Wednesday, 7 March 2012

I Love Kluang, Johor

Kluang is located right in the centre of Malaysian state of Johor. It is about 110 km north of Johor Bahru.   We headed straight for Tangkak Beef when we reached Kluang Railway Station on Wednesday, 22 February 2012.

For RM6.00 a bowl, this was really an unforgettable value-for-money experience.

The cooking was excellent, be it kway-teow with beef, stomach and omasum ( our order in the morning ) or kway-teow with beef and tendon ( my second try-out in the afternoon when the train was delayed ).   My wife had kway-teow with beef and beef-balls in the afternoon, and she had reservation about ordering the beef-balls again - it was not extraordinary.   We also felt that the afternoon's experience was not as good as our initial try-out in the morning.   It was near closing time, and the servings were not piping hot to rid the soup of the meaty smell.

Hygiene and house-keeping appeared to be comparable to Singapore's.

Ample parking spaces outside Tangkak Beef.   

Opposite Tangkak Beef was the popular Chop Foo Chow Dim-sum House, No. 2 Jalan Duku 86000 Kluang, Johor (Tel: 07-771 2328).

We realised from the owner that Chop Foo Chow was the wholesaler for buns sold at No. 35, Jalan Badik 1, Taman Sri Tebrau 80050 Johor Bahru, previously owned by Chop Foo Chow.    We once tried its biggest bun on sale for RM3.50 each, and it was good value-for-money.
The buns are also on sale at No. 28, Jalan Kundang 1, Taman Bukit Pasai, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor (Tel: 07-431 5551).

Parkson Departmental Store at Kluang Parade was within walking distance from Chop Foo Chow ( Less than 5 mins ).   Parkson was officially opened on August 17, 2008.   Kluang Parade was opened in February 2007.   Giant Hypermarket is located at the basement.

Rather quiet for a shopping centre and hypermarket during lunch-time ( About 12.30 pm ).

Many of such food and drink 'joints' were found along the many side lanes branching off the road leading to Tangkak Beef.   A food paradise of sorts at night.   This is Jalan Pisang.

Jalan Pisang connects Jalan Langsat ( Tangkak Beef ) to Jalan Omar, the road that leads to Church of St Louis from the Kluang Railway Station.

This corner shop at Kluang Bahru, Kluang Lim (previously Hoover Restaurant) was bustling with customers when we passed by at about 3.30 pm.   At closer look, we realised that it had a good spread of peranakan kuih, popiah ( spring roll ), onde onde, goreng pisang ( deep-fried bananas ), etc.   Its Hainanese chicken rice is known to be very popular.

Che Luan Khor Temple at Jalan Jelutong and Chong Hwa High School in the background of above picture.

Che Luan Khor Temple shared the same religious devotions as Chee Hwan Kog Chinese Temple at 67 Anchorvale Link, Singapore.

This is another branch of the popular Kluang Rail Cafe at Kluang Railway Station.   We saw another branch at Rail Hotel, 20 & 21 Jalan Tasik, Pusat Perniagaan Tasik ( Lake Business Centre ).   Rail Hotel is owned by the operator of Kluang Rail Cafe.

Public Transport Centre for coaches, buses and taxis in the background.   The white building next to the transport centre is Plaza BCB which is linked to Prime City Hotel.

Public Transport Centre at the rear of Parkson, Kluang Parade.

Some operators provide coach service up to Golden Mile Complex, Beach Road ( Singapore ).

Food stalls opposite the transport operators' counters, within the Public Transport Centre ( Level 2 ).

Comfortable ride on Orkid Express for RM8.50 to Larkin Bus Terminal ( About 1 hr 35 mins ).

Read St Louis Church at Kluang.