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 58 of this awesome dish in this blog. My job is far from done!
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
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.
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
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
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!
While you can get bak kut teh all around the clock in Klang, it is still mostly a breakfast option for most natives around here. So prior to work a few weeks ago, I decided to head to one of the more popular old school bkt places to get my morning fix – at Seng Huat bak kut teh.
Seng Huat is located just right beside the main Klang bridge and stone’s throw away from the origin of bak kut teh at Teck Teh. The corner shop has plenty of seats right at the side by the river, which makes for quite a comfortable dining area compared to the slightly stuffier interior.
one big bone for me please
This is an old school type of bkt place, so there’s no such thing as claypot, vegetable, enoki mushroom, or any of those distractions. You order your favorite type of meat and you get it served in a bowl and a plate of rice. What they do have though, is chili padi & soya sauce, which Teck Teh doesn’t even serve.
I asked for a tua kut (big bone), one of my favorite parts for breakfast.
bak kut teh is a breakfast meal here in Klang
What came was quite a huge portion (especially for breakfast) of meat that was appreciatively soft enough to fall off its bone quite easily. The soup was quite thick & flavorful, though to be fair not the thickest I’ve had, Mo Sang Kor or Ah Her would probably satisfy you more if you want it thickest possible.
Over all though, it was a pretty good breakfast, and one that I would not have a problem to revisit. If you want it more “original” though, head to Teck Teh for some surprise.
I’ve been reviewing quite a few Klang bak kut teh since we moved to Ken Rimba at Padang Jawa, which is just a couple kilometers away from Klang, but today, let’s look at Teck Kee bak kut teh at Subang Permai, a location that is closer to those of you who stay at the likes of Bukit Jelutong or Subang Airport.
Teck Kee Bak Kut Teh at Subang Permai
To be honest, I’ve heard about this place for quite a while but the location has always been a bit of a mystery, until we ventured into the area for something completely unrelated did I realized this was the “famous bak kut teh” in Kampung Subang area.
The set up is typical of most bak kut teh shop, basic plastic tables & chair with hot water (this one electrical) supply for those who likes to have bak kut teh with tea. So far, so good.
big bone – single serving clay pot bak kut teh
For just myself, I ordered “tua kut”, or big bone in a clay pot to go with rice, they also serve ginger wine chicken, and dry version of bak kut teh, but I guess I’ll have to try those some other time. Minced garlic and chopped chili padi is available as condiments, which is always good.
I didn’t leave anything behind, was a happy diner
While the soup isn’t as thick as some of the Klang’s versions, the pork at Teck Kee is stewed to perfection, not overly soft yet soaked up with plenty of herbal essence as it should. The soup has a good balance to it and I was more than satisfied to finish it all and asked for extras, which they complied without batting an eyelid.
Overall it was more than worthy, if you’re within 5-10 kilometer radius, this is a definitely a good bak kut teh place to check out.
Address: Teck Kee Bak Kut Teh Ground Floor, 25, Jalan Alfa D U6/D, Pusat Perdagangan Subang Permai, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor GPS: 3.138447, 101.527017 Tel: 012-979 2446
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).