If you want a bitter gourd soup, there’s no better place than Kah Kah Loke (佳佳乐苦瓜汤) to have your fix! It is a place that I find myself going back from time to time because they produce delicious homely meals.
Is it Halal?
Sorry, Kah Kah Loke is a non-halal restaurant, it serves pork on its menu. If I’m not mistaken, even the bittergourd soup itself will almost always have pork to make the flavour of the soup even tastier, so I don’t think even that is halal.
Where it Is
It is basically in the side of Nusa Bestari that is closer to Bukit Indah. Essentially, it is opposite Tesco, and one of the stalls lining up beside Giant Hypermarket. If you see the main entrance of Giant, it is on the left of that. Parking anywhere will pretty much do. It is on the same row as 7 Days Fitness (a big gym on the corner lot)
Address: Kah Kah Loke, 17, Jalan Bestari 8/2, Taman Nusa Bestari, 81300 Skudai, Johor
Daily: 10am-3.30pm (Lunch), 5.30pm-10pm (Dinner); Rest day on Monday
What it Costs
I went there with my girlfriend for this round of photos, so what we essentially ordered was:
2 pax. portion of bittergourd soup (No intestines - my girlfriend doesn’t really like) - RM13.80
Hakka Steamed Pork with Belly & Yam - RM15.90
Onion Omelette - RM4.25
Stir Fried Bean Sprout with Salted Fish - RM6.35
2 Rice (1 big, 1 small)
Ultimately, the bill came up to what I believe was RM40 (almost exactly) so it is about RM20 per person. I would say, we weren’t going to order the soup (and probably didn’t really need to, but I thought I would get it just because it would be a shame to come here and not have the soup).
There’s normally a small, medium and big portion for all of them (the steamed pork is medium, the rest are small). I think price wise, you’re not going to find much better value for such tasty food anywhere else.
How it Tastes
This is a place where the food just comes almost straight away. My girlfriend isn’t the biggest fan of the bittergourd soup, but I would say that I’m a pretty big fan. Definitely feels invigorating after a long day. Has a LOT of bittergourd packed into that soup and a hearty supply of meat as well.
The egg and the beansprout are pretty much what you expect from your average chinese restaurant, although I would say that the beansprout with salted fish is pretty darn salty (almost too salty for my tongue, which already loves salty food).
I’m a big fan of their Hakka steamed pork. Not everyone’s cup of tea, because it is a pretty fatty piece of meat that you’re going to be getting, but it is pretty darn tasty if you are someone who can appreciate it. The sauce and the dish as a whole - pretty much what you expect from your average Hakka restaurant (if not better).
A nice family meal! Although really crowded on occasions (you sometimes might struggle to find a seat), this is a very nice place to go for a family meal. The food is tasty, it comes fast, and doesn’t dig a big hole inside your wallet. I definitely recommend coming here in bigger groups in order to try more dishes.
7.5/10. One of my go-to places to eat in Nusa Bestari, or basically the Bukit Indah area. Cheap, good food that comes really quickly. This is a place that I myself bring friends and family when they come over to visit. A must try when you’re in the area!