Best Lontong in Johor Bahru (JB)

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Lontong is among the most sought-after local delicacies in Malaysia, and Johor Bahru is known to be the best place to get your cravings fixed. It’s widely raved as a comfort meal, especially during breakfast hours. Despite the humble appearance, the rice cakes aren’t a piece a cake to make. Traditionally, they are wrapped in a banana leaf in a cylinder form and boiled for a couple of hours, giving it a mild green tint once done. Conversely, today there are cylindrical aluminium tubes being used as substitutes for leafs. Commonly sliced into bite-sized morsels, it's best consumed with gravies, lashes of spicy concoctions and assorted condiments. There are ubiquitous eateries offering this authentic dish yet for optimal gratification, we have curated the finest for you.  

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    Warong Makan Terasa

    A good lontong can masquerade any sort of rice dish and complement never-ending sides. And this modest stall truly epitomes the statement. Both the wet and dry choice is worth devouring the till the last drop of sambal and curry. Be sure of taking the flavours up a notch with their fried chicken which is served piping hot. 

    Tips

    Assorted kuihs not to be missed

    Things to expect

    Simple ambiance with plenty of stalls

    Best with

    Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Warong Makan Terasa View restaurant

    Jalan Persiaran Teratai, Taman Johor, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 81200, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Warung SagaHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Warung Saga needs no introduction in Johor Bahru, its been boasting as one of the best spots to savour authentic Malay cuisine for numerous decades. Devoid a signboard but it’s easily identified with series of portraits of Malaysian artists and dignitaries blanketing the rustic walls. Among the dishes that have gained devotion from the patrons are the lontong kering which is served with a delicious peanut sauce. Perk up the rice cakes with curried vegetables, fried tofu, egg, sambal and chicken of your choice – fried and curry versions are equally worth polishing till bone clean. If you look for a more simple combination, the rice chunks and satay has amassed a strong following too.

    Tips

    Specify your chicken part while ordering

    Things to expect

    Full-of-life atmosphere

    Best with

    Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Warung Saga View restaurant

    No. 5, Jalan Mahamoodiah, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, 80100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    +60127829427

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    07:00AM—12:00AM
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    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    06:00AM—04:20PM
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    Selasih

    Housed in Persada Johor, Selasih is widely cherished for offering Malay-style dishes in an upscale backdrop. Being one-of-a-kind, it’s been garnering ample of large functions and celebrations. The kitchen renders an excellent version of both dry and wet lontong and it’s served in a generous portion. The best seller, the soupy bowl is loaded with dices of rich cakes and ladled with savoury gravy infused with coconut milk and assorted vegetables, a dollop of sambal and spicy serunding. The attentive hospitality and reasonable price tag are other winning points. 

    Tips

    Call for reservations

    Things to expect

    They also serve a portion of Western goodness

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM20.00

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    Selasih View restaurant

    240, Jalan Dato Dalam, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80730, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072199999

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    06:30AM—10:30PM
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    Pondok SantapanHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Serving up crowd-pleasing local grub like Mee Rebus, Nasi Lemak, Char Keoy Teow and Lontong, there is no excuse you can’t dine like a King for breakfast at Pondok Santapan. After meticulously boiled for hours with banana leaves, the rice cakes come in greenish shades and subtle aroma. Before you stick your fork it, dress it up with vegetable curry and hard-boiled egg or lashes of spicy sambal and sides of your choice. It's one hefty meal to fill you up till lunch or even longer.

    Tips

    Mee Rebus is not to be missed too

    Things to expect

    Humble and tranquil atmosphere

    Best with

    Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Pondok Santapan View restaurant

    Jalan Puyuh, off Jalan Rajawali, Larkin, 80350 Johor Bahru, 80350, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Warong Pokok CeriPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Shrouded with clusters of huge cherry trees, this humble joint is rather a hidden gem but it never fails to take centre stage during lunch hours. Upon entering, be greeted by a massive and impressive spread of freshly made dishes, especially their Nasi Kerabu. Nevertheless, their lontong is a dish that deserves an outstanding merit. Seemingly humble but the flavours are guaranteed to blow your mind away. If you’re not into meat, they serve one of the best fish dish in town – grilled kembong fish which is enrobed with subtle curry spices and deftly done over a charcoal fire. 

    Tips

    Get in a little early to avoid the perpetual queue

    Things to expect

    Huge crowd but the tables clear out quite fast

    Best with

    Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Warong Pokok Ceri View restaurant

    23, Jalan Inche Besar Zubaidah, Kampung Mahmoddiah, 80100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    07:30AM—02:30PM
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    Warung Sebelah Rumah MBHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    This unassuming eatery is worth your time to drop by and sample range of local delicacies that are easy on the wallet. Lontong here is a standout; it has the perfect texture - springy and creamy and complements the wide range of condiments. The real deal here is tarting up your plate with their deep-fried tempeh, chicken, deep-fried lungs and thick chilli sambal that rounds up an all-around sumptuous meal. Other than the obvious runner, their nasi lemak, and fried noodles are worth devouring too. 

    Tips

    The nasi lemak and lontong run out fast

    Things to expect

    Unassuming ambiance which full of life as soon as 7am

    Best with

    Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM10.00

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    Warung Sebelah Rumah MB View restaurant

    2442, Jalan Abdul Rahman Andak 2, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    07:00AM—11:00AM
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    Warung Mahmoodiah

    Just a stone’s throw away from Warung Saga, this kampong-like restaurant is where locals gather over hearty and tasty breakfast. Don’t miss their lontong, among the frontrunner that runs out quickly. The rice cubes are liberally doused with curried vegetables, serunding (fried spicy grated coconut pulp), a dollop of spicy sambal and nutty satay sauce, offering layers of flavour and texture. You can also opt for a hard-boiled egg for additional flavour. 

    Tips

    Located behind the Johor Bahru Hokkien Association and there is plenty of parking space

    Things to expect

    Tranquil and laid-back ambiance

    Best with

    Mee Soto

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Warung Mahmoodiah View restaurant

    4A, Jalan Mahmoodiah, Kampung Mahmoddiah, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    06:00AM—12:00PM
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    Medan Selera Hutan BandarHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Be amazed by an endless string of bustling stalls that are highly rated by the locals. Among the star attraction that has magnetised a loyal following is stall no.13 or Fatimah Nasi Campur, who has been dishing out lontong that are nothing short of delicious. Be spoilt for choices as a range of drool-worthy dishes and curries clamour to coat up the rice cakes. Their signature dish is beef rendang (traditional beef gravy) and fried beef lung, the best bet to enhance the mild flavours of the lontong which is dense and chewy texture-wise. Nestled amidst lush greenery, what greater joy than dining a fascinating dish while ogling gentle sways of trees and being blown the fresh breeze of air.  

    Tips

    Be a little generous with spicy chilli sambal, it's very good!

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd during lunch hours

    Best with

    Fried Tofu and Tempeh

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Medan Selera Hutan Bandar View restaurant

    Jalan Tasek Utara, Kolam Ayer,, 80100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    06:00AM—07:00PM
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    Onn's KitchenHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    This hidden gem has turned into a daily obsession for many and their Roti Canai widely takes the blame for it. For those who have managed to look beyond the doughy delight, they can never deny their lontong is an absolute bomb. Offering the best of both worlds, the snowy cubes can either be drenched with yellowish gravy or splashed with chilli concoctions then paired with a slew of addictive condiments. 

    Tips

    Lontong runs out quite fast, get in early

    Things to expect

    Quick service and laid-back ambiance

    Best with

    Roti Canai

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Onn’s Kitchen View restaurant

    29A, Jalan Tarom, Johor Bahru, 80100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    07:00AM—12:00PM
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    Restoran ZZ Sup TulangHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    If you’re a nature’s advocate and authentic Malay food devotee, this renowned restaurant is sure to be a pilgrim for you. As per the name, the celebrity on the menu is their sup tulang (bone marrow soup) but veering out for their lontong will never disappoint. The sheer deliciousness of the pillowy goodness and lip-smacking gravy as well as sambal surely stands out as a solid contender for the best seller on the menu. And why to settle for meats when you can enjoy your rice cakes with gargantuan pieces of lamb shanks that are enriched with gamey goodness. 

    Tips

    Mee Rebus is not to be missed

    Things to expect

    Oasis of tranquility

    Best with

    Coconut juice

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Restoran ZZ Sup Tulang View restaurant

    Jalan Petri 5/1 (Petri Road), 80100 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    01:00PM—03:00PM
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    07:00PM—11:00PM
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    Warung Sebulong CornerHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Frequented by hungry bellies during the early hours, Warung Sebulong Corner is habitually teeming with patrons chomping down abundance of local delights. Among the most ordered dish is their lontong, boiled couple of hours with banana leaf, leaving a greenish hue on the outer layer of the rice cubes. Do yourself a favour, never be skimp on the spicy and nutty sambal which is to die for and the dish is best paired with fried lungs – an insanely delicious combination that leaves you wanting more. 

    Tips

    Get in a little early to avoid the hassle

    Things to expect

    Unassuming joint

    Best with

    Nasi Lemak

    Price

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    Warung Sebulong Corner View restaurant

    2, Jalan Sebulong, Stulang Bahru, , 81100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    0127639561

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    07:00AM—12:00PM
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    Sesatay Sefamily

    There are plenty ways to enjoy lontong and what you’re seeing above is a masterpiece. Visually reminiscing carrot cake or better known as char koay kak, you might presume if it’s prepared the same way, and you’re never wrong! These spongy rice cubes are adroitly stir-fried with egg, prawns and sauce then sprinkled with a handful of chopped herbs. And be sure of sliding few skewers of meaty goodness because satays and rice cakes are always a match made in heaven. Double the indulgence. 

    Tips

    Mee Rebus is widely praised top

    Things to expect

    Humble ambiance and rather a hangout spot for locals

    Best with

    Satays!

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    Sesatay Sefamily View restaurant

    13A, Jalan Saudara, Kampung Melayu Majidee, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 81100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    073313518

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    05:00PM—10:00PM
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    Warung Mak Leha

    Regarded as one of the most sought-after food courts is Johor Bahru as it’s all about spoiling yourself with a myriad of mouthwatering local delicacies where lontong is among the major draw. Bringing this authentic dish to a whole new level, the rice chunks are fried with bean sprouts, eggs, sauce and meat smatterings then garnished with a sprinkle of chopped spring onions. 

    Tips

    They also cook for large orders for take aways

    Things to expect

    Unassuming ambiance with plenty of food choices

    Best with

    Mee Rebus

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Warung Mak Leha View restaurant

    Jalan Merbau, 80990 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 81000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    08:00AM—06:00PM
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    Warong Mak Pah, MajidiHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    You know those rice cakes that you usually get as an appetizer and you dip them in peanut sauce and sambal, resulting in one of the many savoury treats we Malaysians are proud of today? Well now you can eat it in your very own way! With countless of dishes to choose from to go along with a plate of rice cakes at Warong Mak Pah, Majidi!

    Tips

    Difficult to get a parking, and very difficult to spot.

    Things to expect

    Great food for a small price.

    Best with

    It's hot hot hot, so order a cold drink!

    Price

    RM6.00

    Warong Mak Pah, Majidi View restaurant

    21, Jalan Bunga Ros, Kampung Dato Sulaiman Menteri, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor
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    014-2707040

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    06:00AM—12:30PM
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