Jalan Ipoh a.k.a Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah is dotted with Bak Kut Teh restaurants and Leng Kee happens to be one of them.
They are usually very busy and if you are driving along the said road at night, you won’t miss the large crowd of customers enjoying their meals under the colorful umbrellas. In fact, we were drawn to eating here because of that. If their Bak Kut Teh was bad, they wouldn’t have so many customers. Right?
Leng Kee sticks to the traditional stuff and only Bak Kut Teh, braised pork and chicken feet are available here. They don’t serve the dry variant with dried chili and cuttlefish, so don’t bother asking.
Claypot is only provided if your order of Bak Kut Teh is at least for 2 pax, else it will be served in a bowl instead. Usually we only order for 1.5 pax but upon learning that, our ‘kiasu’ feeling crept in and we basically said “what the heck, make it a 2 pax portion then!”
If you want, you could opt for several additional toppings such as button mushroom, shiitake mushroom, golden needle mushroom and even razor clams. Also, notice that the soup is clear, sweet-ish and the herb taste is just sufficient – not the dark and strong flavored type.
The portion looked slightly underwhelming at first but after we dug into the soup, we were actually impressed with the amount of ‘pai kuat’, ‘yun kuat’ and ‘pun fei sao’ meat given. Not too shabby for RM28, it’s more than enough to be shared among 3-4 people.
However, the star of the meal was the Braised Pork and Chicken Feet (small @ RM12). The seasoning was perfect and I spotted the secret ingredient that made it stand out from the rest: cili padi.
Although it was used in tiny amounts, it was enough to impart a subtle heat and aroma to the otherwise one-dimensional tasting dish. Highly recommended, do not leave without trying this!
With everything considered, Leng Kee’s Bak Kut Teh is good but not as good as our favorite. On the other hand, their braised pork and chicken feet might be worth your time if you have a liking for it. Another Bak Kut Teh to try is Ban Lee just further down the road towards KL.Leng Kee (Claypot) & Bak Kut Teh Centre
No. 427, Batu 2 3/4
Jalan Ipoh, 51200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-4043 1850
Business hours: Mon – Fri (4pm – 12am), Sat & Sun (3pm – 12am)