Now which land travel to Johor Bahru has been fully restored, and the procedures for returning to Singapore have been simplified, it’s time to look past the petrol kiosks and massage parlours and focus on what we’ve been missing for far too long: decent street food. Moreover, because supper is a particular hobby that unites Singaporeans from all walks of life, we’re focusing on the greatest supper spots in JB this time. This guide is for anyone looking to eat on the other side of the bridge, from roadside burger places to late-night cafes and revered Tze Char restaurants.
1. Restoran Woon Kiang
Isn’t there nothing better than a nice cup of soup cooked in broth to warm the tummy at midnight? This restaurant serves white rice noodles (kuay teow) straight from the pot, so they’re always hot. Add your favourite sidekicks (braised duck, pig, pickled veggies, eggs, innards) and you’re ready to go!
Because all of the components are made ahead of time, quick service is nearly always guaranteed.
Location: 81, Jalan Mutiara Emas 10/19, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Hours of operation: 9.30 a.m. until 3.30 a.m.
2. Da Cheng Lok Lok
What can you eat late at night if you’re too tired to cook? Then you should not miss Johor Bahru’s midnight lok-lok. These lok loks are served from a lok lok van, with both sides opening up to make a display rack to help clients choose their favourite lok lok.
Location:Taman Mutiara Mas, 23, Jalan Mutiara 1/9, 81300 Skudai
Hours of operation: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
3. San Low Seafood Restaurant
San Lou Seafood Restaurant, one of Johor Bahru’s pioneering seafood restaurants, is well-known for its fried bee hoon. Nevertheless, what actually distinguishes them from their competition is the ability for clients to expressly order a type of seafood for the chef to prepare dishes with!
Parking can be difficult to find here, so park elsewhere or arrive early to secure a spot.
Location: Jalan Biru, off Jalan Merah, Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru, 80400, Johor.
Hours of operation: 4.30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
4. Lazy Monday
Burger lovers, this one’s for you! Mix things up by leaving your typical McDonald’s drive-through for a drive across the borders to Lazy Monday where you will get the “greatest beef patty in Johor Bahru”. Not only are their patties big in size, but each scrumptious burger comes with a side and drink of choice. The atmosphere is fantastic here, and we especially enjoy their Alfresco eating options.
Location:71A, Jalan Abdul Samad 1, Sri Gelam, Johor Bahru, 80100 Johor, Malaysia
Hours of operation: 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.
5. Chaiwalla & Co.Container Cafe
Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe is not your typical beverage kiosk; constructed entirely of steel containers, it is difficult to miss! Besides from its unique thirst quenchers, the café also serves a variety of delectable pies, brownies, and ice cream. Great for when you want something sweet.
Location:36, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
6. Hutan Bandar Bistro
Hutan Bandar Bistro is the spot to go in JB if you’re looking for a fast western fix. Not only are the portions generous, but each western grill item is also reasonably priced. This venue can accommodate large groups and is suitable for the entire family.
Location: 68, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak Susur 1, Wadi Hana, 80300 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Hours of operation: 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
7. Ah Piaw Noodle House
This legendary wanton mee business has been around for 17 years and has a reputation for being one of the best of its kind in Johor Bahru. For only RM 5.50, you may receive a bowl of wanton mee and a side of soup with eight wantons! Ah Piaw’s noodles are all handmade, they are somewhat thinner and chewier!
Location:20, 12, Jalan Kelewang, Taman Sri Tebrau, 80050 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Hours of Operation: All Day
8. Meldrum Walk Street Food
Medan Selera Meldrum Walk is home to a bevy of booths serving Malaysian specialties such as Fried Kway Teow, BBQ Stingray, Oyster Omelette, Chicken Wings, and many more.
The popular Oyster Omelette is a crowd favourite. The egg-to-oyster ratio is just ideal, and the plump, juicy oysters taste as though they were just taken from the sea. The smallest serving is only RM 7, which is a great deal for such a large quantity.
Hours of Operation: Daily from 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Address: 23, Jalan Meldrum, Bandar Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
9. Restoran Reaz Corner
Restoran Reaz Corner is a well-known Mamak stand in Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Bahru. It is well-known for serving Indian and Malaysian cuisine, such as roti canai, nasi lemak, and satay. The booth is open 24 hours a day, making it an ideal location for late-night snacks. Guests can eat in the open-air dining area while taking in the lively ambiance of the stall. The stall’s courteous personnel and reasonable prices make it popular with both residents and tourists.
Operational Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Location: 23, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
10. Restoran Naaz
Restoran Naaz is a popular Mamak stall in Johor Bahru that serves Indian and Malaysian food. The stall is located in Taman Sri Tebrau and is open 24 hours a day, making it a convenient late-night meal choice. Restoran Naaz has a broad menu with popular dishes like Nasi Kandar, Roti Canai, Murtabak, and more. Guests can eat at the outside dining area, which has a lively and bustling ambiance. The shop is well-known for its quick service and low costs, making it a popular choice for both residents and tourists.
Operational Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Location: Taman Melodies, 2, Jalan Bedara, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor