Klang. The birth place of bak kut teh (pork bone tea soup).
Not only popular among the Malaysians, Singaporeans, Thais and the Indonesians also share the same sentiment. Served in a claypot with piping hot herbal soup, bak kut teh is delish when eaten on a cold, rainy day. But be warned that the herbal soup can be too heaty for some.
When people mention bak kut teh, the first thing that usually comes to mind is Klang. Indeed many can testify to the goodness of bak kut teh from Klang. How can you boast to be a good foodie when you have not paid a visit to Klang?
If you ask those from Klang, there are only 2 specific spots for bak kut teh.
1. Teluk Pulai (Pottery)
2. Mo Sang Kor
For those who prefer a thicker base of soup/dried bak kut teh, head for the latter. Else, #1’s your pick. So we head over to Teluk Pulai’s on one fine weekday.
The shop was filled to the brim. Lunch time, yes, but on a weekday! Working people are usually busy aren’t day? And gNOMes would prefer to savour the bak kut teh instead of gulping them down and rush back to work. Parking space is a hassle, especially during lunch hours. You can opt to park a little further and walk.
The soup bak kut teh, 3 person’s portion. A variety of parts thrown in, topped with tofu, mushrooms and greens. The soup was flavourful, but not thick like what gNOMe 2 had expected it to be. Wouldn’t say it’s diluted, just fine. Pretty ordinary though. Whereas for gNOMe 1, he loved it! Soup was flavourful and super yummy! Pork bits were fresh and tender. Soup was refreshing and went very well with the chopped garlic and chilli.
The dried version. 1 person’s portion. Finally, both gNOMes came to a conclusion : THIS IS THE BOMB! And this is the reason why we came all the way to Klang. Meat was tender and fresh, and doesn’t need much effort to munch. The base is made out of thick dark soya sauce with chopped ginger, which brings out the flavour tremendously. They used young ginger, so it wasn’t too spicy. Although the soya sauce threatens to be salty, but it didn’t! Which was a surprise.
Condiments. The Yau Char Kwai and the ‘oily’ vegetables. The vegetables were just alright, nothing to shout about. Just pretty decent vegetables in oyster sauce. As for the yau char kwai, it wasn’t crispy to be eaten alone, so we just dipped into the soup to soften it. Overall? Nothing to shout about too.
Verdict : We were absolutely glad with lunch, and felt that the trip was worth while. Drove home with a happy belly. 🙂 They did not really give us an exact breakdown so we had to estimate the price. It was about RM80 for the whole meal, a little bit on the high side, but was worth it. Do try and let us know what you think!
How to get there:
Address : 27-H Jalan Teluk Pulai, 41100 Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone : +60 12-383 2121
Opening hours : Everyday from 7am till 3.30pm