In the nooks and crannies of Batu Pahat lies several eateries that serve a variety of mouth-watering dishes, ranging from local rice and noodles to western desserts. Planning to explore Batu Pahat food during the coming holidays? Running out of ideas for a decent dine-in? Fret not, as we’ve got you covered! Here are the 6 food that you must try in Batu Pahat, Johor.
6 Batu Pahat Food Recommended by Locals:
1. Warung Mee Racun
Don’t be fooled by its creepy name! Drawing inspiration from spaghetti, this restaurant is known to sell localized, Malaysian versions of the Italian dish, a very promising innovation indeed!
As suggested by the name of the restaurant, their signature dish is the irresistible Mee Racun. It consists of noodles soaked in a thick tomato-based sauce, which is braised along with various greens, tofu, and potatoes. The highlight of the dish is definitely the large beef bone that is placed on top of the noodles—good news for fellow bone marrow lovers!
Here’s a tip: pimp the dish with some fried mushrooms—they go so well with the savoury and spicy sauce of Mee Racun! Not to forget their tender and juicy satays that pamper your taste buds. Be sure to drop by for their creative noodle dishes!
2. Han Kee Cake & Café
This restaurant is the perfect fusion of a Chinese coffee shop and a western bakery. Need to grab breakfast and prepare take-outs or desserts? Visiting Han Kee Cake & Cafe helps you to kill two birds with one stone!
To cater the loyal customers of coffee shops, this restaurant serves the typical half-boiled eggs and roti bakar, the crispy toast that sandwiches melting butter and kaya jam. Not to mention the varieties of Malaysian coffee drinks, such as Kopi O (black coffee with sugar), Teh C (tea with evaporated milk), Neslo (a combination of Nescafe and milo), and so on, all of which form the perfect match with roti bakar.
If you’re wondering what makes this restaurant stand out among the other coffee shops, it has to be their signature omelette and otak-otak (fishcake) sandwich. The fishcakes are first grilled with various spices before combining with the beaten eggs that are fried in bubbling butter. The two are then sandwiched by the soft bread with toasted and crispy outer layers, what a creative dish!
After a satisfying breakfast, don’t forget to grab some loaves and desserts from their bakery section. They bake pastries, Swiss rolls, layered cakes, steamed cakes, cream puffs, and buns with a broad array of flavours. Not to forget their delicious Ang Ku Kuih, which is a kind of Chinese pastry that has sweet fillings wrapped by a sticky outer layer made of rice flour.
3. WIWI Chicken Rice
Many agree that this place serves the best Hainanese Chicken Rice in town. Pair your fragrant, seasoned rice with either fried chicken chop, roasted chicken, or boiled chicken. Don’t forget to dip your chicken in their homemade chilli sauce for that extra spice and heat! Their meat options are not limited to chicken—they also serve barbecued pork (char siew) submerged in a sweet and savoury sauce, as well as the crunchy and juicy roasted pork belly (siew yok).
When we assume that they merely sell seasoned rice topped with chicken and pork like many other chicken rice shops, WIWI Chicken Rice proves us wrong with their diverse vegetable and egg dishes. Fresh coles, bean sprouts, braised eggs, braised dried beans, salad, and fried tofu are some of the sides you can order. Fellow chicken rice lovers, do check out some delicious chicken rice in Kuala Lumpur!
4. Ah See Wan Tan Mee
When we think of Wan Tan Mee, an image naturally comes to mind: tiny dumplings and yellow noodles soaked either in clear soup or brownish, soy-based sauce. However, Ah See Wan Tan Mee is yet another restaurant that surprises us—they serve Wan Tan Mee with chilli or tomato-based sauces.
Some 60 years ago, Ah See started the family business by setting up a roadside stall. Following Ah See’s recipes, the family have been making their noodles and sauces ever since. Due to the widely celebrated and delicious noodles, their business grew and they moved their stall to a shop lot. Recently, they have started an online business selling their instant Wan Tan Mee and frozen dumplings. Do visit their Facebook page to place an order! Despite there being noodles-making machines, Ah See’s family insisted on producing handmade noodles, as they possess the springiness that no machines can imitate.
Besides dumplings, their noodles are also served along with tender barbecued pork (char siew) and some vegetables. Having tried the chilli and tomato Wan Tan Mee, don’t miss out on the original flavour that highlights the fragrant egg flavours and springiness of their homemade noodles. Wondering where else to get delicious Wan Tan Mee? Check out some of the best Wan Tan Mee in Puchong!
5. Swee Kee Tonic Soups
If you’re looking for a healthy meal or dessert, Swee Kee Tonic Soups will never let you down. Don’t be too fast to judge the flavour of their tonic soups! While tonic soups are generally bitter, Swee Kee challenges the stereotype by serving sweet and refreshing soups that are equally healthy. Since 1978, their homemade recipes for delicious tonic soups have been passed down for 3 generations.
To serve tasty and healthy soups, they stew all the tonic soups for at least 3 hours using high-quality herbs, such as ginseng, polygonatum, codonopsis, wolfberry, and licorice. Some of their signature tonic soups include black-bone chicken, kampung chicken, spareribs, and Sichuan duck. Enjoy their soups with either steamed rice or yam rice for a fulfilling meal. Served in ceramic cups and bowls, your soup and rice will be kept warm throughout your meal.
6. Soon Lai Kway Chap Restaurant
Kway Chap is a Teo Chew delicacy that consists of flat noodles and pork soaked in a savoury broth. Braised with fragrant herbs, tender pork’s offals and meat, Soon Lai’s soy-based broth is definitely worth trying. Not to forget their silky flat noodles that are made of rice flour and topped with generous fried shallots for that extra aroma.
A piece of good news for offals lovers, this restaurant serves a variety of pork offals, including pork blood, intestines, lungs, and cheeks. Not a fan of pork’s offals? Don’t worry! They also offer non-offals dishes such as chicken feet, braised tofu, braised eggs, fu chuk (bean curd sheet), and fish cakes.
There you have the 6 foods that you must try in Batu Pahat, Johor. Can’t wait to have some Batu Pahat food? Me too!