Best Koay Teow Soup in Johor Bahru (JB)

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Kuey Teow is widely acclaimed by Malaysians as an everyday staple. Char Kuey Teow may receive much of the limelight but you just can’t afford to miss a steaming bowl of Kuey Teow Soup, especially during a perfect cold weather. It may look seemingly humble but holds nothing back to charm your taste buds. Silky smooth noodles are ladled with an ambrosial broth which is made from prawn, fish or pork base after hours of simmering, then meatballs and blanched greens are generously thrown onto the pristine bed. There are a dime and a dozen "KTS" stalls in Johor Bahru and you’re likely to bump into run-of-the-mill ones. To put a full stop to such scenarios, we have consolidated the finest offerings that are impossible to go wrong. Happy slurping!

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    Ah Hua Kway Teow

    Charcoal burger? Way to common these days. Charcoal apom? Seen that, done that! Okay, how about Kuey Teow Soup boiled over a charcoal stove? For decades, that’s how this humble stall has been doing it and the crowd absolutely loves it!  The main draw here is the pork bone soup which is light, clear and mildly sweet and most importantly, not oily. It’s then garnished with meatballs, minced pork and handful of greens. For those who are a little adventurous, jazz up the noodles with their pork liver, kidney, and abalone which are fresh and full of flavours. Each mouthful lends a smoky overtone and the hodgepodge of toppings works wonders. Not a soup person? The dry version does not disappoint. 

    Tips

    Look for a giant duck along Jalan Segget, it’s just two shops away from it

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd during morning hours

    Best with

    Chopped chillies

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM16.00

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    Ah Hua Kway Teow View restaurant

    26, Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
    07:30AM—02:30PM
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    Yong Hwa Kway Teow @ Taman Perling

    If variety is your jam, then this well-known restaurant is tailor-made for you. Upon entering, your hunger is instantly multiplied looking at a sumptuous spread of fresh ingredients laid on a bed of ice cubes. Get ready to pace back and forth, wanting them all, from plump prawns to fish cakes, abalone to handmade pork ball and many more, you just can’t get enough. Once you’ve selected your toppings and type of noodle (yellow and vermicelli are also available), it’s drenched with a lip-smacking clear soup which is infused with pork bone and seafood. The piping hot bowl might get you a little balmy, leave the worry aside as there is an air conditioned section. 

    Tips

    Add fragrant chilli sauce and dark sauce

    Things to expect

    Spacious eatery with never-ending choices

    Best with

    Tea

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Yong Hwa Kway Teow @ Taman Perling View restaurant

    493, Jalan Persisiran Perling 1, Taman Perling, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 81200, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    07:30AM—05:00PM
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    Restoran Tua Thow

    Spanning over 30 years, this unassuming restaurant is one of the most revered Koey Teow Soup joints in town. Despite the never-ending crowd, stall owner Madam Tan consummately churns out impeccable bowls that win you over. If you’re a seafood advocate, you’ll never be dissatisfied. The standout here is fresh sea bass chunks which work well with fish balls, pork liver and pork balls. The broth is simmered with fish and pork bone and has a kiss of sweetness that encourages you to polish the bowl clean. 

    Tips

    Located next to a Shell petrol station and across Jalan Tun Abdul Razak from Larkin Fire Station

    Things to expect

    Humble and busy restaurant

    Best with

    Tea

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Jalan Tun Abdul Razak (Susur 4), Taman Bakti, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
    08:00AM—02:00PM
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    Kue Teow Meng @ Taman Melodies

    Standing strong in the Koey Teow Soup scene for more than 30 years, this stall has been a popular choice among the locals, therefore, expect a beeline during peak hours. You can’t go wrong when stocks are stored in huge drums loaded with pork bones. The basic bowl comes with silky noodles, thin slices of pork and a bowl of soup with liver slices. Settling for the basic? How could you when fresh oysters, fish, pork kidneys, abalone and other mouthwatering ingredients are lined up to titivate your bowl. It does sound like there’s a lot going on but taste-wise its top-notch. 

    Tips

    Get in a little early or be prepared to wait

    Things to expect

    Bustling food court

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Kue Teow Meng @ Taman Melodies View restaurant

    104, Jalan Meranti, Taman Melodies, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80250 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    07:30AM—03:30PM
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    This old-school eatery is one of the oldest restaurants in town and hailed as the birthplace of Kuey Teow Soup obsession for many locals. Walking into the restaurant certainly feels like stepping back in time. Under the stewardship of an elderly man who prepares the dish with zeal and pride, expect never-ending queue during peak hours. The answer for such loyalty lies in their fresh handmade fish ball which is bouncy and sweet as well as their shrimp based soup that kicks in subtle shrimp flavours. Similar to the ambiance, it’s a simple combination of ingredients that feeds your soul and stomach together. 

    Tips

    Opt for additional topping, especially the fish balls. Their dry version is amazing too

    Things to expect

    Rustic and communal ambiance

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

    Kedai Makanan Sang Heng View restaurant

    7 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
    07:00AM—01:00PM
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    Xiao Lee Kuey Teow

    This humble restaurant has managed to capture the hearts and stomachs of the locals for over 40 years. The main selling point here is their shark balls, a traditional Teochew dish that delivers on all account. Sinking your teeth into the moreish morsels just burst with pleasant aroma and depth of fishy flavours. The doneness of the kuey teow is moist, either you opt for the dry version which is made with lard, shallot oil, and fish sauce or settle for the best seller, pork bone infused soup, you’re in for a tasty time. The pork liver, lard, kidney and fresh oysters round up a heart-warming meal. 

    Tips

    Closed every last Tuesday of the month

    Things to expect

    Humble and laid-back ambiance

    Best with

    Pork Brains

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM15.00

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    Xiao Lee Kuey Teow View restaurant

    Kedai Makan Hup Seang, 57, Jalan Kuning, 80400, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Every day
    06:30AM—02:00PM
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    Lao Tee Kue Teow

    One of the oldest names in town where clienteles flock to for a quick Kuey Teow Soup fix. This no-frills eatery is filled to the brim during breakfast and lunch hours, patrons wolfing down both dry and soup version of the famous dish. The bowl is chockfull with silky smooth noodles, bean sprouts, fish and pork balls then showered with an aromatic soup that shackles onto your tongue. The meatballs are made fresh daily, which results in the desired firmness on the outside and subtle fishy flavour on the inside. Sold! 

    Tips

    Mee pok is not to be missed and the minced pork is made from lean meat

    Things to expect

    Unassuming restaurant with bustling crowd during peak hours

    Best with

    Light soy sauce, black vinegar and chili.

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM15.00

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    Lao Tee Kue Teow View restaurant

    263, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80150, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    0127702673

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    09:00AM—02:00PM
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    Lau Di Teochew Kway Teow Soup

    There is always a predilection towards family-run business that guards their heirloom recipes with pride and ensures never a dip in quality. Ranked as a senior player in the Kuey Teow Soup scene, the grandfather of the current owner, Lau Di, started this business before the Japanese Occupation of 1942. What sets them apart is most of the ingredients are made from scratch daily – fish balls, cloudy soup, and even egg noodles. The broth is slurp-worthy as it kicks in a savoury prawn aftertaste and their minced pork is made with lean meat. If you’re a fan of pork lard, opt for their dry version which is tossed with soy and chilli base sauce and generously loaded with pork lard crackles that bursts with tons of flavours. Praise the lard! 

    Tips

    At the same row of shop lots with Bierhaus at Taman Sentosa. If you need extra soup, it's RM1 per bowl

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd

    Best with

    Extra lard

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM30.00

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    Lau Di Teochew Kway Teow Soup View restaurant

    Plaza Sentosa, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80150, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    09:00AM—02:00PM
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    Hong Yee Kopitiam

    Housed in Hong Yee Kopitiam, this feted stall is under the stewardship of a chef that has numerous years of experience up his sleeves, and he spent a couple of years in Taipei, demonstrating how to cook local delights on a Taiwanese TV show. This might perk up a big expectation on his kuey teow soup and it downright rocks your socks off. The broth is astutely made with dried sole fish, soybean, pork trotter and bones – sounds a little quirky but it’s quite a hit once it lands on your palate. Toppings-wise, leatherjacket fish, fish balls, shellfish chunks, lean pork slices, liver slices, plump prawn and handful of lettuce just keeps your eyes peeled. And the best news of all, it’s only RM8, speaking of value for money, you couldn’t ask for a better one. 

    Tips

    Fish head bee hoon is equally good

    Things to expect

    Sea of hungry patrons during peak hours

    Best with

    Homemade chili sambal

    Price

    RM8.00 to RM15.00

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    Hong Yee Kopitiam View restaurant

    2-6, Jalan Harmonium 10, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 81100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Closed Now
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:30AM—02:00PM
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