Muar Food Trip: 9 Scrumptious Local Delicacies You Must Try

The royal town of Johor – Muar, is blessed with plenty of amazing attractions and magnificent natural wonders. Not only that, this town is also flooded with variations of scrumptious local delicacies.

Some of these flavourful dishes might seem like a common dish in Malaysia, yet each features distinctive and unique characteristics. Simply said, Muar’s signature local delicacies offer different tastes and experiences from other parts of Johor.

For your next food-hunt in Muar, indulge yourself with these mouth-watering and finger-licking dishes!



Mee Bandung Muar

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Originated from this very town, mee bandung is truly a must-try local delight in Muar. Rich with thick prawn flavour, this dish is a unique blend of ingredients that has a mild spicy taste. The combination of shrimps, cuttlefish, and beef results in this thick, savoury gravy. A little overpowering taste lingers in your taste buds – will make you want for more.

Restoran Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah
Address: Jalan Abdullah, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
Contact: +6012-264 2720
Opening Hours:
Saturday – Thursday: 7.00 am – 4.00 pm
Closed on Friday



Otak Otak

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A signature dish of Muar, otak otak is a must-have every time you come to Muar. It is made only with seafood, such as mackerel fish, squid, and prawn. Mixed with spices, otak otak is wrapped thoroughly in coconut leaves. Later at the restaurant or food stall, it is grilled with traditional charcoal, which makes the aroma of coconut leaves diffuses into the otak otak. Yummy!

Otak-otak Cheng Boi
Address: No 28-4, Jalan Bentayan, Taman Sri Emas, 84000 Muar, Johor
Contact: +6016-644 9119
Opening Hours:
Thursday – Tuesday: 8.00 am – 6.00 pm
Wednesday: 8.00 am – 12.00 pm




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Fun fact – Muar laksa is renowned as one of the Top 50 Best Laksa dishes in Malaysia! For laksa enthusiasts, you should not miss this chance to give it a try. Simmered and cooked for 3 hours, the laksa broth is harmoniously fused with many spices and flavourful ingredients. A bowl of laksa contains a generous amount of side dishes such as fish cakes, dried tofu, bean sprout, and fried onions.

Bakri Laksa
Address: 307-4, Jalan Bakri, Simpang Empat, 84000 Muar, Johor
Contact: +606-951 7024
Opening Hours:
Wednesday – Monday: 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Closed on Tuesday



Prawn Noodle

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Muar prawn noodle is a famous local street food that you must have whenever you come to the town. Cheap yet delectable, you can fill your tummy with a large plate of noodles at a reasonable price. This dish is loaded with a generous amount of prawns and slices of meat.

Ah Niu Hokkien Noodles
Address: 43, Jalan Hashim, Taman Sri Emas, 84000 Muar, Johor
Contact: +6012-687 7725
Opening Hours: Daily, 12.00 pm – 11.00 pm



Asam Pedas Parit Jawa

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A fishing village in Muar, Parit Jawa is renowned for its tantalizing asam pedas. Even though it is a common dish in Malaysia, Muar-style asam pedas has a distinctive and unique taste. It is because the sambal chili and asam gravy give more asam (sour) taste rather than pedas (spicy) flavour.

Restoran Chun Hui
Address: Lorong Cempaka 5, Parit Jawa, 84150 Parit Jawa, Johor
Contact: +6019-632 0555
Opening Hours: Daily, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm



Muar Soup

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Unlike a typical soup, Muar-style soup is rich with robust, thick gravy soup. It gives off a slightly herbal smell to remove any unpleasant taste of raw meat. Apart from that, this dish is also loaded with juicy, tender beef or mutton, depending on your preference. Pair it with toasted bread or a plate of rice – certainly going to exceed your expectation!

Muar Soup House
Address: 47, Jalan Sisi, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
Contact: +6016-665 5786
Opening Hours: Daily, 12.00 pm – 12.00 am



Hainan Chicken Curry Rice

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Hainanese chicken rice and chicken chop are common dishes in Malaysia. But have you ever heard about Hainan chicken curry rice? Unlike any ordinary curry, this curry rice is not too spicy or greasy. Instead, it gives of fragrant aroma which makes it irresistible. The chicken is tender, with flooding curry gravy on a hot plate of rice.

Kedai Kopi Lu San
Address: 20, Jalan Haji Abu, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
Contact: +6016-612 3963
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 am – 3.00 pm




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Rojak is a common Malaysian dish that can be found anywhere. Yet, the best rojak is right here in Muar! What makes it special is the vegetarian rojak doesn’t contain any shrimp paste. This enticing dish is the perfect combination of pineapple, cucumber, water spinach, bean sprout and crushed peanut, mixed with homemade sauce.

Rojak Sungai Abong
Address: Jalan Sungai Abong, Taman Sungai Abong, 84000 Muar, Johor
Contact: +6016-604 5978
Opening Hours:
Friday – Wednesday: 11.30 am – 5.30 pm
Closed on Thursday



Chwee Kueh

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A popular Teochew dish in Muar, chwee kueh is a soft, fluffy steamed rice cake topped with salty and crunchy preserved radish. Chwee kueh is perfect for breakfast or even as a snack. This conventional traditional breakfast is always the local’s favourite, so make sure to grab it early!

Ah Teck Chwee Kueh
Address: Jalan Yahya, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
Contact: +6018-974 4850
Opening Hours: Daily, 7.00 am – 11.00 am



There you go; a complete list of enticing local delicacies, worth to make Muar your next foodie destination. So where are you heading to this weekend? For more food-hunting tips and guides, check out KKday now!



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