Batu Pahat, Johor
Being at mid 20s, where I starts to leave hometown for tertiary education at Penang Malaysia followed by my first job at Singapore, nothing beats the excitement of visiting my hometown Batu Pahat especially after the pandemic outbreak.
Batu Pahat aka Bandar Penggaram is the second largest city in Johor after Johor Bahru BUT we have the most temples in Johor (350 Taoist temples)😆. In fact we have bus after bus of Singaporean visit BP on weekend to visit these temples before the pandemic strikes. There’s one that stands out which is the Chong Long Gong Temple. Interestingly prayers are not looking for Buddha statue but fish instead! People usually pay a visit and touch the fortune Araipama fish hoping they could strike TOTO!
There is a famous saying that goes ‘Don’t fight your hometown food with Penangites and Johorean’. We really take pride in our hometown food.
For me, BP is all about food and most of them were hide in the main street which full of old buildings with significant historical background.
Below are the some foods that i would strongly recommend you to try on and i guarantee you will come back for them in the future!
Nasi Briyani Power
18, Jalan Tukas 2, Taman Soga, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor.
- Briyani Gam is their signature dish that you would not want to miss! Visit early cos their Briyani Gam selling out very fast. The tenderness of the meat, the nuts and raisins in the Gam rice as well as the dhal curry… Ooh their standard never drop even during pandemic! How do i know? I just had one in the afternoon!
Ah See Wantan Mee (Non-Halal)
2, Jalan Jenang, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor
- Dont ever tell people you visited BP if you never had one plate of Ah See Wantan Mee before. The combination of house made egg noodle and the wantons with savoury pork fillings are unbeatable combination! This 71 year old shop has started to expand this business by selling frozen noodle and wanton! You can easily order from Shopee if you would love to give it a try.
Pak O Cendol
65-A, Jalan Rugayah, Kampung Pegawai, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor.
House made ‘cendol’ which made by mung bean flour + Santan which made by fresh coconut milk and Indonesia imported ‘gula melaka’ + sweet red bean and corn + shaved ice are the main component of what making a bown of nice cendol.
And the list goes on and on…
If you are a food lover and love to have a short escape from your hectic day-to-day routine in concrete jungle, you should have a 2-3 day visit to Batu Pahat!