Where to get breakfast in JB before hitting North-South Highway

This is written specifically for Singapore drivers heading up north to the North South Highway via the causeway. The focus is not so much on seeking out good food but on convenience – to have breakfast at locations near the entry points to the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) which is the most convenient way to get onto the North South Highway.

The oldest parts of town is usually a good place to find food, and in JB this happens to be just beyond the causeway. For years, my go-to kopitiam for breakfast had been Agape. Here you will find delicious chicken rice (Sin Bee Hiang) and a stall selling the staple of JB – Kway Teow Kia. Both stalls are excellent. Agape is closed on Mondays, so i need alternatives in case i come on a Monday. In Taman Pelangi, where Agape is located, there are quite a few eateries along Jalan Sri Pelangi, including Moonlight Cake House, if you’re in the mood for western or confectionery. To get to Agape or Jalan Sri Pelangi, make a right turn into Jalan Kuning from Jalan Tebrau. After breakfast, to get onto EDL, continue along Jalan Kuning and turn right into Jalan Serampang.

Pelangi

If you travel further down Jalan Tebrau, you will hit Taman Sentosa. Turn right into Jalan Sutera and you will find two coffee shops, New Star and Tong Yang that I think are worth trying. It’s not that they have exceptional food, but they have variety. As with opting for convenience, i would go for having more variety over going to a shop that sells only one type of food, however notorious it may be. I think this is especially so if you’re travelling with a large group of people. Everyone can have have their own choice of food. I prefer the food from Tong Yang, though the seating arrangement there is strange and not quite cozy.

Sentosa

New Star
New Star
Tong Yang is just across the road from New Star
Tong Yang is just across the road from New Star
Food from New Star, clockwise from top left: Chee Cheong Fun in curry sauce (nice Yong Tau Fu albeit slightly diluted and sweet curry), Claypot Yee Mien (quite ordinary), Gan Lau Mien from the Kway Teow Kia stall (too sweet) and Ipoh Hor Fun (nice savoury soup)
Food from Tong Yang: Roti prata, prawn noodles and Kolo mee
Food from Tong Yang: Roti prata, prawn noodles and Kolo mee. All (including the wanton mee not pictured here) were quite decent

There is a Maxis shop (not just a reseller shop) in the same row of shops as New Star, on the far end from Jalan Tebrau. You can come here if you have enquiries relating to your Hotlink prepaid mobile. Otherwise, if you’re just looking to buy the SIM card, there are many reseller shops in this area as well that can also satisfy your need.

To get back onto the EDL, you’ll have to loop around Plaza Sentosa to get back onto Jalan Tebrau, then turn right at the very next junction into Jalan Bakar Batu (see map above).

Update 6 July 2016

This time, we went to the Taman Sri Tebrau area, which has quite a few eateries. I chose Tyson for variety. It is easily accessible by turning into Jalan Keris from Jalan Tebrau.

Restoran Tyson
Restoran Tyson at Jalan Badik 1. To get onto EDL, go towards Jalan Serampang, and EDL is at the very end.
Restoran Tyson and Tai Soon. Coupon parking is enforced here and you can get the parking coupon at the Indian grocery shop across the road.
Tyson and Tai Soon. Coupon parking is enforced here and you can get the parking coupon at the Indian grocery shop across the road.
Stew Ee Mien, nice, but rather small portion
Stew Ee Mien, tasty, but rather small portion
Cai Tao Kueh, nicely charred
Cai Tao Kueh, nicely charred
Steamed bee hoon with fish, a unique proposition not found in Singapore. The fish broth had a very rich taste, and the fish was perfectly cooked. Pricey (RM15) by Malaysian standard but worth every penny.
Steamed Bee Hoon with fish, a unique proposition not found in Singapore. The fish broth was oh so rich, and the fish was steamed to perfection. Pricey (RM15) by Malaysian standard but worth every penny.

The steamed Bee Hoon is certainly worth going back for, and Kopi was not bad. Overall, this was a very nice Kopitiam for breakfast!

Update 29 Oct 2016

Starfood Corner is a popular kopitiam along Jalan Sri Pelangi (see top map). This kopitiam is noted for the stall selling Kolo Mee, but they do have quite a few other stalls as well. Nice ambiance too.

Kolo Mee, quite authentic except it also comes with the bonus of two fish balls, maybe to suit Johoreans' palate
Kolo Mee, quite authentic except it also comes with the bonus of two fish balls, maybe to suit Johoreans’ palate
The Char Siew and roasted duck noodles is quite good except for the overly sweet sauce
The Char Siew and roasted duck noodles is quite good except for the overly sweet sauce
Braised pork noodles, quite tasty
Braised pork noodles, quite tasty
Nicely toasted bread, definitely above average
Nicely toasted bread, definitely above average

Update 2 Feb 2017

Kakilang is another Kopitiam that is within easy access from along Jalan Tebrau. It has spacious seating and looks well organized.

Make a U turn at the Jalan Serampang junction, then turn into Jalan Abiad. There is a road divider that prevents you from going towards the EDL via Jalan Serampang, so you should go back onto Jalan Tebrau and make a turn onto Jalan Batu Bakar, just slightly further down.
This is the first time i see pig liver and fish cake served in Kolo mee *palm face*. Overall, it was quite bland, but that also means there’s minimal use of MSG.
Wanton noodles. The sauce tasted like it was made with rich broth, quite interesting in comparison to the typical dark sauce. The noodles was a little soggy, but overall, it was satisfying.
Chee Cheong Fun. The sauce was a tad too sweet. Overall, nothing special.
Fried rice from the stall that does, specifically, fried rice and Char Kway Teow. Nice Wok Hei.
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