Claypot Pepper Bak Kut Teh @ Sekmechoy Restaurant, Bandar Manjalara

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Sekmechoy, a restaurant that has its roots at Salak South specializing in Claypot Pepper Bak Kut Teh is the latest addition to the huge list of Bak Kut Teh restaurants in Kepong. But first let me just say that if you do could not afford to be the earliest customer or wait for at least one hour during peak periods, you can forget about eating here because they are currently understaffed as well as overwhelmed with customers. Getting a table would be the least of your concerns, as the food is getting out of the kitchen really slowly. Luckily the food was very good and quite worth the wait, else I would have been cranky.


I know I have said some bad things about pepper based Bak Kut Teh in the past. But after trying Sekmechoy’s I have to take back those words now. Although it tastes very different from the herbal version, there is no doubt it is still delicious in its own way. I find the clear broth’s peppery flavor spot on and not too overpowering, which I think is why it tastes acceptable for me. Each portion costs RM11.


Anyway, the restaurant has a wallpaper that details the origins of their Bak Kut Teh. Since I read it while waiting, here’s a little backstory. Apparently the founder of Sekmechoy was initially in tin mining business (obvious from the Chinese word 锡 which means Tin) But after the devastating tin price crash in the early 1980s he decided to venture into F&B instead. And for some reasons his health condition did not allow him to take herbs, which is why he substituted the herbal ingredients with pepper.


The Pickled Mustard Rice @ RM2 is highly recommended. Prepared with a lot of ingredients like dried shrimps, coriander, pickled mustard and lard, it tastes absolutely wonderful and I can eat it on its own.


Hakka Mui Choy Kao Yuk @ RM14.50 – Not the best looking dish but it’s really good. The meat are sliced into bite-size thickness and the even distribution of fat makes them melt in your mouth.


A signature vege dish here is 鱼香茄子 (Stir Fried Eggplants with Salted Fish and Minced Meat) @ RM8. I thought it was well executed considering the eggplants are succulent and did not turn soft and mushy. But ultimately, it is the subtle amount of salted fish that did wonders to make this dish truly appetizing.


Mushroom and Minced Meat Tofu @ RM8 – Exceptionally smooth and comforting.


Sekmechoy is celebrating their 25th anniversary so there is a promotion going on now. For only RM2.50 you will get a serving of their stewed pork that comes with tofu and egg as well. Since they already ran out of tofu and egg that day, we got all meat instead. I have to say this is really a good deal looking at the amount of meat we got for the menial price.


In all, our bill came to a total of RM56 inclusive of 3 bowls of salted mustard rice and drinks. Quite reasonable seeing all the food we ordered that stuffed us silly. But of course the most important thing is the food quality, which I think is top notch for a restaurant of this price range. Despite adoring the food and all, the horrible kitchen service alone hinders me from visiting again. Maybe I should choose to eat at the Salak South branch instead next time.

Sekmechoy Restaurant
43, Jalan 9/62A, Bandar Manjalara,
Kepong, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
GPS Coordinates: N3 11.597 E101 37.927
Tel: 012-9777 956
Business hours: Lunch and Dinner only

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