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JB Ah Meng (新山亚明小厨)

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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
$16 based on 19 submissions
Dinner (10 votes), Supper (7 votes), Vibrant/Noisy (7 votes)
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A little overhyped

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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• 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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• 30 May 2012 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Hidden gem

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This place is a little off the radar but once you find it you'll be hooked! Was introduced to the place yesterday evening - was skeptical but went along since Ade picked it for her bday.

The lady who brought us the menu was quick and no-nonsense but Ade seemed happy with her recommendations so we went for it. Food came and it was SO worth the wait. Of particular mention is the 3-storey fried bee hoon, fried fish skins that came with mango slices and a sweet, tangy sauce, pepper crabs, and 'snake beans' (I think that's what they're called) with dried shrimp.

The 3-storey bee hoon isn't 3 stories high but flat and kinda like a pancake. Didn't look like much but the taste was fantastic. The fried fish skins were very thin and crispy (no fishy smell at all) and goes perfectly well with the dipping sauce provided. For those who like pepper and don't mind getting your fingers dirty, the crabs are a must. Not the jumbo seafood prices but fresh and delicious! Not a fan of vegetables but the snake beans were light and crunchy. Not overcooked and the dried shrimp complemented the dish nicely, adding some 'salt' to the dish.

Will definitely head back there again if we can find parking!

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