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While you can get bak kut teh all around the clock in Klang, it is still mostly a breakfast option for most natives around here. So prior to work a few weeks ago, I decided to head to one of the more popular old school bkt places to get my morning fix – at Seng Huat bak kut teh.
Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh
Seng Huat is located just right beside the main Klang bridge and stone’s throw away from the origin of bak kut teh at Teck Teh. The corner shop has plenty of seats right at the side by the river, which makes for quite a comfortable dining area compared to the slightly stuffier interior.
one big bone for me please
This is an old school type of bkt place, so there’s no such thing as claypot, vegetable, enoki mushroom, or any of those distractions. You order your favorite type of meat and you get it served in a bowl and a plate of rice. What they do have though, is chili padi & soya sauce, which Teck Teh doesn’t even serve.
I asked for a tua kut (big bone), one of my favorite parts for breakfast.
bak kut teh is a breakfast meal here in Klang
What came was quite a huge portion (especially for breakfast) of meat that was appreciatively soft enough to fall off its bone quite easily. The soup was quite thick & flavorful, though to be fair not the thickest I’ve had, Mo Sang Kor or Ah Her would probably satisfy you more if you want it thickest possible.
Over all though, it was a pretty good breakfast, and one that I would not have a problem to revisit. If you want it more “original” though, head to Teck Teh for some surprise.
Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh
No.9 Jalan Besar, Klang,
41000 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.043503, 101.448595
Tel: 012-309 8303
Several weeks ago I chanced upon an article on The Star newspaper on Teck Teh and how it is believed that this is where it all started, the origin of bak kut teh in Malaysia. Since I am a self confessed bak kut teh fan, I did myself a favor and promptly went there for a visit.
Teck Teh Bak Kut Teh, the origin
Teck Teh is located near the Klang train station, just right across the river in Klang town. The shop has been operating for some 50 years and it sure looked like they haven’t really renovated the place sans some newer kitchen equipment since then.
The old man running the shop is now the 3rd generation chef who still uses the same ingredients & spices as per his grandfather’s recipe. If you want the taste of the origin, this is the place to go.
bak kut teh for one, at Teck Teh, Klang
I ordered a portion of “tua kut”, or big bone, together with a tea which came in the form of loose leaf on a piece of newspaper.
The pork, as with most other Klang version that came after it, was really tender, juicy, and packed with herbal flavor. The soup itself was not the thickest but has a distinct taste of traditional spice which I found rather palatable. It was a more than decent meal of BKT to be honest, except for one little “problem”.
which cut would you choose?
Now, this place is so original they don’t serve garlic, chili padi, or even soya sauce. Yes that’s right, you’re supposed to only taste the sweetness of pork and the aroma of soup without any alteration.
I find myself suffering a little bit since I do really enjoy some chili padi with those fatty pork meat, but I guess it works for many regulars who seemed to keep coming back.
If you’re a fan of BKT though, you should probably give this place a try (maybe bring your own soya sauce)
Teck Teh bak kut teh
Jalan Stesen 1, Kawasan 1,
41000 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.042644, 101.448241
I’ve read somewhere that there are over 400 bak kut teh restaurants just in Klang alone, so looks like there’re more work to be done in sampling as many of these comfort pork dishes as I can, while I can!
Just a week ago, we went over to Jalan Teluk Pulai and ended up at the original Restoran Telok Pulai Bak Kut Teh for a pretty satisfying brunch.
Original Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh shop, at Jalan Teluk Pulai of course
For the uninitiated, Teluk Pulai BKT shop at Taman Intan (blog post from 10 years ago), the commercial area right after Federal Highway Sungai Rasau toll with the big Maybank building, is perhaps one of the most famous bak kut teh restaurants in Klang.
For many who aren’t from Klang, my younger self included, the first taste of proper “Klang BKT” often equate to this particular brand, so I thought the original shop is worth a visit.
a bowl of clay pot bak kut teh = comfort
Teluk Pulai BKT is located at the middle of the row of shop lots that’s flanked by two other BKT shops at each end. Seating is a combination of indoor & semi-outdoor arrangement, and like most BKT establishments in Klang, there’s plenty of kettles with hot boiling water for tea making purposes stationed within.
For the two of us, we ordered a 1.5 portion (yes you don’t have to go full 2 portion) of clay pot BKT with kahwan (near leg joints), small intestine, and pork stomach. There’s also dry version if you’re into that.
don’t waste those BKT soup!
To be honest, it tastes pretty much exactly like the branch at Taman Intan, the soup base has a pretty decent herbal tone and well balanced, with the meat soft and the fat very tender. I thought the small intestine was very well done as well, stuffed within itself multiple folds. There’s also tofu pok, button mushroom, and a bit of green presence in the clay pot, that’s the beauty of Klang BKT isn’t it? Plenty of different presentations and choice of ingredients.
For condiments, you get garlic, chili padi, and as much fried shallots as you want to pour over the oily rice, which made for a pretty satisfying brunch overall.
They’re also very generous in giving customers more soup to top up the clay pot, so if you’re those who love slurping down that delicious herbal nectar, this would not disappoint.
Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh
Jalan Teluk Pulai,
Taman Teluk Pulai,
GPS: 3.040302, 101.434625
Let’s get back on the project of trying as many bak kut teh as possible in the birth land of this amazing dish – Klang. Today we take a look at one of the small guys – an unassuming small corner restaurant near Klang Parade by the name of Restoran Xin Lai Hing.
Xin Lai Hing bak kut teh, near Klang Parade
We chanced upon this relative newcomer to the bkt scene in Klang while visiting one of our regular Vietnamese kopitiam at the area and thought to give it a try. Interestingly, in addition to bak kut teh, they actually also serve a small selection of Vietnamese dishes here, though we did not have an opportunity to sample those.
kahwan and intestine for 1.5 portion
For the two of us, we ordered a 1.5 portion of clay pot bak kut teh with a mixture of kahwan (around the ankle) and intestine. The dish comes with piping hot soup that is pretty strong in herbal aroma with a slight bitter note which I find quite pleasing. There isn’t much peppery note which may or may not suit individual taste but I do find it pretty good.
The meat is probably softer and more tender than most I had, and you can definitely cut it with a spoon, quite delightful as the fatty bit melts in your mouth. I also like the fact that the small intestine is stuffed with even more intestine, perfect for offal lovers.
There’s some tofu skin and a bit of tofu pok as well as few leaves of fresh vege in the soup, enough to give it a false sense of balanced meal, who cares?
stuffed intestine is good, the meat super tender as well
If you’re up to some really soft and tender pork, this is one that won’t disappoint.
Xin Lai Hing Bak Kut Teh
Jalan Pekan Baru 35
Kawasan 17, 41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.064019, 101.455200
Hours: noon till dinner
Let’s continue with another Klang bak kut teh review since I said I was going to make it a bit of a mission to go to as many different bak kut teh in Klang as possible. So here’s BB Bak Kut Teh Garden at Bandar Baru Klang, located close to Bukit Raja Jusco and one of our favorite tai chao places in the area – Da Tuan Yuan.
BB bak kut teh garden, Bandar Baru Klang
BB bak kut teh garden often have moderate to even rather low review, and personally I think a lot of it has to do with how the place looks like. The setting is almost like a modern food court, with pictures, banners, and a menu that illustrates the price and exactly what you’ll be getting very clearly. This runs in contrast to most old school BKT places that expect you already know what you want.
Additionally, they also serve some non-BKT dishes, such as steamed fish, fried vegetable tofu, sea cucumber, and so forth. All of which gives this place a “less authentic” look.
kahwan, and intestine in claypots, all finished
But to be perfectly honest, I actually found the BKT pretty decent. A bowl (RM 10.50) or clay pot (RM 12.50) is right around the average asking price, though some reviews may suggest that this place is a little more expensive than others.
On our visit I had kahwan (right around the leg joint with plenty of fat & tendon) and intestine. They were properly tender and the soup too had a strong herbal flavor, tho perhaps not as complex tasting as some. I actually enjoyed it.
BKT meal, I’m happy
So don’t let the look of a place fools you. If a BKT place can survive in Klang, they’re usually pretty capable when it comes to taste. If you keep an objective mind, you’ll often not be disappointed.
BB Bak Kut Teh Garden
Store 14 PT21438, Jalan Tiara 1,
Bandar Baru Klang, 41150 Selangor
GPS: 3.063847, 101.470480
Tel: 012-508 2667