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Buk Kut Teh VS. (Pork Bone Soup)

We got a chance to try and compare the Buk Kut Teh from Malaysia and Singapore.

I had Buk Kut Teh when I was growing up but not often.

I only remembered it being tasty.

“Buk Kut Teh”‘s pronunciation is Hokkien dialect, which literally means “meat bone tea”.

The soup is popular in Malaysia and Singapore are and it was of Chinese origin.

The 2 countries neighboring each other serve up vastly different Buk Kut Teh and it was a fantastic experience to have both!

Let’s start with the Singapore one.


We went to Ng Ah Sio, one of the famous spots in Singapore.

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Traditional Malay Breakfast and Indian dinner

We had a traditional Malay breakfast at this corner store with lots of food and drinks!

The best part about visiting friends was that everything was taken care of for us.

We sat down and food were ordered; we just ate!

Hence, I was not sure whether the place was self-serve,


or that we ordered (there was also a counter behind the self-serve area with food)


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Amazing Malaysian Dinner

This place in Johor Bahru was fascinating.

It was an outdoor food court with stores on the outskirt of the plaza, and under the moonlight seating at the inside of the courtyard.

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My friend said that the shops in this food court area were owned by Chinese, hence pork were served and Chinese influenced Malay dishes were abundant.

We had a FEAST!

We got a lime juice with salty sour plum and DH got sugar cane juice.

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More Malaysian Food: Mee Siam, Otak-Otak and Nasi Lemak

Breakfast was at the tiny store serving Mee Siam, Nasi Lemak and most importantly, Otak-otak.

Mee Siam was a stir-fried rice noodle with sauces of tamarind, salted soy beans and chili paste.

It was a cheap and quick local breakfast food.


The shop also sold grilled fish balls and stuffed tofu.


Nasi Lemak was probably the quintessential Malay food.

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Eating in Malaysia: Old-Style Coffee House and Durian

First time in Malaysia and it was quite exciting!

Town was busy with hustle and bustle.

Lucky to have my old friend and local guide to bring me to eat (thanks EW)!

We started with trying out the local sweet coffee and tea, with milk at Hwa Mei in Johor Bahru.

It was a historical Chinese establishment since 1946.

The coffee or “kopi”, was roasty, strong and sweet; and the tea “teh”, was smooth and delicious.

In general, the drinks were a lot sweeter than the ones in Hong Kong.

However, the “yuen yang” or “cham” in Malay (mix of coffee and tea), were better than the ones in Hong Kong since the coffee was much tastier.


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