Dry Bak Kut Teh has always been on my must-try-list. It is sold in Penang but no need to try also know it won’t be as nice as the ones in Puchong or Klang. Simply because Dry Bak Kut Teh is the creation of a whiz kid from Yap Chuan Restaurant in Puchong.
If you remembered, there was a competition organized by a local Chinese daily in search for the top 10 or 100 Bak Kut Teh in Malaysia. This kid, then 14 submitted his own version of Bak Kut Teh and that earned him the Bak Kut Teh King status. Whoa.. great achievement.. and to think that I may don’t even know how to cook instant noodle when I was 14.. shame LOL.
Although it is called Dry Bak Kut Teh, it did not have the slightest relation to the original soup version. It tastes nothing like Bak Kut Teh, not even a hint of Chinese herbs and spices! This leads to some people questioning the need for Dry Bak Kut Teh. I think it is a clever marketing strategy. Because if you come up with a new name for the dish, it may not be as successful. But when you claim that it is a new variation of Bak Kut Teh, it will immediately trigger all Bak Kut Teh lovers’ interests. And tell me, who doesn’t love Bak Kut Teh in Malaysia? It’s a local food icon.
Pork cooked using Bak Kut Teh’s herbs and spices are added into a claypot of dried chilis, fried cuttlefish and lady’s finger. Oyster sauce and dark soya sauce are also added for the flavor and color. The meat is spicy and absorbed the fragrance of the herbs, spices and cuttlefish completely. RM9 for single serving, very nice!
Of course we also ordered the soup version @ RM8. It was OK, the soup was thick enough. For me, Klang’s Bak Kut Teh is still the best.
Then, a plate of oily vegetable to make it a balanced meal.
At first I preferred the soup version. But the more I ate the Dry Bak Kut Teh, the more I like it. It takes a while before you are hooked on it lol.
Do try to come in the morning or noon if you must have yau char kuai with Bak Kut Teh. If you’re coming from Seri Kembangan/Cyberjaya, just drive along LDP until you see a road sign leading to Bandar Puchong Utama. Go up the overhead road and immediately after coming down from it, look to your right and you will see the restaurant. Or you can refer to GourmetSharing for the map. I have no regrets trying it!