[Updated 25 Mar 2022]
Johor Bahru – the southernmost urban sprawl in Malaysia, and only a stone’s throw away from Singapore. A vibrant city filled with a variety of attractions, shopping hotspots and a little bit of history. But in between all these, lies an amazing food scene catering to almost every level of taste buds! So, if you're planning that trip to Johor Bahru soon, make sure to check out this list for the best halal food in Johor Bahru!
Muslim-Friendly Eateries In Johor Bahru
1. Ads Corner
If you've been craving for something sweet, Ads Corner's
signature “Teh Tarik Madu Kaw” (honey ice tea) is just the thing you're looking for! Using powdered milk mixed with honey, the foam overflows from the glass and you can take a bite of the yummy foam. The flavours range from bandung to green tea, so you can savour all your favourite drinks with an even sweeter twist.
But don't just stop at their drinks! This stall is not just popular for their drinks but also their unique food. Nasi Kak Wok hails from Kelantan but if you’re not willing to go that far, this is the best place to try it. The dish is made of chicken fried to perfection, curry and rice – a popular dish in Kelantan! Check out how perfectly fried the chicken is.
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2. Selera Senibong Seafood
Located slightly out of town and right across the straits from Singapore (with a seafront view to boast!) lies Anjung Senibong Seafood Village. It is a cluster of seafood restaurants located together, serving up some of the best catches to eager seafood lovers. Amongst them is the Selera Senibong Seafood restaurant!
Choose from a selection of fresh fish, prawns and squid; then decide on how you'd like for it to be cooked. Dishes range from the usual seafood fare such as butter prawns, steamed fish and sotong goreng tepung
(fried squid with batter – almost like a “squid tempura!); right up to local favourites like chilli crab! With a fun and casual atmosphere, it is also a place to bring along your family and friends for a good night of eating!
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3. Restoran Hua Mui
Hua Mui not only serves excellent chicken chop (we'll let your taste buds do the judging!) but it also opens early for breakfast, with kaya butter toast being the crowd favourite. But the main draw to Restoran Hua Mui is with their jeli susu
(milk jelly)! It’s a simple dessert, with only evaporated milk poured over a cup of jelly. The jelly is soft to the tongue and simply melts in your mouth! A great dessert to end a great meal.
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4. Salahuddin Bakery
Step back in time for a visit to one of the more historical shops in Johor! Salahuddin Bakery has been in operation for almost 75+ years and is still going strong with its daily offerings of freshly baked bread. Still keeping with their age-old tradition of baking bread with a charcoal oven, the bread is soft and fluffy and is a hit with the locals!
Come early if you want a good slice of the daily action. Most of their fresh bread, buns and puffs are available early in the morning and can be sold out by noon. After that, you may still get some leftovers (if you’re lucky!), otherwise, an assortment of biscuits is available.
Drop by early as some of their crowd favourites can be sold out by 11AM!
5. Restoran ZZ Sup Tulang
Rich, thick and flavourful... That is precisely what the soup served at Restoran ZZ Sup Tulang is all about! ? Head on over to enjoy a good serving of sup tulang
(chunky pieces of bones with some flesh to it); both big in taste and portion! The mutton-based soup is cooked with different herbs and spices to both flavour it and reduce the strong mutton smell. There are a few variations to how you can enjoy it – from adding additional meat and tulang
(bones) to mixing it all up with some noodles and fresh green chillies! If you're still feeling hungry, try out the kerang bakar
(grilled cockles) and otak-otak
(grilled fish paste mixed with flour and spices, wrapped in banana leaf)!
6. Roslin Beriani House
Nothing is more synonymous to the Johor food scene than the famous nasi briyani gam!
If you’re in JB, drop by Roslin Beriani House for one of the best briyani
dishes in this side of town.
Expect long grains of fluffy basmati rice, cooked to perfection with a rich medley of spices and herbs, which gives off an amazing scent! Topped with generous amounts of meat, the briyani gam
served at Roslin’s is amongst the best in Johor. They’ll also serve every plate of briyani
with a side of pajeri nenas
(pineapple curry), acar buah
(pickled fruits) and some crunchy papadoms.Halal status:
7. Makan Kitchen @ Hilton Johor Bahru
Boasting an amazing array of food, from Malay, Indian, Chinese to Peranakan cuisine, the buffet spread at Makan Kitchen is a food lover’s heaven! The place has an open kitchen concept, so even though it’s a buffet, you’re able to see the chefs prepping your meal. It’s a rare sight to see fresh naan bread being baked in the tandoor, and the crispy roasted chicken being sliced up before being served. Oh, and don’t forget to leave some space for the amazing desserts as well!
Ingredients used from halal sources. Do note that alcohol is served on the premises, we recommend that you dine at your own discretion.
8. Anisofea Asam Pedas Johor AsliCredit: Restoran Anisofea Asam Pedas Johor Asli on Facebook
The south of Malaysia is always synonymous with its asam pedas;
a hot and spicy stew, with a hint of lemongrass and mostly served with seafood offerings. When in JB, there is no excuse to not try out the local version of the asam pedas
! At Anisofea, the dish is served in a claypot bowl, allowing it to retain its heat. With the dish still boiling hot when it reaches your table, be assured that you'll get the freshest servings here! There are a variety of fish and fish cuts (tail, head, flesh) to go with your bowl of asam pedas
, so choose to your liking!
9. Warung Saga
You can’t go wrong when you start your day with a comforting plate of nasi lemak
or soto ayam
! Head over the Warung Saga to have your daily fix of any of these delicacies. It's a simple restaurant in terms of its ambience and set-up. However, don’t be fooled by its simplicity – they still serve amazing food here! The place retains the authentic kampong
feel, which further complements its amazing and delicious local cuisine! When you're here, you HAVE to try their signature dish, lontong kering!
It’s a twist on the local favourite (lontong
) but without the gravy.
To get your hands on a bowl of their signature lontong kering,
head down early as they can be sold out by 11AM!
10. Hiap Joo Bakery
No trip to JB would be complete without paying a visit to Hiap Joo Bakery! Opened since 1919, this is one of the oldest and traditional bakeries in the city. Anyone who's been to Hiap Joo will tell you not to miss their signature banana cake. This cake has just the perfect moisture and the taste isn't too sweet as well. If you love banana cakes, this is definitely one not to miss!
Other than the banana cake, another highly recommended item is their coconut bun. This freshly baked bun has grated coconut fillings with palm sugar and you'll definitely want more after tasting it! Amidst all the hipster cafes and makan places around, Hiap Joo stands out as a gem. It is probably one of the only bakeries which still uses a wood-fired oven to bake their buns and bread. It is very affordable as well with prices starting from RM4.
11. Molten Chocolate Cafe
This chocolate cafe's menu is perfect
for treating yourself to something sweet ? With everything on offer from crepes and waffles to a fondue tower, Molten Chocolate's Aeon Mall branch has our sweet tooth feeling excited! For a mid-week snack, pick up a plate of churros and try out their chocolate dip. Their sizzling plate comes loaded with decadent chocolate, a chewy brownie, and even a scoop of your favourite ice cream!
12. Kai Xuan Halal Chinese RestaurantNote: We are currently unable to confirm whether the restaurant is open for dine-in.
Nothing means more than eating out together with your best friends and family. If you’re looking for a place to have a huge family gathering while feasting on the good halal food JB has to offer, look no further than Kai Xuan Halal Chinese Restaurant! This eatery dishes out excellent, authentic Chinese cuisine, ranging from Cantonese and Sichuan. While you’re at it, don’t forget to order the dim sum too.
13. Leva Leur Cafe & TradingCredit: @ohfoodyhuin on Instagram
For a different seafood experience that you won't get enough of, head on over to Leva Leur Cafe & Trading. Imagine this: a row of slipper lobsters, baby crabs, prawns, squid, mussels and other seafood each cooked in your sauce/s of choice with mounds of rice lining the sides. There are no plates or utensil as you and your party dig right into the feast with your bare hands. Yup, that’s right! This restaurant offers one of the popular food trend of “shell out”!
Unlike other shell out restaurants, Leva Leur cooks each seafood type in a different sauce so your experience is varied. Nevertheless, it is all going to be mouth-watering and nothing beats eating with your hands for that communal dining experience!
The next time you’re planning a trip to JB, take a quick look at the amazing halal places around town, and impress your out-of-town friends with your knowledge of good food! Bring them around, starting with breakfast and finishing up with supper; from simple warungs
right up to grand buffets – there’s surely something for everyone!