Yeoh’s Bah Kut Teh @ Klang

28 05 2011

Mention the word Bak Kut Teh and images of aromatic medicinal soup prepared with a concoction of herbs and spices with chunky meats spring into my mind. While many food lovers will tend to have their favourite Bak Kut Teh shop (including yours truly), my good friend, Yeong recommended me to try out Yeoh’s Bah Kut Teh at Klang. On the side note, I always thought the proper spelling for this dish is Bak Kut Teh but somehow Yeoh’s version is spelt differently.

Apparently, Yeoh’s Bah Kut Teh is located just at the back of the Hokkien Association Building along Jalan Batu Tiga Lama which makes it very inconspicuous to motorists traveling along the Federal Highway. Still, I was told by my friend that they are very famous among the locals and even have a branch in Hong Kong.

Putting fame aside, I was keen to see how good the Bak Kut Teh is at this place. The staff recommended us to try their Yeoh’s Signature Big Bone and Claypot Bah Kut Teh. Yeoh’s Signature Big Bone deserves a special mention. The first thing that struck me was how HUGE the bone of meat was.

It was so big that I could almost picture it as Titanic sinking into the sea of herbal soup. Putting my silly comparison aside, the meat was soft, tender and flavoursome.

One of the pre-requisite for me in tasting Bak Kut Teh is the soup itself. To tell the truth, I did not fall in love with the soup on my first sip. It was certainly thick, rich and full of herbal taste but somehow, the flavour was a wee bit bitter for me. Perhaps my taste buds were off tangent that afternoon but it certainly did not knock me off my socks.

However, as our lunch discussion went on, I was unconsciously taking spoonfuls of the soup to drink. Strangely, the taste became better! I somehow appreciate the thicker texture of the soup with rich content of herbs.

The claypot Bah Kut Teh was also yummy. Apart from a mixture of fat and lean meat, there were tau fu pock, cabbage, fu chok and etc.

The soup has a slightly different taste. It was less bitter and not as thick with herbs as compared to the Signature Big Bone.

There was also a slight tinge of sweetness. As for the meat, it was also nicely cook. No complaints there.

I read somewhere that there are almost 500 different Bak Kut Teh shops/stalls in Klang alone. This will invariably produces different version of the traditional dish which in turn will divide people’s opinion on which shop is the best. As for me, Yeoh’s would ranked among the top tier of Bak Kut Teh shops I have sampled so far.

For a meal of RM 31.00 inclusive of Chinese tea, I would say it was certainly worth the price of the meal.

Yeoh’s Bah Kut Teh
Bangunan Persatuan Hokkien (Kantin)
Jalan Batu Tiga Lama
41300 Klang
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: +603-3341 7551 / +6012-312 2755

Website: http://www.bahkutteh.com/
Email: info@bahkutteh.com

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Klang Cendol @ Klang

18 05 2011

When I was told that the best Cendol is found in old Klang town, the statement was met with skepticism by yours truly. However, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to make a trip down to the ‘royal city’ just to find out if the cendol lives up to its reputation. Upon seeing the cendol shop, I was startled to see the word 1972 prominently displayed on the signboard. Apparently, the cendol shop was founded by Mr. Mahalingam way back in 1972.

There is an interesting story of how Mr. Mahalingam began his cendol business. He came from a very poor family and had no choice but to pawn his Seiko watch for $20 to start a part-time cendol business at Nibong Tebal in Penang. His first day profit was only $1.60 but his persistency paid off when he was offered to take over a business from another cendol seller in Klang when the later need to go back to India. The rest as they say is history.

There are many types of cendol sold at Klang Cendol ranging from cendol biasa (plain cendol), cendol ais krim and cendol pulut (cendol with glutinous  rice). I ordered the cendol pulut which costs RM 2.20 per bowl.

The cendol was served in a metal bowl. Instead of a mountain of shaved ice covered with coconut milk and thick gula melaka (palm sugar), the bowl of cendol came with a few chunks of glutinous rice in a pool of melted ice with brownish gula melaka, milk, green jelly and red beans.

While it doesn’t look impressive, the taste was truly fantastic. While it wasn’t overly dense with gula melaka which made it less sweeter than those Baba cendol in Melaka, it still hit all the right notes with a perfect combination of fresh coconut milk with gula melaka.

I believe Mr. Mahalingam has fine-tuned his recipe over the years and has successfully come up with a lips smacking bowl of cendol that truly lives up to his reputation.

It was also my first time trying cendol pulut which adds a new dimension to the texture of the dessert. While cendol biasa comes mainly with shaved ice, the cendol pulut has a more chewy texture due to the glutinous rice soaked in the coconut milk. Two thumbs up!

Apparently, Cendol Klang do sell rojak as well. The sauce is slightly lighter in colour and not as thick or as spicy as those other mamak stalls.

There were fried tofu, a piece of boiled egg, sliced cucumber and even lettuce.

Taste wise, I wasn’t really impressed with it. After tasting the cendol, I was hoping that the rojak would be equally good but I still prefer Rojak Mustaffa at Petaling Jaya.

But the whole purpose of going there was to taste the cendol and I wasn’t disappointed at all. True enough, apart from Bak Kut Teh and seafood, Klang can proudly proclaim cendol as one its repertoire of signature dishes in this royal town.

Cendol Klang
No, 78, Jalan Nanas
41400 Klang
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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Pin Chou @ Klang #2

22 09 2010

Some of my readers commented that the earlier thumbnail that I posted was small.  Hence, they are unable to see the individual pictures clearly. I have redone the thumbnail in higher resolution (1218 x 1218 pixel) as well as added more pictures. Hope you like it.







Pin Chou @ Klang

22 09 2010

Last weekend, I was asked to photoshoot some food for Restoran Pin Chou. Apparently, they are in the midst of revamping their menu and hence the photoshoot session. By the time I reached home, I was feeling really exhausted as the whole session lasted for almost six hours. Nevertheless, it was a great learning experience for me. Here are a handful of the pictures taken.

If you or your friends need any photoshooting service, do drop me a line at paradox.of.life@gmail.com





Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh @ Glenmarie

6 07 2010

Having tasted many Bak Kut Teh before this, I can conclusively categorize this dish into two groups. One is the original Klang version which features thick broth and strong scent of herbs and spices. The other type is a bit more watered-down and doesn’t have that thick flavoursome taste.

It doesn’t take a genius to know which one is more popular among the two. When I spotted Pao Xiang at Glenmarie recently, I was curious to find out how their Bak Kut Teh fares. Little did I know that this shop has a main outlet at Klang which is always packed with customers. Thankfully, the Glenmarie branch has lesser people.

The menu has a choice of ‘parts’ that you wish to order. Personally, I never like eating the pork fat as I find it to be unhealthy. Thankfully, Pao Xiang offers lean meat (Pai Kut and also Luan Kut) for RM 9.50 per serving.

Pai Kut means pork ribs which happens to be my favourite part of the pork meat. One thing for sure. The Pai Kut served at Pao Xiang is really HUGE! I have never come across pork ribs as big as this for Bak Kut Teh. The size of the ribs proves that Pao Xiang does not skimp on the food portion at all which is a definite plus for me.

When the dish came, the first thing I tasted was the broth. After having the first sip and I could easily conclude that Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh lives up to my expectations (and taste bud). The broth has a rich taste of herbs and spices. The meat was tender and nicely cook.

In fact, I must say that their Bak Kut Teh literally floored me with their rich taste of herbs and spices. I kept requesting the waiter to ‘Kah Tong’ (add soup) as I was really hooked to the taste.

The Luan Kut (Soft Bone) is equally yummy.

For those who prefer lean mean but in smaller chunks should go for this instead.

A great way to accompany the Bak Kut Teh is with a plate of fresh vegetables. We took the Yu Mark (RM 8.50) which was garnished with fried shallot. The crunchy sweet vegetables was a thumbs up for me.

I find it really delicious to eat it with white rice and the meat.

If I had to rate the food quality, I would say that it easily scores a 9 over 10. Yes, it has been quite a while since I feel excited blogging about a particular restaurant. Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh has left me feeling satisfied and has undoubtedly set a new benchmark as far as Bak Kut Teh is concern. I can’t help but to keep taking the picture of the food while eating as it was really good. I heard some portion of the pork meat are string tied to reduce the fats on the meat.

If you are a Bak Kut Teh lover, make sure you give this place a try.

The interior is air-conditioned and comfortable enough to sit through the entire meal without the sweaty feeling you get from eating in a regular coffee shop.

Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh
No. 20, Jalan Jurureka U1/40
Seksyen U1
40150 Glenmarie
Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Website: http://www.paoxiangbkt.com

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Vivo @ Bukit Tinggi Jusco, Klang

21 02 2010

Despite venturing around town looking for nice food on a regular basis, it is sometimes not easy to decide what to eat especially when choices are abundant. This was the exact predicament I was facing when walking around Jusco at Bukit Tinggi last week. The number of restaurants there was certainly more than ample which makes it hard for me to choose what to have for a meal.

Taking my chances, I finally decided to try out this new restaurant called Vivo located at the ground floor of the shopping mall. According to the menu, the pizza served at Vivo originated from a secret recipe of the Horrigan family, who served the best American style pizza in town using the traditional method of baking. The friendly waiter recommended the Smoked Chicken BBQ pizza (RM 18.90) which comes with chicken strips, fresh mushroom, onions, capsicums and topped with their special BBQ sauce on a 10″ thin crust.

True enough, the pizza was really good.

I love the taste of the BBQ sauce. The smoked chicken meat is also nice but overall it is the sauce that gave the flavoursome taste.

The Seafood Spaghetti Aglio Olio (RM17.80 )  is another recommended meal.

If you are in the mood for some spicy dish, this certainly won’t disappoint.

The mussels are certainly big.

The prawns are fresh too.

More pictures…

Apart from that, I also tried the BBQ wings (RM 9.90). Since I was feeling really hungry that night, it didn’t take me long to finish them.

Our meal came with a Oreo Cheesecake (RM 5.80) which again was pretty good.

Vivo
G27, Ground Floor, Jusco Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre
Persiaran Batu Nilam 1/KS 6
Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2
41200 Klang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-33259725





Kampung Batu Laut

21 12 2009

I often come across comments that my blog is mostly filled with food pictures. This is undoubtedly true as I usually don’t get to shoot anything much except pictures of my lunch or dinner. A few days back, I tried taking some landscape shots for a change. My journey to Morib started before dawn as it was quite a distance away from where I am staying. Along the rural road leading to the beach, the morning daylight cast a golden hue across the misty backdrop.

I got lost along the way and actually drove past the beach. We stopped by at Kampung Batu Laut which is located along the shoreline of Klang and around 3km from Morib Beach.

There were some fishing boats and villagers chatting as we walked around the place. Here is another picture of the area before I drove back to Morib Beach again.





Hon Bee Kopitiam

9 11 2009

Here are some pictures taken at Hon Bee Kopitiam opposite of Giant Bukit Tinggi, Klang. I had these shots awhile ago but I did not have the time to post them up until now. Anyway, the food at Hon Bee is pretty much what you can find in most hawker stalls.

The Thai Tom Yam fried rice was pretty decent.

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Chinese fruit rojak.

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Too bad my plate of Mee Jawa tasted pretty sour. I was expecting it to be nicer judging by the look of it.

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The best meal of the night was undoubtedly these nicely grilled satay sticks with slices of cucumber and onions as well as ketupat (rice cakes).

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