Sunday, February 03, 2008

Tepian Tebrau, Johor Bahru

Whaddaya know, it's dinner time! During the laksa lunch earlier, discussion about dinner was already going on and planned with Charles taking us to Tepian Tebrau at Jalan Skudai for local favourites. I was told this place opened not too long ago and is best known for serving up tasty grilled fish. Hmmph...I asked, "Anything else???", as I'm not a fan of fish...hehe. Charles amd Alicia assured me that there will be plenty of other food that will fill my tummy up...and I was all smiles :o) :o) :o).
Tepian Tebrau
Tepian Tebrau is a hawker centre but one which exudes a cosy ambiance, thanks to it's wooden structure, tables and chairs (though you'll still see extra plastic chairs/tables being used during busy periods). Located along Johor Straits, this stretch is also called Lido Beach. It was rather dark on the opposite side where we parked the car (lots of ample parking spots) and I couldn't really see anything except a black canvas ahead towards the horizon.

We left the ordering to Charles and Munch and the rest of us sat down and waited for the goodies to arrive. When a lady came over to ask us for our drinks and rambled something about an ice desserts with fruits, I decided to order that as I have never tried such a dessert before. Soon, the food order arrived at our table and we tucked in.
Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab
Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab - dipped in batter and deep fried, these were somehow different from the usual ones I've tasted elsewhere. Maybe the secret is in the batter? I liked the ones here as they weren't oily!
La La
The sweet & sour La La (shellfish) was yummy. I loved the sauce which came with generous egg swirls. We ordered a plate of fried rice and added the sauce to it!
Sotong Kangkung
Sotong (cuttlefish) Kangkung (water morning glory). It was just okay, I would have prefer a stronger taste to the sauce (no prawn paste?).
Stuffed Grilled Tofu
Stuffed Grilled Tofu (beancurd puff) was really good. The sauce and crushed peanuts were adequate and the tofu, with a crispy exterior was a delight to bite into.
Grilled stingray
Then came the spicy grilled stingray. This was different from the ones I've tasted in Klang Valley. It didn't have the usual crisp on the surface and was moist (too moist!) as it was served with a topping of sambal and diced onions on it. I prefer the crispier dry version with the sambal on the side but the rest of them said that this was good. Well, we do all have different taste buds...different strokes for different folks.
Refrehsing Fruit Ice Dessert
This is the fruit ice dessert I ordered. It had soursop, mango, nata de coco, sea coconut, watermelon and jelly. Squeeze the lime over it and it was absolutely lovely and thirst quenching.

Later on, Charles' sisters came over to join us and brought us two boxes of desserts made by their mom. They told us that their mom has a knack for concocting strange mixture of ingredients and coming up with all sorts of extraordinary desserts. True enough, the home made desserts made specially for us was something that we haven't eaten before.
Dragon fruit jelly with orange juice mix
Here you have the dragon fruit mixed with orange juice agar-agar (jelly). The taste of the two surprisingly complemented each other well and this was one refreshing dessert! Such an interesting mix!
Papaya with milk flavoured jelly center
This is an eye opener! Though simple, I had not come across anyone doing it till now. Carving out the centre, Charles' mom filled it up with fresh milk mix agar-agar and threw back in cut pieces of papaya. Once chilled, slice them up and you'll have these beauties! Such a delight!
Into the night at The Zon
Since the night was still young, we decided to head on the Zon. We walked around a bit and had drinks in one of the establishments. The drinks were quite cheap (due to the fact it's a duty free zone, I suppose) and after sitting around for awhile, it suddenly dawned on us that it had actually been quite a long day for us. We headed on back; prepared for our journey into Singapore the next day.

To be continued....


Alejandra said...

That papaya dessert is so gorgeous! I want to try it out... Thanks for sharing. What a brilliant idea!

Kopi Soh said...

Just drop by to wish you Keong Hee Fatt Chye.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

The jellies are really pretty. Must try making them liddat some day. :-)

Anonymous said...

soft shell crab lover!!! look so delicious!!

Tummythoz said...

*sigh* If only my CNY dinner will be like this.

Cokeworld Citizen said...

wahaha the aunty so creative and bold!! *saluting the aunty*

Can i become her dessert student? nyek nyek nyek...

Paprika said...

Such a party animal lah you! :-)
The food looks really good. Especially the jellies. The papaya one really caught my eye. I am a total sucker for jelly and agar-agar.

Cindy. Lo. said...

That papaya dessert is so creative,

Nic (KHKL) said...

papaya+jelly..hhmmm,now why didnt i think of that? will be waiting for your singapore posts...*cheng cheng cheng cheng*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hahah no fish also i think i will be stuffed to the brim!..

SteamyKitchen said...

deep fried soft shell crab looks fabulous! is that sweet chili sauce with it?

Judy said...

Alamak! Lau nuah already! Why didn't my cousin take me to such a delectable place?? :(

wmw said...

alejandra : Thanks for dropping a line. Yeah, when I saw the papaya dessert, I thought it was brilliant too!

Kopi Soh : I dropped by yours too to wish you the same :o)

Lyrical L : Yeah, think of the endless possibilities of mixing whatever you want!

Anonymous : You calling me a soft shell crab lover or are you saying you are a soft shell crab lover??? :o)

tummythoz : CNY dinner where got eat this kind of stuff? But you want to, is it???

cokeworld citizen : Now that you have an idea, try it yourself. Anything goes!

paprika : Huh? Suddenly call me party animal? What did I do???

cindy : Yeah, it's so simple but amazing!

nic : Tune in next week at the same time, same day for the next episode of Everything At The Stall (E.A.T.S)...LOL!

Joe : We were full but okay, 6 of us ate that food.

Steamy Kitchen : Hey you! Thanks for dropping a line, I know you have a busy schedule ;o). Nah, that's just the standard chilli sauce. But I suppose it'll be better with the Thai chilli sauce which is on the sweet side.

Judy : Maybe cos this place only opened a while back? :o)

Jun said...

eh u were in jb!! why din come over to spore eh? :(

daphne said...

man, love the look of that soft shell crab.. and those desserts!?! esp the papaya one! Looks divine!

Precious Pea said...

What a beauty! I think i will try to make the papaya jelly. Looks so pretty!

Jason said...

Pretty papaya! :P

Happy Chinese New Year, kah jie!

ling239 said...

the papaya jelly looks good...
wonder how to balance the papaya (after it is being halved) to set the jelly ~ =.="

Happy CNY ~ ^_^

ai wei said...

your pics of food are killing me softly... ...

Happy Happy Happy Chinese New Year! ~

Big Boys Oven said...

Walio! this looks really good!

Korean Princess said...

The dragon fruit jelly looks yummy!

wmw said...

jun : I did go over! But didn't have the time to look up friends :(

daphne : Yeah, that papaya dessert is pretty special, eh?

Precious P : Let me know when you do!

Jason : Thanks for the wishes...

ling239: Mmmm...can experiment with all sorts of items! :o)

ai wei : Happy Chinese New Year to you too.. :o)

BBO : Yup, taste as good as it looks too!

Korean Princess : Yes, the desserts are special.

teckiee said...

Ohh that papaya thing in interesting! And who you censored out ah?