A couple of months ago, I was sent a new book (click to enlarge) by my friend Tony Johor Kaki! He runs a really great blog and I first found him from his instant noodle reviews. Now he’s written a book – Fine Dining With Johor Kaki: 100 Must-Try Johor’s Heritage & Street Food. Its a really neat presentation of some of southern peninsular Malaysia’s great foods and where to find them. Here are some words about it from the author:
The 150 page full colour book featuring 100 street hawkers and heritage food in Johor Bahru took one year to produce with the generous support of UMLand and MAGistrate. UMLand sponsored the printing costs and MAGistrate provided the artwork, design, Chinese translation and editorial support.
The 100 street hawkers were curated over a four year period. Over this period, I personally tasted the food at over 1500 stalls and eateries throughout Johor. Many of the stalls are recommended by Johor readers, others are gleaned from Johor foodie community discussions, and the rest are my own stumble upons when I walked the streets and alleys of Johor. I am grateful for all the tips and leads from Johoreans which made this book possible.
Neat maps and graphics can be found throughout (click to enlarge), showing you where to go!
Here are a couple different places to go (click to enlarge). Great images and info and even QR codes you can scan at the bottom for the locations! This book does one thing for me – it makes me yearn for the amazing food of Malaysia. Thank you very much for sending me a copy and congratulations – you’ve created a seriously in-depth compendium of great food!
Today seemed like a good day for as fancy Japanese bowl of noodles.
Here’s what was on the bottom of the bowl…
Here’s what was on the side of the bowl! Click to enlarge.
One single packet – I somehow expected multiple packets.
A lot of interesting stuff in the packet.
Click image to enlarge. I thought it’d be good in a regular bowl. I added two fried eggs, some Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning, some Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger), some fried shallot and a little ham. Wow – this is good stuff! Shoyu is soy sauce, by the way. The noodles are pretty decent. The broth is nice and tasty – lots of flavor. The veggies were very ample and enjoyable. I loved it! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars! UPC barcode 4979397770017 .
How to make shoyu ramen
I don’t like anything to be floating around me in the tub.
So my friend Todd hooked me up with this stuff – thanks man! Haven’t seen this one before, so let’s give it a try.
What a standard single packet of domestic made ramen noodle soup seasoning! This should be interesting enough I think; usually I see hot flavored packets of flavoring out of Korea and Thailand but really not so much out of the USA.
Dark red and angry! Wasn’t expecting that… Was very nice to look at the packet ingredients and see chili as the second one! Impressive…
Click image to enlarge. The finished product. Added a couple hard boiled eggs, some Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning and a little Amanfopong chili powder. Was reasonably ‘hot & spicy’ flavored for a domestic product. It kind of ended there though – would’ve been nice if it had maybe more of a veg flavor too. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.
So here’s another Rhee Bros. Assi Brand Wellbeing noodle pack comin’ atcha.
I really like how these noodles look – very neat and tidy, as is the flavor packet.
Awaiting boiling water and a record on top.
Added two fried eggs as this was breakfast and also threw a pinch of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning atop the eggs for a little flavor but mostly aesthetics.
Noodles are good – there’s a decent kick of spiciness going on that is absorbed by them. The broth is quite spicy hot, and the small amount of vegetables aren’t too bad. I really would’ve liked more veggies though. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.