Towards one end of Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Walk is a rustic shop that is in no hurry to modernise. It is an attractive scene that stands out from the two rows of modern-day shops that lined the heritage walk. The shop with its dated-looking front is called Triple K Cafe (面家食馆), a noodle house.
A quick look from outside the cafe shows that it sell both beef noodle and mutton noodle. Various types of buns, siew mai and pastries are also available. Inside the shop, a simple menu on one wall shows that it serves a wide range of noodles, "sand pot" (claypot) rice and soups.
On the other wall, a huge menu shows that they have a lot more dishes to offer with respective prices displayed. Yet, the shop is managed by just two person.
I love mutton very much so I ordered their mutton noodle soup (RM12), and a cup of kopi-O (RM2) on my first visit.
When the mutton noodle soup arrived at my table, the aromas of both the mutton and steaming herbal soup filled my nostrils. Nice! The mutton was tender and had retained its gaminess but yet not too strong. The sour-spicy dipping sauce added some refreshing flavours to the meat. The herbal broth with chopped spring onions tasted rich and flavourful. Wow, I really love this. I finished everything in the bowl down to the last drop of soup.
On my second visit, there were two of us, we ordered two bowls of beef kway teow soups, one with beef and tendons and the other one was a triple-combo of beef, beef balls and tripes. We also ordered their handmade siew mai, half-boiled eggs and 2 cups of kopi-O.
The beef noodle soup was good and tasty too. The kway teow was the thinner Ipoh hor fun, not the typical broad type. The slices of beef were very tender and juicy in the light dark broth. The meaty beef balls had rich beef flavour. I love this noodle dish too!
The half-boiled eggs were nicely done with no raw egg white. The handmade siew mai were quite big with three of them making a dish.
There were still a lot more of the noodles and rice dishes that I had not tried and I would be back for more, especially my favourite mutton noodle soup.
Triple K Cafe (牛肉面家)
48, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
8:30am ~ 4pm | Closed on Monday & Tuesday