Sungai Mati means dead river, literally translated. Only now that I’ve read the Wiki entry do i understand why it is named so. You can see the Ox-bow lake from Google Maps (see below).
The detour from the North-South highway into Sungai Mati takes about 25 minutes, which is quite acceptable for a lunch break. Moreover, as with Yong Peng, you don’t have to back-track to the same Toll plaza for re-entry onto the highway, so you save a bit of time.
Rather than adopting a single colour for the shophouses at the centre of town, as is commonly done in the other towns in Johor, Sungai Mati uses multi-colour! It is quite refreshing (see featured photo above).
As for the food, i didn’t expect anything fanciful, and the simple fare was satisfying enough. We had lunch at the corner shop right at the main junction.
On the way to the toll plaza, we passed by Kampong Serom, and there were a few kopitiams there too. Will check them out one of these days.