Best Fried Fish in Johor Bahru (JB)

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Sliced to blocks, fillets or the whole portion itself, who doesn’t love their fish to be hurdled out from piping hot oil with a crispy outer layer and pleasantly flaky core? Blessed with a multicultural mashup, varieties do not only come from fish breeds yet the subtle preparation from each cuisine. Served on a banana leaf along coconut rice and sambal, masala-infused fish cubes, crowned atop noodles or just fried to perfection on its own, it’s all here in Johor Bahru. Your notion about this staple dish is about to change, for good. 

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    Seng Steam Fish Restaurant

    Planted in a serene spot amidst Taman Sri Tebrau, this well-known eatery has fish lovers go bananas. Despite steamed fish clings onto the name of the restaurant, the real deal here is their deep-fried boneless fish. Oh yeah, you read that right, just dig in straight away, the fish is totally unarmed. The drool-inducing fish swims in the hot oil till a crispy crust is formed then liberally showered with Thai-style sauce, mayonnaise, a drizzle of soy sauce and chopped spring onions sprinkle. It certainly rounds up a rhapsody of flavours, sweet, tangy and spicy at every mouthful. 

    Tips

    Steamed fish worth devouring too

    Things to expect

    Bustling ambiance

    Best with

    Local drinks

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Seng Steam Fish Restaurant View restaurant

    120, Malaysia, 100, Jalan Keris, Taman Sri Tebrau , 80050, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    07:30AM—03:00PM
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    Restoran Muthu

    This humble restaurant has been the best bet to satiate banana leaf rice with a reasonable price-tag. Once the huge verdant leaf is graced up with colourful sides, white rice and curries, you’ll constantly see crimson-red morsels accompanying the meal. Say hello to their boneless fish which is marinated with rich spices then fried to a firm outer layer. Spear the bite-sized cubes with the mildest touch to unveil the moist flesh within. Best massaged with rice and curry, or delved on its own. 

    Tips

    Do ask for rasam

    Things to expect

    Authentic banana leaf rice

    Best with

    Teh tarik

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    118, Jalan Trus, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072214113

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    Every day
    07:30AM—11:45PM
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    Restoran RahmatHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Slices and fillets are worthy yet nothing erupts an ecstasy like a whole deep-fried sea bass. For one that is highly vaunted by the locals and never requires to break the bank, make your way to Restaurant Rahmat. With a sea-shanty-like dining space that overlooks the clear and calm ocean, it just tows an old-school ambiance that encourages a little respite from all hustle of life. Simplicity is the name of the game here and it sure shines. The fish has a satisfyingly crispy exterior guarding the tender and moist flesh beneath that kicks in a little brininess which is easily neutralised by the addictive sambal that tags along. Other seafood delights are worth to be devoured too, you just need a few like-minded buddies.

    Tips

    Patience is virtue, especially during lunch hours

    Things to expect

    An nostalgic atmosphere with brimming locals

    Best with

    Sizzling sambal

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Restoran Rahmat View restaurant

    3, Jalan Pantai, 81700, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072711770

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    10:30AM—03:30PM
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    Famous Dart Noodle House

    Fish is utterly versatile and has that oomph to take any dish to a whole new level, especially the fish head noodles, a stellar meal in Johor Bahru. This renowned restaurant has been a magnet for those who crave a hearty bowl of noodles drenched in a broth that is infused with evaporated milk and topped with shriveled golden-brown fillets as well as a sprinkle of herbs. The fillet is firm, flaky and downright enhances the flavour in the bowl. 

    Tips

    Nyonya Laksa is another stellar on the menu

    Things to expect

    Unique take on fish noodles

    Best with

    Local Drinks

    Price

    RM7.80 to RM15.00

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    Fei Biao Noodle House View restaurant

    87, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    0127650459

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    08:00AM—02:00AM
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    Asam Pedas BotakHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    This humble establishment has set a flagship as the best Asam Pedas in town which is justified by the never-ending crowd. It’s one of those dishes that make a cold or rainy day much-loved. Conversely their deep-fried threadfin fish has been a pull for punters too. Biting into the delicate fish gives you that audible crunch followed by lumps of flesh that retains the natural goodness of the fish. As it’s easy on the wallet, stacking up a few of this delicious latter won’t do harm. 

    Tips

    Otak-otak is a must have here

    Things to expect

    One of the best asam pedas in Johor Bahru

    Best with

    Local drinks

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM20.00

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    145, Jalan Lumba Kuda, 80300, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    06:00AM—04:00PM
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    Simple Nasi Lemak

    Nasi Lemak is a staple brekkie meal of Malaysians but we just yearn for it around the clock, especially during late nights. However this isn’t a real issue for those in Johor Bahru as this notable nasi lemak joint has been chock-full till supper for more than 10 years. The word simple only applies for the ambiance as well as the combinations but definitely not for the flavours. With various sides contending to be a part of their coconut rice and spicy sambal combo, the fried fish is among the fastest to run out. It’s deep-fried to perfection and never greasy, you could just wolf down the whole fish together with the bones like a bulldozer. 

    Tips

    Assorted sides that are equally worthy a try

    Things to expect

    Hangout spot for night owls

    Best with

    Local drinks

    Price

    RM2.00 to RM10.00

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    Simple Nasi Lemak View restaurant

    Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, Taman Abad, 80300 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    05:00PM—02:00AM
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