Yong Peng is a small yet beautiful township in Batu Pahat District of Johor Bahru.
Most of the residents are Chinese, originated from southern part of China and hence, Mandarin is the main language here.
Due to the migration, lots of authentic Foochow style delicacies are introduced.
Besides Chinese cuisines, there are many Indian and Malay food stalls offering delightful traditional dishes.
With lots of local delicacies and western cuisines offered, Yong Peng is truly a paradise to food hunters.
Top 10 Yong Peng Famous Local Food
1. Bebola Ikan Anthony Fish Ball (荣凯鱼丸面)
Bebola Ikan is a small restaurant which can be accessed easily due to its strategic location at the corner of shop lot with big red banners.
Fish balls are Bebola Ikan’s highlight. The restaurant serves bouncy and firm fish balls that are dropped in noodle soup, broth or served together with dry noodles.
Strongly emphasises on authenticity and freshness of fish balls, they make fresh fish balls every day. Less sauces and seasoning are added to focus more on the natural flavours of food.
2. Kim Kee Fishball Restaurant Yong Peng (永平锦记鱼丸面)
Fish balls lovers who happen to be at Yong Peng should not miss out Kim Kee’s fish balls! The restaurant offers airy, clean environment and recommended by local people.
Kim Kee is proud of producing bouncy and juicy fish balls without adding any preservatives. The restaurant also serves Foochow fish balls that contain tender pork inside.
All of them are made freshly from fish pastes of Wolf Herrings. You should also give their thick and flavourful noodles a try.
3. Maxim Snack Shoppe (大胡子面包小食)
It is a good place in Yong Peng and most visited by local people to have a tea break in the afternoon . The shop is decorated with various alarm and artwork. All are owner’s private collection. The tables and chairs are all high foot. There are surely giving you good feeling for tea break.
The shop offers several delicious pastries, kaya puff, curry puff, taro cake, fried triangle taro cake, Siew Pau, buns and Ang Ku Kuih.
4. Kedai Makan Ah Poh (永平戏院叻沙)
Serving laksa for over 50 years, Ah Poh was rated 5 stars by SinChew Newspaper for its cleanness, customer servies, food prices and food taste.
Laksa at Ah Poh has strong coconut aroma as the broth is cooked from fresh coconut milk and other ingredients. They use only Foochow noodles and local mihun to serve their customers and this adds to the uniqueness of their laksa.
What makes the customers satisfy is they can add curry powder that provided on every table according to their preference spiciness.
5. Restoran Hock Swee Hin (福瑞兴餐厅)
Clean, well-maintained and situated opposite to the police station, Restaurant Hock Swee Hin is a Chinese Restaurant that focuses on serving Foochow delicacies which has a lighter taste.
The menu offers Foochow noodles and Foochow soup that come along in different version.
Here, Foochow fish ball noodles stand out proudly among all the Foochow dishes. Made by hands, the soft and chewy fish balls have tender pork filing. It’s perfect to savour the silky noodles together with Foochow fish balls.
6. Sunroast (永平宏达烧腊)
Located near to North South Highway, Sunroast serves a favourite stop for those who drive between JB and KL. The restaurant looks simple from outside but its interior is clean and spacious.
Roast Chicken Char Siew is highly recommended by their chef as well as the patrons. Cut into small slices, the char siew is served together with silky noodles. The meat may look blackened but this proves that it is well roasted and definitely has a good taste.
7. Or Hwu Restaurant (永平福州五湖餐馆)
Famed for serving Foochow cuisines, Or Hwu Restarant has gained a high reputation among the locals due to its delightful dishes and good services. With extremely large banners, the restaurant can be located easily.
Red Rice Wine Chicken, Foochow pork balls, Foochow fried noodles, Foochow fish ball soup and fried sweet potato leaves are some of the restaurant’s highlight.
If you have no idea what to eat, their waiters are on hand to recommend you dishes according to your preferences.
8. Kedai Membuat Kuih-Muih Eng Hin (永兴福州饼面厂)
Eng Hin is one of the oldest bakeries in Yong Peng. It sells only Kompia, one of the most popular Foochow food originated from China.
Kompia is a snack that normally pairs with Chinese Tea but some people also have Kompia as their daily breakfast. It is chewy and makes you crave for more.
Made by flour, sugar and lard, it is moulded into round shape and later topped with sesame seeds. Some are plain kompias and others have meat or peanuts filings.
9. Yong Peng Bean Cafe
Yong Peng Bean Café is ideal for lunch tea and small gathering with friends. The brick interior is dotted with old bicycles and antiques, thus creating a nostalgic atmosphere.
Wide array of aromatic coffee such as Espresso, Latte and Cappuccino can be enjoyed here. The café also offers western desserts and some juicy drinks for those who cannot take in coffee.
The expenses at Bean Café are higher compared to local food stalls but the atmosphere here are good for relaxation.
10. Yong Peng Duck Noodles
Founded by Mr.Wong in 1975, Yong Peng Duck Noodles established their first outlet in Johor Bahru in 2013 with “Braised Duck” as their signature dish. The ducks served here have made the restaurant popular among the nations.
Their “Braised Ducks” are cooked based on their own private recipe. In order to bring out a unique exotic taste, over 10 ingredients and Chinese herbals are mixed in specific amounts and cooked well with the ducks.