Chan Ji Seafood Restaurant

January 24, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Chan Ji Seafood Restaurant
No. 15
Jalan Flora 1/19
Taman Pulai Flora
Skudai
Johor Bahru
Johor 81300
Malaysia



Quiet Seafood Restaurant Away From Crowds

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 5
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 8
Value for Money: 9
Spent about SGD $10 / MYR $26 per person.


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Located in the small but upmarket enclave of Taman Pulai Flora, just a 5 minute drive / 15 minute walk away from the Pulai Springs Resort in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, is the small and homely Chan Ji Seafood Restaurant. Specialising in Chinese style Zi Char and seafood dishes, Chan Ji Seafood Restaurant is run by a matriach, and has been visited by several persons of importance in Malaysia.

Ambience at Chan Ji Seafood Restaurant is akin to an open air coffee shop. Interior seating is limited to large tables, and there are several tables outdoor as well. The open concept of Chan Ji Seafood Restaurant is great for cool, windy days, less so for nights where the weather is rainy, or hot. Opening daily from 5pm till late, Chan Ji Seafood Restaurant is relatively clean, with functional, practical furniture.

Service at Chan Ji Seafood Restaurant is decent. Orders are taken and fulfilled quickly, and you'll rarely have to wait more than 10 minutes for your food to arrive, even during busy periods. Staff converse in mostly Malay or Chinese Mandarin, though some can speak limited English as well. I commend them for arranging transportation, it's possible for diners to request staff to arrange a cab / taxi, as Chan Ji Seafood Restaurant has a regular list of drivers they trust.

Food at Chan Ji Seafood Restaurant consists of mostly Chinese Zi Char, with a focus on seafood. The list of dishes available is extensive, with most dishes being tasty, prepared with fresh ingredients, and portioned for communal dining. Prices are rather wallet friendly, and because they cater mostly to the surrounding neighbourhood, you'll see quite a lot of locals dining here, with very few tourists. Chan Ji Seafood Restaurant is about 40 minutes drive from the Tuas 2nd link in Singapore.


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Opening only in the evenings till late, the big, bright signboard stands out in the night. It also helps that they are the corner unit of a long row of shophouses, making it easy to locate them.

Chan Ji Seafood Restaurant Signage


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Chan Ji Seafood Restaurant Address & Contact



I found these dishes to be decent, nothing particularly outstanding, but not terrible either. Good filler dishes if you're dining here. A tip, ask for the prices of each dish before placing your order, especially the seafood dishes which are subject to seasonal prices.

Roast Kampong Chicken


Stir Fried Baby Kai-Lan / Chinese Kale / Chinese Broccoli With Garlic


4 Heavenly Kings Vegetable Medley


Stir Fried Lala Clams With Black Bean Sauce


Fried Oyster Omelette


Salted Egg Prawns


Salted Egg Pork Ribs


Claypot Braised Soy Sauce Chicken


Kuala Lumpur Hokkien Mee


Stir Fried Sambal Kang Kong / Water Spinach



Not surprisingly, the Signature Fried Mee Hoon is very good! The thin mee hoon noodles are stir fried in a savoury soy sauce, together with pork, shrimp, and egg, until the noodles have absorbed all the essence and goodness of the meat and seafood juices. Very flavourful!

Signature Fried Mee Hoon



Easily the best dish here, we ordered the Salted Egg Squid for 3 nights in a row! The oily, salty, eggy goodness coats the fresh, firm meat of the squid / sotong, making it savoury and umami all at once. So good I actually dreamt about it. Highly recommended!

Salted Egg Squid



I liked the Eggplant With Spicy Minced Pork, where the chili lent a spicy heat to the taste. The eggplant / brinjal / aubergine is fresh, and cooked till soft, while the minced pork meat lends a savoury flavour. Best when paired with rice.

Eggplant With Spicy Minced Pork



The Braised Pork Belly, Pig's Skin, Egg In Soy Sauce was pretty nice, as they've stewed / braised the ingredients of this dish properly. The pork belly is soft and tender, as is the pig's skin, which has little smell and tastes clean. The weakest component is the braised egg, while the egg white is good, I found the egg yolk to be a little dry. But the salty, savoury, soy braising sauce helps to lift the overall taste.

Braised Pork Belly, Pig's Skin, Egg In Soy Sauce






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