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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 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
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.
158 Hong Ba
158, Jalan Chan Ah Choo,
42000 Pelabuhan Klang,
GPS: 3.009868, 101.418189
Hours: 6.30 am – 1 pm, 6 pm – 10 pm
While driving around Taman Eng Ann in Klang looking for some sort of afternoon snack away from the famous “under the tree” hawker center (that offers awesome pohpia), we chanced upon this curious little stall that’s about as old school as it gets – Nijia Fried Chicken.
Nijia Fried Chicken (with Yoyo Ice too)
This place is as no frill as it gets, offering only a very limited menu of fried chicken, nasi lemak, and yoyo ice.
Chicken goes for RM 2.20 (wings) to RM 3 (thigh), a set of nasi lemak cost RM 2, as with a cup of “Yoyo ice”. It is also self served.
fried chicken and nasi lemak does go well together
While there’s no claim of 11 herbs and spices, the chicken was crispy and rather tasty in an uncomplicated way. I ended u p going for second servings. The nasi lemak too was fragrant and rather delicious, Haze had no trouble finishing everything in the plate.
As for yoyo ice, it’s more like sourish flavored shaved ice, which was just perfect when it’s really hot out.
All in, it was a few bucks per person for a good afternoon snack, why can’t we have more places like this?
46, Jalan Serindit 4,
Taman Eng Ann, 41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.057621, 101.458970
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
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.
Mo Sang Kor Bak Kut Teh
145, Jalan Chan Ah Choo,
GPS: 3.009651, 101.417366
Tel: 012-904 2421
Hours: 6am – 12pm, 5pm – 10pm
Last week while doing some work on the new house, we found ourselves at Taman Berkeley looking for something to eat for lunch and spotted this unassuming hawker stall at Restoran Taman Berkeley that offers beef noodle.
Tongkak beef noodle stall at Restoran Taman Berkeley
The banner outside stated “tongkak beef noodle”, which didn’t mean anything to me initially until I recalled that a friend told me her hometown serves the best beef noodle, and she’s from Tangkak. So naturally I’m assuming Tangkak = Tongkak in hawker style spelling (that or it infringes on some other places’ copyright).
We ordered two bowls.
glorious beef noodle
Both the soup and the dry version are very similar. You get to choose from kuih teow, meehun, or yellow noodle. The soup is laden with various cuts of beef, tendon, brisket, white radish, and bits of salted vegetable.
available in both dry and soup version
We ended up really liking it, I’ve never been to Tangkak and can’t verify if this is “authentic” nor can I make a fair comparison, but I find myself really enjoying the meat, particularly due to how soft and tender they are (just like most Klang BKT with pork). The bits of salted vegetable and radish too adds to the dish, and if you like a bit of kick, there’s the home-made chili sauce on the side.
I will next try the other beef noodle place at Taman Berkeley.
Restoran Taman Berkeley
Leboh Bangau & Jalan Lang,
Taman Berkeley, Klang
GPS: 3.058252, 101.463231
Since we’re in the midst of getting the new house ready for moving in, and that the new place is rather close to Klang, it is not surprising that you may have been seeing a lot of food updates on my instagram/FB pages that features the area.
So far, the general “summary” is that the closer you get from KL to Klang, the quality of new-age & foreign food sorta goes down, but on the flip side, traditional hawker fairs and old school Chinese food is much, much better.
Kedai Kopi Tec Le at Taman Berkeley, Klang
One of such example is the wantan mee at Kedai Kopi Tec Le, an unassuming kopitiam at Taman Berkeley, one of the popular food destinations this side of Klang that is pretty much akin to SS2 area in PJ.
wantan mee with the secret ingredient – lard
The wantan mee stall here is operated by the same guy who runs the yummy made-on-the-spot tongyuen ginger soup at night at the same location. This stall operates in the morning till around lunch time.
The ingredients aren’t too different from your traditional wantan mee but with two minor differences – lard, and pickled chili padi instead of green chili.
the wantan is pretty delicious too
Lard really is the magic ingredients in many hawker foods around here, and it really does bring it up a notch. That being said, the noodle, charsiu, and wantan here are of very high quality as well. Overall it just worked well, definitely one of the better wantan mee I tried, and for less than RM 5, I’ll have it again anytime.
So many more things around this area and the whole of Klang to explore, I can’t wait.
Kedai Kopi Tec Le
Taman Berkeley, Klang
Opening hours: breakfasts, closed on Monday and Thursday