Best Apam Balik in Johor Bahru (JB)

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It’s no secret that Malaysians love to nibble toothsome treats at any time of the day, be it long rides or grumpy jams, by the streets or bustling markets or just when your appetite teases around. Tailored to satiate at any situation is Apam Balik, literally translated as “Turnover Pancake,” a local favourite that is simple, straight-forward and wallet-friendly. The griddled pancakes are shrouded with peanut granules, a wad of creamy corn and sprinkle of sugar, oozing with a nutty and creamy ride at every mouthful. Prowling for the finest in Johor Bahru, here you go. 

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    Meldrum Walk Night Market

    This hidden alley is truly a gastronomy pilgrimage for locals, a depiction of the bustling street food scene in Johor Bahru. Walking through the alley sandwiched between tables occupied by voracious eaters and stretch of mouthwatering stalls, definitely hits you with unrelenting hunger pang. For a quick nibble to cherry-pick your main meal, stack up some classic Apam Balik. The fluffy batter with a tinge of crispy edges is liberally smeared with peanut particles and creamy corn, you might change your mind to skip other meals and binge this poofy pillows till the end. 

    Tips

    Get in early during weekend

    Things to expect

    Myriad of Local delights

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM0.50 to RM2.50

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    Meldrum Walk View restaurant

    23, Jalan Meldrum, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    05:00PM—12:00AM
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    Juragan Apam BalikHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Taste buds yearning to look beyond nuts and corn, then make your way to this stretched blue hut, which is constantly spotted with patrons making a beeline. How about adding pulut hitam and chocolate onto the bed of peanuts and corns? It’s an ambrosial marriage of texture and taste, perching atop the spongy pancake hedged with crispy notes. A little greasy and best-devoured piping hot, it’s impossible to stop with one or two, armload dozens to accompany you on the couch. 

    Tips

    Try all their flavour profiles

    Things to expect

    Crowded during peak hours

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM0.50 to RM3.00

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    Juragan Apam Balik View restaurant

    1, Jalan Kunang-kunang, Taman Desa Permai, Kangkar Pulai, 81110 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    0197020220

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    Fadir Mohd Yusof Apam Balik

    Nestled amidst a crowd-bustling food court, this stall is go-to for those craving for Apam Balik which is thick, spongy and sandwiched with rich flavours. They are never skimp on the grounded peanuts and sugar, as each bite just seeps the luscious filling out. Before served, the desirably bouncy pancake is smeared with margarine to enhance a little greasy touch. 

    Tips

    You can opt without margarine too

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd

    Best with

    Local drinks

    Price

    RM0.50 to RM2.50

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    Fadir Mohd Yusof Apam Balik View restaurant

    Larkin Stall No. MS21, Larkin Sentral, No. 5, Jalan Garuda, Larkin Jaya, 80350, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Mr Yaw Min Chiang Kueh @ Nam Wee Coffee ShopHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Houses in a quaint coffee shop, this little stall has never seen a dip in quality and fame since it started in the year 2005. Mr. Yaw, an amiable mid-aged man who has more than 40 years of experience up his sleeves has been churning out Apam Baliks that are second to none. What grabs your attention is the way the batter is whipped back and forth between two mugs before taking a dive into the sizzling griddles, this is dough tarik before your eyes. The regular versions are worthy yet the ultra-thin version takes the cake, plus it’s only made upon request. The crispy pancake scatters and crackles with a bountiful punch of peanuts, creamy corn and glaze of margarine. 

    Tips

    Grab as many as possible

    Things to expect

    Humble stall with delicious pancakes

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM0.50 to RM2.50

    Nam Wee Coffee Shop View restaurant

    junction of Jalan Abu Bakar and Jalan Soga, 80100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    0127598687

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    12:00PM—04:30PM
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    Taman Pelangi Apam BalikHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Tucked at the heart of Taman Pelangi, this inevitable stall is habitually swapped with patrons, in a quest to chomp down their homespun versions of Apam Balik. Despite the raining orders, the owner works at lickety-split yet ensures consistency is taste and texture of the pancake which snuggly wraps the handful of peanut spread and creamy corn. 

    Tips

    Not so comfortable with greasy ones, just exclude margarine

    Things to expect

    Humble stall

    Best with

    Local drinks

    Price

    RM0.50 to RM2.50

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    Taman Pelangi Apam Balik View restaurant

    Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, 80400 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    03:00PM—08:00PM
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