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I did say I’m going to try many bak kut teh places in Klang, right? Well, here’s another one that we went to one fine afternoon after another round of painting work at the new house.

Lao Heong Bak Kut Teh, at the heart of Klang
Lao Heong Bak Kut Teh, at the heart of Klang

Lao Heong Bak Kut Teh is located at the heart of Klang town by one of the busiest roads on Jalan Gelugor. If you’re turning from Federal Highway to Jalan Meru, you’ll pass by the area. The restaurant itself is converted from a residential unit with a large “garden area”, like many restaurants in this part of the country, with the typical BKT set up of boiling water on top of LPG tanks for tea making purposes.

fatty meat is my favorite when it comes to bak kut teh (especially kah wan)
fatty meat is my favorite when it comes to bak kut teh (especially kah wan)

Lao Heong servers clay pot style bak kut teh, and as with many places, you can specify the choice of meat (lean, trotter, big bone, small bone, kahwan, etc). The pot also comes with fuchuk (tofu skin), tofu pok, a bit of mushroom, and some lettuce.

As with most Klang bak kut teh, the pork was pretty tender and the soup packs quite a heavy dose of herbal taste, I can sense a strong hint of “tong guai” which I find quite enjoyable. Adding soup is a reasonable request here as well.

A pretty decent BKT and I would not hesitate to revisit, especially at after lunch hours whereby most other places are closed.

map to Lao Heong bak kut teh, Klang

Address:
Lao Heong Bak Kut Teh
Jalan Gelugor & Jalan Kandis
Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.050409, 101.451371
Hours: Mornings and Afternoons

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
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
“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
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.

map to Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh, Pandamaran

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

A decade or so ago, Thai food means tomyam, rice, and maybe a few other dishes and you’d have them for lunch and maybe dinner. Over the last few years, I’m glad that Thai cuisine scene in KL has matured quite a bit, and now you can find quite a few sub-categories. There’s the traditional Thai food, fusion (such as PLOY at Clearwater, Fa Ying), boat noodle, non halal options (Surisit, I’m Spicy, My Elephant), and even Thai street food.

Go Thai at PJ SS2
Go Thai at PJ SS2

Personally, I have always love Thai street food of the non halal variety, and for a long time, Lai Thai (now Farm Thai) of Seksyen 17 was always my favorite. The place has its flaws, it’s cramped, stuffy, rather pricey, and service has a lot left to be desired, but there was no other options I knew of.

Then Go Thai sprung up at PJ SS2, the same row as those durian stalls that are always packed with people with stinky breath, and they offered just what I love most – non-halal Thai street food.

stewed pork leg rice (khao kha moo)
stewed pork leg rice (khao kha moo)

The restaurant is tastefully done up yet rather unpretentious. The workers speak Thai to each other, and the menu consists of a dozen of so dishes written on white board.

Most importantly, they offer khao kha moo (stewed pork leg rice, RM 9). This dish definitely offers great value, at less than RM 10 with quite a big portion of pork leg, rice, half an egg, and a small portion of vegetable. It was pretty good too.

Thai ice tea, fried pork slices with egg, tomyam seafood
Thai ice tea, fried pork slices with egg, tomyam seafood

At Go Thai, there are actually very few dishes without pork.

Moo thod khatiam (deep fried pork slices in garlic sauce with egg, RM 9) had those pork slices that was perfectly marinated while not overly spicy.

Tomyam seafood (RM 12) packed with fish slices, prawns, squid, and even some mussels, the broth was thick, spicy, and should satisfy any tomyam lover. It is also the highest priced item on the menu.

red ruby, kway tiao Go Thai, minced pork with rice, kway tiao nam saired ruby, kway tiao Go Thai, minced pork with rice, kway tiao nam sai

If you prefer noodle, there’s kway tiao nam sai (clear broth, RM 7) or kway tiao Go Thai (spicy version, RM 7), both were delicious, though portion is a little small for KL standard, but you get to order other stuff on the side, like tub thim krab (red ruby, RM 6), a dessert that is best on a hot day after meal.

KY & Haze at Go Thai
KY & Haze at Go Thai

Skewers here are supposed to be very good too, and I think that’ll be on my order list the next time I go there. Haze likes the place, and so was mom and my brother when I brought them over during CNY.

There should be more of these type of restaurants everywhere.

map to Go Thai

Address:
Go Thai
187 Jalan SS2/24,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.116831, 101.622893
Hours: lunch and dinner, closed on Mondays

Since we just gotten keys to our new place in Shah Alam, we’ve been making numerous trips to sort out the usual stuff associated with purchasing a new home. Not coincidentally, the place we bought is also just a stone’s throw away from Klang, which is quite convenient for a bak kut teh fan like me.

Gerai 78 Bak Kut Teh at Pandamaran, Klang
Gerai 78 Bak Kut Teh at Pandamaran, Klang

So we drove to Pandamaran, which is located closer to Port Klang and parked the car near Ah Her bak kut teh, a place we’ve been a few times prior. But instead of going to Ah Her again, we decided to check out one of the few other BKT stalls located along the hawker strip at the area.

This particular place is only known by the stall number – “Gerai 78″

soup and dry version of bak kut teh
soup and dry version of bak kut teh

Gerai 78 offers both wet and dry versions of bak kut teh, so for the two of us, we ordered a single portion of each, and both laden with “non lean meat”. We had initially asked for innards, but those good stuff already ran out even though it wasn’t even 7:30 pm yet.

The bkt comes in a clay pot with plenty of fuchok, a healthy dosage of well cooked pork, some vegetable, and mushroom. The soup is thick though not as “herbal” as I prefer. It’ll be top notch in PJ and KL but I guess rather average as far as Klang goes.

as you can see, we don't like lean meat so much
as you can see, we don’t like lean meat so much

The dry version is pretty basic and unpretentious, there’s no okra nor any part of the pork charred. I thought overall it was more than decent but perhaps not one of my favorite interpretation of dried bak kut teh.

If I want more soup, I may still come here, otherwise I’m hoping over to Ah Her. But either way, you can’t go wrong.

It’s Klang yo!

map to bak kut teh at pandamaran

Address:
Gerai 78
Pandamaran Hawker Center
Jalan Pandamaran, Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.006253, 101.413788

A week or so ago I was invited by Haze’s friend to a small food review session at Scott Garden’s AfterWerk pub/bar. This isn’t usually my type of place to look for food, but since it’s a friend, why not?

As it turns out, you can sometimes find decent food at unsuspecting places.

AfterWerk at Scott Garden, ground floor at the left corner
AfterWerk at Scott Garden, ground floor at the left corner, with live band

AfterWerk is operated by the same people who used to run Pedro’s Place, a new management/owner for the last half a year or so.

The restaurant/pub is located on the left corner of Scott’s Garden on the ground floor, you can park your car in the huge indoor parking, or right outside the restaurant aka valet/illegal style.

Like most pubs/bar, AfterWerk offers a variety of cocktails, beer, whisky, and there’s dart machine, and most importantly, an ass-kicking 8 piece Filipino band that actually sings very well! (We stayed for quite a few songs after the food review session)

we started with French Onion Soup
we started with French Onion Soup

Anyway, since the owner previously ran proper restaurant, food isn’t something of an after thought here. The menu consists of a mixture of Mexican/Western and local dishes. Prices are pretty decent, as with most pubs that usually make a lion’s share of their revenue from drinks instead.

For the purpose of this visit, we sampled four of their dishes.

We kicked off the night with French Onion soup that comes with a floating piece of cheese and a side of garlic/cheese bread. The serving was rather big for a starter but I don’t even mind, it was really delicious. The savory of cheese with those broth really worked well.

Chili Burger with a side of fries
Chili Burger with a side of fries

Next up was their Chili Beef Burger. This rendition of the popular American staple comes with a rather thick patty and plenty of chili with a layer of melted cheese on top. You can request the chili to be mild or really hot, we had it probably somewhere in the middle.

While I liked the chili, I thought the thick patty was not nearly as fatty as I usually liked them. Then again it is probably a good thing for those who are slightly more health conscious. A pretty decent burger otherwise.

half a rack of ribs, jalapeno poppers
half a rack of ribs, jalapeno poppers 

The four of us then shared a half rack of pork ribs. The ribs properly prepared and came with a layer of BBQ sauce plastered all over. The meat was soft and savory, I find myself really enjoying it despite being pretty stuffed from the previous two courses. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of pork ribs. It could maybe be slightly saltier, but I’m just nitpicking.

Other than the three dishes,  we also sampled one of their beer food – jalapeno poppers. This turned out to be pretty hot, and perhaps slightly too hot even for me but I imagine it’d be pretty awesome with some ice cold beer. Jalapeno is like any peppers, the level of spiciness is not constant, sometimes you get it hot, and sometimes they are mild.

Haze & KY, Reiko & friend
Haze & KY, Reiko & friend at work

If you’re close to the vicinity of Scott Garden, AfterWerk is definitely a decent place to check out if you’re up for a beer of three, but I would also consider it a good option for some late dinner as well.

map to Scott Garden at Old Klang Road

Address:
Afterwerk
Scott Garden
Jalan Klang Lama,
58100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.094886, 101.674963
Tel: 03-7982 0700
Hours: 4pm to 2am