5 Japanese Food in Johor Bahru You Haven't Try
5 Japanese Food in Johor Bahru
One of the hardest things to be away of your country is the longing for the local food. Just like our mom cooks, the food from the other land would never be the same as yours.
But, as for Japanese travellers here in Johor Bahru, hunting Japanese food won’t be a disappointment. However busy and modern the city is, Johor Bahru is filled with various type of Japanese food to satisfy your crave.
Johor Bahru serves the best and authentic Japanese food that would heal your longing to your country.
The restaurant ambience, food presentation as well as chef showmanship would make you forget that you are actually in Malaysia.
Want to know what and where you can get the best Japanese food in Johor Bahru? Keep scrolling!
What is Japanese food without sashimi? Fresh and raw fish or meat cut into thin slices and dipped into soy sauce is the best way to have it. Salmon, squid, shrimp and tuna are among the popular ingredients of sashimi.
In Johor Bahru, the best place to have sashimi is in New Tokugawa restaurant located in Taman Pelangi.
Own by a Malaysian David San, his expertise in preparing Japanese food is no doubt. Around the year 1988, he worked in Japanese cuisine for years before coming back to Malaysia and continued his service as a chef and later decided to operate his own Japanese restaurant which is now called Sushi Monzta.
The fresh meat served in generous amount is especially loved by the customers and once quoted as ‘The Best Sashimi in Town’ by a reviewer in Trip Advisor.
Address : 22, Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru
Operation hours : 11.45 am – 3.00 pm
5.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Tel : +607 – 331 1172
Another place to have a great sashimi is at October Japanese Cuisine in Bandar Jaya Putra.
The outlet was once a showroom turned into a restaurant is surrounded with bamboo grove and a little sakura garden to welcome the customers.
If you are thinking about having the unquestionably fresh sashimi in town, this is the right place.
The choices are varied from yellowtail, salmon, tuna and other seasonal fish as well as squid and prawns serves with the spicy wasabi to give the tingling sensation. All of the sashimi are skilfully cut and beautifully decorated on the wooden plate to catch your eyes.
Address : No 6a, Jalan Persiaran Jaya Putra 1, Bandar Jaya Putra (JP Perdana), Johor Bahru
Operation hour :Monday to Sunday
12pm – 11pm
Tel : +6017 – 683 2156
Derived from the word ‘teppan’ which means the plate that is used to cook the food and ‘yaki’ that means grilled, boiled or pan-fried, teppanyaki is one of the signature in Japanese dishes.
The food usually cooked on metal flat pan in front of the guest with an addition of showmanship by the chef while preparing the food. Japanese-style teppanyaki consist of noodles with a mixture of sliced meat or cabbage along with vegetables.
All the ingredients then are cooked with vegetable oil or animal fat or the mixture of them.
As for Japanese traveller in Johor Bahru, one of the recommended teppanyaki is Taroko Teppanyaki located in Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai.
The food choices are from various parts of beef including sirloin, striploin and wagyu imported from Australia and New Zealand.
For those who are not a fan of meat, do not worry as the restaurant also serves fish and shitake mushroom teppanyaki. The showmanship? Jaw dropping! As it is one of the attractions during the meal preparation, it is guaranteed that you won’t be able to take your eyes off even just a minute.
Address : 99, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai, Johor Bahru
Operation hour: 10 am – 10 pm
Tels : +6016 872 8168
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For Japanese in Taman Pelangi or nearby, fret not as you can get another delicious and authentic teppanyaki in Plaza Pelangi.
Though it is just a small kiosk in a shopping mall, do not doubt the ability of My Teppanyaki to fill your crave.
Come in set serves with rice and drinks, My Teppanyaki’s menu vary from beef, chicken and seafood including prawns, scallops and salmon.
Here, you can choose to sit by the bar to watch the food preparation or be seated at the square table and wait for the food to be served. Not to forget, My Teppanyaki also on GRAB. So, if you wish for Japanese food but too busy to go out, just GRAB your phone!
Address : Lot K1.4, Level 1, Jalan Kuning, Plaza Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru
Operation hour : Monday – Friday
9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Tel :+6012 703 8155
Japanese dramas or movies will have at least one scene of a person savouring udon in the most delicious way.
Made of wheat flour, Japanese-styled udon serves in the simplest form of broth made of daishi, soy sauce and mirin.
Cold udon usually famous during summer and hot udon is most wanted during winter but in Malaysia, you can have any udon at any season.
If you wish to have an udon cook by a Japanese chef in Johor Bahru, feel free to visit Naritaya Japanese Restaurant in Danga City Mall. Mr Youhei Satou is a young chef from Japan. When he first came to Malaysia, his intention was to travel and explore then turn into permanent chef when his luck strikes.
If you are a first timer here, Kakiage Udon set is a must try. Udon and broth are then topped with vegetables tempura is a perfect and refreshing combination especially to have it on a cold day.
Address : Level 2, Danga City Mall, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, L4, 8000 Johor Bahru.
Operation hour : 12.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Tel : +6014 980 7431
The other place where you can get the best udon is in Warakuya Japanese Garden located in Taman Sutera.
For the Japanese who loves spicy food, one of the signature dishes here is its spicy curry udon.
The thick gravy loaded with potatoes with an addition of hard-boiled egg should be able to satisfy your crave of hotness.
The big portion of food in this restaurant suitable for big eater and if you are not, do not worry as you may take it away later if you can’t finish it.
Address : 43, Jalan Kuning 2, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru
Operation hours: Monday – Friday
12 pm – 11 pm
Tels : +07 – 332 0789
So many has confused and thought udon and ramen is the same dish.
But little did they know, each dishes differ in every aspect including size, texture and broth. Ramen is more yellowish in color and slightly thinner in shape compared to udon.
Meal preparation for ramen will consist of ramen, broth and toppings and can only be served hot.
Ramen broth usually made up of more complex ingredients such as fish or meat based with an addition of flavour such as soy sauce or miso.
Toppings for ramen could be from many ingredients including meat, vegetables and seasonings. In Japan, different area serves different signature of ramen. Though we won’t have all signature ramen in Malaysia, but the outlet here serves the best ramen enough to indulge your crave.
In order to have the best ramen here in Johor Bahru, it should come all the way from its original country.
Where to get it? Kibou-ken restaurant is the answer. Originated from Kobe, Japan, Kibou-ken enters Malaysia and landed on the heart of Malaysians for its originality and great taste.
In this restaurant, customers are allowed to request the doneness of the ramen noodle according to their preference but the default would be half a notch below al dante.
The recommended ramen here would be tonkotsu ramen and shoyu ramen and for those who love spicy ramen, it is suggested to order spicy miso ramen, Located in AEON Tebrau, though the restaurant is a little bit compact, it is cosy enough for the customers to enjoy their meal.
Address : Level 2, AEON Tebrau City Mall, Jalan Desa Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau 81100 Johor Bahru
Operation hours : Monday – Friday
10 am – 10 pm
Tel : +607 361 5537
Another restaurant for Japanese to have an authentic ramen and also originated from Japan is at Tabushi Ramen restaurant in Taman Mount Austin.
Each bowl of ramen in this restaurant is made by the chef into perfection. From ramen to the soup to its topping, the combination of everything including the littlest thing complements each other.
Cha shu ramen here is a must try where you can savour the tenderness of the meat comes along with the tasty broth and bouncy ramen noodle.
It is time to stop drooling and get your own bowl of ramen now, don’t you think?
Address : GF, No 51 Jalan Austin Height 8/3, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru
Operation hours : Monday to Friday 11 am – 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 10.30 pm
Tel : +607 364 6216
Japanese also have deep-fried cook styled in their cuisine and one of it is tempura. Ingredients such as fish, seafood or vegetables are battered and then deep-fried.
The meal is inspired during 16th century after a Portuguese residing in Japan showed fritter cooking technique to the locals.
In order to have the perfect crispy and crunchy tempura, an extra care needs to be given during the preparation. The ingredients need to be cut in a perfect shape and it is important to ensure the batter and oil are in perfect temperature (hot and cold respectively) before frying.
Nijyumaru Japanese Restaurant in Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai serves finest tempura in town.
Soft shell crab tempura is a must have here. It is guaranteed you won’t get sick of it since here in this restaurant, tempura is well fried without causing the food to be too oily, but, at the same time preserve its crunchy and crispy outer layer.
Despite its busy and crowded restaurant, Nijyumaru able to prepare and serve the food within a short time without affecting the taste. So, great food serves within a short time is such a great combination, right?
Address : Tanjung 8/4 , Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor
Operation hour: Monday – Sunday
11.30 am – 3pm
5.30 pm – 11 pm
Tel : +607 – 558 9818
It is good news for the Japanese here in Malaysia especially in Johor Bahru as Japanese food can easily be reached here. The taste of the food suit the locals hence we can see many Japanese restaurant in shopping malls. Hopefully each of it can settle your crave!