Got your copy of My Johor Stories?

Some of the personalities that I featured in the Portraits section of My Johor Stories: True Tales, Real People, Rich Heritage, were not present at the launch event but I made sure that each one of them or their family members, received their copy.
                                      
Proudly showing off my book [L to R] Chong Yii Ern,
See Ca Dai, Tan Chai Puan, Yap Leong and Pauline See
A few days before the event, when we went to give Puan Ramlah Mohamed the invitation, she agreed to come and I even made transport arrangements for her.

However, due to very unfortunate circumstances, her plans changed and she could not be with us on that day. So immediately after the event, my mum and I went to see her to present her with a copy of my book.

Ajith Baskaran Dass also wanted to come but on the morning of my event, his mother was unwell. So he spent the better part of the day, consulting doctors and admitting her to the hospital. I only managed to get hold of him late the next day to present him with my book.

With Ajith Baskaran Dass
The family of the late James Ho was delighted that their father was remembered in my book. Later I went to present a copy of my book to his wife, Mrs Ho and asked her grandson (who was there) to read about his Ah Kong to his grandmother.

When I first wrote to Adeline Tan to let her know that I will be featuring her mother, Dawn Parry, under Portraits in my book, she thanked me and said, “We are grateful she can be honorably remembered in your book.”

She was keen to obtain copies for her sister who resides in Perth, Australia, her Aunt Esther in Vermont, USA, who is her mother’s younger sister, her Uncle Sonny Ngui in Kuala Lumpur, her mother’s younger brother and her cousin Karen Ngui in Singapore, saying, “I’m sure they would love to read about my mother in your book and enjoy the other stories too.”

Adeline was gracious to add, “May the book be well-loved and treasured by all who read it.”  She could not come for the launch event as she had planned to join her SIGS Form Five classmates for a reunion in KL on the very next day.

Eunice Wang [Left] with Chang May Yong
“After dinner, I sat down to read and finished reading the whole book. It was a lot of nostalgia for me…remembering the ais kacang at Ee H’ng, buying books for school at Johor Central Store… enjoying supper at the Sungai Segget hawker centre [pasak-kia!], waiting for a bus at the bus station on Jalan Wong Ah Fook. And the wet floors of the nearby market!

Also the scouts jamboree held in Istana Gardens as my grandfather was a Chief Scout who still wore the scout uniform as he visited the camp in those days!

And dear Mr Heng, our official photographer at every school function. I belonged to that era!”

Adeline clearly summarized much of the nostalgia in Johor Baru which touched readers from that era who shared the same experiences.

Doris Boo with Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad
Dave, the Chiew family representative at the event, received a copy of my book which he duly passed to his brother and wife who were busy at work – business as usual – in their family’s Shanghai laundry at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.

Dave declared that his brother and wife were enjoying my book. And it warmed my heart further when he told me, “Most of my siblings have gone out and bought multiple copies each of your book!”

Speaking of siblings, I had the pleasure of personally delivering my books to my sister, Pearly and her family in the UK recently. I also brought a set along to present to my cousin, Bernice and her family, who reside in Wimbledon.

One morning, I was at the table signing the books for Bernice when Jackson her older son, joined us. Quinlan, his 7-year old brother was still playful and quite oblivious of what was happening.

With young nephew, Jackson Maling, in Wimbledon, UK
Jackson looked at the book cover and his eyes widened as he recognized me from my brand identity (avatar). “It’s you!” yelled the excited 10-year old.

“Yes, it’s me,” I calmly replied, trying hard to keep a straight face. “You’re an author?” Jackson asked in a voice thick with wonder.

Keeping my tone normal, I replied, “Yes.” And Jackson jumped on me, clutching my arm and almost broke it (thankfully it was not my signing arm!) as he hugged me.

Charlotte Monterio with Putri Zanina Megat Zainuddin
My nephew, Aaron, hand-carried a batch of my books back to our family in Perth and put some in the post to our relatives in Sydney. It was indeed, amusing to see photos they shared of how the family was enjoying the book Down Under!

Today, Yvonne Yap, mother of young artist, Yap Hanzhen, shared a screen shot of Hanzhen’s website where she shared photos of Hanzhen at my book launch and pages from the book opened to the Portraits section on his story.

She apologized for the delay in posting them as she had trouble retrieving the photos but it’s a small matter because I’m happy to share a spot with him – even if it was a late post!


Photo shared by Sze Mei
Today I also received a photo from General Manager of MPH Publishing, Sze Mei with a brief message that said, “Hi Peggy, Good Morning. My Johor Stories still a bestseller for two consecutive weeks.”

This is indeed good news! A glance at the photo she shared showed shelves of books in MPH bookstores with the Bestselling books. A closer look revealed that my book is on the top shelf – far right – in a tiny space – in spot No. 4, still within the top five titles!

As I said before, getting into the Bestsellers list is an absolute bonus because I started this project without any expectations. I’m just deeply grateful for the love and support from readers everywhere!

Meanwhile I’m receiving feedback, comments and messages from the event and recent blog posts. Among them was, Yvonne Loh, a guest at the event who told me that she had a beautiful experience and more than once, she became very emotional.

Friends from the JB International Women's Association
Josh D’Silva said he looked around the hall that day and could see it in everyone’s eyes, it was a personal joy for everyone to be present. He said the event was intimate and sincere, and we/he too felt a range of emotions. Happiness being the primary one and he confessed, a few of us got teary-eyed too!

I couldn’t help but agree with him as I reviewed photographs from the event and saw how the camera captured some raw emotions… It just made the event even more meaningful and memorable.

[L to R] Ann Loh, Doris Boo and Evelyn Chong
[L to R] Rajpal Singh, Gregory Lui and Derek Pua
Screen shot from www.hanzhen.org that Yvonne Yap shared with me
Readers who wrote me from abroad also asked how they could get their hands on My Johor Stories: True Tales, Real People, Rich Heritage and I replied, advising them to order through website, www.mphonline.com

Readers like Trevor Lee, wrote me through Facebook asking how to get his book autographed.

I’m pleased that I could reply on a positive note because I have arranged to be at MPH Bookstore in Johor Baru City Square on Saturday, Aug 26, from 2pm to 3.30pm, to meet readers and autograph books.

When he received my reply, Trevor wrote, “You bet I’ll queue up there on the 26th!”

It will be good to meet readers but be sure to introduce yourself when we meet!

My Johor Stories, book-signing

While planning the book launch event, I had to provide the estimated number of guests not only to the event venue for catering purposes but also to MPH Publishing Kuala Lumpur so that they could bring an estimated number of books for the book sale.

Signing books for Grace Chiam [Right] while DoubleTree
  by Hilton JB, General Manager, Daniel Alcaraz, looks on
Early that day, the team from MPH Bookstore JB led by Linda, arrived with more than 300 books to set up their mobile store that came complete with cash register and credit-card paying facilities.

As soon as the books were displayed, I overhead questions like, “Can we buy the books now?” because some guests were wondering if they could buy the books now or after the event.

So even before the event programme started, guests were already buying books from the book sale table.

At the close of the event, Linda told me that in her 20-year career with MPH, she participated in many book launches but never before were the books sold-out.

All the books – not counting the bulk pre-orders that were set aside – both hardcover and softcover books, were all sold!

Signing books for guests at the book launch event
My sister-in-law, who had a pre-order [and was hanging around the book table], later told me that someone made a pre-order but was yet to collect it while guests were still asking for books to buy. 

Not willing to let guests leave disappointed, the MPH team decided to release some hardcover books from that pre-order to sell…

I started the book project with no expectations but I’m deeply grateful for the positive response to my book.

It was my pleasure to autograph your book!
It looks like I made history with MPH book launches because never before, even in KL, were all the books sold-out at a launch event. The first time it happened was at my book launch in Johor Baru on July 15, 2017!

As soon as the guests bought their books, they joined the queue to have them autographed by the author. Once their books were signed, they also wanted to capture a photo memento.

And it was an orderly queue where everyone patiently waited for their turn while I signed book after book for them. It was certainly a new experience to sign my name so many times in one sitting but it’s all good.

There are far too many to post them all here so these are just some shots of the happy readers with me on that meaningful and memorable day.

With my former schoolmates, Back Row [L to R] Ramlah, Bee Choo, Emma, Irene;
Front Row [L to R] Wei Leng, Elizabeth, yours truly, Yee Yin, Jennifer and Linda
With my friends from Soroptomists International Iskandar Puteri, who bought my books for their
education project with refugee children here
So pleased to sign my book for my friend, Ian Mak
With Mr & Mrs Yong, Gerald and Yee Yin
With Daphne Ng of Le Grandeur Palm Resort and my books,
that guests in their suites will enjoy reading during their stay with the resort
With Doris Boo of the JB Breast Cancer Support Group and her dear husband
With Charlotte Monterio of Pulai Springs Resort, Johor Baru

With some members of the Mok family; Uncle, Aunty Sylvia and cousin Ryan
With cousin Ryan Mok
P. S. Look out for the next exciting book-signing session happening at an MPH Bookstore! More details and the date, coming soon.

My Johor Stories, the book

When I signed the Grant Agreement with Think City in February 2017, I did not know that it was the start of an eventful journey where my book, My Johor Stories: True Tales, Real People, Rich Heritage, would end up at the No. 1 spot on the MPH Publishing, Non-Fiction Best-sellers list, for the week 14 July to 20 July.

A display of nostalgic artifacts at the launch event
This was achieved only because of readers like you, who are keen to have a collection of My Johor Stories in a book and to present it to others as a uniquely Johor-flavoured gift.

My book launch event was graced by guests in a veritable Who’s Who in Johor Baru list and I’m deeply honoured by the presence of everyone. It did not matter if the guests were titled or not because to me, it was particularly meaningful that everyone gathered for the event, wanted to be there.

Everything passed so swiftly in the event programme that only as I look at the photos now that I can recall with pleasure, the many Very Interesting People who were there.

It was my privilege to share this momentous event in what I thought was to be a small event but it turned out to be quite special. Besides Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad, the guest-of-honour and writer of the Foreword for my book, there were a number of Datuk and Datin as well as a Datuk Seri.

Introducing Putri Zanina [Right] to Tan Sri Shahrir
Abdul Samad, the guest-of-honour, at my book launch
Cousin Karen, who had a full weekend of activities in Kuala Lumpur, made the effort to fly-in specially to accompany her mother to attend my event. I deeply appreciate that many family members and friends drove or took public transport from KL and Singapore to be present.

My friend, Ian Mak, braved the Saturday morning causeway traffic to come from Singapore and later when I learnt the he walked across the causeway to get here, I was choked with emotion. [By the time the event was over, I was an emotional wreck!]

There were many who marked their calendars and made every effort to ensure they could be present. And now I’ve got photos to see how they enjoyed meeting mutual friends and of course, witnessing my book launch.

Seen at MPH Bookstore in JB City Square
It was particularly special for me because the first editor whom I worked with under Travel Times of the New Straits Times, Putri Zanina Megat Zainuddin, also graced the event. It was especially meaningful that Putri, who once encouraged me in writing creatively, was present to witness this.

Now a contributing writer for New Straits Times, Life & Times, Putri even volunteered to do a review of my book as well as a news story about My Johor Stories!

Before the event programme started, guests were buying books from the MPH book sale table. I started the book project with no expectations but I’m deeply grateful for the positive response to my book.

At the close of the event, Linda of MPH Bookstore JB, told me with amazement, that in her 20-year career with MPH, she participated in many book launches but never before were the books sold-out. All the books – not counting the bulk pre-orders that were set aside – both hardcover and softcover books, were sold out at my book launch!

Bestsellers list week ending July 20,
published in the Sunday Star, July 23
Later I was told that in the history of MPH book launches, never before, even in KL, were all the books sold-out at a launch event. Not until my book launch on July 15, 2017 in Johor Baru!

On July 24, I received an email from Sze Mei, General Manager of MPH Publishing and it read:

"Dear Peggy,
My Johor Stories made it to the MPH weekly bestsellers list for last weekend!
Heartiest congratulations!!!"

This was followed by the list of book titles and author names, with my book title and name topping the list at No. 1.

It really doesn’t matter if my book was a bestseller or not, but to be added into the MPH Bestsellers’ list and hitting the Non-Fiction, No. 1 spot, is undeniably, an added bonus!

As I said, I couldn’t have achieved it without you, the readers. Thank you, ever so much!

Dr Neil Khor is holding a giant size
mock-up of My Johor Stories book!
I’m also ever grateful for the professional partnership of MPH Publishing and Think City, two reputable brands that go a long way to support the My Johor Stories brand.

The team with the venue sponsor, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Baru, did well in providing all that was necessary for the event programme to flow smoothly and I’m thankful.

Grace Chiam, who was instrumental in helping me with the venue for my event, went the extra mile for me. Having been relocated to Kuala Lumpur, I’m deeply touched that she took leave from work to fly in on a day-trip, just to be present. [She will be quick to tell others that I was her first friend in JB!]

Back in KL, she was in the MPH Bookstore at Nu Sentral, a mall adjacent to KL Sentral, and when she saw my books displayed there, she snapped a photo and shared it with me.

With GM of DoubleTree by Hilton JB, Daniel Alcaraz
I appreciate how the hotel General Manager, Daniel Alcaraz supported the event with his presence and in buying my books. By then, he had learnt that this hotel has a special place in my heart for many reasons, but especially its location across the road from where I grew up in our grandfather's house at No. 154, Jalan Ngee Heng.

Thanks to my friends at The Iskandarian for capturing the moments in photographs. I'm also thrilled that I made it to the cover of the August 2017 issue of The Iskandarian!

Thanks to Grace Chiam, for sharing this shot!
My grateful thanks to KK Lew of MAGistrate who produced a bite-size memento of the event in a little video clip. Its a bit comical to watch the speedy version of the series of events that included brief clips of the speeches by Dr Neil Khor of Think City and Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad, the Member of Parliament of JB.

There was also a segment where Lew made guests say a few words in short messages and it was fun to see their spontaneous reactions. This video is extremely valuable because it is through this clip that I managed to have an overview of what was going on elsewhere while the book sale was happening and guests were waiting for their books to be signed...

All who were present will agree with me that it was a happy occasion, yet one that was super-charged with emotion. Thank you all for being part of it. 

P. S. Look out for a gallery of photos coming up in the next posts. 

For fish connoisseurs

If you are a fan of fish and are skilled in separating every morsel of tender flesh from the bone, then it will be sheer delight for you to savour a whole steamed fish at Fat Fish Johor Baru.

Executive Chef Teo Wong Jieh presents
the signature dish at Fat Fish Johor Baru
Connoisseurs of fish agree that there’s something comforting about savouring freshly-steamed fish, sipping its hot broth and slurping the rich tasty flavours, right to the bottom of the hotplate.

They are discovering the pure pleasure of eating the signature dish of whole fish served in bubbling hot broth at Fat Fish JB and are coming back for more at this neighbourhood restaurant.

I’m glad my family and I arrive before 6.30pm because the restaurant is almost full. In a few minutes, a queue of people has gathered outside, waiting for a table to be available!

Dining Concept

The dining concept of serving Chinese fusion food in a trendy café, designed with an industrial ambiance, is the brainchild of Executive Chef Teo Wang Jieh and his partner, Xue Nie.

Culinary trained in Melbourne, they share a hobby in travelling and enjoying good food.

The facade of Fat Fish JB at Taman Melodies, Johor Baru
While seeking an opportunity to open their restaurant in JB, they applied their experience in catering European menus for private events that were hosted at interesting venues.

Recently while travelling in Tientsin, China, where they tasted a fish dish that inspired them to apply Western-style cooking into Chinese food and created their signature dish.

While their creation appears to be similar, it is served in a choice of flavours that match the tastes of local palates.

“Nothing tastes like fresh fish,” said Teo who explains that their fish is locally sourced for a more consistent taste and premium fish is offered for a more satisfying meal.

While every order is individually cooked, no effort is spared to prepare the fish and broth base in advance.

To Order

For first-timers, start by picking your choice of fish, all supplied fresh daily from Kukup. Incidentally, the restaurant is closed on Monday because there was no fish supply on that day.

The whole fish is buried under a variety of seafood in
a dish of steaming hot broth 
Teo says they use fish such as barramundi (RM76.30), red snapper (RM97.30) and grouper (RM125.30) or seasonal specials like jade perch (RM125.30).

Then pick your choice of broth from four flavours: Japanese Miso, Seafood and Mushrooms, Sichuan Hot and Spicy, and Tomato. This is when you should inform the waiter of your preference for less salt or more spice in your broth.

For additional seafood, choose from add-on items like baby octopus (RM9.90), clams (RM9.90), mussels (RM11.90), sea prawns (RM12.90), sliced abalone (RM9.90) and yabby lobsters (RM19.90).

For diners’ convenience, they can just pick the Seafood Platter (RM38.90) which comprises prawns, clams, baby octopus and sliced abalone.

Side orders of [Clockwise] Japanese udon, handmade
noodles, egg noodles and fried buns or mantou
Vegetable Platters in two sizes, small (RM15.90) and large (RM23.90), comprising abalone mushrooms, soyabean sprouts, potato slices, Chinese cabbage, Enoki mushrooms and tofu cubes.

There are side orders like egg noodles, handmade noodles, Japanese udon (RM4.90 each) fried buns or mantou (RM5.90), and steamed rice (RM2.90) to soak up the rich broth from the signature steamed fish dish.

Crispy fried fish skins (RM5.90) is also a popular choice. A glance at the other tables proves that this side order is simply irresistible!

To Savour

While the ordering process may seem a bit tedious, I’m pleasantly surprised that the kitchen serves up our order rather quickly.

I like how matching sets of ceramic plates and Chinese spoons with wooden chopsticks are used instead of plastic tableware.

The chef’s recommendation of a jade perch – available the day I was there – is an excellent choice. Fish connoisseurs know how to enjoy the delicious flavour of its tender flesh with a touch of collagen.

When the dish is served, we sit back to allow the waiter to place the steaming hotplate centrally on the table. Then watch in awe as the whole fish bubbles in broth, topped by our side orders of seafood and vegetables.

The enticing aroma from the seafood and mushroom broth, simmering with freshly cooked seafood, is simply mouthwatering.

To ensure that the fish is equally cooked on its topside, a soup ladle is provided for us to drizzle the boiling broth over the fish. A spatula is inserted under the fish to move the fish so that its underside will not be charred.

A serving of crispy fish skins
The waiter gently reminds us to let the vegetables cook a little longer to soften them. I spot slices of Chinese cabbage, soyabean sprouts, tofu cubes as well as Enoki and abalone mushrooms in the broth.

When I gently move the fish with the spatula, I find that it’s resting on a bed of potato slices, probably for protection from the flames below.

With our eyes fixed on the fish, we patiently nibble on crispy fish skin for a few minutes. Meanwhile I can see prawns, clams, baby octopus and sliced abalone in the bubbling broth.

The moments tick by and as if we cannot wait any longer, we finally raise our chopsticks together to dig in. We are doing justice to the fish and seafood and also accept the offer from waiter to top-up the broth. I’m sure the waiters can tell that we are fans of fish because when they clear the table, all that is left on the hotplate, is the fish’s lateral bone!

FAT FISH JB RESTAURANT [Halal-sourced ingredients]
97, Jalan Beringin, Taman Melodies, 80250 Johor Baru, Johor

TEL                607 – 3309420

HOURS        Open 6pm to 12am. Closed Monday.

FOOD            Chinese fusion cuisine

PICK              Jade Perch fish in seafood and mushroom broth

PAY               From RM3 to RM130 per dish

MOOD          Contemporary family restaurant

SERVICE     Efficient and unobtrusive

I SAY…         Go give it a try

A version of this was published in The New Straits Times, Life & Times on 2 August 2017

All things Javanese

It all started with a little love story where her Malaysian father met her Indonesian mother while both were studying in Taiwan. To relief homesickness, they often cooked food from home and soon discovered a shared passion for cooking.

Facade of Niniq Javanese Cuisine at Taman Molek,
Johor Baru
Years later, after their children had completed their studies, Angela Ho and her sister, Jennifer, opened a café in Johor Baru. Their East-meets-West cuisine includes a selection of their mother’s recipes of Surabaya-style Indonesian food.

This family-owned Niniq Bistro & Bakery, which has a menu section dedicated to Indonesian specialties like Lamb Gule and Beef Rawon, recently decided to focus on traditional Javanese food, particularly the recipes that they grew up with, and reopened as Niniq Javanese Cuisine.

Family Favourites

The Indonesian archipelago comprises a number of islands with an equal number of ethnic groups with culture and cuisines unique to them. Niniq presents a taste of how the Javanese of Surabaya enjoy their food.

A serving of Nasi Goreng Jempol
Jennifer and Angela fondly recall childhood visits to their grandmother’s home in Surabaya and tells me about the dishes she served and how they would help themselves to a seemingly endless supply of their favourite food.

These family recipes that grandmother, Suzanna Hartono, had passed to their mother, Lila Hendra, are now part of the menu they serve at the first Javanese cuisine restaurant in Johor Baru.

While all the fresh ingredients are locally sourced, every effort is made to procure traditional spices and dry ingredients from Java to prepare the food.

One of my Niniq favourites, Satay Ayam topped with
spicy peanut sauce... mmm...yummy!
Angela says one of her favourite quick meals must be a hearty serving of Nasi Goreng Jempol (RM15) stir-fried with fresh prawns and chicken slices.

She would usually enjoy it with a bowl of Rawon (RM22), traditional beef soup darkened by buah keluak or candlenut, both comfort food that fondly reminds her of grandmother’s kitchen.

Brought up on her recipes, the sisters admit that they have a higher threshold for the spicy heat of chillies but they assure me that all food served at Niniq are palatable for both young and old.

So I’m reminded that when I place my orders, I'll have to request for my preferred level of spiciness.

Family Dining

Diners at Niniq are encouraged to enjoy their food communal-style dining, like how family and friends will share a variety of dishes to eat with fragrant white rice (RM2) or rich yellow rice (RM4).

Tempe Tahu Goreng [Background]
and Niniq's Ayam Goreng [Foreground]
We start with nibbling on emping belinjau, traditional Indonesian crisps, washed down with refreshing chilled drinks like Es Kelapa Muda (RM7), young coconut juice with slices of coconut flesh or Es Kelapa Muda Jeruk Nipis (RM8), young coconut flesh in lime juice.

Then it’s time for appetizers like freshly fried Tempe Tahu Goreng (RM9), Empek-Empek (RM15) fried fish cake with vinegar sauce, and Gado-Gado (RM14) vegetable salad.

Angela shows me the way to enjoy Empek-Empek by drizzling the vinegar sauce over the fried pieces of fish cake. When I sink my teeth into a chewy piece of fish cake, I tell her it somehow reminds me of our keropok lekor.

As its name describes, the Tempe Tahu Goreng comes with triangles of fried beancurd and slices of fermented soyabean fritters with a side of traditional Sambal Tomat. While this dip sauce has a tomato base, go easy on the sambal as it has a decent yet deceptive heat.

An Ekor Goreng order comes with a side of ox-tail soup
White rice goes well with dishes like Ikan Goreng Garuda (RM55), a crispy, deep-fried seabass fish served with chillie-kicap manis or sweet dark sauce and Terong Belado (RM14), eggplant topped with Niniq’s own belado sambal sauce.

The rich gravy in Udang Kare Java (RM38) should be enjoyed with rice. I think it tastes so right with yellow rice that I cannot resist asking for another small helping.

I also agree that Ekor Goreng (RM32) is a more refined description for deep-fried ox-tail slices in a dish popularly known as Buntut Goreng in Indonesia. Marinated in Javanese spices, its tender flesh melts in my mouth. My beef experience is completed by a side of traditional ox-tail soup.

Sweet Endings

To end my Javanese meal sweetly, Angela recommends traditional desserts like warm Kohlak and Es Dawet (RM5 each). I can’t help noticing that while Kohlak resembles bubur-cha-cha and Es Dawet is their version of iced cendol, these Indonesian desserts are distinctively different.

Indonesian desserts; Kohlak [Left] and Es Dawet [Right]
Having earned an enviable reputation for their quality cakes, The Patisserie by Niniq continues to serve innovative creations in cakes and breads for diners to enjoy with hot drinks including traditional Indonesian hot Kopi Tubruk (RM5).

I am delighted to discover beautifully decorated new cake varieties like Lychee with Rose, Mango Keyline and a pretty slice of fruit cake to enjoy with my coffee.

While I’m enjoying the delicious cakes, Angela tells me that members of the Indonesian Consul Office here are regulars in the restaurant as they feel homesick for familiar food. I’m also glad to learn that Niniq’s catering team was also challenged to meet with exciting orders for special occasions including uniquely designed items presented to the Johor royal family.

Glad that Niniq is still offering a good range of cakes and breads, I venture to ask if they may bring back some signature items from its previous menu. The sisters smile sweetly and reply with an enigmatic, “We will consider…”

NINIQ JAVANESE CUISINE RESTAURANT [Halal-sourced ingredients]
19 & 21 Jalan Molek 3/10, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Baru, Johor

TEL                607 – 352 4800

HOURS        Open 11am to 10pm.  Closed Sunday.

FOOD            Javanese cuisine and modern patisserie

PICK              Nasi Goreng Jempol, Udang Kare Java, Ekor Goreng and Ikan Goreng Garuda

PAY               From RM2 to RM55 per dish

MOOD          Contemporary family restaurant

SERVICE     Efficient and unobtrusive

I SAY…         Go give it a try

A version of this was published in The New Straits Times, Life & Times on 26 July 2017