Are you missing home and especially your mummy’s cooking?? Perhaps you are not able to travel back to Taiwan that often but right now we have one recommended solution for you which is located in a ‘hidden spot’ and probably you yet to know. Regardless if you are a Taiwanese working in Johor or Singapore or you are locals, Mummy Bao Kitchen (寶媽媽台灣風味館) is here to bring you back your Taiwan memories through its homely cooked dishes.
Known in retailing and wholesale industry for distributing handmade Taiwanese dumplings started from home, Mummy Bao Kitchen has actually been around for the past 16 years while 12 years for the restaurant in serving homely cooked dishes. The owner (寶爸, Bao Daddy) was born, raised and has been living in Malaysia for the past 60 years. An interesting fact is that ‘Loo Hong Joon’ (Dialect name) the road, is named after their grandfather, Liu Hong Min.
Mummy Bao Kitchen was set up because of the owner’s wife, a Taiwanese who fell in love in cooking. She was so engrossed in learning ever since she started her gourmet journey. All the dishes are homemade and she learned mainly in Taiwan and partly in Malaysia. Thereafter 寶爸, Bao Daddy took over the business while currently it is taken care by their 3rd generation, the owner’s son who bakes.
Check out some of the dishes!
Start your day off by sipping Chinese Tea while enjoying a piece of savory Taiwanese Minced Pork Egg Sponge Cake (台湾肉燥鸡蛋糕). The freshly made sponge cake is so fluffy and soft, balanced in both sweetness and saltish flavours of the meat that goes so well all together.
Craving for snacks or street style crepes? Chicken Floss Roll (雞鬆蛋捲) is the way to go! Crispy spring onion crepes just like ‘Prata’, wrapped over whole egg skin, filled with floss over thinly sliced cucumbers and drizzled over with homemade mayo with a hint of lemon simply refreshes and entice your palate. One roll is definitely not enough for me!
Now the moment has come, Taiwanese Handmade Dumplings (手工水餃) wrapped with minced pork and vegetables is one you shouldn’t miss!! Love them boiled or pan fried (純手工鍋貼 – below). Though the original Taiwanese style pan fried dumpling does not look like this, the original skin texture is still as ‘Q’ while it also retains the juice of the meat in the dumpling. Compliments them with both chilies over black vinegar and ginger to enjoy it.
Fill your lunch with healthier choice of Zha Jiang Mian (炸醬麵), minced pork with diced beancurd sauteed in bean sauce. Look at the amount of thinly stripped cucumbers and carrots!! My only ‘concern’ is the amount of noodles they give which is hidden under the ingredients as more meat sauce is preferred for me.
If you wanna go for something soupy, warm up yourself with a bowl of Braised Beef Noodle (紅燒牛肉麵). Savor the aroma of the broth prepared with herbs that reduce the strong beefy smell which most people may not like. The soup is light and so delicious. Those who loves beef brisket with crunchy tendon, you will not need to request them for serving you only the meat.
Still hungry? A bowl of Spicy Wanton (紅油抄手) served with a handful of bean sprouts dizzied over special fragrant red chili oil will fill up your tummy and end your lunch!
No. 1 Jalan Loo Hong Joon, Pandan
81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 8:30AM – 3:30PM
Close on every Tuesday and the 2nd and 4th Sunday.