Hankering for a bowl of ramen? No, we don’t mean the instant kind.
An actual bowl of tasty, chewy noodles bathed in a delicate broth topped with all kinds garnish/toppings sounds heavenly at any time of the day. But especially, when you’re almost ready for bed and you get the urge to have a quick bite.
So, would you then get dressed and attempt to head to the nearest food court for your favourite late-night Mamak meal? Or would you rather (and inevitably for most of us) fire up the stove to cook up the best packet of “gourmet” Maggi you’ve ever tasted in your life?
If neither sounds appealing to you, then we’ve got good news for you! Food trucks are the answer to the age-old conundrum of “where to eat, ah?”
Johor Bahru (JB), in particular, is home to a unique food truck scene which becomes more apparent as the sun goes down. Yes, the supper scene in JB is a whole different beast come nightfall — with food trucks catering mostly to the supper-chasing crowd. Best of all, most food trucks here operate until the wee hours of the morning so you won’t have to worry about a lack of choices.
From food stalls to drink stands, each food truck brings a certain flair and quirkiness to the proverbial supper table. And among them, one of these food trucks caught our eye. Imagine our surprise when it turns out the food truck in question specialises in Japanese cuisine — ramen.
Shen Ye Kitchen (深夜食堂)
Shen Ye Kitchen is one of the best-kept secret supper spots among the Johoreans. The blue food truck is hard to miss, as it is usually buzzing with ramen fans and hungry customers alike. Look out for the Toast outlet at Taman Skudai Baru, you’ll notice a blue truck stationed outside.
Shen Ye Kitchen offers a no-frills menu, featuring its signature ramen available in two variations: Tonkotsu or spicy Tonkotsu. If you’re a creature of comfort, then Tonkotsu ramen will be the antidote.
Tonkotsu is a soup broth made of pork bones which have been boiled down until they dissolve into a cloudy white broth, while the spicy Tonkotsu version is an addition of their homemade chilli paste. If you’re after a piping hot bowl of ramen with a kick, then spicy Tonkotsu ramen will not disappoint. The chilli paste is a blend of minced pork, dried shrimps, dried chilli peppers and fried pork cartilage.
If a big bowl of lovingly-made ramen isn’t sufficient to satisfy your nightly cravings, then you might also want to try Shen Ye’s Yakitori, which is a Japanese dish of bite-sized pieces of meat and vegetables that are skewered and grilled over a charcoal grill.
Where: Jalan Bentara 20, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
The food truck starts selling their first bowl of ramen from 9 pm onwards until the wee hours of the night. However, the store will close early once their last bowl of the night has been served (typically around midnight).
So if you want to avoid disappointment, get there early!