While Klang is famous for Bak Kut Teh, the district actually offers quite a lot more than just this iconic pork dish, and if you’re in the area looking for a sumptuous dinner, there are actually quite a number of more than decent “tai chau” restaurants to choose from.
Located a stone’s throw from the popular BKT places by Taman Intan, Restoran Gold Leaf Village happens to be one of my favorites.
Restaurant Gold Leaf Village, Klang
While the address says Pusat Bandar Berkeley, it is not to be confused with Taman Berkeley. The area where Gold Leaf Village is located is actually on the other side of Federal Highway, an area that is a lot less busy and consequently, free of the parking hassle that plaques Taman Berkeley itself.
As for the restaurant, it is of a fairly basic set up with plastic tables and chairs, complete with classic old school red table cloths. Thankfully, the dining area is also air conditioned, so we’ve got the comfort level covered.
Menu at Gold Leaf Village is fairly descriptive and comes with a simple photo, which I find super helpful as some Chinese dishes can often have rather unique names. Example – kang kung belacan can also be written as 马来风光, which literally means “Malay scenery” if you were to put it into Google translate.
Now let’s look at some of the dishes we’ve tried here.
Claypot mixed vegetable with tofu (RM 15/20) is a type of comforting dish that’s best for rainy days, and one that offers a good mix of fiber and plant base foods.
Salted egg pumpkin (RM 14/18/25) is one of my favorite dishes here, this dish was being served here way before the current craze of all things salted egg, it is super rich and will certainly satisfy your cravings of a sensory deprived tongue.
Stir fry tapioca leaf (RM 10/12/16) a simple vegetable dish, something green to give us a bit of balance.
For those who loves pork, the deep fried pork belly (RM 22/30/38) should fit the bill, I think it’ll also make for great beer food, which you can surely order.
lala with superior soup, steamed garupa with ginger
Tai chau at Klang often prides themselves with seafood dishes in one form or the other, if you’re looking for some fresh fish, the steamed garupa with ginger (RM 32/42/52) is rather competent, but I do find it somewhat slightly over steamed. I do really like the ginger paste used here tho, spicy!
Lastly, lala in superior soup (RM 20/28/35) is something that I always order when given a chance. Fresh clams in spicy herbal superior soup makes for a happy me!
I haven’t really had any disappointing dish here, and this is probably the reason why this place is almost always packed especially over the weekends. Other than the dishes described above, they also serve chicken, mantis prawn, squid, and fried fish.
Bak Kut Teh at Klang is not merely a popular dish, it is pretty much a way of life. There are hundreds of bak kut teh sellers in the municipal, each offering their unique interpretation of the Malaysian-invented dish, and best of all, with varying operating hours so you can actually have a good bowl of bak kut teh goodness anytime around the clock.
yeap, bak kut teh from 5pm to 5am
After picking up my sister my sister from the airport late at night over CNY holidays, it was just natural that we cross an item off her “back to home” bucket list – good old fashion Klang BKT.
For that, we went to Kedai Kopi Taman Eng Ann for some porky goodness. While the shop offers breakfast and other dishes in the morning/afternoon session, BKT reign supreme from 5 pm to 5 am daily.
glorious clay pot style bak kut teh at Taman Eng Ann
The bak kut teh here comes in a clay pot, and in addition to your choice of pork (kah wan, big bone, small bone, 3-layer belly, ribs, etc), there’s also a few leafs of vegetable, tofu pok, and some mushroom.
The pork lives up to the reputation of Klang bkt – soft, tender, and flavorful. The soup is quite strong on herbal taste as well, and they’re not stingy with refills, which is nice.
However, there are no deep fried shallots here, tho generous amount of chopped garlic and chili padi accompany the clay pot dish, which is fine by me.
nothing beats having good old fashion BKT with family
Surprisingly, the yu tiao (yau char kuai) here is crunchy and quite delicious, a departure from the usual soggy business of other places.
Prices here is fair and on par with other BKT sellers in the area, I think I prefer this over Kin Kong (which is somehow more “famous”) located a stone’s throw away and operate at similar hours.
Address: Kedai Kopi Taman Eng Ann Kalan Kasawari 5, Taman Eng Ann, Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.056416, 101.460329 Hours: 5 pm to 5 am daily
Over the CNY break and in conjunction to having my whole family staying over, we decided to bring mom to Khunthai for dinner, since Thai food is one of mom’s favorite cuisines aside from traditional Chinese fair. It turned out to be a pretty good decision.
Khunthai at Klang with my family
Khunthai is located at a rather remote area in Klang via KESAS highway, but fortunately it is rather simple to navigate to since it is just one straight long ghetto farming road to the rather lavishly built restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Forget about going there if a low-riding sports car is your only mode of transportation, but otherwise you’ll get there just fine after cursing at how bumpy the road is for about 5 minutes.
The menu is pretty extensive and covers all bases when it comes to Southern style Thai food. The restaurant is also pork free.
For the 5 of us, we ordered miang kham, chicken feet salad, and raw prawn salad to open up our appetite.
For those who’re not familiar, miang kham is a type of traditional Thai appetizer where you wrap a bunch of ingredients such as crushed peanut, shallot, ginger, lime, and so on with a Piper sarmentosum leaf. If you haven’t had this before, it is definitely something to try.
Raw prawn salad and chicken feet salad were both pretty spot on as well.
raw prawn salad, lala, kangkung belacan
To go with rice, we also had Thai style lala, kang kung belacan, and seafood tomyam. While the kangkung belacan was perhaps a little too oily for my liking, lala & tomyam did not disappoint. One thing to note though – have your lips prepared for how hot the food can get.
safe to say we enjoyed ourself really well at Khunthai
To be fair, there are other comparable Thai restaurants in the city with better access and similar pricing, but there’s always a bit of fun to travel to a god forsaken place from time to time for a dining experience that is just slightly different from the ordinary.