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Bak Kut Teh infused with seafood is not exactly a recent invention in the land where this uniquely Chinese-Malaysian dish originated, and of the various different variants of bak kut teh, it is probably the most rare, hence it is no surprise that many bak kut teh fans does not know about the existence of seafood BKT.

Yun Heng kopitiam, at Klang Utama
Yun Heng kopitiam, at Klang Utama

My love for seafood bak kut teh started with Ah Tao at Teluk Pulai, a place where I’ve returned multiple times. Sadly, Ah Tao returned to the maker this past CNY period and the place has been closed down (or on haitus) since.

This prompted me to start looking for another good spot to satisfy that cravings.

Lala bak kut teh with a side of fish head at restoran Yun Heng, Klang Utama. Fantastic spicy bkt soup with proper lala sweetness! #kyeats #bakkutteh #klang #pork

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After a few attempts with limited success, I think I finally found one that’s worthy to be Ah Tao’s replacement in my book – the unassuming BKT stall at the corner of Restoran Yun Heng at Klang Utama (not far from another one of my go-to Hong Ba + BKT place – Swee Xiang)

fish head, and that glorious bak kut teh with lala
fish head, and that glorious bak kut teh with lala

We went there last weekend when my brother was in town, and for the three of us, we had 1.5 portion of bak kut teh with lala, and another portion of fish head.

The bak kut teh soup really did hit the spot for all of us, it was a perfect balance of hotness, herbal note, and really strong seafood sweetness from the lala. They may not have the variety of seafood available as with Ah Tao, but lala is all you need, especially if it’s done as well as they did here.

fish head also had chicken feet in it
fish head also had chicken feet in it

We didn’t plan to order the stewed fish head dish, but since they were a bit low on pork (we got there past 1:30 pm) and the owner suggested it, I thought why not?

The dish turned out to be pretty good in itself, it was another spicy dish but one with much thicker soup and slightly sweeter in taste. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit, the chicken feet in the stew was very good too.

Overall damage was just under RM 20 per person, and I’m 100% sure I’ll be heading back there again for some lala BKT goodness.

Yun Heng bak kut teh Klang Utama map

Address:
Restoran Yun Heng
31, Persiaran Sungai Keramat 1B,
Taman Klang Utama, Klang
GPS3.083669, 101.407106
Tel: 016-272 0389

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 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
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
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 map

Early morning Bkt at Seng Huat, under the bridge by Klang river. Tuakut is the weapon of choice #kyeats #bakkutteh #klang #breakfastinspiration #pork

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Address:
Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh
No.9 Jalan Besar, Klang,
Kawasan 1,
41000 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.043503, 101.448595
Tel012-309 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 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
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?
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)

map to Teck Teh bak kut teh

Address:
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
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
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!
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-bkt-map

Address:
Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh
Jalan Teluk Pulai,
Taman Teluk Pulai,
Klang, Selangor
GPS3.040302, 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
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
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
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.

map to Xin Lai Hing bak kut teh, Klang

Address:
Xin Lai Hing Bak Kut Teh
Jalan Pekan Baru 35

Kawasan 17, 41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS3.064019, 101.455200
Hours: noon till dinner