Singaporeans and Malaysians might not be agreeable all the time, but there’s one thing that bonds us for sure - our love for food. While some of the others prefer chicken dishes, this article caters to those of us who prefers the soft and juicy seafood delicacies.
In this article, we focus on cheap and affordable seafood that you can find near the Johor Bahru customs.
If you are from Singapore, you might find that some of these foods are worth crossing the customs for!
Kam Long Curry Fish Head
Address: 74, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Opening Hours: 8a.m. to 4p.m. daily
Malaysians and Singaporeans would be familiar with this must-try curry fish head in business for the past 30 years.
The business is so specialised in curry fish heads they do not sell any other parts! If you’d like to try this best-selling dish, you should head there prior to 11.30a.m. to avoid congestions and queues.
On most days, their famous delicacy is sold out by 2.30p.m., so be sure to head there early!
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Address: No 4, Jalan Persiaran Senibong, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Masai, Johor
Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs - 4.30p.m. to 2a.m.; Fri - Sun - 4.30p.m. to 2.30a.m.
No seafood trip would be complete without some fried prawns and some lala or shellfish. This Malay restaurant also sells various crabs, ikan pari and squids! Here, you can order food according to sets depending on how many people are going to be there. For a small family of four, you only need to pay RM110 for an entire siakap, flour-fried squid, mixed tomyam, salted fish kailan, fried clams, and of course, a jug of limau or sirap ais that no meal will be complete without. Their Facebook page features the full set menu with prices you can refer to, and let’s face it - you won’t find these prices anywhere else!
Seng Steam Fish Restaurant
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Address: 100, Jalan Keris, Taman Sri Tebrau, 80050 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening Hours: 7.30a.m. - 3.00p.m.Tuesday - Sunday
Tel: 012-775 0511
One look at their location through Google Maps and you’ll find yourself faced with various tantalizing dishes from their menu - fried squids, shellfish and of course, the steamed fish dishes they are reputable for.
Since this place opens only until the early noons, most locals recommend that you come here for breakfast or brunch so that you won’t miss out on their best fish selections. The best part?
Serving time is really fast and you can be sure that you are getting only the freshest picks. However, don’t limit yourself to their specialty dish - try out their deep-fried fish dishes too; you won’t be disappointed!
Ong Shun Seafood Restaurant
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Address: 67, Jalan Abdul Samad, Kampung Bahru, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening Hours: 4p.m. - 1a.m. Tuesdays - Sundays
Tel: 07-223 8953
Do you love butter prawns? You will love it here! Rated by locals as one of the cheapest seafood restaurants around, this restaurant offers their own specialty nyonya steamed seabass, black pepper crab and oat prawn dishes among others.
Sotong, oyster with eggs and clam dishes are not an issue either - choose how you want it made and pair it with some hot soup available at their restaurant!
Ong Shun is also halal and vegetarian-friendly, making this place a frequent seafood go-to destination for both Malaysians and Singaporeans.
Pots & Pans Cafe
Address: 15, Jalan Bukit Meldrum, Tanjung Puteri, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening Hours: 3p.m. - 10p.m. Tuesdays - Sundays
Tel: 011-2780 2260
You might not expect seafood delicacies in a cafe-like setting, but Pots & Pans is definitely the place for you to go if you prefer your fishes cooked in a more Western way!
Their pan-seared fish & soft-shelled crab or salad will have you drooling for more, and the price is befitting of the atmosphere and services!
You can also pair up your grilled seafood selections with different types of pasta to suit your taste. Foodpanda offers delivery services for this cafe as well, which is a huge bonus for those staying around the cafe.
*PS: This cafe is just 3 mins walking distance to our Artsy Guesthouse at Sky Habitat.
Writing about all these delicacies sure have gotten our taste buds eager for some good seafood right now!
These locations that we have picked are all within a 10km radius away from the Johor Bahru customs, with some as close as only 600 meters away!
These locations will definitely be perfect for you if you get hungry while crossing the customs.