The number of times I have been to Klang can be counted on one hand so it is pretty much an unknown territory to me. But last weekend I had the pleasure of dining at a seafood restaurant in Pandamaran (finally something other than Bak Kut Teh) with a few friends and I could say we pretty much went all out with the food.
The restaurant’s name is Kali Little Garden Seafood and despite its little presence on the Internet, it is very popular with the locals. And like the name implies, you are indeed dining at a garden in front of a house, which I believe belongs to the boss.
Since the restaurant’s operation is a family affair, some of the dishes have limited quantities. So to avoid any disappointments, do reserve ahead especially if you are ordering the crabs and clams. The Baked Crab @ RM61/kg was the star dish of the night and each of us had a whole crab (~500-600g) to ourselves.
In Klang, Taman Intan is no doubt one of the popular places to hunt for Bak Kut Teh. Aside being near to the toll exit (easy to find) it is also a concentrated area of Bak Kut Teh shops with some pretty good ones too like Fong Keow and Hok Lai.
Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh is also a crowd favorite at Taman Intan. From what I observed I feel it is the most popular around with the most customers. But it’s amusing to me that the shop is actually located at Taman Intan. The same applies for the other shops that claim to sell ‘Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh’ but the shop is just no where around Teluk Pulai!
So to satisfy my own curiosity I went to Teluk Pulai in search of an authentic Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh. And I found one called Klang Lek Bak Kut Teh. Established back in the 70s, it is one of the oldest surviving Bak Kut Teh shop around. The shop looked modest and simple, and what delighted me the most was perhaps the lack of crowd, or should I say no crowd at all – hence a very peaceful meal.
The huge yet tender chunks of meat were greatly appreciated and the soup was tasty with a signature Klang Bak Kut Teh taste. You would know exactly what I am talking about if you have had experience with Klang’s Bak Kut Teh.
If I had this in Klang Valley I would have praised it sky-high. But the fact is I was having it in Klang, birth place of Bak Kut Teh so I had to set the bar much higher. Because when I compared Lek with Ah Her Bak Kut Teh that we had later that day at Pandamaran, there’s simply no fight. But at least you will not be disappointed, that’s for sure.
Klang Lek Bak Kut Teh
27, Jalan Teluk Pulai,
Operating hours: 7:30 am to 9:00 pm
Not long ago me and my makan gang ventured into Klang not for Bak Kut Teh but Baby Seafood Restaurant instead, which is famous for their signature Thai style steamed fish on charcoal stove. And the surprising thing about Baby Seafood is, they serve a variety of Thai food actually – something you wouldn’t know until you look at their menu.
I didn’t take part in the food ordering as my friend was the host that night. At Baby Seafood the charcoal steamed fish is a must try since it is their signature dish and the cooking method is not common. I am not saying you die die must order it, the number of people eating must be taken into consideration as well since the portion is not small.
Well it may look like any normal steamed fish with an exception that it uses charcoal as heat source, of course it is not that simple. A separate bowl of soup comes with each order of the steamed fish, which you can drink it directly (not recommended) or mix it into the fish-shaped steaming plate (nice touch) periodically when the soup starts to dry up. As for the fish, a few options were available like garoupa and snapper but it all depends on the availability. We had a snapper @ RM39.
My quest to find the best Bak Kut Teh in Klang landed me at Ah Her Bak Kut Teh in Pandamaran, a simple roadside stall that is extremely popular with the locals and visitors. Although my quest is far from complete, I can say Ah Her is one of the best (within top two) I have tried so far. As far as I know, Ah Her is only open for dinner.
Most of the Bak Kut Teh we have is soupy and extra soup can be requested without hassle. But Pandamaran’s Bak Kut Teh’s soup base is uniquely rich and thick and very little soup is served in each portion. The aromatic and delicious soup can only be topped up when you ask for additional rice, and the additional soup they give is about 10 to 15 table spoons at most!
A case of arrogance, or the precious soup is prepared just enough for the day only? That’s for you to decide yourself.
Each person will have their own bowl of Bak Kut Teh, so there’s no need to fight over the meat and soup lol. More hygienic too don’t you think? The soup tastes like a cross of very flavorful, condensed Bak Kut Teh soup and braised pork gravy. I am sure anyone who’s new to this style of Bak Kut Teh would be pleasingly overwhelmed by the great aroma and flavor.
By the way, this is something new to me so I am sharing with you guys as well. Do you know that some older generation of Klang people regard the bowl type of Bak Kut Teh as the traditional Klang Bak Kut Teh, and not those served in claypot? To them, restaurants using the word ‘claypot’ and Bak Kut Teh together and claiming that they are selling Klang Bak Kut Teh are usually frowned upon. Interesting eh? I knew this from my readers’ comments.
Each individual bowl of Bak Kut Teh consisting the normal cut is priced at RM8. Now do you see how little the soup is lol. I usually drench my rice with soup because I know that it can always be refilled later. But since soup refilling is not entertained here at Ah Her, mixing the rice with soup certainly felt like a waste. Better save all the soup you can for savoring later. Click here to continue reading >