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JB Ah Meng (新山亚明小厨)

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Address: New Good Place Eating House, 2 Lorong 23 Geylang, 388353
Craving for tze char from Johor Bahru but unwilling to travel all the way there? The solution is to patronise JB Ah Meng restaurant at Geylang Lorong 23, which whips up dishes that are typical of the tze char style in Johor Bahru.

Daily: 17:00 - 03:00

+65 67412418
$18 based on 20 submissions
Dinner (11 votes), Supper (8 votes), Vibrant/Noisy (8 votes)
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yep. it's true. jerry baastian himself told me to eat here. d*** tasty food. the vegetables are locally sorced,organic from the Cameron highlands. it's like some alchemy the chefs do in this geylang back alley that creates imaginative and delicious fare. I don't see this stuff on other menus. not one sizzling bean curd. no Taiwan sausage. just delicious vegetables. try the fermented black bean pork belly. made me forget lechon. made me forget bacon. d***. the drinks man is amazing. so fast. gets exactly what you want in under 2 minutes. oh, btw, this place is in a scary a** alley in geylang. you can viagara on the corner. prostitutes always walk by. the food so good, I bring my baby girl. good luck!

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• 29 Jul 2015 • 8 reviews • 0 follower

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yep. it's true. jerry baastian himself told me to eat here. d*** tasty food. the vegetables are locally sorced,organic from the Cameron highlands. it's like some alchemy the chefs do in this geylang back alley that creates imaginative and delicious fare. I don't see this stuff on other menus. not one sizzling bean curd. no Taiwan sausage. just delicious vegetables. try the fermented black bean pork belly. made me forget lechon. made me forget bacon. d***. the drinks man is amazing. so fast. gets exactly what you want in under 2 minutes. oh, btw, this place is in a scary a** alley in geylang. you can viagara on the corner. prostitutes always walk by. the food so good, I bring my baby girl. good luck!
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• 18 Aug 2014 • 579 reviews • 20 followers

A little overhyped

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For the photos, please see http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/04/jb-ah-meng-geylang-lor-23.html

For a cze char joint (where service usually ranges from the indifferent to the surly), service was surprisingly pleasant. The lady proprietor was smiley, chatty and accommodating, an uncommon trait of eateries of the like. Food-wise, JB Ah Meng passed muster, but it was unmemorable. There are famed cze char joints in the vicinity like No Signboard Seafood, or Penang Seafood Restaurant that'll take first charge over the discerning tastebud. Looking back, I think, the main drawback of this humble eatery is the lack of a segregated dining area or restaurant space. Patrons were seated at tables strewn along the common five-foot-way and the heavy public foot traffic made for quite a disruptive meal. 

We had:

1) Deep Fried Fish Skin ($12): paper-thin, a little soggy sometimes, but quite addictive 

2) 3 Delicacy Beancurd ($12) - loaded with enoki and black mushrooms, pork mince and cuttlefish: the umami gravy was pretty good

3) Salted Egg Prawn Ball ($20): loved the sweet corn kernels that dotted the bouncy prawns.

4) White Pepper Crabs (3 for $40): fairly decent, albeit small. Which made picking at it a highly unproductive venture. But the dismal size was (almost) compensated by its freshness and the sweetish, garlicky and subtly peppery sauce. I daresay the sauce is on par with No Signboard Seafood's exceptional rendition.

5) The innocuous-looking JB San Lou Meehoon ($7), a flattened pancake-esque mess of rice vermicelli, was imbued with a smoky char and rich seafood-based stock. Laced with egg scramble, diced prawns and cuttlefish, and a layer of greasy stir-fried greens under the pile, this was pretty darn good.If there was one thing I'll be back to JB Ah Meng for, this'd be it
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• 14 Apr 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

white pepper chilli crabs

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Awesome crabs for a great price. Crabs were small (3 for $40) but super sweet and tasty. Rest of the dishes were good too. Waiting time for food was short even though they looked packed. Pay when food arrives. No hassle. Was great!
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