Monday, January 28, 2008

W.W Laksa House, Jalan Kolam Air, Johor Bahru

We arrived in Johor Bahru (JB) at around 2 plus pm and were quickly whisked away for a late lunch. Alicia & Charles brought us to W.W. Laksa House as they told us that we should try the laksa here (W.W. stands for Water Works). Speaking of abbreviations, do most of you know that my blogspot name UGWUG, is actually one for You Get What You Give? :o)
W.W. Laksa House
Mmm....look at all those pipes running along this place. I wonder why they call this place Water Works. Hahaha....
Preparation
The friendly lady who prepared our laksa.
WW Prices
Here is the price board. They also served other varieties of noodles; soup or dry but when visiting a place called W.W. Laksa House, the best bet would be to order the Laksa!
Curry Laksa
The laksa curry gravy wasn't that thick but was fragrant. I passed the cockles along to my friend and guarded the crispy stuff and other goodies that were in my bowl :o). Fried wantan, taupok (bean curd puff), fish cake and fried vegeball made this an enjoyable meal for me.
Otak-otak
Another lady put a container of these onto our table without us asking. They operate on "pay for what you eat" system. Since Johor is well known for their otak-otak delicacy, we tried some of these at RM0.50/USD0.15 a piece. They were still warm when they were served to us.
Otak-otak
The otak-otak was lovely. I don't think one can really have a "bad tasting" otak-otak here in JB/Johor. The ones in Klang Valley are more processed, darker and flatter. The ones in JB were the contrary and even though they were sold as snacks, they tasted good enough for me to eat containers of it (if I wanted to...but I didn't, hahaha) and make it a meal on its own! Well, some of you know how I don't really like eating fish as I don't like the "fishy" smell but this was fragrant and charred just right to my liking. Wonder if anyone wants to try making otak-otak at home, here's the recipe!


W.W. Laksa House
36A& 36A1, Jalan Kolam Air,
Taman Water Works
80100 Johor Bahru
Tel : 012-7990979, 012-7273755
Opens Daily except alternate Tuesdays (7 a.m. - 3.30p.m.)

For location map, click HERE


Dinner time in JB, to be continued...




33 comments:

Cokeworld Citizen said...

hmmmmmm......*looks at picture very closely* laksa or curry mee?

eh eh patut la...i was thinking wat is ugwug....

Hazza said...

The laksa photo is so overpoweringI can almost smell it! Wish I could eat it as well :-( Why u give away the cockles?? Best parkt of the dish!

Crunchasarus Rex said...

Oh.. boy..!! i'm gonna just die.. wmw..!! i want that bowl of curry laksa.. and loads of otah please..!

daphne said...

otak! and a good looking one too!

team bsg said...

the laksa don't look too colorful and as deep as many we know, maybe it cuts wide ? tho the otak looks humongous

just in case dun forgit the best NL ( Malaysia ) in Taman Perling
and bring some home baby

Big Boys Oven said...

oh lovely lovely laksa..... I can even dream of them!

Cindy. Lo. said...

I would love to make that at home,
Just..
It seems so hard to make..
I'm drooling here..

Nic (KHKL) said...

johor's otak2 is really nice...my few miserable years of life there was saved by this little delicacy...

as for the nasi lemak...i heard there's an interesting story behind it...interesting, really.

ilene said...

WMW, thanks for venturing into all these eateries. You have helped me to find interesting places to makan as and when I should be around those areas.

Xiu Long Bao said...

otak-otak! bet ekeng will drool at that pix ;)

Judy said...

My goodness, nowadays laksa also MR$6?? What happened to the MR$1.50 and MR$2 laksa mee?

Looks good though.

Glorious Jade said...

This post brings back some good memories of my stay in JB, as we used to patronise this place. We stayed quite nearby and we were regulars at this place, so much so they knew our orders whenever we went there. Well, one of the few things I like about JB!

wmw said...

cokeworld citizen : Hahaha...I'm glad you now know what ugwug is.

hazza : Yeah, that's what most people say about the cockles but I'm not a fan :o)

C-Rex : Aiks! Take it easy C-Rex! Hang on...till you make your trip to Malaysia.

daphne : Yeah, most of the otak-otak in Johor are good looking, hehehe....

team bsg : Yeah, but the curry soup was fragrant though. Mmmm...Tmn Perling...

BBO : Don't just dream, eat too! :o)

cindy.lo : Would help if you have a backyard! Might just set the sprinklers off trying to do this indoors. Hahaha....

Nic : What nasi lemak? What story???

ilene : Don't mention it. Well, I had a great makan time doing this too.

xiu long bao : Hahaha....I think he might! Thanks for checking in...Is everything okay over there? Settled in already?

Judy : No more lo, inflation! Well, got free ones...cooked at home! Hehehe...

Glorious Jade : Oh yeah, I have almost forgotten about your days in JB. Maybe we should make a trip down...you can show me where you normally makan ;o)

tigerfish said...

Oh, are they piping some kind of special laksa gravy into the laksa house! Buahahahh! For a moment, I thought the laksa was named after you , just short of a "M" in the middle.
Water Money Works! Can?

ling239 said...

i like this type of curry which does not come with a layer of chili oil... :p

Precious Pea said...

Aiyah...next time pls pass all the cockles to me yah. I can give you the fried stuffs.

Jason said...

Of course I know what UGWUG means la :P

Precious Pea, if I'm there, you'll get double the amount of cockles :P

Nic (KHKL) said...

the nasi lemak that team bsg commented on...taste good, really...but i heard they use a rather unique ingredient as as flavouring...explicit stuff..tell u when i see you :)

Judy said...

wmw, I came back again to look at your photos and I tell you what, I have been to this coffee shop for the laksa. I think my cousin also ordered rojak.

wonda said...

Penangites call it curry mee. I wonder why it's called laksa curry when laksa noodles are not used? This always confuses me with the laksa lemak (with santan).

wmw said...

Tigerfish : Hey! yeah....hahaha, W.M.W Laksa House.

Ling239: Yah, this wasn't that oily, I know what you mean about the layer of oil! ;o)

Precious P : Hahaha...sure thing. What a good trade!

Jason : Well, you're my little bro, you sure knowlo, not all know.

Nic : Oooooo....you got me all curious now about the explicit stuff! Hahaha....

Judy : Mmm...don't recall seeing rojak there. When was your trip to JB?

Wonda : Actually, I don't know the difference between curry mee or curry laksa mee, always thought they were the same! :o)

Cynthia said...

Jackson pointed me to some recipes for otak otak and I'm going to try making some.

Rasa Malaysia said...

I love Muar otak2, they are so good I can eat them as a snack...never see then in JB tho.

yammylicious said...

awww lovely laksa but otak otak is my lover... i love alor setar otak otak, seafood otak wif lot of squid and fish and shirmp~ yammm~

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

reminds me of how ipoh run their satay stalls..eat 1st then pay later..heard many horor stories..but otak otak shud b cleaner rite?

New Kid on the Blog said...

southern part is calling this laksa? but penang call this curry mee.... :)

ah nel said...

i so near but i don eat laksa... ;)

Kk said...

Ooooh ! NOW i know what UGWUG means ! Thought it was some word in ur native tounge.., sorry :D

U really inspire me to do a food review of the city I stay in. I just have two problems. I like food., however it is., not i'm not really the best guy to review food n places :P ., second., i'm a veggie., so I'd be missing out on reviewing a lot of stuff., but still., will think about it n give it a shot ;)

~Christine~Leng said...

you made me crave for laksa now..
I'll have a bowl of it tomorrow morning! ;P

wmw said...

Cynthia : I can't wait to read about it in your blog!

RM : Otak-otak found in Klang Valley too, just a matter of whether nice or not...but the one in JB passed the test!

yammylicious : Oooi...Alor Setar also got their own otak-otak version???

Joe : I guess so...After all the otak-otak I ate there, I hope so!!!

NKOTB : Aiks, don't know how to differentiate anymore...just eat! Hahaha....

Ah Nel : Great to see you around! Aiyah, you should eat laksa lo, eat sand no good one. hahaha...I still remember!

KK : Hey, it's been awhile :o) Hahaha...maybe you can blog about the stories on the life of the people behind the food?

Christine : I hope you manage to satisfy your craving ;o)

Amir said...

Next time you drop by JB, be sure to check out Bumbu Asli (which is just along the same row as W.W Laksa House). They specialise mainly in Kelantanese cuisine but the Laksa Johor is unbeatable.

rojakrojak said...

hey, i was just googling for my favourite laksa stall in the world, and i came across ur blog. i remember when i was a kid, they didn't have a shop, it was just a stall. my mum told me the customers back in those days didn't just come for the laksa, they also came for the big busted girls [who are now aunties]. They are sisters, the ones who run this shop.

Anyways, it's called waterworks because it's jalan kolam air [water pond road] in malay and also "shui tang lu" [sugar water road] in mandarin. hence, the use of "water". but that's just my guess.

great pics, u did the laksa justice by these pics. lol.

rojakrojak said...

and to wonda, curry mee tastes very different from johor laksa. other than johoreans, when mentioning laksa they always usually mean the fishy asam penang laksa.

curry mee is just curry but johor laksa tastes very special. that's why i love it!!! [i am a johorean btw lol]