So we ran out of lunch idea the other day, and when that happens, Bak Kut Teh naturally comes up to my mind. Being nearby Jalan Ipoh area, we naturally went to try out the pretty famous Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh at Jalan Ipoh, a very short distance from the Mahameru junction.
pretty old school setting
We got there pretty late (last table served), the owner told us there was nothing left other than pork knuckle. Most of the time I would much rather go for meat and internals, but being way too hungry at the time, we decided not to drive to another place. So pork knuckle it was.
Now this is one of the very few places that still uses charcoal fire to heat up the claypot. With the old school stoves right at the other side of the wall and the dated furniture, this place definately hits a few points in the nostalgia department. If only they use some china bowls instead..
The soup was really great, full of heavy herbal aroma just like those Klang places. I also like the way how they just place some raw vegetables and “fu chok” on top of the serving, scoring some points on presentation. Another nice ingredient is the golden nedle mushroom (Enokitake, 金针菇) apart from the standard chinese variety.
However, the pork knuckle only main ingredient was a little too monotonous and proved a little too fatty even for me. I’d probably go there again during regular hours one of these days.
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