guys) and by 6.30am, Tony was already waiting at the appointed venue in Singapore. He didn’t have coffee and so after 5 minutes into Ayer Hitam, we made a pit-stop at Tong Chuan for kopi “gao gao” (strong) and some carbo to energise ourselves.

Tong Chuan 东泉

Tong Chuan 东泉 (Kopitiam) in Ayer Hitam was our first stop into Malaysia.

Tong Chuan 东泉

Tong Chuan was full house so we drank our kopi at the shop next door.
Meanwhile, Tony went to Tong Chuan and grab us a big bao (大包)…

The bao as described by Benny was that the marinade was good but the minced meat texture was something we weren’t used to. All of us preferred chunky meaty bites. The glutinous rice was fragrant but the tough texture of the cooked grains was a let down. The lor mai kai was undercooked in my humble opinion but as I went to the kitchen to capture some photos, I could clearly see the locals enjoying their Saturday dim sum outing in this joint. Perhaps, business was so brisk they hadn’t had time to cook their fare properly. Tong Chuan’s production line seemed busy.

Tong Chuan 东泉

and glutinous rice (lor mai kai – 糯米鸡).

Tong Chuan 东泉

The making of big bao.

Tong Chuan 东泉

Stuff in a quarter sliced hard boiled egg and wrap up, ready to be steamed.

After our refreshments, Benny drove us to Batu Pahat where our first stop was the infamous Chop See Kee Wanton Noodles 亞泗雲吞面.

Chop See Kee 亞泗雲吞面  Wanton Noodles

Benny had read rave reviews about Ah See’s wanton mee and was longing to get a taste!
That’s Benny on right and Ricky on left.

Chop See Kee 亞泗雲吞面  Wanton Noodles

Ah See said his stall has been operating for 60 years!
They make everything i.e. egg noodles, char siew, wantons, their signature chilli sauce, as well as extracting lard (contained in the big metal right in front) and the fat crispies, from scratch.
His shop is a household name in Batu Pahat.

Chop See Kee 亞泗雲吞面  Wanton Noodles

Despite going out with Tony for so many trips, I have never been observant that he could actually shoot food with his DSLR using his left hand!
I am floored upon this discovery!

Chop See Kee 亞泗雲吞面  Wanton Noodles

We’re used to eating cooled-off food 🙂

Chop See Kee 亞泗雲吞面  Wanton Noodles

Wanton under scrutiny, lol…

Chop See Kee 亞泗雲吞面  Wanton Noodles

Ricky taking a shot at food photography with a SGD2,000 Carl Zeiss Macro 50mm Lens.

Chop See Kee 亞泗雲吞面  Wanton Noodles

The famous Chop See Kee 亞泗雲吞面 Wanton Noodles.
This did not sit well with me.
Tony said the plate that Benny & Ricky had had tasted better when I “complained” that mine was rather bland.
What was left on their plate was a wanton which I gobbled and indeed it was very tasty with good mouthfeel.

Chop See Kee 亞泗雲吞面  Wanton Noodles

Curry puff bought from the bakeshop next to Chop See Kee 亞泗雲吞面 Wanton Noodles.

The first two meals solicited mixed response amongst us. Both shops had failed to impress me. Perhaps, with today being a weekend had the unforseen overwhelming sales that made it an “off” day for both shops. I would not be quick to write them off. Rave reviews should have some credibility and if chance permits, I will try them one more time.

As we step out, I saw a bakeshop next to Chop See Kee and asked Benny if he would share half a curry puff with me. We bought 2 pieces and split the loot among the 4 of us. Yumz the word! 🙂

After the satisfying curry puff, we continued to walk towards Batu Pahat’s “Glutton Street” which was a little further down the road. Tony mentioned a no signboard fish ball noodles stall which comes highly recommended by Johor Kaki readers from Batu Pahat. He’d missed this stall during all his previous visits to Batu Pahat and was hoping that it would be opened today. As luck was on our side, the stall was opened for business that morning. I hope the taste hold up.

Look out for it in my next post! 🙂

Click here to see Tony’s post of our trip.

Our itinerary for 4th October 2014’s leisurely food trail (in order of the time we ate):

Restaurant name: Tong Chuan Kopitiam 东泉
Address: 763, Jalan Batu Pahat, Ayer Hitam, Johor. Malaysia.
GPS: 1.917571,103.179409
Hours: 8.30am to 6pm

Restaurant name: Chop See Kee 張亞泗雲吞面
Address: 2, Jalan Jenang, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
GPS: 1.853994,102.927668
Hours: 8.30am to 9.30pm

Restaurant name: No signboard Fishball Noodle Stall at Batu Pahat’s “Glutton Street”
Address: At the junction of Jalan Peng Kai and Jalan Soga, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
GPS: 1.854745,102.927206
Hours: 10am to 4pm (closed on Tues)

Restaurant name: Kedai Makan Swee Kee 水记炖品
Address: 70, Jalan Abu Bakar, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia.
GPS: 1.852606,102.928445
Hours: 12nn to 8pm

Restaurant name: Ah Soon Fish Head Beehoon and Pork Organ Soup 阿顺猪杂汤
(inside Kedai Makanan Minuman Ah Soon)
Address: No.5, Jalan Temenggong, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
GPS: 1.855185,102.929033
Hours: 11am to 2.30pm | 5pm to 10pm (Closed on Thurs)

Restaurant name: Da Bei Shui 大杯水 Kopitiam (delicious Mee Jian Kueh located there)
Address: Junction of Jalan Penjaja 3 and Jalan Penjaja, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
GPS: 1.858455,102.928998
Hours: Mee Jian Kueh stall operates from 12.30pm until sold out (usually at 4.30pm)
Tel: (+60) 012 732 0369

Restaurant name: Yong’s Steam Bot Garden 海口泳池火锅
Address: No. 2 M/S, Jalan Minyak Beku, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
Map: (approximate)
GPS: 1.836086,102.926128
Tel: (+60) 07-432 3320
Hours: 6pm to midnight

Happy eating and bonding 🙂

P.S. Special thanks Benny for driving us to Batu Pahat, Malaysia. And also a very big thank you to Tony for allowing me to hijack the addresses and GPS coordinates 😉

I know we’re in different Johor town, however, I cannot help but compare both handmade wanton noodles and preferred Restoran Chin Chin’s 晶晶面家茶室云吞面 eggy-fragrant noodles

6 Responses to “Delicious Makan Trail In Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia! Part 1 (Chop See Kee Wanton Mee 張亞泗雲吞面)”
  1. It’s always fascinating to read about your trips across the causeway. Thanks Semi.

  2. Happy to see you and your friends out and about …
    gained a couple of pounds just reading this post… lol
    Love, hugs and always follow the nose because the nose knows…
    ME and the Boss

  3. Lignum Draco says:

    You guys look crazy, and how could you be late for a dedicated food eating trek? You must have been tired.

    Steve McCurry (National Geographic) shoots his dslr with his left hand too, but I think that has to do with a physical ailment.

    • Sam Han says:

      Lol… Yup we are crazy and I usually stand on chairs to get top down views of food , too (blame it on my height). Tony said he was forced to do it coz he travels alone most time. Necessity is the mother of creation? 😀

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