hb hanis

How does breaking your fast with royalty sound? Warong Saga has been operating for decades near the old cemetery in JB. The proprietors running it are the second generation and contrary to popular belief, it’s named after pokok saga instead of Proton Saga. ;)

lontong kering

Anyway, Warong Saga’s main claim to fame is their lontong kering. JB makes the best lontong kering in the country, or so they’ll have you believe. Lotong kering is a breakfast meal of nasi impit (compressed rice), a potpourri of vegetables (long beans, leeks, potatoes) and a piece of chicken rendang.

pokok saga

The entire dish is then doused with a generous amount of peanut sauce. It’s a pleasure to use the nasi impit to wipe the gravy from the plate before devouring it. The multitude of textures and flavors in lontong kering makes it an ideal breakfast.

nasi impit

The walls of Warong Saga is adorned with sultans, prime ministers (both ours and Singapore’s) and other people of historical importance and it attracts a healthy local crowd for breakfast.

warong saga

This place is a bit hard to find for non-locals but if you follow the old royal cemetery and watch out for a small shop by the road you’ll see it. The lontong kering and the chill, relaxed atmosphere in Warong Saga makes it well worth the trip! :)

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19 Responses to “Lontong kering @ Warong Saga”

  1. Bro this is Raya food for me. I only eat it then. LOL. I miss it, but Raya is coming up.

    • Hey, that’s exactly what my friend said. :)

      Lontong being a Hari Raya dish I mean.

      I think a lot of Johorians eat it throughout the year though.

  2. omg i want this lontong kering!!!

    • Yeah, it’s really good!

      We had it for breakfast, awesome stuff.

      Warong Saga reputedly serves the best lotong kering in JB. :)

  3. Interesting. I’ve had normal lontong but not a ‘kering’ one.

    • Yeah the place serves normal lontong kuah too.

      However, our host told us to try the lontong kering, it’s apparently very famous in Warong Saga.

      It tasted delicious, did not disappoint at all. There’s a lot of nasi impit though – good portion for breakfast. :)

  4. Lontong is good, but the Kuah Lemak has to be marvellous too, added with the rendang daging, something anyone would love. By the way bro, didn’t know that you used to work as a programmer, that’s where the genius mind must have came from :)

    • Yeah, I’ve had lontong kuah before, what makes this special is that it’s lontong kering. :)

      It tastes different with peanut sauce instead of being drowned in kuah lemak. I prefer lontong kering.

      Heh! Yeah, I graduated in Computer Science so it was just natural that I went into the programming since most of the stuff I did was programming and distributed computing systems back in uni.

      I don’t actually enjoy programming though (especially the debugging part) so I did more distributed computing after that in this company.

      I’m no genius, sad to say, but thanks for the vote of confidence bro. :)

  5. owwwwh mannn! would love to give this a try!

    • Hey there Brian!

      Yeah, go look for it – it’s worth the search. Lovely lontong kering.

      Sorry I can’t provide more concise directions – people in JB just use the old cemetery where the royal household is as a landmark. It’s a stone’s throw from there though. :)

  6. slrrrrrp ! I am actually, already fasting for almost 1 week.Your post made me droooooooool to the maximum ! How goood if the dishes is in front of me now. huhuhu ~~~ Hungreeeehhhh !

    • Fasting for one week? What for?

      Heh! Yeah I’m pretty full for dinner but I think I can eat another plate of this.

      It’s not very filling by itself – it’s the nasi impit that makes it filling. :)

      Anyway, good luck with your fasting!

  7. Never had the kering before…would love to try that! Looks good. Very interesting wall display there…

    • Yeah the wall display is like a history lesson! :)

      There’s sultans from before my time (the one that married a Caucasian) and several other movers and shakers in the political world too.

      The lontong kering is awesome!

      JB claims to have the best, and I must say it’s pretty good.

  8. wow the food looks good and who’s the beauty? *wink

    • Which one? The first picture is Hanis and the last one is Jayne.

      The three of us went down to Johor to visit some places and got shown around.

      Had really awesome food too, thanks to our hosts. :)

      The lontong kering is delicious!

  9. Does anyone have a google map location to this place, or a gps location? I’m a foodie who hates to miss such a recommended gastronomic locale. Please help?

  10. Looks absolutely STUNNING! DELICIOUS! My mouth is watering as we speak. And oh, the food looks alright….. hehe ;)

  11. Sorry I can’t provide more concise directions – people in JB just use the old cemetery where the royal household is as a landmark.

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