IT Roo Cafe @ Johor Bahru – I will come back for their chicken chop!
Even though I am a Hainanese, my family is not a huge fan of chicken chop. We cooked many other traditional dishes, except for chicken chop. Probably because it needs a lot of time and effort to prepare really good plate of chicken chop. During my recent trip to Johor, I had one of the most delicious Hainanese chicken chop at IT Roo.
Awarded the “Best Chicken Chop in Malaysia” title by The Star newspaper in 2003, the cafe operates in the pre-war building which has attracted many locals and tourists. We’re talking about halal-certified crispy or grilled smokey skin, tender meat, and delicious gravy!
There are two types of chicken chop at IT Roo – grilled or deep fried. The Grilled Chicken Chop (RM14) is my favourite. Using thick and juicy chicken thigh, the chicken chop is grilled till perfection and generously drizzled with either black pepper sauce or mushroom sauce. Some of us preferred the Fried Chicken Chop (RM14), with a thick beautiful sauce (but not too much). When you slice it open, what you get is the white and tender meat which goes very well with the chilli sauce. It’s not very oily.
Each plate of chicken chop comes with potato wedges and coleslaw. I think in term of pricing and portion, this is a taste of rich history at an affordable price. Some diners even added a sunny side-up to the chicken chop. For no frills Western food, this is a place I don’t mind going back again.
IT Roo Cafe
Address: 17 Jalan Dhoby, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
GPS: 1.457159, 103.763605
Business Hour: 10am – 9.30pm
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