Hitting the Right Tastebuds at Lesung Ibu Mak Jah Cafe

Time to level up your mixed Malay rice dish


How hard is it to pair your plate of white rice with some dishes complete with all nutrients? It seems so simple yet challenging, especially when you are greeted with over 10 choices of Malay dishes from ‘Asam Pedas Ikan Pari’ (stingray) to ‘Masak Lemak Daging Salai’ (smoked beef with coconut broth), ‘Sambal Ikan Bilis Petai’ (stinky beans and anchovies in chilli paste) and so much more. This does not include the other classic choices like ‘Mee Rebus Johor’, ‘Laksa Johor’ and ‘Nasi Lemak’ at a separate stall indoor.

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Head to Lesung Ibu Mak Jah Café at Taman Universiti for all this mouth-watering choices. The restaurant occupies two shop lots where one is kept specifically for food and the other for dining in.

Lesung Ibu Mak Jah Cafe at Taman Universiti occupies two shop lots

At the entrance, greet the barrel of fragrant white rice, but remember to scoop just enough so you could leave space for some other dishes. Over 12 dishes are placed every day and you may take anything that tickles your fancy.

Asam Pedas Ikan Pari (stingray) is the main star here

Next, you will reach the vegetables section ‘Pecel’ that comes with slices of cucumbers, tempe, beansprouts and blanched kang kung, or have a lighter stir-fry and mixed vegetables. Love dipping? Ladies fingers, brinjal and banana flower are presented pre-cooked for you to dip them with cencalok or budu.

Vegetables station – to balance all that spice in your plate

To cool down some fieriness in the mouth, the waitress suggested Avocado smoothie with chocolate sauce, an influence from Bali, Indonesia’s specialty to go with all the spices in our plate. Although a perfect combination, but the smoothie can be quite filling! Alternatively, Asam Boi Lime juice is another perfect choice. If you still have some room for desert, try their lempeng with grated coconut.

Sauces to make your plate of white rice merrier

Lesung Ibu Mak Jah Cafe is open every day and lunch dishes are ready from 11am onwards. They also serve breakfast such as kuih-muih, fried noodles, rice and fried kuey tiow. Located at 19&21, Jalan Kebudayaan 2, Taman Universiti, Skudai, 81300 Johor Bahru, you can give them a call first at 017-769 0006 to check on their dishes of the day or visit them at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Lesung-IBU-110271453704787/