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When it comes to bak kut teh, the best recommendation usually comes from those who stay or work very close to Klang, so when Yuki mentioned that we should try out Swee Xiang bak kut teh at Klang Utama, I knew that it was not going to be something special, and indeed it was.

Swee Xiang BKT at Klang Utama
Swee Xiang BKT at Klang Utama

Swee Xiang is located at the less glamorous part of Klang, quite a fair bit away from most residential areas. It is about a 10 minutes drive from Klang town itself, in the light industry area opposite the huge 99 Speedmart warehouse along Jalan Kapar.

It is a typical “kopitiam” type of set up, and being located within an industrial area, parking is plentiful, so that’s definitely a plus.

pork tendon, bak kut teh, curry chicken, vege
pork tendon, bak kut teh, curry chicken, vege

Unlike typical bak kut teh place, Swee Xiang actually offers quite a few differnet dishes. The hong bak here is definitely something that you shouldn’t miss, the soft pork tendon, tofu, and fatty pork knuckle were prepared perfectly with super thick sauce that left me yearn for more.

The bak kut teh is decent but not overly impressive, I’d recommend ordering minimal portion just for completeness and hydration sake.

glorious brunch on a Sunday, can't beat this
glorious brunch on a Sunday, can’t beat this

Interestingly, curry chicken is also one of the more popular dishes here (sort of like Peng Heong paikut offering mutton curry). The version here comes with thick curry broth, soft potato, and juicy chunks of chicken that goes well with steamed rice.

In the interest of taking full advantage of a “cheat day”, we also ordered some intestine & chicken feet to complete the meal. It was quite glorious.

map to Swee Xiang hong bak & bak kut teh

Unfortunately, our session was not 100% complete as the highly recommended pork stomach soup had ran out that day, so it looks like we’ll have to go back there again.

P/S: another good Hong Bak place to check out would be 158 Hong Ba at Pandamaran.

Address:
Restoran Swee Xiang
No. 2, Lintang Sungai Keramat 7C
Taman Klang Utama
42100 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.086284, 101.414509
Tel: 016-373 4037, 016-684 9811

Hong Ba and bak kut teh meal at Swee Xiang, Klang Utama. Got curry chicken and pepper soup also, order all! #kyeats #breakfast #nonhalal #hongba #bakkutteh #klang

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Now that we moved to Shah Alam, it’s time to explore the neighbouring places for food a bit, and there’s no better way to do this than starting out with some of the names that we’ve already familiar with – which is what brought us to Serai Thai Restaurant at Seksyen 3.

Serai Thai at Seksyen 3, Shah Alam
Serai Thai at Seksyen 3, Shah Alam

Serai has been quite successful since it first started out several years ago, we went to the Subang Empire branch and came away pretty impressed, so it was no surprise that we had some high hopes for their more Thai oriented version when we discovered it by typing “thai” on google map in search for dinner option nearby.

The restaurant is hidden in a quiet residential area, parking is plentiful, and interior is simple yet comfortable.

brinjal with belacan, tomyam, squid with salted egg
brinjal with belacan, tomyam, squid with salted egg

The menu is typical Southern Thai with influence of some Malaysian element. We tried three dishes for the two of us over dinner.

The tomyam seafood (RM 14 small)had quite a decent kick and while it wasn’t the most flavourful tomyam I’ve tried, it was more than decent and had the necessary ingredient to carry its own.

Brinjal with belacan (RM 10 small) was my favorite dish of the night, beautifully executed with the perfect balance of sweetness from brinjal complemented by the pungent belacan taste, bits of chopped dried shrimp completes this dish.

Squid with salted egg (RM 12 small) was another dish worth trying as well, they definitely didn’t skimp on the salted egg part at all.

dinner for two at Serai Thai, Shah Alam
dinner for two at Serai Thai, Shah Alam

We came away more than satisfied with our experience at Serai Thai, good food at fair price with a comfortable setting. If you’re hunting for decent halal food at Shah Alam, this is definitely a good option.

Serai Thai at Shah Alam map

Address:
Serai Thai
5, Jalan Cendana 3/13a,
Seksyen 3,
40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
GPS3.075940, 101.509329
Webhttp://seraithai.com.my/