Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Revisiting HJ Abu Soto Power. New Building, Same Top Soto

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Took a rather long drive to Kampung Pasir Putih in Pasir Gudang for one of my favourite mee soto ayam places at HJ Abu Soto Power.

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As I drove up past Restoran Rahmat (the famous fried siakap place), I saw this unfamiliar new building. Have I gotten the address wrong? I wondered to myself.... .

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I stepped up and the signboard confirmed that this was indeed, HJ Abu Soto Power. So, now the famous mee soto of Johor is housed in a spanking new building. It's airy and breezy, very comfortable though it lost a bit of the rustic kampung feel of the old wooden building.

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I was glad to see Pak HJ Abu and Ibu again as it was nearly 5 years since I last came here.

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I congratulated Pak HJ Abu on his new shop. He then told me that a fire in Feb last year (2017) destroyed the old building but Pak HJ Abu has taken it in his stride. He cited a Chinese saying "The old don't go, the new don't come" as he looked forward to the future.

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I took a quick peek at the pot of soto stock - they were still making the Power broth the old way with whole chicken and lots of spices boiling for at least 4 hours.


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Pak HJ Abu's mee soto comes with bee hoon (or mee, rice cake or mixed, your choice) in a bowl of spiced chicken broth, topped with hand pulled slivers of chicken meat. For an additional 50 sens, you get a pair of large chicken feet. Everyone (well... almost) had them, so I had them too (afterall, I am Singaporean love chicken feet).

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The chicken broth was light bodied with mild taste and aroma of spices, and very gentle hot spiciness.

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Pak HJ Abu is quite generous with the pulled chicken which was tender, juicy and had a slight natural chicken taste. It also had the mild taste of the spiced broth which was absorbed in the slivers of chicken.

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I like this spice loaded sambal chili with a sharp green tasting sting. I scooped in quite of lot of this sambal chili which gave Pak HJ Abu's mee soto the Power in its name.

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Those big chicken feet? They had a nice subtle spiced flavour from boiling in the soto broth. They were fun to eat as they had a springy crunchy texture with some soft spongy tissue in the thick pads of the feet. Eeeks.. did someone say?

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I also had Pak HJ Abu's tauhu goreng.

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They are very generous with the crushed toasted peanuts which makes a good topping blanketing the fried tofu cubes, bean sprouts and cucumber slices. The kicap sauce adds a mild savoury spiced flavour to the nutty sauce.

Mee soto ayam with tauhu goreng together make a very satisfying, filling meal at HJ Abu Soto Power.

My earlier post on HJ Abu Soto Power back in 2013 👈 click

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Restaurant name: Hj Abu Soto Power 
Address: 26, Jalan Pantai, Kampung Pasir Putih, Pasir Gudang, Johor 
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/i3W2X 
GPS: 1°26'05.5"N 103°55'46.3"E | 1.434854, 103.929513
Waze: "Haji Abu Soto Power"
Hours: 12:00 noon to 9:00pm (closed on Friday) 

Halal  

Date visited: 10 Jun 2013, 7 Jan 2018

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