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Monday, 23 January 2012

Ais Kacang ABC @ Joo Yee (Tan Kee) in Taman Serene, Johor Bahru

Ais Kacang

Tan Kee Ice Kacang (Ais Kacang in Malay) in Taman Serene, JB has been the favourite among students for decades. Tan Kee has moved around JB over the years and is now located in the popular Taman Serene hawker centre opposite the famous San Low seafood restaurant.



The signboard which says Joo Yee (Tan Kee Pelangi 彩虹陈记) is a little confusing so I asked the lady at the stall, who was peeling gingko nuts, about it. She happened to be the owner. She told me that Tan Kee is the name of the old stall and Joo Yee is the name of her daughter who runs the stall now.

Ais Kacang

I imagine this Ais Kacang must have been etched in the minds of generations of former students as part of the fondest moments of their growing up years.


The mountain of crushed ice buries a generous amount of boiled red beans (hence it is called 红豆冰 in Chinese), corn, attap seed and topped with chocolate syrup. Tan Kee makes their own chocolate syrup from cocoa powder. (I heard that we are allowed unlimited chocolate toppings – this must be every student’s dream – but I didn’t try doing this.) The whole no frills concoction is not too sweet. Just an irresistible treat for the young and young at heart, especially on hot, humid days in sun drenched Malaysia. 

Joo Yee also serves grilled you char kway and tau pok which are also very popular.

Grilled You Char Kway

I liked their grilled you char kway because that nutty gravy they poured over the crispy yet chewy you char kway was just so... savoury.

This is one cool desert place for a tête-à-tête.

Ice-Kacang

Restaurant name: Joo Yee (Tan Kee Pelangi)
Address: Jalan Biru (stall in hawker centre opposite San Low seafood restaurant), Taman Serene, Johor Bahru
Map: http://g.co/maps/3mbu2
GPS: 1.471995,103.774527
Hours: Daily

Dates visited: 5 Jan 2012, 28 Dec 2012, 21 May 2014

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9 comments:

  1. It's not bad, but for 3 ringgit...got plenty of ang tau..their rojak also damn shiok...I tar pau back to SG for my wife and for once, she said the rojak is done just right, crunchy yew char quay even after 1 hr journey back...

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    1. Hi Mike, i also been there last sun afternoon. I wont be there anymore. The price RM3 is quite expensive but not worth to eat cos nothing much inside and not nice. I always eat at Sentosa road side that stall only RM2.60 and nice to eat. You can try it one day

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  2. Haha I shall try out their rojak next time and write about it ;D Thanks for sharing, Mike.

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    1. Yes, their rojak is very good. Should also try their 'tahu bakar' and ice jelly (文头雪).

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  3. Is this stall open everyday especially on Sunday? as i gonna invite my friends to be there! :D

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    1. I believe so and will double check when I have the chance ;D

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  4. The original stall is located next to Wisma Persekutuan, Jalan Ayer Molek, Johor Bahru.

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  5. Both my favourite stalls - best rojak, tauhu bakar, you char kway & ice kachang. I'm flying in next month! Can't wait.....

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  6. Tried the ice kacang today. I must say me and my friend were rather disappointed:( The ice kacang was not sweet enough, there was barely any of the syrups on it, only chocolate which tasted not too bad. There was not much of the corn, black beans etc underneath and to top it off they charged 7.50RM for one. Probably the most expensive ice kacang I have ever had and totally not worth it. You could probably get better ice kacang at any random drinks stall in food courts.

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