The best way for a getaway trip is to travel to our nearest neighbour which is our DEAR MALAYSIA. To celebrate this small trip, in the most asian, or rather Chinese way possible is having zi-char. Most importantly, at a round table. If you’re not familiar with the concept, zi char（煮炒）literally means ‘cook and fry’ and basically composes of a la carte dishes with white steamed rice and sometimes a hearty soup.
That Monday night, we (Zhi wei & Jaslyn & I) took a bus over to Johor Bahru (Gelang Patah) for dinner and what can I say? It’s not everyday you have to remind yourself to bring your passport to school. We would have thought that there would be a big jam at custom but NO, it was a smooth sailing journey. We reached JB within an hour time. Bf uncle drove us around for dinner and we settled at this New Chua Kee restaurant.
We ordered far too much for 3 person, with 1 main dish and 4 other side dishes. The rest of his uncles came down to YUMCHA.
Pig trotter bee hoon.
Stir fried vegetable 清炒小白菜。I enjoyed those little fried anchovies (or whatever it was) they have sprinkled on top.
奶油五花肉/ Buttered Five Flower Pork. This was probably my favourite dish of the night. Crunchy, sweet and salty all at the same time. As unhealthy as this phrase seems, “always better with butter”.
Honey sauce with chicken wings 蜜汁鸡翅。Topping the wings off with freshly squeezed lime juice is a wise combination, giving the dish some tinge of zest to it. This comes highly recommended for wing lovers like yours truly.
Spicy Mapo tofu with sotong/prawn.
Conclusion: No regrets giving this place a try after we couldn’t secure a parking space near Tian Lai. Prices are very reasonable and the food is excellent as well. So the next time you head to Gelang Patah, Nusajaya or even to Singapore via the 2nd link, perform a detour and have a meal before you continue on the journey. Highly Recommended.
Chua Kee Seafood Restaurant
No 1 Jalan Kancang Panjang, Gelang Patah, 81550,
Johor Bahru, Johor Malaysia, Malaysia
Waking up in a big house with a wide living room + kitchen and 3 other rooms at second floor. Malaysia bungalow is not what I expected. I can never live this kind of estate. Off for brunch with Bf’s relatives. Stopped by the usual coffee shop which we always patronize. Here are some of the food that we ordered:
Something to talk about this ‘ 3 colour milk tea’. It is a delicious concoction of red tea, Gula Melaka and evaporated milk carefully presented unstirred in three or more layers.
If you’d order yourself a glass of teh-C peng anywhere else in Malaysia, you’ll probably get a light-brown coloured glass of typical iced milk tea. Obviously. But when you’re here in Kuching, teh-C peng comes in three layers, some even five. Its three layers are often made up of (top-to-bottom) tea, evaporated milk and Gula Melaka (Palm sugar) syrup. Simple physics would explain how the different densities of the three main ingredients float on top of each other.
In fact, I had my very first three-layer teh-C peng right here at a coffee shop a few months back. It was love at first sight. I’ve been a devoted teh-C peng lover ever since that first cup. And in my personal opinion, Gelang Patah still is home to the best teh-C peng can offer. Their popularity grew city-wide purely by word of mouth. Their teh-C peng is so good, and tauke so modest, they don’t advertise their speciality at all.
Till then to my small getaway trip.