12 Local Food in Muar

1. Otak Otak Cheng Boi



No 28, 4, Jln Bentayan, Taman Sri Emas, 84000 Muar, Johor

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“Otak otak” is a fish paste made from fish (usually mackerel) and spices (chili, garlic, shallots, turmeric, lemongrass, coconut milk, etc.) that is traditionally fresh and baked wrapped in banana leaves until the aroma starts to come out! Cheng Boi’s otak otak is thick, fluffy and flexible because it’s made mostly of real mackerel (not a hard starch filler). The taste of curry is mild, so we can taste fresh fish, shrimp or squid. The best way to eat meat fresh off the grill is to remove it directly from the grill.

2. Muar Bakri Laksa


4, batu 1 3/, 307, Jalan Bakri, Simpang Empat, 84000 Muar, Johor

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Learn that Muar Bakri Laksa is one of the 50 best Laksa restaurants in Malaysia. As a food lover, if you happen to be near Muar, you should not miss it. The laksa in the bowl even contains a lot of ingredients. You can also ask for maximum spiciness, if you can handle it.

3. Sai Kee Coffee 434


121, Jalan Maharani, 84000 Muar, Johor

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Labelled as Muar’s Starbucks, 434 coffee shop is a place that has good quality food and coffee at reasonable prices. Not only do they have unique interior decoration, but what is more impressive is their determination to cultivate the coffee plant quietly. They are known for their homemade “434 coffee,” all of which they roast and brew. They also have different ways of making coffee. One of them is called “coffee flower”. It is made with the aroma of coffee flower. This so-called “queen coffee” has a unique aroma. Coffee lovers, you don’t want to miss this precious place. It’s an ambitious coffee shop, they don’t just make coffee. They’ve been promoting coffee all their lives.

4. Muar Glutton Street



Jalan Haji Abu, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor

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There are two dozen food stalls on Muar Glutton street. Look down Muar Glutton street from the intersection of Jalan Meriam. This is the whole food court — you can see it at a glance. Ah Kaw Satay, who sells chicken and pork satay. It is one of the stalls of Muar Glutton Street. There has the usual chicken and pork satay and pork intestine satay. The flavor is sweet and salty. The texture is soft and the intestines are particularly soft. The peanut sauce was sweet with a bit of nuttiness and taste of spices. Ah Choy’s wanton mee is of the “red” type, with a strong salty, sweet and spicy flavor. And the fried oyster omelet stand is probably the most famous on Muar Glutton street.

5. Rojak @ Sg. Abong


Jalan Sungai Abong, Taman Sungai Abong, 84000 Muar, Johor

Opening Hours:

11.30am-5.30pm (Closed on Thursday)

Rojak is a local Malaysian delicacy that can be bought at any stall but the one that served at Sg. Abong is considered one of the best. You may have to wait a long time, but your patience will get you a big plate of rojak. The vegetarian rojak is a perfect combination of pineapple, yam beans, spinach, bean sprouts, cucumbers, crushed peanuts, bean curd puffs and breadsticks. Try the enticing rojak in original or spicy flavors.

6. Kedai Kopi Lu San


20, Jalan Haji Abu, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor

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Hainan chicken rice or chicken steak is common in Malaysia, but have you heard of Hainan chicken curry rice? If not, then you should try Kedai Kopi Lu San. Kedai Kopi Lu San is famous for Hainan curry rice. Like many other old buildings downtown, the corner shop has a colonial look, though it has been painted bright red (now faded) to catch the eye of passers-by. Curry is not too hot or greasy for the masses. Instead, they found the curry gave off a pleasant aroma. The chicken is tender, and there’s a different version of the gravy that you can use to add curry to the rice.

7. Han Thoy Coffee Shop


Panchor, 84500 Panchor, Johor

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The specialty of Han Thoy Coffee Shop is river shrimp. River shrimp can be cooked in a variety of ways, the most popular of which is steamed shrimp (egg white with ginger and scallions) because it’s the best way to fully enjoy its natural flavor. Soft and firm flesh with a hint of Chinese wine. Cuttlefish salad is another dish worth trying, because Mr. Han’s recipe is different from other places, where he uses sweet and spicy peanut butter instead of dark.

8. Jalan Hashim Prawn Noodle (Ah Niu Fried Noodles)


43, Jalan Hashim, Taman Sri Emas, 84000 Muar, Johor

Along Jalan Hashim, you can find an unremarkable stand serving fried prawn noodles, fried rice and other noodles. The chef is experienced in cooking local food because he has been cooking in the school canteen for a long time. It’s a very traditional place with only a few seats. The Fried shrimp noodles here are cheap and delicious. A plate of Fried prawn noodles costs only rm4.00 and is very large, with lots of prawn and meat slices. Generally speaking, it’s a good place for breakfast.

9. Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah


Jalan Abdullah, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor

Opening Hours:

7am-4pm (Closed on Friday)

Mee Bandung is a unique and moderate spicy, local fast-food restaurant in Muar. Some of the food stalls are supplying this particular dish, but most of us think that the cook of Abu Bakar Hanipah has mastered the art of Mee Bandung. Their Mee Bandung has a strong shrimp flavor. The combination of their specially made sambal, shrimps, cuttlefish and beef results in this savoury and a little overpowering taste that will linger long in your taste buds.

10. Merlin Restaurant Muar



90, Jalan Orkid, Taman Orkid, 84000 Muar, Johor

Opening Hours:

11am-9pm (Closed on Monday)

Merlin restaurant is a household name in Muar, and even well-known foodies as far away as Singapore and Penang. One of Merlin’s signature dishes is dragon tongue fish. It is actually a small flounder, named for its unique shape. Tasting wisdom, “dragon tongue fish” is a simple good pan fried fish. Tequila meat is tender, delicate and sweet, and its taste is entirely dependent on the freshness of the ocean. Merlin’s is also famous for their asam fish. Merlin only uses super fresh fish. The broth tastes more like Assam than pedas, so it’s salty, but sour. The sour taste clearly has a strong following. The Asam gravy shows off the natural sweetness of fresh fish very well. No wonder this dish has made merlin famous throughout Malaysia and even among Singapore’s foodies

11. Muar Soup House



47, Jalan Sisi, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor

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Drive around the town of Muar at night and you’ll pass a restaurant with a tricycle sign. You should go there because it’s one of mal’s famous restaurants. The soup tastes delicious. Not only that, it’s also concentrated, not very thin like the other ones, but it’s nice, and it tastes like pepper and cream. It has a lot of fillings you want, recommended lamb and “gearbox”. The gearbox gets its name from the fact that the bones go into the soup just like the gearbox in a car, and they put straws into the bones of the gearbox to help you shovel things out of the bones. The meat in the soup absorbs the flavor of the soup. It’s juicy and delicious. There are so many options for meat, whether it’s chicken, beef, lamb, or even offal, you can even mix it in soup. Their other choice is western food. Their chicken chops are one of their signatures. Not only is the meat big and juicy, but the most important thing is the sauce on top. They still have many varieties of chocolate, such as mee bandung, roti canai, maggi goreng, and many more. All of these you can easily point to because they are all good. Don’t forget the drinks! They’re special, too, like their iced mint tea, which you can’t get anywhere else, a lot of people order here.

12. Jie Chun Restaurant Muar


240, Jalan Sakeh, 84000 Muar, Johor

Opening Hours:

7am-2pm (Closed on Thursday)

Mr. Wong, founder of Kedai Jie Chun from Hainan, opened the restaurant after coming to Muar, which serves authentic Hainanese chicken rice. Chicken rice balls are their main attraction. It’s moist and soft and delicious, and you can mix it with soy sauce. Generously lathered with sesame sauce, the chicken’s meat is a bit firm but it tastes excellent overall. You can also order braised tofu, which goes well with chicken and rice.

How to go to Muar 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 3 hours’ drive from Singapore to Muar 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 Muar 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 Muar

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. Your destination is the terminal bus stop in the Muar. The cost of the bus is about RM64 per person.

Bus Ticket (JB Sentral to Muar):


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