We are always on the prowl for mouth-watering authentic delicacies, even if it means having to travel across the national border. If you are in search of traditional Malaysian street food and are up for a gastronomic adventure, then head over to Johor Bahru’s Meldrum Night Market.
Located just a stone’s throw away from the Causeway and JB Sentral, Meldrum Night Market is tucked away in a back alley (accessible via the main streets of Jalan Wong Ah Fook and Jalan Meldrum). Open daily from 5pm – 12am, the hidden street food paradise is a must-visit.
From Malaysia’s heritage food Apam Balik to the Hokkien hand-pulled noodles Mee Hoon Kueh, here is our guide to 7 Dishes to Try at Meldrum Night Market in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
#1 APAM BALIK PANCAKE
Apam Balik Pancakes are essentially griddle pancakes made with baking powder, eggs, flour and coconut milk. While the contents typically vary across vendors of different origins, the pancakes at Meldrum Night Market are filled with peanut granules and sweet corn.
#2 CHAR KWAY TEOW
Char Kway Teow is a popular stir-fried seafood noodle dish with several variations across Malaysia. Unlike the sweet version in Singapore, Meldrum Night Market’s rendition is a semi savoury plate of aromatic flat rice noodles cooked over high heat with de-shelled blood cockles, Chinese chives, crunchy beansprouts, eggs, fresh shrimps and both light and dark soy sauce.
The non-viscous spicy broth of Meldrum Night Market’s laksa is slightly clear with a distinctive coconut milk aftertaste. It is served with noodles of your choice and topped with beancurd skin, fish balls and long beans, and a dollop of sambal chilli on the side.
#4 MEE HOON KUEH
The Hokkien traditional hand-pulled noodles are typically served in clear, fragrant anchovy soups and tastes exactly like the Ban Mian that most Singaporeans are used to. The key difference lies in the shape of noodles, where Mee Hoon Kueh’s are oddly shaped and not stringy.
#5 OYSTER OMELETTE
Oyster Omelette might have originated from Taiwan, but has long become a comfort food in Malaysia and other Asian countries. Potato starch is added to the egg batter to give the omelette a thicker texture, and cooked together with a generous portion of tiny succulent oysters. The skin is cooked till a golden brown crisp and its insides are delightfully fluffy.
#6 RAMLY BURGER
The Ramly Burger is a Malaysian street burger and the ingredients used to prepare this local delicacy differ across stalls throughout Malaysia. It comprises either a beef or chicken patty and is usually cooked with cabbage, chilli, ketchup, margarine, egg and soy sauce etc. We are not sure if it is intended, but the one we had at Meldrum Night Market was without an egg.
#7 WANTON MEE
Meldrum Night Market’s wanton mee is a plate of springy noodles drenched in oyster sauce, topped with sliced char siu and garnished with garlic chives. The tasty broth and silky wantons are served in a side bowl while another separate saucer holds the chopped green chilli.
About the writer:
Hui Jun Ng is a staff writer for ladyironchef. She previously worked in the food and marketing industry. She loves traveling and enjoys exploring underrated destinations. In her free time, you will find her indulging in coffee and her all time favourite local dish – bak chor mee.