Being someone who passionate about food, husband and I love to explore new "makan" place whenever we travel. Usually, I will do a "research" from all the food review blogs and I will gather all the info before our trip. In that way, we already have ideas on what is the specialty food at the area and where's the "best" makan place in town ;)
Although I've been to Johor Bahru (JB) numerous time, I seldom exploring JB in terms of food because each visit to JB was during Aidilfitri, to visit the relatives and attending open houses or wedding. This time around, the wedding was not in JB but Singapore so finally we get to explore a bit of JB's food! Yippie! Hihi..
Our first Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan (JJCM) destination on the night we arrived at JB was the Senibong Seafood Village. It is situated at Pernas Jaya area. Since I've done the research, we just key-ed in the lat/long at the navigator and within 20 minutes from our hotel, we reached the destination. As you reached the seafood village entrance, you'll require to pay RM 2 as the parking fees and you are free to park either along the road facing the sea or you can go further to park at an empty space (small field).
night view of singapore, from our carpark
As you came in, you will notice this sign on your right:
However, this was not the place we were looking for. Walk towards the left side, where you will see few stalls sellings toys, hair accessories and other stuff for the visitors and further ahead you will see the Senibong Seafood Village. Here, there's a number of Malay seafood restaurants to choose from but the famous ones are Selera Senibong (stall no. 1) and 6 Corner (stall no. 6).
We went to Selera Senibong :)
Varieties of fresh seafood are displayed opposite of the restaurant and behind it is the restaurant's kitchen. You can choose your own seafood or you can just order and they will choose how big the servings according to the numbers of patron.
They also have lobsters!
The rest of our family was too lazy to go out for dinner since they had very late lunch so it was only me, husband, Faaz, my sister and our cousin, Alia. Twinnies were enjoying the company of their Toks (my aunts) and Tok Nek (Moyang) so we left them at the hotel. After choosing the place to sit, we snap a few photos with the beautiful background.
Cousin Alia and my lil sister
Faaz refused to take photo so it was just us two :D
While waiting for the food to arrive, we were served with some snacks such as:
boiled peanuts and boiled chickpeas.
(RM3 each bowl)
(RM1.60 each bowl)
(RM12 per basket)
Among all, otak-otak won my heart the most. Although the size was cute compared to the ones available in KL the taste is nothing comparable. It's true, the best otak-otak came from Johor! Ehem! we even tapau-ed some for our family at the hotel. Semua ckp sedap! :)
Although there were only 4 of us (+1; my Faaz), we had a seafood feast! Hehe, lapar kot, we had a long journey remember? :D Among the dishes we had that night:
Lala Masak Cili
Kailan Ikan Masin
Deep fried Squid
Verdict? Food was delicious, and the service was good. I'll give it a 4-star. :) In terms of price, it's a bit steep but I've acknowledged it before hand. It's because of the place is situated at the Malaysia-Singapore border, and the Singaporean loves to dine here because to them, it is cheaper compared in their country.
We went back to the same place for dinner the next day, this time with the rest of the family. All because my grandmother terliur tengok the photos we took that she's craving for crabs! hihi. On the second night in JB, we had our second seafood feast and my Tok Mak got her favourite dish;
Ketam Masak Lemak
This time, Mak and Kak Ngah pulak belanja.
If you happened to be in JB in the nearest future, and would love to dine in there, here's the details:
Business Hour: 4.00pm - 1.30am
GPS Coordinates: 1.485069,103.817196
Address: Gerai No. 1 (Selera Senibong), Persisiran Pantai Senibong, Permas Jaya Johor.
Phone: 012-755 7327
For full story of our JB-Singapore Trip, view here: