Causeway Gourmets

Andrew Fisher has some suggestions for places to dine, based on recommendations from a local:

TUESDAY : Dine at the hotel

WEDNESDAY : Cantonese

Abad Emas Restaurant, 79 Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Century Garden. Casual Cantonese food under a tree. Try the sweet & sour pork (honestly, a delight), deep-fried calamari ("sotong"), fried chicken in prawn paste, sambal fried rice, "Wat Tan Hor" (or fried rice noodle in a starchy egg sauce), steamed fish with soya sauce and ginger, or curry fish head, and five-spice roll (a loose sausage containing minced pork). They are renowned for steamboat (a hotpot), but I've never tried it. Good local Malay satay stall here too. Open from 6pm except Tuesdays. BYO wine or buy beer there.
15 minutes' drive.
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Weng Kee roast duck coffee shop, 16 Jalan Serigala, Taman Abad. Near Eastern Dragon, a much cheaper coffee shop. Excellent roast duck and crunchy roast pork (but give the char siew a miss). Good double-boiled soup with pork ribs and cucumber or watercress. Try the vegetable curry if it's on offer, or ask for lettuce with oyster sauce. Open for lunch and dinner.
15 minutes' drive.
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Meng Teochew Restaurant Casual dining, famous fried beehoon (similar to San Low's, but better, in my opinion), pork rib curry, five-spice roll, fresh veggies, fried belly pork, chicken or squid tentacles ("sotong"), and for afters, a bowl of sweet yam paste ("oh nee"), sort of like a steamed pudding. Open 12 noon - 10pm, except Tuesdays.
20 minutes' drive.
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San Low Seafood, Pelangi Fried rice vermicelli or "San Low beehoon", chilli crabs, curried wild boar. Casual place. This is the only place I know that's reasonably good, and within walking distance.
20 minutes' walk.

THURSDAY : Malay/Indonesian

Todak Orang Asli Seafood Restaurant. One of my favourites for lunch or dinner, 11 am - 10 pm daily. If you can uber it to Todak before 6pm, take a bottle of wine along, or drink the coconut juice or bottled beer on offer. Todak is a huge, casual, picturesque open-air seafood restaurant on stilts, over the Johor Strait. The satay grill near the entrance starts around 5.30pm and is excellent. Todak offers steamed crabs with egg (or chilli, black pepper or salted egg), priced from RM38 to RM200/kg, based on size. I find the crabs priced at RM70-RM120/kg the best. Try their prawns in Indonesian curry with fried "mantou" buns, deep-fried "chingpulu" fish (similar to barramundi) with soya sauce and ginger, and "la-la" clams with chilli and garlic. Avoid going after 6pm on weekends - it's heaving, because prices are reasonable and the seafood and vegetables are fresh. Lunchtime is less crowded, but sadly, there's no satay. Ask for a shell-cruncher tool to help you with the crab.
25 minutes' drive.
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Nasi Lemak Mana Lagi 569, Jalan Persisiran Perling 1, Taman Perling A personal favourite. Nasi lemak is a highlight of Malay food: rice steamed in coconut. Outstanding fried chicken, beef rendang, squid in sambal. No booze. Highly recommended. Open 6-11pm daily except Fridays.
25 minutes' drive.

FRIDAY : Indian

Village Briyani House 15 Jalan Tun Abdul Razak 1/1. Good briyani rice, naans, spicy North Indian food. Open 10am-10pm. Air-conditioned, and slightly expensive. No booze.
15 minutes' drive.
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Niniq, 65 Jalan Perang, Pelangi. Indonesian curries, delicious croquettes (begedil) and beautiful cakes and pastries, in upmarket air-conditioned comfort.
10 minutes' drive.
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7 Spices North Indian, airconditioned. Try the tandoori anything, naan, "lamb chuka" and the butter chicken masala. Open 11am until 11pm. They have roti and dosai upstairs for breakfast.
15 minutes' drive.

SATURDAY : Dine at the hotel

MORE SCRABBLE

There are tournaments preceding the main event, at the same venue:

Causeway Youth Championship

Monday and Tuesday 28 and 29 November 2016 at Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. This event is for players born on or after 1/1/1996 only.
WESPA rated, WESPA rules v3, 25 minutes per player, free challenge
FORMAT: One Open section, with some repeats (maximum of 3 matches with the same players). First game is a random draw. After this, it will be Australian (Swiss) draw, lagged where appropriate to hasten game turnover, but no lag, last four games. Resets will occur after game 8, and game 13
See information about entries here

Causeway Warmup


Monday 28th November 2016 and Tuesday 29th November 2016 (2 separate events) at Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
WESPA rated, WESPA rules v3, 25 minutes per player, 5 point/word penalty challenge
FORMAT: Round Robins
Monday 7 games (ie 8 players per group)
Tuesday 9 games (ie 10 players per group)
Players will be allocated to groups based on WESPA rating or equivalent
Entry fee:zilch, nada, zero
Prize money: zero, zilch, nada
Register by email, and pay on the day. Entries may also be accepted on the day. However, if you are not present when registration finishes (12.45pm Monday, 8.45am Tuesday), you will not be allowed to compete.
Entries to Karen Richards karendrichards@gmail.com