While many restaurants boosts a certain unique selling point that draws customers with fancy dishes, deco, or exciting new tastes, there also exists those that are none of those – a place that is seemingly running in exactly the same way the day it was established, and through various decades, staying on as a sort of time capsule.
Thye Huat at Berkeley, opens from Mon-Sat
A restaurant that brings you back in time with a sense of nostalgia and peace, if you would. In the era of quirky instagrammable cafes and fad based food, this is an increasingly a rare sight.
Located at Lorong Lang, just a few minutes from the old Sungai Rasau toll area, this kopitiam certainly fits the bill. Floor with mosaic laid decades ago, a single stall offering different simple dishes on different days of the week, and even some nyonya kuih to boot.
In addition to the dishes such as curry mee, mee siam, laksa, prawn mee, curry puff and so forth, the half boiled eggs and coffee here is also one not to be missed. Expertly crafted by the old operator, the coffee carries an aroma and body that’s as good as some of the modern cafes.
simple breakfast makes for a great start of the day
I also never missed ordering those perfectly prepared half boiled eggs whenever I find myself here. They’re also cracked and served in the little old china cups for you.
A breakfast here reminds us of simpler days, one with less distractions and modern constant bombardment of “look at me” culture. Will we ever find those peace again?
Address: Thye Huat Lorong Lang, Taman Berkeley, 41150 Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.056372, 101.464057 Hours: Mon-Sat for breakfast
One of my favorite hawker style comfort foods is kuih teow soup. Back in Penang, this is a rather ubiquitous dish that you can in just about any kopitiam or food court. However, in Klang Valley, pork noodle seems to take center stage to fill this niche instead. Which can be a good/bad thing depending on your preference.
Restoran Berkeley Sua Teng
The situation in Klang is a little bit different, and I suppose due to the prevalent of bak kut teh which already heavily involves the usage of pork as an ingredient in a dish that involves soup, pork noodle is quite rare, and probably as a side effect, there are some kuih teow soup places instead, such as Restoran Berkeley Sua Teng at Taman Berkeley which I happily discovered just recently.
kuih teow soup, hawker style comfort food
The almost kopitiam style restaurant offers the usual kuih teow soup, curry version, dry version, with rice, and a few other side dishes.
We tried their plain old fashion kuih teow soup which came with bouncy home-made fish balls, fish cake, tofu skin, and a slice of vege. The ingredients may be slightly different from the version I love in Penang, it does still tastes very light and balanced, comforting and perfect for when you’re looking for something light.
fish cake, fuchuk, and suikao, complete with kampong koh chili sauce
For side dishes, we tried their fish cake, sui kao, and tofu skin. These were all deep fried and served with one of the best chili sauce you can get – naturally from Kampong Koh! A satisfying lunch for sure, and I won’t hesitate to go back there again.
Address: Restoran Berkeley Sua Teng Lorong Angsa, Bandar Baru Klang, 41150 Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.057078, 101.465631 Hours: 9 am to late lunch
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
Well, I did mention that I am going to try as many bak kut teh places in Klang as possible, right? So here’s another “less famous” places I had the chance to visit several weeks ago – 大肥婆肉骨茶, or LYL FOOD CORNER, which is completely not what 大肥婆肉骨茶 translate to at all.
大肥婆肉骨茶, Taman Berkeley
The bak kut teh restaurant is located somewhere in between the two branches of the more known establishments – Samy & Ah Her, and Mo Sang Kor. It is a single shop lot basic set up, which is similar to probably 90% of the Klang BKT restaurants.
I happened to be the last customer of the day, but lucky me, they happened to still have my favorite cut of the meat available – kahwan.
I was the last customer of the day
The single serving came in claypot with actually rather generous amount of soup, it carries a pretty strong herbal taste with a hint of “tong gwai” taste which I enjoyed. As with most Klang bkt, the meat was tender, and fatty part of pork soft enough to to be cut by the spoon.
大肥婆 did not disappoint actually, it wasn’t as strong tasting as the other two, but the extra amount of soup should cater for those who enjoys slurping down BKT soup. Oh, there’s also fried shallots, which is always good to go with BKT.
I did mention that I am going to review as many Klang bak kut teh as I can just a little while ago, right? So here’s another one.
Ever since I first tried Ah Her bak kut teh at Pandamaran earlier this year, I’ve been a fan. However, it only operates at night, and Pandamaran is actually closer to port Klang than it is to actual civilization… so, I was more than happy to find out about the sister branch – Ah Her & Samy bak kut teh at Taman Berkeley.
Samy & Ah Her BKT at Taman Berkeley
The restaurant is located a couple blocks away from the main stretch of shops at Taman Berkeley and operates for breakfast and lunch. The set up is typical of Klang bak kut teh shops, with plastic tables & chairs under zinc roof equipped with electric fans. There’s also ample kettle filled with hot water to refill your Chinese tea pot.
“tua kut”, or big bone, is one of my favorite BKT cuts
Ah Her & Samy offers traditional bowl type bak kut teh, so you get your own bowl of preferred cut – be it tua kut (big bone), small bone, kah wan (leg joints), trotter, lean meat, intestine, ribs, or whatever fits your fancy.
noms noms noms, chewing down the bone
For this visit, I went for “tua kut” and was not disappointed at all. Just like its bigger sister branch, the meat was tender, and the limited amount of soup given was positively thick, filled with herbal and a strong sense of peppery taste. It was delightful, and I can see myself coming back again and again.
If you like your bak kut teh meat super tender, this is a place you should not miss. A bowl of BKT is priced at RM 10, with rice at RM 1 (regardless of size).