I had one last day left in Johor Bahru before i leave for Singapore, upon contemplation I have decided that Johor Bahru is a pretty nice little town. There are definite differences between here and other cities in Malaysia, you can see the influence of Singapore more here than other cities.
I woke up quite hungry so i went for a little walk to find somewhere for breakfast. I walked around a corner and spotted a place called hwa mui kopitiam, then i noticed something that i find quite interesting about Malaysian culture. So this was just a normal street and there was hwa mui and next to that was another kopitiam called nyayang kopitiam that was the same size, same decor and same menu. You look inside hwa mui and there were roughly a dozen people eating breakfast, inside nyayang there are zero people dining. I am guessing it is some kind of situation where everyone tells their aunties and uncles “go to hwa mui for breakfast, not nyayang”.
It was almost a foregone conclusion that i would go to the restaurant that had lots of people dining there, as i entered i was greeted and directed to a table by the very friendly staff. I really like the decor here with wooden tables and stools with the soft hum of fans overhead.
While i was planning my holiday i knew that one of the things i had to do was order a plate of fried noodles for breakfast. I find that having spicy noodles for breakfast serves the same purpose as a nice strong espresso, it kick starts everything in your body.. I ordered a plate of ‘mamak mee’ and it had the most wonderful fragrance when it arrived at my table. These were egg noodles that were simply stir fried with eggs, chicken, fish cake and tomato which i found strange but it added a nice juiciness to the noodles.
If i was going back to Johor Bahru I would definitely make another trip to Hwa Mui. There were a few things on the menu that I wanted to try next time.