When it comes to eating in JB, Lok Lok is the first thing that comes to mind. After all, this skewer-style food is highly popular in Malaysia and equally loved by Singaporeans — so much that there are a number of JB-inspired Lok Lok stalls here. But nothing beats eating the original, especially if it’s local-approved.
We got our friends from across the Causeway to recommend some Lok Lok places to try — bookmark this list, you’ll need it.
1. Ah Sing Lok Lok
Ah Sing Lok Lok is known as one of the most patronised lok lok restaurants in JB, and it’s not hard to see why. This long-running stall has over 80 varieties of fried skewers to choose from, with the frontrunners being the seafood sticks. There are four types of inhouse specialty sauces available, but our recommender’s favourite is the spicy chilli sauce. On top of lok lok, Ah Sing also has other local dishes, with the Lala Soup being a must-try.
Location: No. 68, 70, Jalan Permas 10/7, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: From 6.30pm
Price: From RM2.20 a stick
Recommended by: Lee Jiawei
Food item worth mentioning: Lala Soup
2. Kim Do Seafood Restaurant
Kim Do Seafood Restaurant is primarily a tze char establishment known for its BBQ seafood and dim sum, but many flock to this roadside eatery to satisfy their lok lok cravings too. Find a variety of vegetable and seafood skewers, but our JB recommender, Vivian Goh, particularly likes the Spicy Boneless Chicken Wings. The wings are also apparently “one of a kind” in JB and can hardly be found anywhere else.
Location: 23 Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa, Johor Bahru, Johor 80150
Opening hours: 5.30pm-3.45am
Price: From RM1.10 a stick
Recommended by: Vivian Goh
Food item worth mentioning: Spicy Boneless Chicken Wings
3. SuperTea JB
If dining by the roadside isn’t really for you, head to SuperTea JB. This air-conditioned cafe in Mount Austin is every millennial’s dream come true: Instagrammable decor, super cheap food and bubble tea. Our recommender, Nelson, likes how he can freely order at SuperTea due to how affordable the lok lok is — each stick goes at just RM0.70 (~S$0.20). Think crowd favourites such as hot dogs, fishcakes, and prawns. Additionally, cool down all that fried goodness with a cup of Classic Milk Tea (RM6.50/S$2.10) and desserts like froyo, ice cream and waffles.
Location: No.27, Jalan Austin Heights 8/5, Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hours: 12pm-2am
Price: From RM0.70 a stick
Recommended by: Nelson Tan
Food item worth mentioning: Bubble tea
4. Hot Hot Spicy Lok Lok
Get on that food truck life with Hot Hot Spicy Lok Lok. Usually parked at Jalan Sutera, this little food truck has a spread as wide as any regular lok lok standalone stall. Find a wide array of meat, seafood and vegetable skewers, but a must-try according to our recommender is the cheese bread that’s deep fried to a golden perfection. Hot Hot Spicy is also open till late, which makes it a great place for supper!
Location: Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 7pm-3am
Price: From RM1 a stick
Recommended by: Lee Jiawei
Food item worth mentioning: Cheese bread
5. Fa Ge Lok Lok
Located conveniently outside KSL, Fa Ge Lok Lok is also a food van. However, instead of frying your skewers, you may choose to grill or boil them instead. Choose from selections such as smoked salmon and duck. Our recommender, Alicia, likes how fresh the vegetables are and suggests going for the buns as they’re super good fried, especially the Chilli Crab Mantou.
Location: 74, Jalan Abiad, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 6pm-4am
Price: From RM1.50
Recommended by: Alicia Chua
Food item worth mentioning: Chilli Crab Mantou