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Let’s continue with our Klang bak kut teh related reviews, shall we? Today’s we’re looking at something just a tiny bit different from the usual bowl or clay pot type bak kut teh, we’re talking about – Hong Ba (封肉).

I first read about 158 Hong Ba on Jodie’s blog, and since it looked absolutely stunning, we went ahead and gave it a try.

158 Hong Ba at Pandamaran, Klang
158 Hong Ba at Pandamaran, Klang

158 Hong Ba is located at Pandamaran’s Jalan Chan Ah Choo, a street that has quite a few restaurants, at least half of which serves bak kut teh. Yes, Klang people absolutely love their pork.

The restaurant is set up just like a bak kut teh place, with kettle on gas stove for tea making purposes, and semi-alfresco dining area. They serve breakfast/brunch as well as dinner, and purportedly operated by different siblings on those service windows.

you can cut the meat by just using a blunt spoon
you can cut the meat by just using a blunt spoon

Unlike normal bak kut teh, hong ba is more like braised pork with thick herbal gravy. The pork is absolutely tender and super savory, braised eggs and tofu is served together with the fatty pork that melts in your mouth. While they give you quite a generous portion of gravy, it is not “soup” sort of portion, and not meant to be.

It turned out to be pretty awesome, but standard portion for two is actually a bit smallish. Next time I’ll need to order their innards and pork tendons, they looked absolutely stunning!

So if you’re a fan of melt in your mouth porky goodness, this is one of the places you should check out.

map to 158 Hong Ba, Pandamaran

Address:
158 Hong Ba
158, Jalan Chan Ah Choo, 
Pandamaran, 
42000 Pelabuhan Klang,
Selangor
GPS: 3.009868, 101.418189
Tel: 012-2263043
Hours: 6.30 am – 1 pm, 6 pm – 10 pm

Let’s continue with the slow but steady coverage of Klang bak kut teh on this site.

Today, we are going to look at one of the more popular bak kut teh restarants in the center of Klang town – Sei Ngan Chai bak kut teh by Jalan Gelegor, located just a few steps away from Lao Heong BKT, which I wrote about just a couple or so weeks ago.

Sei Ngan Chai bak kut teh, Jalan Gelugor, Klang
Sei Ngan Chai bak kut teh, Jalan Gelugor, Klang

Like many other old school Klang bak kut teh restaurants, this place too is converted from a corner unit of a residential house. There isn’t any proper parking lots nearby, but anyone who’s been to this part of town before won’t have too much of a problem finding a semi-legal slot for your vehicle.

While most BKT places opens either at in the morning through lunch time or only for dinner, Sei Ngan Chai operates from 8 in the morning till about 9pm. You still can’t have bkt here for supper, but it covers pretty much all other meals.

bak kut teh with kah wan meat and intestine
bak kut teh with kah wan meat and intestine

We ordered portion for two that comes in a clay pot, as for the choice of meat, it was kahwan (fatty leg part with tendon) with some innards (tripe & intestine). I like the fact that they serve innards, as this is not always available at Klang bak kut teh.

The meat was as tender as other Klang offerings, and the intestine was superb. The soup isn’t thick as Ah Her or Mo Sang Kor’s style, but has a strong herbal taste and was served in pretty good portion.

strangely, there's fishball in this bak kut teh
strangely, there’s fishball in this bak kut teh

Interestingly, there’s also a few fish balls embedded in the BKT soup. They were decent tasting fish ball, and perhaps it is something that the owner tries to set this place apart from hundreds of other Klang BKT outlets, but I think it doesn’t really have any business being in there, not that I really mind.

Anyway, I think Sei Ngan Chai is a worth a visiting again if I need some BKT loving.

map to sei ngan chai bak kut teh, klang

Address:
Sei Ngan Chai Bak Kut Teh
Jalan Kepayang and Jalan Gelugor
Meru, Klang
GPS: 3.05662, 101.450605
Hours: 8 am to 9 pm

I did say I’m going to try many bak kut teh places in Klang, right? Well, here’s another one that we went to one fine afternoon after another round of painting work at the new house.

Lao Heong Bak Kut Teh, at the heart of Klang
Lao Heong Bak Kut Teh, at the heart of Klang

Lao Heong Bak Kut Teh is located at the heart of Klang town by one of the busiest roads on Jalan Gelugor. If you’re turning from Federal Highway to Jalan Meru, you’ll pass by the area. The restaurant itself is converted from a residential unit with a large “garden area”, like many restaurants in this part of the country, with the typical BKT set up of boiling water on top of LPG tanks for tea making purposes.

fatty meat is my favorite when it comes to bak kut teh (especially kah wan)
fatty meat is my favorite when it comes to bak kut teh (especially kah wan)

Lao Heong servers clay pot style bak kut teh, and as with many places, you can specify the choice of meat (lean, trotter, big bone, small bone, kahwan, etc). The pot also comes with fuchuk (tofu skin), tofu pok, a bit of mushroom, and some lettuce.

As with most Klang bak kut teh, the pork was pretty tender and the soup packs quite a heavy dose of herbal taste, I can sense a strong hint of “tong guai” which I find quite enjoyable. Adding soup is a reasonable request here as well.

A pretty decent BKT and I would not hesitate to revisit, especially at after lunch hours whereby most other places are closed.

map to Lao Heong bak kut teh, Klang

Address:
Lao Heong Bak Kut Teh
Jalan Gelugor & Jalan Kandis
Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.050409, 101.451371
Hours: Mornings and Afternoons

My first experience having non-claypot bak kut teh was actually at the Mo Sang Kor branch at Taman Berkeley almost 3 years ago. It was quite an experience.

Fast forward to June 2015, just a few weeks before we move to Shah Alam and in the midst of house renovation, I thought I should try the original Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh shop, as part of my aim to try as many different bak kut teh restaurants in Klang as I possibly can.

Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh at Pandamaran, Klang
Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh at Pandamaran, Klang

Located at Jalan Chan Ah Choo, Pandamaran. The restaurant is no different from many other bak kut teh shops littered along the same road – semi open concept with basic plastic tables & chairs as well as kettle with boiling hot water for your tea.

As usual, you can bring your own tea leaves (like all proper Klang people), or asks for house supplied tea that usually comes in a few varieties.

"kah wan" and "tua kut" bak kut teh
“kah wan” and “tua kut” bak kut teh

For the two of us, we ordered a portion of “tua kut” (big bone), “kah wan” (fatty meat near leg), and a bowl of pork intestine.

The taste was pretty much spot on and actually identical to the version at Taman Berkeley. It had a strong herbal taste with a very slight bitter after taste which I like. Like most Klang bkt, the pork was boiled to perfection and so soft you can peel them off the bone with a spoon.

Most importantly, don’t let the garlic goes to waste either, they are absolutely beautiful.

if you want a good bowl of bak kut teh, go to Klang
if you want a good bowl of bak kut teh, go to Klang

Compared to Ah Her bak kut teh (one of our favorites), the soup is slightly less thick but has a stronger herbal taste. I like them both.

map to Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh, Pandamaran

Address:
Mo Sang Kor Bak Kut Teh
145, Jalan Chan Ah Choo,
Pandamaran, Klang,
Selangor
GPS: 3.009651, 101.417366
Tel: 012-904 2421
Hours: 6am – 12pm, 5pm – 10pm

Since we just gotten keys to our new place in Shah Alam, we’ve been making numerous trips to sort out the usual stuff associated with purchasing a new home. Not coincidentally, the place we bought is also just a stone’s throw away from Klang, which is quite convenient for a bak kut teh fan like me.

Gerai 78 Bak Kut Teh at Pandamaran, Klang
Gerai 78 Bak Kut Teh at Pandamaran, Klang

So we drove to Pandamaran, which is located closer to Port Klang and parked the car near Ah Her bak kut teh, a place we’ve been a few times prior. But instead of going to Ah Her again, we decided to check out one of the few other BKT stalls located along the hawker strip at the area.

This particular place is only known by the stall number – “Gerai 78″

soup and dry version of bak kut teh
soup and dry version of bak kut teh

Gerai 78 offers both wet and dry versions of bak kut teh, so for the two of us, we ordered a single portion of each, and both laden with “non lean meat”. We had initially asked for innards, but those good stuff already ran out even though it wasn’t even 7:30 pm yet.

The bkt comes in a clay pot with plenty of fuchok, a healthy dosage of well cooked pork, some vegetable, and mushroom. The soup is thick though not as “herbal” as I prefer. It’ll be top notch in PJ and KL but I guess rather average as far as Klang goes.

as you can see, we don't like lean meat so much
as you can see, we don’t like lean meat so much

The dry version is pretty basic and unpretentious, there’s no okra nor any part of the pork charred. I thought overall it was more than decent but perhaps not one of my favorite interpretation of dried bak kut teh.

If I want more soup, I may still come here, otherwise I’m hoping over to Ah Her. But either way, you can’t go wrong.

It’s Klang yo!

map to bak kut teh at pandamaran

Address:
Gerai 78
Pandamaran Hawker Center
Jalan Pandamaran, Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.006253, 101.413788