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Bak Kut Teh infused with seafood is not exactly a recent invention in the land where this uniquely Chinese-Malaysian dish originated, and of the various different variants of bak kut teh, it is probably the most rare, hence it is no surprise that many bak kut teh fans does not know about the existence of seafood BKT.

Yun Heng kopitiam, at Klang Utama
Yun Heng kopitiam, at Klang Utama

My love for seafood bak kut teh started with Ah Tao at Teluk Pulai, a place where I’ve returned multiple times. Sadly, Ah Tao returned to the maker this past CNY period and the place has been closed down (or on haitus) since.

This prompted me to start looking for another good spot to satisfy that cravings.

Lala bak kut teh with a side of fish head at restoran Yun Heng, Klang Utama. Fantastic spicy bkt soup with proper lala sweetness! #kyeats #bakkutteh #klang #pork

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After a few attempts with limited success, I think I finally found one that’s worthy to be Ah Tao’s replacement in my book – the unassuming BKT stall at the corner of Restoran Yun Heng at Klang Utama (not far from another one of my go-to Hong Ba + BKT place – Swee Xiang)

fish head, and that glorious bak kut teh with lala
fish head, and that glorious bak kut teh with lala

We went there last weekend when my brother was in town, and for the three of us, we had 1.5 portion of bak kut teh with lala, and another portion of fish head.

The bak kut teh soup really did hit the spot for all of us, it was a perfect balance of hotness, herbal note, and really strong seafood sweetness from the lala. They may not have the variety of seafood available as with Ah Tao, but lala is all you need, especially if it’s done as well as they did here.

fish head also had chicken feet in it
fish head also had chicken feet in it

We didn’t plan to order the stewed fish head dish, but since they were a bit low on pork (we got there past 1:30 pm) and the owner suggested it, I thought why not?

The dish turned out to be pretty good in itself, it was another spicy dish but one with much thicker soup and slightly sweeter in taste. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit, the chicken feet in the stew was very good too.

Overall damage was just under RM 20 per person, and I’m 100% sure I’ll be heading back there again for some lala BKT goodness.

Yun Heng bak kut teh Klang Utama map

Address:
Restoran Yun Heng
31, Persiaran Sungai Keramat 1B,
Taman Klang Utama, Klang
GPS3.083669, 101.407106
Tel: 016-272 0389

While up at Sungai Petani a couple months ago, we took the opportunity to get my brother to introduce some of the more unique dishes the biggest city in Kedah has got to offer. Since we already had those awesome curry mee at Eupe food court, it was time for laksa fish at Restoran Piao Siang.

Restoran Piao Xiang at Sungai Petain, Haze & Win Sern
Restoran Piao Xiang at Sungai Petain, Haze & Win Sern

Restoran Piao Xiang, or Sin Piao Xiang, is located just a stone’s throw away from the Sungai Petani Utara toll plaza, and like most places in Sungai Petani, you won’t have too much of a problem trying to get a parking spot.

The restaurant opens for both lunch and dinner, and is considered one of the bigger eateries in the area, well, big enough to hosts wedding functions every now and then.

the famous asam fish, with fish, and some laksa noodle too
the famous laksa fish, with fish, and some laksa noodle too

For the three of us on a very hungry afternoon, we ordered four dishes to go with steamed rice.

The claim of fame here is the laksa fish (RM 26), a dish that is so simple in its ingredients you wonder why we don’t see it anywhere else. You make some awesome laksa broth, throw in steamed fish, mint leaves, and some laksa noodle for good measures.

I think having this dish as is as a whole meal is certainly viable, especially for laksa fans.

eggplant with sambal, stuffed chicken skin, seafood tofu
eggplant with sambal, stuffed chicken skin, seafood tofu

The eggplant with sambal (RM 7) is a musts order for those who like northern style sambal that comes with a kick. Seafood tofu (RM 9) is pretty decent as snacks, but the stuffed chicken skin (RM 17) actually surprised me, chicken skin stuffed with minced pork, reminds me of the first time I had something like that from Elegant Inn (stuffed with prawn meat tho).

Over all it was certainly a satisfying lunch, and one that is pretty reasonably priced too. If you’re up North, this is certainly not a bad place to check out.

map to Sin Piao Siang, Sungai Petani

Address:
Restaurant Piao Xiang
20 & 21 Jalan Melati 1,
08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah
GPS5.677679, 100.507461
Tel: 04-442 6219

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
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.

This seems to be the theme with Thai restaurants, Mae Salong in Sungai Petani, and De Cheingmai at Sungai Buloh are both located at pretty obscure locations.

miang kham, seafood tomyam, chicken feet salad
miang kham, seafood tomyam, chicken feet salad

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
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
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.

map to Khunthai Klang

Address:
Khun Thai
6, Jalan Kg Air Hitam,
Taman Pendamar Indah 1,
42500 Klang, Selangor
GPS2.960457, 101.439903
Tel: 03-3081 3308

Last weekends I went back up north for cheng beng (Hokkien for prayers to ancestors & grave cleaning), and this time around instead of heading back to Penang, we slept over at my brother’s new house at Sungai Petani instead.

More reason to try some of the local hawker fair my brother talked about.

Curry Mee is the busiest stall at Eupe food court, sungai petani
Curry Mee is the busiest stall at Eupe food court, sungai petani

We went to the (I think) the number one hawker attraction in Sungai Petani – the curry mee stall at Eupe food court.

The food court itself is converted by stripping off the walls and ceiling of 28 shop lots to create a giant dining area under one roof, there are dozens of stalls offering various types of food, with the curry mee stall being the one that’s easiest to spot – the one with a long queue.

slices of fresh mackerel is what made this awesome
slices of fresh mackerel is what made this awesome

The ingredients for this curry mee is very different from the ones in Penang or KL. Instead of pork blood, prawns, and cockles, what we have here is a couple slices of fresh mackerel, lady’s fingers, tomato, potato, and half an egg. Of course, there’s the curry broth and sambal. You can also ask for pork ribs as additional topping.

The mixture worked pretty good, felt unusual at first but it proved to be really worth the wait. The best part about this curry mee is the freshness of the fish. According to my brother, if the market doesn’t have fresh fish for the day, the stall isn’t opened.

me & my younger brother, who's a doctor at Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim
me & my younger brother, who’s a doctor at Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim

If you’re at SP, get on the queue and spend the RM 6 for this, you’ll not regret.

map to Eupe food court, Sungai Petani

Address:
Eupe Food Court
Jalan Gamelan 5,
Taman Ria Jaya,
08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah
GPS5.652733,100.517535
Hours: 9 am till around lunch time

While many Penang hawker dishes such as char kuih teow, hokkien mee, and laksa are famous all over Malaysia, wantan mee is always a bit of an odd ball. Being a traditional Cantonese dish in a predominately Hokkien area, wantan mee was sort of adopted by the islanders.

the wantan mee stall at kedai kopi seng thor
the wantan mee stall at kedai kopi seng thor

Like languages and culture, food that is separated geographically from its place of origin usually evolve and adapt to the local taste. This is evident in the case of wantan mee in Penang as well.

sambal goes very well with wantan mee
sambal goes very well with wantan mee

A prime example is the wantan mee at Seng Thor kopitiam at Carnarvon street. The dry version comes with both deep fried and boiled wantan, vegetable, charsiu (bbq pork), and the all important Penang style sambal belacan.

While the chasiu isn’t nearly as good as those you usually find in Klang Valley (for some reasons charsiu in Penang is usually dyed and not nearly as flavorful), I like the extra dimensions offered by deep fried wantan, and of course, the sambal belacan makes a huge difference, pretty much transformed the entire dish like how chili pan mee is different from normal pan mee.

If you love sambal and food in general, you should try wantan mee here (and many other stalls in Penang).

of course, you shouldn't miss the best ochien in town
of course, you shouldn’t miss the best ochien in town

Of course, if you are already in this kopitiam, don’t forget to order the fried oyster omelet here. One of the bests ever.

map to the best fried oyster in Penang

Address:
Kedai Kopi Seng Thor
160, Lebuh Carnarvon,
10100 Georgetown, Penang
GPS5.415495, 100.33468