11 Best Food in Muar for the Foodies – 2023 Edition

The small historical town of Muar is a famous getaway spot among Malaysians. Home to many delicious street food, it’s not hard to understand why. Check out our list of the 11 best food in Muar that every foodie must try!

What to Eat in Muar?

1. Otak-Otak Cheng Boi 阿梅麻坡乌达

A visit to Muar is incomplete without a taste of Cheng Boi’s famous otak-otak, made of fresh ground mackerel meat, prawn, or squid stuffed in coconut leaves and grilled over charcoal. The natural sweetness of the fillings is enhanced by a mixture of spices and coconut milk. The otak-otak here tastes so good that most visitors purchase them in bulk as souvenirs.

📍 No 28 4, Jln Bentayan, Taman Sri Emas, 84000 Muar, Johor
7am – 4pm; closed on Wednesday
☎️ 016 644 9119

2. Sixth Avenue Restaurant 顺顺来茶餐室

Sixth Avenue is where you can find some of the best Chinese food in Muar. If you’re overwhelmed by the choices offered here, we recommend trying Ah Teck Chwee Kueh (steamed rice flour cakes with preserved radish), fried carrot cake, and Kway Chap.

📍 1, Jln Said Tahir 2, Pusat Perniagaan Pesta Baru, 84000 Muar, Johor
6am – 3pm; closed on Wednesday
☎️ 016 644 9119

3. Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah 万隆面 (Halal)

Ask any local and most of them will tell you that Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah serves one of the best halal food in Muar. You can expect a bowl of yellow noodles with delicious thick soup that will enliven your taste buds. We love that the soup comes in a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and saltiness. 

📍 Jalan Abdullah, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
8am – 4pm; closed on Friday
☎️ 012 264 2720

4. Otak-Otak Char Kway Teow 乌达来炒粿条

You probably know that otak-otak is Muar’s specialty by now, but have you heard of otak-otak paired with char kway teow? This one-of-a-kind dish can only be found in Muar and we promise you the taste is unique!

📍 Jalan Ali, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
10am – 5pm; closed on Tuesday
☎️ 012 272 4298

5. Kedai Makan New Eastern 新东方茶餐室

Dining at New Eastern takes you back to the 70s due to the vintage look-and-feel of the heritage shop lot. They have been serving Hainanese cuisine since 1936 and their chicken chop – deep fried chicken topped with peas, cubed carrots and corn kernels – is one of their signature dishes. We can’t get enough of their glossy, creamy gravy!

📍 86, Jalan Abdullah, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
12pm – 3:30pm; 6:30pm – 8pm
☎️ 06 954 9888

6. Ah Niu Fried Prawn Noodles 新路阿牛虾面 

It’s not easy to find a good plate of fried prawn noodles in KL, which is why you should definitely not miss the chance to try Ah Niu’s when in town. Hailed as the top few famous food in Muar, Ah Niu’s fried prawn noodles is packed with intense wok hei and generous with prawns.

📍 43, Jalan Hashim, Taman Sri Emas, 84000 Muar, Johor
8am – 7pm 
☎️ 012 687 7725

7. Sai Kee Kopi 434 Muar 才记434咖啡

Apart from good food and heritage buildings, Muar is also known for their local coffee production. Head over to Sai Kee Kopi 434 for a fresh brew along with some biscuits. The shop is painted in bright yellow and features its iconic elephant logo, making it hard to miss. 

📍 121, Jalan Maharani, Taman Sri Emas, 84000 Muar, Johor
8am – 5:30pm
☎️ 06 951 3046

8. Jit Fat Chicken Rice Balls 日发鸡饭粒

Melaka is not the only town where you can get delicious chicken rice balls, you can get them in Muar at Jit Fat too! A single portion here comes with only 2 pieces. However, unlike the ones in Melaka, a piece here is huge and very filling. 

📍 119, Jalan Meriam, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
8am – 1:30pm; closed on Tuesday
☎️ 012 639 5462

9. Hainan Chicken Curry Rice @ Kedai Kopi Lu San 海南咖喱鸡饭@庐山茶室

No one does Hainanese curry rice better than Lu San. A plate here comes with curry chicken, braised pork, and eggs drizzled with curry gravy. Unlike the usual curry chicken rice that’s heavy on spices or coconut milk, Lu San serves authentic Hainan-style curry chicken rice that’s lighter and leans to the sweeter side.

📍 33, Jalan Haji Abu, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
9am – 3pm

For Street Food Lovers: Muar Glutton Street 麻坡贪吃街

Glutton Street is one of the go-to places to eat in Muar due to the abundant choices of street food here. Hosting more than 20 stalls, our top 2 favorites are:

10. Teochew Kueh @ Muar Glutton Street

You can rarely find authentic, traditional Teochew kueh in KL or any other parts of Malaysia nowadays – which is why we highly recommend this stall at Glutton Street. One thing to highlight here is that you can request to have your kuehs pan grilled by the owner. The pan-grilled kuehs provide a unique texture that’s crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside.

📍 Jalan Haji Abu, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
10am – 5pm
☎️ 019 308 0008

11. Satay Ah Kow @ Muar Glutton Street

Ah Kow offers both pork and chicken satay at his stall, with most of his customers preferring the pork satay. The satay here is incredibly well seasoned and marinated to the point where it’s flavorful even on its own. However, for an extra burst of flavor, have the satay along with the peanut sauce.

📍 Jalan Haji Abu, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
11am – 8pm; closed on Monday
☎️ 012 606 2215

Calvin Tiew
A Malaysian foodie who's proud of our local hawker culture. Always on the hunt for the best char kuay teow and nasi lemak.