I supposed it is about time I post another bak kut teh entry on this blog, after all, of the some 3-500 bak kut teh restaurants in Klang (and more in other parts of the country), this is only entry number 59 of this awesome dish in this blog. My job is far from done!
Kee Heong bak kut teh is one of the older names. Situated at Taman Eng Ann by the morning wet market, it is usually quite packed in the morning, while stream of customers usually tapers down towards brunch/lunch time.
You can order bak kut teh here in old school individual bowl style, or in claypots. The standard choice of cuts are available here – big bone, small bone, ribs, soft bone, kahwan, etc. They also have yao char kuai (disappointing texture, like all Klang bkt places I’ve tried so far), and more importantly, there’s fried shallots if you ask nicely.
tua kut is one of my favorite bak kut teh cuts
The texture of meat and fat here is as good as any, with soup carrying a decent herbal note, tho not nearly as strong as the likes of Mo Sang Kor or Ah Her, but plenty good enough for claypot type fare.
In terms of tasting note, I find Kee Heong pretty close to Weng Heong for me. It certainly has my endorsement for anyone who wants to have a good soupy BKT breakfast in the morning.
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)
Address: Teck Teh bak kut teh Jalan Stesen 1, Kawasan 1, 41000 Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.042644, 101.448241
Let’s get the “trying to try all the bak kut teh in Klang” project going again, this time, we look at Eng Chun bak kut teh at Taman Berkeley, which is located right across the road from the more famous Samy & Ah Her bak kut teh.
Eng Chun Bak Kut Teh, located at Taman Berkeley
The restaurant set up is like most of the traditional old school Klang bkt – single bowl with the choice of cut you want, to go with rice and maybe some chili padi. Of course, Chinese tea is just about the only option for drinks, choose from the type of tea leaves they provide, order a glass, or if you’re a proper Klang resident – bring your own tea leaves.
a single portion of “big bone” cut, rice, and chili padi
For lunch, I chose one of my usual cuts – big bone, and was greeted with a chunky piece of meat that isn’t the most representative of what big bone should look like, but it is a correct cut nonetheless. The meat turned out to be quite soft, with the fatty part plenty delicious enough for me.
Eng Chun is one of those places that doesn’t serve a lot of food, but they are thick and very herbal, not very different from Samy & Ah Her across the road, but perhaps less peppery. A worthy competitor to be honest, despite getting maybe only half the amount of customers compared to the the more glamourous shop.
simple meal for simple man, isn’t it?
If you’re already a fan of the type of bak kut teh serves by the likes of Ah Her or Mo Sang Kor, you will enjoy Eng Chun’s interpretation of this Klang’s famous dish. A single portion of meat is RM 10, and additional RM 1 for rice, so a meal can be had for slightly lower than RM 12 here.
Address: Eng Chun Bak Kut Teh 36, Jalan Angsa, Taman Berkeley, 41150 Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.056204, 101.465012 Hours: 7:30am to lunch, closed on Thursdays
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
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
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
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.
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