Yong Peng is only a 20 minute drive from Batu Pahat town and we recently did a food trip that was surprisingly satisfying. We made a list of our recommended Yong Peng food – tried, tasted and passed!
Yong Peng Duck Noodle
Yong Peng Duck Noodle is probably the most hidden eatery among our list, located further from Jalan Besar main street of Yong Peng town. It took a little while to find the place, because Waze’s info wasn’t accurate. We tried again, this time keying the exact GPS I found in blogs and finally reached there with little sweat.
The duck noodle stall was in a commonplace food court, that will make you second guess it’s food quality. As the first stop for our food trip, we ordered for one to be shared.
Yong Peng Duck Noodle certainly did not disappoint. Its soup is wholesome and full of umami. It left us no doubt that the soup was boiled from aplenty flavoursome duck bones, created the broth-like consistency. The noodles (mee pok, in our case) was rightfully al-dente, that we ended up vying for the last bite. No food in between marriage, huh?
Gerai Mee Daging Itik Yong Peng (永平鸭肉)
Address: 2, Jalan Sekolah Melayu, Taman Selatan, 83700 Yong Peng, Johor
GPS: 2.016599, 103.062711
Anthony Fish Ball
Anthony Fish Ball Restaurant prides itself for producing delectable and bouncy fish balls. CS even joked that he could probably play ping-pong with the fishball, which certainly looked creditable. My only complaint was the accompanying soup that was lacklustre, taste like those served in subpar eateries.
If fish balls aren’t your favourite food, Anthony has variety of Chinese menu to choose, from ala-carte dishes to one-plate meal.
Anthony Fish Ball (荣凯鱼丸面)
Address: 18, Jalan Bayan, Taman Sembrong Barat, 83700, Yong Peng, Johor, Malaysia.
GPS: 2.010495, 103.066277
Maxim Snack Shoppe
Maxim Snack Shoppe was evidently the locals’ go-to place for an easy breakfast or tea time. The shop’s Chinese name literally translated as ‘big beard’. We were astonished at first, but soon found the explanation upon seeing Maxim Snack Shoppe’s owner – a man with ahem.. plenty of beards.
Don’t be fooled by the small, dingy shop as it offers quite a range of local snacks – malay kuehs, curry puffs, siew pau et cetera. On top of that, we can order for its specialty roti bakar, perfectly complemented by aromatic coffee or tea. The beverages were brewed by no-other than Mr Big Beard himself, the traditional way.
Maxim Snack Shoppe (大胡子面包小食)
Address: 230, Jalan Besar, 83700 Yong Peng, Johor
GPS: 2.010996, 103.067372
Foo Chow Biscuits @ Kedai Eng Hin Yong Peng
Yong Peng is highly populated by people with Foo Chow ancestry. This makes Yong Peng town, the best place to taste authentic Foo Chow delicacies and snacks. One of them is the Foo Chow biscuit or kompia from Kedai Eng Hin.
Also known as ‘bagels of Foo Chow’, it was invented 600 years ago during wartime in China, as soldier’s food provision that can be easily carried along (the tiny hole in the middle is to strung the pieces together).
Every time we drop-by Yong Peng, CS will happily stock-in plenty of these. The original flavour (without fillings) taste like chinese pau but is chewier, less-yeasty and slightly sweeter. There are other versions with filings but we thought the simplest is always the best.
Kedai Eng Hin had since expanded its business to selling other Malaysian snacks and dry goods.
Kedai Membuat Kuih-Muih Eng Hin (永兴福州饼面厂)
Address: 14, Jalan Besar, 83700 Yong Peng, Johor
Estimated GPS: 2.011243, 103.060159
Restoran Hock Swee Hin
Just a few doors from Kedai Eng Hin, is a restaurant that serves Foo Chow cuisine – Restoran Hock Swee Hin. Most people visit this restaurant for their mouthwatering Foo Chow Noodles, with pork and lards.
There are other restaurants that serves delicious Foo Chow noodles, but no one makes better Foo Chow Egg Soup than Hock Swee Hin. If you like sharkfin soup, but had since swore it off, their soup is the closest thing you can get, without harming a single shark.
The cons: Other dishes on their menu taste average and the billings are sometime questionable.
Restoran Hock Swee Hin (福瑞兴餐厅)
Address: 2, Jalan Besar, 83700 Yong Peng, Johor
Estimated GPS: 2.011358, 103.059440
Kari Kambing 40 Hari
This is the only non-halal food that I tried in Yong Peng. It’s easily the highlight of our Yong Peng trip, so I had written a separate post for it. Read about Kari Kambing 40 Hari here.
Restoran Kari Kambing 40 Hari
Address: Jalan Besar, 83700 Yong Peng, Johor
Estimated GPS: 1.963785, 103.129728
That summarizes our one day food trip at Yong Peng. However, if you’re planning on getting to Yong Peng soon, you might wish to note that:
Yong Peng is one of the towns under Batu Pahat district. Batu Pahat town (or Bandar Penggaram) is the capital town of Batu Pahat district. Hence, it’s better to simply say ‘Yong Peng’ instead of using ‘Batu Pahat’.
Mistaking Yong Peng town as Batu Pahat town, can easily add hours to your travelling time. After all, Batu Pahat district is the second largest region in Johor state, 2.5 times the size of Singapore, 3.6 times Petaling district, quoted Wikipedia.