Best Char Siew in Johor Bahru (JB)

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Char Siew or also known as “Pork Roast” is among the most reputable Cantonese dishes that wins your heart at the very first sight and bite. Commonly found festooning behind glass mirrors of Chinese restaurants, the alluring mahogany cue gives it a magnetic appeal. The boneless pork is enrobed with a blend of honey, five-spice powder, and dark soy sauce, and then roasted at indirect heat, giving it the desired caramelised layer. Rummaging for the finest in Johor Bahru? Just hop on the list below to fork up some delectable roasted pork. 

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    Chang ManNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Oh so glorious Char Siew. This barbequed goodness served with fragrant rice and chili is certainly a compulsory entry on your list. The juicy cuts of meat are laden with a thick and sweet sauce that gives your mouth an explosion of sweet and savoury flavours. A dish so balanced with its texture and flavour deserves your immediate attention. 

    Tips

    There’s also an air-conditioned area.

    Things to expect

    Hot and fresh dim sum.

    Best with

    Carrot Cake, Char Siew, Lau Sar Pau

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM10.00

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    Restaurant Changman View restaurant

    24G, Jalan Bestari 5/2, Taman Nusa Bestari, 81200, Skudai, Johor
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    0167651190

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    Hong Kong Street Restaurant

    This huge ochre coloured restaurant is renowned for their boastful array of meats as well as other comfort dishes. Their char siew pork guarantees a jaw workout till you’re chock-full, as it's downright delicious. With little burst speckles that just bursts with flavours, enveloping meat that is tender for all ages to devour, it’s an exemplary. Dabble in their spicy sauce and pair the glistening pieces with their pearl rice. The cube-like version has the right proportion of crispy skin, fatty sheet and lean meat. 

    Tips

    Parking can be scarce during peak hours

    Things to expect

    Authentic Chinese dishes

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM8.50 to RM20.00

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    Hong Kong Street Restaurant View restaurant

    74, Jalan Indah 8/15, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072326590

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    09:00AM—10:00PM
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    Meng Meng Roasted Duck Non halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    As per the name, their roasted duck usually steals the limelight, however, their roasted pork is not to be missed. The char siew has a crackling crust on the outside and tender on the inside, with a tinge of sweetness from the honey. Another version is a little plump, with a thick layer of fat sandwiched between the meat and crisp skin, equally commendable. Massage those gorgeous morsels with steamed white rice, drenched with rich soy sauce, the perfect combo.  

    Tips

    Opt for the mixed platter to satiate all the meaty goodness

    Things to expect

    Chock-full during peak hours

    Best with

    Tea

    Price

    RM7.00 to RM20.00

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    Meng Meng Roasted Duck @ Taman Mount Austin View restaurant

    15, Jalan Austin Heights 3, Taman Mount Austin, 81100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    073598322

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    11:00AM—09:30PM
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    Restoran Ya WangNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    This humble restaurant has settled as a comfort food pit stop for patrons, especially during lunch hours. The full-of-life meaty section is armed with an arsenal of roasted duck, chicken and char siew, brimming with rich mahogany colour, that tingles your taste buds straight away. Crisp-skinned with charred goodness scattered across, the tender pork is expertly roasted, oozing with smoky flavours at each mouthful and the soy sauce drizzled above isn’t overpowering. Give a break to rice, opt for their Wan Tan noodles to act as a bouncy bed for the impeccable morsels. 

    Tips

    Never miss their signature Ten Wonder Herbs Roast Duck

    Things to expect

    Full of life atmosphere during lunch hours

    Best with

    Tea

    Price

    RM7.50 to RM20.00

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    Restoran Ya Wang View restaurant

    28, Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072248624

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    08:00AM—06:00PM
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    Restoran You KeeNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Habitually bustling with guzzlers, this restaurant is fairly a carnivore’s dream come true. It’s easily spotted with two gigantic earthen urns, where their signature Tonic Soup is kept, makes a notable part of the façade. Their BBQ crystal char siew is worth the calories and waiting time, with crispy skin on the outside and be full of juices and flavour inside. A sprinkle of sesame seeds adds a delightful nibble and its best paired with a mound of rice, a combination which is hard to resist. 

    Tips

    Opt for their meat platter to devour all their signature meats

    Things to expect

    Charming ambiance

    Best with

    Tonic Soup

    Price

    RM8.00 to RM30.00

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    Restoran You Kee XO View restaurant

    93, Jalan Pendekar 2, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, 81300, Skudai, Johor
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    075543879

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Wan Tan Mee 金山樓雲吞面

    This is not your ordinary Wan Tan Mee eatery, where Char Siew seems to be a part of the meal. This humble and no frills restaurant’s char siew is most sainted among the locals and it never fails to amaze your palate. The blissfully roasted meat hits the sweet spot between juicy, savoury and crunchy, offering a mouthful a flavour that leaves you wanting more. It’s usually layered on a nest of ethereal noodles imbued with dark soy sauce and sprinkled with chopped spring onions. Slurp up the bowl clean. 

    Tips

    Match your platter with their dumplings

    Things to expect

    One of the best char siews ever

    Best with

    Juices or Local drinks

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM15.00

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    Wan Tan Mee 金山樓雲吞面 View restaurant

    Taman Impian Emas, 81300, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    09:00AM—08:00PM
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    Kang Bee Hong

    This commodious eatery is well-regarded as one of the finest space to quell your craving for roasted duck and pork. You can choose your succulent pork slivers to be paired with rice, wan tan mee or all own its own. The meat is suffused with tons of flavours and the caramalised coating on the outside complements the tender meat beneath. Bargain seekers, you’ll leave grinning from ear to ear, and wouldn’t hesitate for another platter. Dip in their homemade chili concoction for a dose of heat. 

    Tips

    Roasted duck is not to be missed

    Things to expect

    Comfy space which fills up during lunch hours

    Best with

    Chinese Tea

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM15.00

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    Kang Bee Hong View restaurant

    129, Jalan Bestari 1/5 Taman Nusa Bestari,, 81300, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    0166612929

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    09:00AM—06:00PM
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    Meng Meng

    Glazed to perfection are some of the words used to describe the Char Siew here at Meng Meng. Apart from their Roasted Duck, their sweet and savoury barbequed meat is also a favourite choice here, especially when served with rice and various dishes. Each bite reveals a crackling exterior which implodes into a tender, juicy, and utmost succulent meat. Now, this is what Char Siew should be like. 

    Tips

    Located on the second floor.

    Things to expect

    A mix of stir fry dishes and delicious set meals.

    Best with

    Fish Head Curry

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM30.00

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    Meng Meng View restaurant

    Level 2, KSL City Mall, 3, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072882888

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    10:30AM—10:00PM
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    11:00AM—10:00PM
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    Seng Kee Chicken Rice (JB)Non halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Sweet and soft. These two words are best used to describe the char siew here in Seng Kee Chicken Rice, Damansara Uptown. The char siew is well-balanced between lean meat and fats, that leaves you with a taste of satisfaction. It is not over-burned, and the taste of the fat layers linger in your mouth, so if you're someone who just can't get enough of char siew with fat layers, this is definitely the place for you. You can also dip it in their ginger paste and chili sauce for a more unique taste.

    Tips

    Try their homemade boiled soup

    Things to expect

    Sweet and soft char siew

    Best with

    Fragrant rice and Iced Chinese Tea

    Price

    RM8.00 to RM20.00

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    Seng Kee Chicken Rice View restaurant

    14, Jalan SS 21/58, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, 47400, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    0127029998

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    10:00AM—09:30PM
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    09:00AM—09:30PM
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