I must have been living under a rock because I’d never heard of kuey teow kia until very recently! Apparently native only to Johor Bahru, this dish is very popular in this southern-most city of Malaysia and I very recently had my first taste of it!
Trusty Google and a very late arrival into JB led me to Restoran Woon Kiang for their famous kuey teow kia, which is touted as the best in JB. Kuey Teow Kia is so called because the kuey teow noodles served are thinner than normal kuey teow (flat rice noodles). However, I will note that this is because the comparison is to regular southern style kuey teow which is broader. This is in fact a lot like the kuey teow that comes out of places like Ipoh or Penang.
So, what’s so special then and was it good?
Oh yes, it was very good! The Kuey Teow Kia noodles are served in a bowl of piping hot herbal flavoured soup, which reminded me of the other Malaysian favourite, bak kut teh. The fresh spring onions and fried onions add flavour and a crunch.
The noodles (or rice) are served with various side dishes which you can order from the stall. The speciality seems to be braised duck teochew style. I found it tasty albeit a little salty.
Clockwise from Top Left: Braised duck teochew style, Braised Pig Ears with braised belly pork, Shop front of Restoran Woon Kiang at Stulang Johor Bahru, Braised Pork Intestines and Pig Skin
For fans of pork offal or “spare parts” I highly recommend the braised offerings which are very tasty. The Pig Skin was thick and chewy and well braised so it was very flavoursome. The intestines were interesting because it was a little crunchy so that took some getting used to. The braised belly pork was another notable dish, as it was very flavoursome.
It being my first time having kuey teow kia, I found it an interesting mash up between kuey chap and bak kut teh and it was very good. I’m definitely going to have more of it the next time I’m down in JB 😀
Thankfully, Woon Kiang opens till late and despite the late hour, there is a bit of a wait as people arrive for late dinner or supper. So if these sort of street food appeal to you, absolutely give kuey teow kia and Woon Kiang a try whenever you’re in JB!
Restoran Woon Kiang 汶強粿條仔
#G-06, Jalan Pandan 1,
Pangsapuri Impian (Stulang),
Johor Bahru, Johor
I suggest using Waze to find your way there.