TV personality Razif Hashim and his team head for Johor to check out its specialities, which include biryani gam, in Episode 3 of Best In The World
I HAVE tasted biryani gam countless times in Kuala Lumpur but since it’s said to originate from Johor, I just had to try the authentic version.
We were at Restoran BP Bariani Power in Jalan Ketam, Johor Baru, one of the outlets of the Batu Pahat-based restaurant.
Well, looking at the spelling of “Bariani” and the adjective the restaurant uses to describe the dish, I could assure you that this was the real thing. It didn’t matter how it’s spelt — beriyani, biryani, briyani... I was already drooling!
Unlike the regular version, biryani gam gets its rich meaty flavour (chicken, lamb, mutton or beef) from the bones which are cooked together with the rice.
The colour of the rice is also somewhat different from that in KL. It’s a vibrant, rich blend of orange, yellow, brown and beige. And it tastes as good as it looks.
The rice is moist and flavourful, while the chunks of meat are well-cooked and tender. I relished every bite of the meat.
Though I had wiped my plate clean, I was still up for more grub. Since we had travelled this far, we might as well check out other eating spots.
Off we went to Stulang Laut which is famous for its fresh seafood. Its most famous dish is Nasi Goreng Seafood Stulang from a stall near a 7-Eleven outlet. Overlooking the Singapore shore, the stall also serves delicious grilled fish.
Unlike the typical nasi goreng, here, the rice is wrapped in a leaf but I was not sure what kind of leaf it was. It looked like daun keladi (yam leaf) but whatever it was, it added a nice aroma to the dish.
What I liked most about it was that it came with lots of fresh juicy squid and giant prawns.
To complete our visit, we scoured the Tepian Tebrau Food Court where I had the famous Cha Kuih Bakar and Tahu Bakar at Gerai Ayong and Johor’s very own kacang pool (red beans) at Kacang Pool Haji.
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Jalan Ketam, Johor Baru.
The lamb biryani gam but the chicken and mutton versions are also delightful.
An old, humble shop but it’s very famous, so don’t let the looks fool you