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What to Eat around KSL City Mall, Johor Bahru after COVID

Updated: 5 days ago

KSL City Mall

Many people go to KSL City Mall for shopping, movies and dining, and will usually stay inside the shopping mall. Those who are willing to wander out of the mall will be rewarded with cheap and good local food.

Here is a list of great eating places around KSL City that we frequent. But first, go down to the basement level of KSL City and find the exit near to Lotus's supermarket. All the eating places out there are within 200 metres from KSL City Mall. You can use the map at the end of this post to find their locations.

Note that operating hours and off-days of the food outlets are for reference only — they may not keep to their schedules sometime — especially after long school holidays and public holidays that fall on their off-days.

1. Yong He Kuey Teow Soup (永和粿條)

Yong He Kuey Teow Soup

Yong He's kuey teow (white flat noodle) soup comes with wide variety of fresh ingredients. There is a slice of abalone, a prawn, an abalone clam, several big oysters, slices of pig's liver, fish balls, minced pork, slices of lean pork and veggies. Wow! was my reaction on the first visit. I had ordered the medium-size noodle soup without expecting so many ingredients. Yong He serves dry noodle (without soup) version too.

Opening Hours: 7am to 4pm daily

2. Yit Foh Wanton Noodle (益和云吞面)

Yit Foh Wanton noodle

Just next door to Yong He, Restoran Yit Foh serves traditional wanton (meat dumplings) noodle. The roasted pork is nicely done with mostly lean meat and their homemade egg noodle does not stick together. Needless to say, the meat dumplings are really fresh too. For side dish, order their fried crispy wantons and eat with spicy chili.

Opening Hours: 7am to 1am | Wed: 7am to 10pm | Closed on Thursday

3. Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh (顺顺兴肉骨茶)

Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh

Soon Soon Heng's bak kut teh (pork ribs soup) is popular among Singaporeans and locals. The outlet is right opposite KSL City's basement exit. The uniqueness with their bak kut teh is they allow adding of other ingredients (charged separately) to be boiled with the pork ribs soup. Do tell them you want pork ribs only if you don't want the fat belly meat.

Also, being boiled in clay pots with big fire, the soup tends to over-evaporate sometimes and become salty, do ask to add some hot water if necessary. In the past, bak kut teh was eaten with self-serving hot Chinese tea, so diners would add hot water themselves. But as time changed, the practice of having Chinese tea with bak kut teh is dying out and few know that hot water should be added when need to.

Opening Hours: 9am to 8pm daily

4. Restoran AL-Rahmat Roti Canai / Prata

Restoran AL-Rahmat roti prata

There are times when I crave for roti prata (or roti canai in Malaysia), I will hunt around for an Indian-Muslim outlet that makes the prata after ordering. I prefer freshly-made pratas instead of those pre-prepared ones waiting in glass shelves. At Restoran AL-Rahmat, they made the pratas after I ordered. I like the curry gravy too, which is not fish curry.

Opening Hours: Daily

5. Ipoh Fried Kuey Teow in Restoran Sing Li

Restoran Sing Li Ipoh Fried Kway Teow

Right beside KSL City, inside the coffee shop named Restoran Sing Li (信利美食中心), is this stall selling Ipoh Fried Kuey Teow. The flat noodle is fried with prawns, eggs and bean sprouts in a large wok, which gives the fried noodle a wok smell (characteristics of Ipoh fried noodle) and not oily.

Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm (*not fixed)

6. Ah Hua Kuey Teow (亚华粿條)

Ah Hua Kueh Teow noodle soup

Ah Hua Kuey Teow is one outlet that sells pork noodle soup during the day and clay pot chicken rice at night.

Similar to Yong He's noodle soup, Ah Hua Kueh Teow's noodle soup is very much the same except for the ingredients used. While Yong He's ingredients include seafood, Ah Hua has wider varieties of pig offal and minced meat and a piece of abalone. For those who are not so keen on having seafood (slightly higher price), can go for Ah Hua's pork noodle soup.

Opening Hours: 8am to 3pm | Closed on Wednesday

7. Xing Ji Noodles (兴记)

Located in Kedai Makanan Dan Minuman Choy Kee (财记茶餐室) is this noodle stall that sells a number of noodle dishes such as wanton noodle, laksa, chicken feet noodle, etc. The stall is called Xing Ji (translated from the Chinese characters "兴记"). I went there specially for its chicken feet noodle after noticing quite a large number of diners eating it.

Does the chicken feet noodle looks good? It tastes even better. The sauce are skillfully prepared too — not too sweet, not too salty, which suits me perfectly.

Opening Hours: Daily

8. Restoran Hao Bi (好比鸭王药材烧腊)

Restoran Hao Bi is easily distinguishable for selling roasted duck due to the two big ducks on its signboard. Hao Bi is famed for its herbal duck although other variants are also available for those who don't like the strong herbal flavour.

Roasted duck

I like the strong herbal fragrance and taste on the tender duck meat which shows that they are generous with the herbs. The heavy sauce goes well with plain rice too.

Opening Hours: 9:30am to 8pm daily

9. Tian Xiang Yong Peng (Homemade) Fish Ball Noodle (天香永平手工鱼丸面)

Along the same row of shophouses as Yong He Kuey Teow Soup and Yit Foh Wanton Noodle, Tiang Xiang Fish Ball is located several units away. Their signature item is their homemade fish balls, which are made with Pacific saury (秋刀鱼).

You can order any types of noodle, soup or dry or with laksa, and the main ingredient will always be their fish balls. There may be other ingredients too depending on what you ordered. The fresh fish balls are firm and spongy. You can also buy raw fish balls and take home to cook.

Tian Xiang Fish Ball

Opening Hours: 7:30am to 5pm | Closed on Monday

10. Geylang Lor 9 Fresh Frog Porridge (Night time only)

Along the same stretch of shop houses as Restoran Sing Li, there are two restaurants selling frog porridge. Both are opened for business around evening time. We tried the frog porridge from Restoran Geylang Lor 9 (芽笼九巷).

Geylang Lor 9 Frog Porridge

We tried both the spicy kung pao version (cooked with dried chilies) and spring onion version in two clay pots and also a fried frog legs with garlic. The frog meat are tender and also spicy from the dried chilies. And usually eaten with porridge. Apart from dinner, it's a hot favourite for supper too!

Opening Hours: 4pm to 4am daily

11. Ming Ang Confectionery (明安特产专卖店)

If you like pastries, especially wife biscuits that are not too sweet, try Ming Ang. They have heong piah (malt-filling fragrance pastry) and char siew buns (roasted chicken buns), egg tarts and chicken puffs too.

Ming Ang Pastry

I always go to Ming Ang for their char siew buns and wife biscuits. All are freshly baked and usually sold out by afternoon. You can always look through the glass windows to see if they are baking the next batches.

Opening Hours: 7am to 9pm daily


More Eating Places

There are more eating places in Taman Sri Tebrau (or Pelangi, Dai Mah Garden, Sentosa) — just 600m from KSL City Mall. There is also a night market outside KSL City Mall on Monday nights, don't miss it.

Read: What to Eat in Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Bahru (新山大马花园) after COVID

Read: What to Eat around KSL City Mall, Johor Bahru — The Night Market

Note: Those marked in "blue" open for business at night only.

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