10 Local Food in Kulai

1. Kulai Big Tree Lei Cha


Jalan Air Hitam, Lot 8095, Batu, Taman Nam Tak, 81000 Kulai, Johor

Opening Hours:

10am-3pm (Closed on Thursday)

In Kulai, almost everyone knows about the humble lei cha, which is located under a big tree at Jalan Susur Kulai 5 (near the auto repair shop). There are many tables in the dining room. They are clean and cool. The space is very comfortable with a nice kampung ambiance. Lei cha fan is eaten with yong tou fu sides, so customers always get fresh piping hot yong tou fu. If you want to eat yong tou fu, you have to be alert as each batch disappears quickly, especially to take away customers. Lei cha is usually served with a bowl of hot green coloured gruel of grounded vegetables and herbs.

2. Happy Land Ice Kacang Kulai


1-38 Jalan Pinang, Taman Kota Kulai, 81000 Kulai, Johor, Malaysia.

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This Ice kacang shop is among the famous stall in Kulai. This shop is full of people especially on Sunday. There are various flavors of ice kacang listed on board such as original, chocolate, cendol, ice-cream, fruit. Even with the variety of food options, happy land’s fried chicken nasi lemak is super famous. Together with nasi lemak Kentut and Yellow Corner nasi lemak is considered part of Kulai’s super delicious nasi lemak stalls. There are four different stalls. Three of them are located near the entrance of the cafeteria, selling Fried rice, fried kway teow and ngau hiang. The other one is located inside the restaurant, selling desserts, drinks and Indian rojak. You must pay separately for each stall. When you order at a nasi lemak stall, you must choose the portion of chicken you want, which is then prepared and chopped by the waiter.

3. Heng Heng Hainanese Chicken Rice Kulai


Lorong Ismail, Taman Kulai, 81000 Kulai, Johor

Opening Hours:

6.30am-3pm (Closed on Thursday)

Heng Heng Hainanese Chicken Rice Kulai has 4 stores in Kulai town. The chicken here is juicy, sweet and super tender. The roast chicken was delicious. The white chicken was slippery. With their delicious homemade sauce, this perfect combination will make you ask for more. The founder of Heng Heng Hainanese Chicken Rice Kulai is famous for his roasted pork belly. You all have to try. Fragrant rice is tender and firm, and the grains are easily separated. These grains are covered in chicken soup, but not greasy.

4. Mok Gao Beef Noodles


31, Lorong Ismail, Taman Kulai, 81000 Kulai, Johor

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Kulai’s most famous beef noodle is ‘Mok Gao Beef Noodles’. This restaurant has a long history in Kulai. The restaurant is famous for beef noodles, but it also sells other kinds of noodles, such as pork noodles and seafood noodles. But seafood noodles are only available after 10 a.m. The restaurant has two versions of noodles, one is dry noodles and the other is noodles in soup. But, in most cases, dry goods run out after 8 or 9 a.m. The soup version is salty, sweet and cold. It’s delicious. The pork noodles in soup taste good. Beef or noodle lovers must try this restaurant. Most Kulai residents love and are proud of the restaurant.

5. Restoran Sze Hwa


3, Jalan Seruling 1, Taman Sri Kulai Baru 2, 81000 Kulai, Johor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours:

8am-9pm (Closed on Monday)

Sze Hwa is the only brand of bak kut teh from Kulai. The bak kut teh were early, in addition to the standard ribs and bones, it has intestines, tails, cartilage, abdomen, kidneys, liver, etc. The meat is meaty — it’s filled with soy sauce, fresh garlic, and herbs. The fresh meat is tender but still chewy. Fresh pork has a subtle pork sweetness. If you prefer a sweeter flavor, dip it into the sweet dark soy sauce. The brownish medium bodied broth was mildly savoury, slightly garlicky, herbal and not overly greasy.

6. Kedai Tauhu Beku


627, Jalan Serunai 11, Taman Saleng, 81400 Kulai, Johor, Malaysia.

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No preservative, no colorant, no MSG is the insistence of Kedai Tauhu Beku in making organic beancurd – “Tau Foo Fah”. The texture is silky and smooth, making it hard to resist the natural sweetness of a bowl of tofu. On top of that, organic tofu is rich in calcium, which is good for your health. A bowl of tofu costs only RM3.20.

7. Restaurant Yon Lai


37, Jalan Anggerik 2, Taman Kulai Utama, 81000 Kulai, Johor

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The service at Restaurant Yon Lai is fast and friendly, and it is always crowded with customers for delicious snacks. Their “big bao” are tempting to look at and are filled with pork. Both the bread and the filling taste sweet. If you are a fan of popular dim sum, the staff here will recommend their must-try. These delicious dumplings taste best when eaten hot, but they still taste good when heated at home. Yon Lai makes three main varieties of pau with savoury fillings of sliced pork meat, barbecued pork or char siew, and sweet fillings of tau sar (red bean paste) and leen yong (lotus seed paste).  The sang yuk pau comes in two sizes, one of which is a tai pau or big pau, which is big enough to be a satisfying small meal.

8. Soon Kee Bitter Gourd Soup Restaurant


28, Jalan Impian Senai Utama, Taman Impian Senai, 81400 Senai, Johor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours:

11am-9pm (Closed on Tuesday)

There are several reasons why Soon Kee is famous. First of all, the price of the dishes is very reasonable for different levels of people. Second, in addition to bitter melon soup, Soon Kee offers a variety of home-cooked dishes, just to name a few, including sweet and sour pork, dried chili chicken, minced meat tau foo, hakka deep-fried pork and various vegetables. Bitter melon soup is a signature dish in Soon Kee and one of the must-have dishes in Soon Kee. The soup base is made of pig bone soup. The bitter gourd is thinly sliced and cooked in a broth of pork slices and sausage (depending on customer preference). Bitter gourd soup is only RM3.50 per serving. Finally, the famous Fried pork belly. Interestingly, pork belly is marinated in fermented bean curd and is only sliced after frying. It’s delicious and crispy.

9. Restoran Sin Keong Kee


140, Jalan Susur Kulai 2, Taman Kulai Besar, 81000 Kulai, Johor

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Mouthwatering roasted duck is available at Restoran Sin Keong Kee because its red banners are easy to find. The roast duck is served in a crispy broth with white rice and slices of cucumber. Roasted duck is served in generous portion, and most of it is boneless. Also, some people might try its special duck noodles.

10. Yellow Corner Nasi Lemak Kulai


215, Jalan Pinang 1, Taman Kota Kulai, 81000 Kulai, Johor

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Welcome to Yellow Corner, where you can enjoy some of the best nasi lemak in town. While there are plenty of other dishes on the menu at Yellow Corner, a plate of nasi lemak and teh tarik is a typical meal. Savory coconut rice with a mound of sambal, slices of cucumber and a piece of Fried chicken. Pairing the sambal which has strong anchovy flavour with the rice will never go wrong for this hearty meal.

How to go to Kulai from Singapore

1. Private Taxi Service

Travel is more comfortable and less troublesome if you take a private car than by bus or van. You can save a maximum of 1 to 1. 5 hours by getting off the bus twice just to get out of the country. It is suitable for family or groups is to hire a private taxi. This is the most preferred and popular choices among the rest of transport since the travelling time will be most convenient as compare to others transportation especially if you have young children on board. The travelling time normally take less than 2 hours’ drive from Singapore to Kulai and that of course must depend on both immigration clearance and traffic condition. Due to high demand, The Rickshaw Run (Main website link) is now providing this transportation services from Singapore to Kulai too.


–              Simple and easy to make a reservation through online in just few click.

–              We will pick you up at your selected location in Singapore Island wide.

–              With us you can enjoy sit in the car and across border without alight your luggage.

–              Affordable price with 5 stars services experience.

–              All cars are well maintained to ensure your safety

–              Friendly driver with simple English speaking.

2. Bus & Coach From Singapore To Kulai

If you travel according to budget, consider taking a bus. The bus ticket can be booked online. To avoid traffic jams, it is recommended that you book a bus as soon as possible so that you can catch the ferry. Later, you need to get off the bus to clear the customs. Carry your luggage with you for scanning. First, you must buy your ticket from JB Sentral. Your destination is the terminal bus stop in the Kulai. The cost of the bus (from JB sentral to Kulai) is about RM11 per person.

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