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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!

For this entry, let’s go to Taman Eng Ann’s Kee Heong bak kut teh.

Kee Heong bak kut teh, Taman Eng Ann
Kee Heong bak kut teh, Taman Eng Ann

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
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.

map to Kee Heong BKT, Klang

Address:
Kee Heong Bak Kut Teh
7, Lorong Kasawari 4a,
Taman Eng Ann,
41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS3.056947, 101.459812
Tel012-324 3838

Hello everyone and welcome to the new Malaysia! If you’ve noticed that the left index finger of people in the video below seems to have a black stain, it was because this was taken just a couple days post election, the stain was from indelible ink used on voters. And yes, the government was changed in the most shocking and democratic fashion, a new beginning for the country after 61 years of single-coalition rule. This review marks the first entry post-new Malaysia.

Anyway, let’s get to Liang Li Grilled Fish.

Liang Li Ikan Bakar, at Pandamaran 168
Liang Li Ikan Bakar, at Pandamaran 168

Liang Li grilled fish is a small grilled fish, or commonly known as Ikan Bakar, stall in Klang that is ultra popular to the locals. But since it is located almost all the way to Port Klang area at Pandamaran, it is still relatively unknown to people outside of this bak kut teh birth place.

The stall opens at 5:30pm, and it is always wise to get there as early as possible, for after 6pm or so the queue can be quite long and often wait time can exceed one hour due to the fact that the operator only grills with a small cooking area and have everything made-to-order to ensure quality.

Liang Li Ikan Bakar, with yee mee on the side
Liang Li Ikan Bakar, with yee mee on the side

For the seven of us, we ordered a couple pieces of stingray, a portion of squid, prawns, a barramundi (siakap), and cockles from Liang Li stall. Additionally, we also ordered fried yee mee and Hokkien mee from the “tai chao” stall, and a portion of oyster omelet from another stall.

barramundi, stingray, prawns, squid
barramundi, stingray, prawns, squid

All seafood except the cockles (bakar style) were marinated the same way, with a strong presence of kunyit and curry powder of sort over banana leaf. What really stands out here is how each piece is cooked just so to a really soft and tender texture with nothing being overcooked or under-cooked.

The balacan infused chili paste that is served with the grilled seafood was top notch as well. We were really happy with the quality here.

cockles, hokkien mee, oyster omelet
cockles, hokkien mee, oyster omelet

The noodles were competent dish as well, but I thought the oyster omelet was a bit of a disappointment, something I wouldn’t order again.

The meal came up to around RM 30 per pax, and I believe we will certainly return for more next time.

map to Restoran 168 at Pandamaran, Klang

Address:
Liang Li Grilled Fish
Restoran Pandamaran 168
168, Jalan Chan Ah Choo,
Pandamaran, Klang,
Selangor
GPS3.009372, 101.417521
Tel: 017-395 6257
Hours5:30 pm onwards

The birth place of bak kut teh, Klang, has perhaps one of the most competitive bak kut teh scene in the country, with population of some 750,000 (according to wikipedia) and a claimed of some 3-500 bak kut teh restaurants, it also has the highest BKT restaurant per capita.

Samy & Tien, night time bak kut teh option at Klang
Samy & Tien, night time bak kut teh option at Klang

From these mostly mom & pop restaurants rose a few familiar names of BKT sellers any connoisseurs of this dish would recognize- with one of them of the Ah Her & Samy family.

Well, they now have a new outlet at Taman Intan out to tackle the night market by the name of Samy & Tien Bak Kut Teh, challenging Weng Heong just a few shops down the street in luring those who look for a good BKT dinner.

Much like it’s sister branches of Ah Her at Pandamaran (night), or Samy & Ah Her at Berkeley (morning/lunch), Samy and Tien offers BKT in single serving bowls with a choice of your favorite parts – such as paikut (ribs), tua kut (big bone), seh kut (small bone), nui kut (soft bone), pua pui chiak (3 layer pork), and so forth.

paikut or tuakut? take your pick
paikut or tuakut? take your pick

As for taste, it is almost exactly alike their sister branches. Thick herbal soup with a strong peppery note, and with the meat coming in soft, tender, and flavorful.

Also similar with their sister branches, it is not meant for those who seek lots of soup to go with their BKT. This is not due to them being stingy, but there’s only so much broth you can make to achieve these sort of thick consistency.

So if you’re looking for one of the better bowl type BKT in Klang for dinner, now it’s just some 10 mins drive from Subang, with no more toll to pay as well!

 

samy & tien bak kut teh map

Address:
Samy & Tien BKT
59, Jalan Batai Laut,
Taman Intan,
41300 Klang, Selangor
GPS3.056525, 101.474312
Tel: 012-876 6223

Since I am somewhat known for being a bak kut teh lover (which I am), I suppose it is appropriate to not go too long between bak kut teh posts, so today I present you – Siong Huat Bak Kut Teh, at Port Klang.

Siong Huat Bak Kut Teh, Port Klang
Siong Huat Bak Kut Teh, Port Klang

As mentioned, this particular bak kut teh place is located near port Klang, so for those who travels from other parts of Klang Valley, it is indeed quite a distance. However, since the Federal Highway toll is dismantled, the journey cost RM 4.20 less, and so there’s no excuse to not do this.

Furthermore, Siong Huat also has a dedicated parking lot for dine in customers, which makes it that much more convenient.

Unlike many bak kut teh places in Klang that concentrate on either bowl type bkt (one where you specify just 1 particular cut of meat, served in bowl), Siong Huat offers claypot style bak kut teh in soup & dry versions, and also with options for seafood. On top of that, they also offer a variety of “tai chao” dishes.

bak kut teh does go very well with lala
bak kut teh does go very well with lala

For the 8 of us, we ordered a big portion of bak kut teh with lala (spicy version), a regular clay pot bak kut teh, a dry version, a plate of vegetable, and steamed garupa fillet with ginger. All of these to go with steamed rice, like god intended.

The seafood bak kut teh was served with a pretty generous amount of lala and chili padi. The cili padi is necessary in any seafood bak kut teh soup base to balance the seafood taste with herbal aroma. The version here is as good as others I’ve tried in Klang, such as Yun Heng’s lala bkt, or Klang Coast at Bukit Tinggi, but perhaps a notch below Ah Tao’s version (sadly he passed away). Definitely satisfying.

regular & dry bak kut teh, vegetable, steamed fish with ginger
regular & dry bak kut teh, vegetable, steamed fish with ginger

The regular soup based as well as the dry bak kut teh were competent in their own right, with the soup version accompanied by pretty good tofu skin as well.

Additionally, their steamed garupa fish is a must order for those who love fish. The ginger was spicy, and fish tasted superbly fresh and done just right,  goes well with steamed rice.

they have cendol with durian!
they have cendol with durian!

For those with some sense of adventure, Siong Huat also serves cendol with actual durian (RM 16 per bowl), a dessert fit as a meal on its own, and priced accordingly.

As for our over ordered meal, it came to around RM 40 per pax, including the pricey dessert. Worth it.

map to Siong Huat bak kut teh, Klang

Address:
Siong Huat Bak Kut Teh
Jalan Tengku Badar,
Kawasan 13,
42000 Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.006649, 101.399987
Tel 019-276 0363

Klang is known for bak kut teh, hong ba, and maybe to a lesser extend, those Klang style red wine mee suah that I love so much. However, being a huge district that is home to over a million people, there are certainly some outliers when it comes to food offering that are favorites among the locals – enter Roti Canai Pandamaran, also known as Restoran I.V.

IV Restaurant, Pandamaran, Klang
IV Restaurant, Pandamaran, Klang

As the name suggests, this is a place best known for it’s roti canai. The restaurant is located rather deep within Pandamaran, and certainly quite a distance away from KL itself, but for those who loves roti canai, I think this place may just worth a visit.

We were there only weekend around brunch hours, and the place was packed full house with customers. Along the left wall there are three roti canai making stations with five guys concentrating on nothing but preparing and cooking roti canai. I’ve never seen such an operation dedicated to roti canai, it was actually quite impressive.

roti kosong, roti telur, or roti planta?
roti kosong, roti telur, or roti planta?

We tried their roti telur with and without bawang, roti kosong, and roti planta. I’m happy to report that the roti were really top notch, with just the proper amount of crispiness and flavor, and served with rather good curry as well, though I’ve had better dal & sambal option elsewhere. That being said, it is still one of the best roti canai I’ve tried from anywhere.

mee and meehun goreng, nasi lemak
mee and meehun goreng, nasi lemak

I.V Restaurant also offers some non-roti options such as meehun goreng and nasi lemak. While these dishes are competent, they aren’t anything to really shout about, I’d order another roti instead!

map to IV Restaurant, Klang

Address:
I.V. Restaurant
117, Jalan Pandamaran Jaya 62,
Kawasan 10,
42000 Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor
GPS3.005069, 101.425004
Tel03-3167 0943
Hours: 5:30 am to 5 pm