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!

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Don’t forget to eat while you’re in town – so read on for the ultimate guide to halal food in JB!

1. Kacang Pool Haji (Muslim-owned)

No visit to JB (or Johor Bahru, as called by the locals) is complete without a stop at the legendary Kacang Pool Haji stall! Kacang pool is a type of broad beans staple from the Middle East – boiled until it becomes soft and mushy. It’s then mixed with some spices, which gives it a major flavour upgrade 😍


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The variant here also adds in minced meat with it, and topped off with a sunny-side up. Don’t forget to get a slice of thick toast to complement your bowl of kacang pool – mainly to dip and wipe up all the goodness from the bowl!


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The place opens from breakfast until late into the evening – so no worries in getting your fix of kacang pool anytime of the day!

Address: 12, Jalan Sabar, Taman Dato Onn, 80350 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 7AM – 11PM
Price(s): RM5 – RM10
Contact: +60 17-741 6843 | Facebook

2. Roti Canai Bukit Chagar (Muslim-owned)

Never has the phrase “the early bird catches the worm” rings truer to a place. Get up early to get your breakfast fix at one of JB’s best roti canai spot!


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You know the roti canai served here is good when they start their business at 6:30AM and can finish serving the crowd by 10AM! Soft, fluffy and airy on the inside; crispy with a nice touch of slight charring on the outside 😋 The place serves the perfect roti canai to power up your day.


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Have it however you like – some like it sweet with some sugar and condensed milk; while others go with the dhal. Either way you can’t go wrong as the roti canai is prepared fresh right when you order!

Address: Jalan Tengku Azizah, Bukit Chagar, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 6:30 – 11AM
Price(s): RM5 – RM10
Contact: +60 12-799 8909

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3. Selera Senibong Seafood (Muslim Owned)

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!


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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!


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With a fun and casual atmosphere, it is also a place to bring along your family and friends for a good night of eating!

Address: Lot 1055, Kg. Senibong, Jalan Persiaran Senibong, 81750, Mukim Plentong, Johor, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Masai, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Opens daily. Sunday 4PM – 12AM, Monday – Saturday 4PM – 2AM
Price(s): RM25 – RM100 (dishes are sold by weight, and including preparation charges)
Contact: +60 12-755 7327

4. It Roo Café (Halal-certified)

Claiming to serve one of the best chicken chop in town, It Roo never fails to deliver on this claim!


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Drop by this restaurant to experience authentic Hainanese chicken chop. They serve two versions of it – grilled and deep-fried. Either way, you’ll be served a good portion of chunky and juicy chicken thigh, drizzled generously with either black pepper or mushroom sauce.


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There’s also a side serving of crunchy potato wedges and coleslaw to go with every plate!

Address: 17, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hours: Opens daily, 12 – 9:30PM
Price(s): RM10-RM30
Contact: 07-222 7780

5. Restoran Hua Mui (Halal-certified)

Can’t get enough of chicken chop? Head down to Restoran Hua Mui to have a second serving of it!


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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.


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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 😌

Address: 131, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Opens daily, 8:30AM – 6PM
Price(s): RM10-RM30
Contact: +60 11-3505 8916

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6. Chaiwalla & Co. (Muslim-owned)

Being one of Malaysia’s first container café, Chaiwalla & Co is a definite stop if you’re a caffeine addict! Bringing the open-air concept café to Malaysia, the setup is an enjoyable place to sit back and relax with a cup of their finest tea.


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Get your fix of their highly-acclaimed Thai Milk Tea. Rich black tea with almost equal portion of milk – it’s almost as good as the original! Otherwise you can opt for some of their signature blends, or try out one of the unique teas such as the saffron and rose flavoured milk tea. Don’t forget to add the pearl jellies!


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Address: 36, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday: 9:30AM – 1AM, Monday to Friday: 9:30AM – 10:30PM
Price(s): RM 7 – RM 20
Contact: +60 12-735 3572 | Website

7. Salahuddin Bakery (Muslim-owned)

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!


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Come early if you want a good slice of the daily action. Most of their fresh breads, 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.


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#HHWT Tip: Drop by early as some of their crowd favourites can be sold out by 11AM!

Address: 26, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 9:30AM – 5:30PM. Closed on Fridays.
Price(s): RM 3 – RM 20
Contact: +60 12-766 8380

8. Kai Xuan Halal Chinese Restaurant (Halal-certified)

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!


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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!


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#HHWT Tip: During the Chinese New Year, the place also has some seasonal offerings outside of their usual fare!

 


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Address: The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru, Level B1, Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30AM – 2:30PM; 6PM – 10PM.
Price(s): RM 10 (for a serving of dumping) – RM 150
Contact: +607-219 9999 | Facebook

9. Restoran ZZ Sup Tulang (Muslim-owned)

Rich, thick and flavourful.. That is precisely what the soup served at Restoran ZZ Sup Tulang is all about! 😋

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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!


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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)!

Address: 20, Jalan Petri 5/1, Kampung Bahru, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 7AM – 3PM. Closed on Friday.
Price(s): RM7 – RM25
Contact: +60 7-224 0417

10. Roslin Beriani House (Muslim-owned)

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 this side of town.


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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.


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They’ll also serve every plate of briyani with a side f pajeri nenas (pineapple curry), acar buah (pickled fruits) and some crunchy papadoms.

Address: 14, Jalan Rebana, Taman Perbadanan Islam, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Opens daily, 8AM – 6:30PM (Closed on Saturdays)
Price(s): RM10-RM15
Contact: +60 7-331 3310 | Facebook

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11. Makan Kitchen @ Hilton Johor Bahru (Halal-certified)

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!


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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.


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Oh, and don’t forget to leave some space for the amazing desserts as well!


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#HHWT Tip: Drop by on Fridays for their seafood specials!

Address: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru, Menara Landmark, 12, Jalan Ngee Heng, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 6:30AM – 10PM.
Price(s): RM 20 – RM 50 (ala carte), RM90 – RM150 (buffet)
Contact: +60 7-268 6868 | Website | Facebook

12. Anisofea Asam Pedas Johor Asli (Muslim-owned)

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!


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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!


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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!

Address: 68 B & 68 G, Jln Kempas Utama 3/1, Taman Kempas Utama, 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 9AM – 9PM.
Price(s): RM 5 – RM20
Contact: +60 12-717 3477 | Facebook

13. Warung Saga (Muslim-owned)

You can’t go wrong when you start your day with a comforting plate of nasi lemaklontong or soto ayam! Head over the Warung Saga to have your daily fix of any of these delicacies.


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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!


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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.


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#HHWT Tip: To get your hands on a bowl of their signature lontong kering, head down early as they can be sold out by 11AM!

Address: No. 5, Jalan Mahamoodiah, Johor, 80100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Opening hours: 6:30AM – midnight, closed on Fridays
Price(s): RM 5 – RM20
Contact: +60 12-782 9427 | Facebook

14. Tapah Corner (Muslim-owned)

Another amazing breakfast spot to kick-start your day, Tapah Corner has a wide range of breakfast dishes for you to feast on!


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Swing by and enjoy their famed nasi lemak and paru goreng berempah (nasi lemak and fried offal with spices). The nasi lemak is the usual fare, soft fluffy white rice with a nice dash of sweet and spicy sambal; but the paru goreng berempah is where it’s at! Fried to perfection with lots of spices, yet super tender, you’ll be coming back for more 😉


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For the uninitiated, they still serve the usual fare of roti canai and mee rebus for breakfast. Hop on down to start your day right!

Address: 1, Jalan Ketam, Taman Suria, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 7AM – 2PM
Price(s): RM 5 – RM20
Contact: +60 19-728 1395

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!

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