When visiting a town, the best thing to do is to go around like a tourist yet eat like a local – get the chance to try the original taste of local food at a cheaper price. If you are planning for a food-hunt in Johor, why not consider a different foodie destination – Pontian.
Pontian is a district in southwest Johor. Its capital district, Pontian Kechil, was formerly a fishing village that has been developed into a small town. It is considered as one of the renowned seafood havens due to its wide array of seafood sold at reasonable prices. Not only that, but Pontian is also a wonderland for foodies.
Here is a list of 7 flavourful Pontian dishes that you must try during your next foodie trip.
If you come to Pontian, wanton mee Pontian-style is a must-try! It is a bit different from wanton mee in KL and Singapore. This iconic dish comprises of homemade egg noodles, with its signature savoury sweet-spicy tomato sauce and topped it off with char siew. It also comes with a bowl of clear wonton soup.
Heng Heng Original Tomato Wanton Mee
Address: 766, Lorong Anggerik, Kampung Parit Mesjid, 82000 Pontian, Johor
Contact: +607-687 1975
Opening Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 9.30 am – 3.30 pm (Closed on Friday)
A popular dish in Johor, you certainly must include mee rebus in your foodie itinerary in Pontian. The dish consists of yellow noodles served with thick, spicy potato-based gravy. It is garnished with a hard-boiled egg, spring onions, crunchy bean sprouts, and fried tofu, with a squeeze of lime juice.
Mee Rebus Sentap Anim
Address: Taman Seri Damansara, 81500 Pekan Nanas, Johor
Contact: +6017-762 8646
Opening Hours: Friday – Wednesday: 4.30 pm – 12.30 am (Closed on Thursday)
A delectable dish that has been around since 50 years ago, curry laksa is a must-try. Distinguishable from typical laksa, this dish is served with curry gravy and sambal chili for a kick. To make it complete, it is loaded with fried tofu, fish cake, and a couple of pork balls.
Lee Koh Kee Laksa
Address: Jalan Sawah, 81500 Pekan Nanas, Johor
Contact: +6012-766 6668
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 8.30 am – 3.00 pm (Closed on Sunday)
If you are an asam pedas lover, you can have it here right in Pontian. Even though asam pedas is a common Malaysian dish, but this one is more like Pontian-style in term of its preparation and cooking method. You should give it a try (and taste), and find out its uniqueness.
Asam Pedas Belanga Restaurant
Address: Kampung Rimba Terjun, 82000 Pontian, Johor
Contact: +6014-270 3240
Opening Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 11.00 am – 5.00 pm (Closed on Friday)
Start your day in Pontian with a simple yet scrumptious dish–toast bread. This signature menu for breakfast is not plain toast bread. It is charcoal-roasted bread with kaya and butter. The pieces of bread are nicely roasted to keep its softness and infused with charcoal flavour. Best have it with tasty traditional coffee – definitely a perfect match for classic breakfast!
Kheng Guan Hiong Coffeeshop
Address: 15, Jalan Limau Kasturi, Taman Suraya Indah, 82000 Pontian, Johor
Contact: +6012-751 6759
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 6.00 am – 4.00 pm (Closed on Monday)
For coffee enthusiasts, you must try Pontian’s very own kopi ‘O’. This traditional coffee is freshly brewed every morning, so you can enjoy its divine taste and smell. You can expect the bittersweet flavour from every sip – definitely different from an ordinary cup of coffee.
Kopi ‘O’ Kampung
Address: Kampung Batu Dua Puluh Sembilan, 81500 Pekan Nanas, Johor
Opening Hours: Daily, 8.00 am – 6.30 pm
Finally, dessert! Complete your foodie trip in Pontian with sun biscuits. It is called that way because the pastry looks exactly like a sun. Although it is originated from Taiwan, this tasty pastry has its very own Pontian version. Handmade with a lot of manual work, sun biscuit is certainly worth a bite.
Kedai Biskut Chai Huat Heng
Address: 902, Jalan Bakek, Kampung Atap, 82000 Pontian, Johor
Contact: +607-687 1285
Monday – Saturday: 9.00 am – 8.30 pm
Sunday: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm
There you go; a flavourful list of Pontian’s best food. It seems like Pontian can be your next foodie destination. For more amazing experiences in Johor and beyond, check out KKday now!
*Featured image from Kheng Guan Heong Kopitiam on Facebook