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A couple weekends ago while trying to play catch up in tasting as many different bak kut teh restaurants in Klang as humanely responsible, I took up the offer from Zess, our resident Klang bkt expert, and met up for a sumptuous brunch at Ah Chee clay pot bak kut teh.

Ah Chee Bak Kut Teh, Bayu Tinggi, Klang
Ah Chee Bak Kut Teh, Bayu Tinggi, Klang

Ah Chee is of course, another one of Zess’ friends (this guy knows a lot of BKT operators). The restaurant is located at an end lot at the rather busy commercial area at Bayu Tinggi, Klang.

If you’re not familiar with Bayu Tinggi, well, it is basically located in between Bukit Tinggi and Port Klang, a place that’s frequent mostly only by Klang residents.

Ah Chee bak kut teh, as recommended by our Klang “local snake” @z35s. We asked for the softest cut today 😚👌 #kyeats #breakfast #bakkutteh #klang #pork

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For the 5 of us on a Sunday morning, we kept it simple and just asked for the softest meat with their signature intestines plus fuchuk (tofu skin).

check out the stuffed intestine
check out the stuffed intestine

Like every place that Zess brought us thus far, this one again checked all the boxes. The soup is more than decent, thick, flavorful, and on par with most other Klang BKT I’ve tried.

The meat though (at least the version we had), was really tender with melt in your mouth fats. I really enjoyed that, but that was not the best part.

The star of the meal was their intestine. The stuffed intestine is probably up to 7-8 layers and thus had this really great texture to it. If you consume offal, this is a must-eat.

we picked the softest pork plus intestine
we picked the softest pork plus intestine

The meal came up to under RM 20 per person, right about average in terms what you expect to pay for good BKT meal. Will be glad to revisit.

Ah Chee bak kut teh map

Address:
Ah Chee Bak Kut Teh
5, Lorong Sentosa 4,
Bayu Tinggi,
42000 Klang, Selangor
GPS3.012755, 101.430965
Tel012-627 3797

Da Tuan Yuan at Bukit Raja is actually one of the first restaurants we visited when collecting keys to our new home at Shah Alam, way before renovation and moving in more than half a year ago. Since then, we’ve been back again quite a number of times, and even manage to bring mom & family there for dinner during their visit over CNY.

Mom approved of the food there, so should you!

Restaurant Da Tuan Yuan at Bukit Raja, Klang
Restaurant Da Tuan Yuan at Bukit Raja, Klang

The restaurant is located at the commercial area right across from Bukit Raja AEON shopping mall. For those who aren’t familiar with Klang, dinner time is usually about a full hour earlier than PJ/KL folks, so by 6:30 or 7 pm, the place is usually packed, especially if it’s a weekends.

Parking can be a bit of a pain but if you’re willing to walk more than 45 seconds, it’s usually not an issue. The inside is air conditioned, while there’s also a pretty big al fresco area for when it gets packed and weather permits.

roast pork, bbq pork, and seafood tofu
roast pork, bbq pork, and seafood tofu

Just like many restaurants in Klang, roast pork and bbq pork, or siu yok and charsiu, is done quite well here. I particularly love the roast pork here, they’re soft, succulent, and with the crunchy skin, is absolutely fantastic. Do order a plate for sharing if you’re here.

The signature tofu at Da Tuan Yuan is their seafood tofu, with bits of seafood and some greens, they offer an adventure in texture but to be honest, I find it tastes a bit … out of the ordinary. Perhaps a dish that takes quite a bit of getting used to.

Japanese tofu, mantis shrimp, 四大天王, kangkung belacan
Japanese tofu, mantis shrimp, 四大天王, kangkung belacan

Japanese tofu has the consistency of egg drop soup, and makes for good comfort food, but if you want something with a kick, order the mantis shrimp with salted egg yolk. Slightly spicy, crunchy, and strong tasting, it should satisfy any seafood lover who loves their dishes deep fried.

Four kingdom” and kangkung belacan are some of the vegetable dishes that should provides greens that may resemble sort of a balanced meal, order them so your mom won’t complain.

steamed fish with ginger, lala, steamed fish teow chew, mantis prawn butter style
steamed fish with ginger, lala, steamed fish teow chew, mantis prawn butter style

The actual signature dish here though, has got to be their steamed fish with minced ginger. You can order fish head or tail end, go for tail as they provide more meat, but the real fish eating connoisseur will always insist of fish head. This dish is very spicy from the huge amount of ginger, and we love it.

Other notable dishes include kam heong lala, steamed fish teow chew style, and butter mantis prawn. To be honest, we haven’t really find any disappointing dish, and that is the reason we’ve been back to Da Tuan Yuan so many times.

If you’re looking for a sumptuous non-BKT meal in Klang, this is a place worthy of visit.

map to Da Tuan Yuan, Klang Bukit Raja

Address:
Restaurant Da Tuan Yuan
22G, Jalan Tiara 2D/KU1,
Pusat Perniagaan BBK,
41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.063833, 101.467641
Tel03-3342 9309

A couple weeks ago we were at Klang meeting up with Zess, and since it was dinner time, we naturally asked him to bring us to yet another bak kut teh restaurants. This Klang native bak kut teh connoisseur thought, why not something slightly different – so we took a bit of a drive and ended up at Klang Coast Seafood Bak Kut Teh (滨海肉骨茶).

Klang Coast Seafood bak kut teh, Bukit Tinggi Klang
Klang Coast Seafood bak kut teh, Bukit Tinggi Klang

Klang Coast bak kut teh is located at Bukit Tinggi, just a stone’s throw from the huge AEON Shopping Centre, which is about half an hour’s drive from Petaling Jaya.

Parking isn’t an issue at this part of town, and if you can’t speak in Hokkien, ordering with Mandarin is perfectly acceptable.

how about bak kut teh with lala & crabs?
how about bak kut teh with lala & crabs?

Seafood bak kut teh is a relatively new comer to the bak kut teh scene, after the invention of claypot bkt and dried bak kut teh. According to Zess, the operator here (a friend of his) used to be an apprentice of the original place that came up with Seafood bak kut teh in Teluk Pulai before opening his own shop.

We ordered our BKT with fatty portion of pork (tua kut aka big bone, and pua pui chiak aka 3 layer pork) with addition of clam and flower crab.

The Bak Kut Teh soup with seafood comes with a much stronger peppery taste. It was explained that this is necessary to counter the raw seafood taste that may be overpowering. This strategy was achieved after countless experimentation with pepper, chili padi, and so forth. In all honesty, I like it, I thought the herbal taste and spiciness was well balanced.

The clay pot bak kut teh was RM 12 per portion, clam cost RM 12, and the flower crab RM 14. In all, the bill for three of us was close to RM 25 per pax, a pretty decent value all things considered. Would not hesitate to revisit.

Now I want to try other seafood BKT places.

fatty pork and seafood goodness, winning combination
fatty pork and seafood goodness, winning combination

Address:
Klang Coast Seafood BKT
No. 16, Jalan Remia 5/KS6
Bandar Botanic
41200 Klang, Selangor
GPS2.998301, 101.445234
Tel: 017-218 8911

Just got back from Redang island for Project AWARE + diving trip. 2010 is now officially a diving year for me since this has turned out to be the 5th diving trip of the year after Sipadan/Mabul, 2 trips to Tenggol, and a previous trip to Redang in June.

Project AWARE at Redang
Haze, Joel, Wan Czin, Yuki, Horng, Ian, Irene, Vinn, Zess, Gabriel, Terence, KY

Project AWARE is also known by the less glamourous name of International Cleanup Day whereby beach enthusiasts all over the world come together and basically spend a morning clearing up a section of beach from things that shouldn’t be there.

Our group managed to picked up some 500+ cigarette buds from just one small stretch of beach in front of a resort, and there were 5 other teams that picked up similar amount of ciggy buds and other junks too. One other interesting thing we picked up, among ropes/bottle caps/slippers/etc was a piece of soiled underwear :S

Diving at Redang Island

Project AWARE is usually partly sponsored by the resort, and hence we also scored 3 dives at a reduced rate. However, the visibility weren’t great, and our instructor too were reluctant to take us to some of the more interesting/challenging sites due to the larger amount of divers on each trip. This was actually my 2nd participation of Project AWARE, with the previous one all the way back in 2004 at Redang, my 2nd dive trip.

After this trip, I now logged 45 dives in total, with 31 of them from this year and 14 from 2004.

3 Layer Tea and lor mai kai at Redang Beach resort

Since this is a space is sorta known as a food blog, I shall also introduce the best 3 layer tea from this side of Malaysia – the little kopitiam at Redang Beach Resort manned by an uncle. The blend of evaporated milk, tea, and palm sugar’s perfect! The lor mai kai (steamed glutinous chicken rice) is pretty awesome too!

As for accommodation, we stayed at Pelangi resort, which in my opinion is a bit better than Redang Beach resort. There’s attached toilet on each room instead of communal hostel style arrangement, for example. Food wise they’re both similarly sad though.

There’ll be a bit more on this trip in the coming post(s), but in the mean time, please help complete the survey on Shark’s fin on the side bar on your right. I need the information for an upcoming post, thanks!