As Malaysians, one comfort food we all share a collective penchant towards would be Bak Kut Teh. With how popular this dish is in Malaysia, you can find at least one Bak Kut Teh store in almost any local neighbourhood. Even then, we would all agree that the state which deserves the crown and title for having the best Bak Kut Teh belongs to Klang. Characterised by its herb-infused broth and meaty pork meat, Bak Kut Teh has become a staple dish in Klang. With that said, there are different variations to Bak Kut Teh as there are stores—each having its unique concoction of herby broth, some light and soupy, while others more intense in flavour. As much as the best Bak Kut Teh is up to personal preference, you are bound to find your new favourite Bak Kut Teh store in Klang.
Read on, and we will introduce you to some of the best Bak Kut Teh restaurants Klang has got to offer!
1. Restaurant Kee Heong
Having operated in Klang for an impressive 30 years, Restaurant Kee Heong is one of the well-affiliated Bak Kut Teh places among Klangites. Best known to serve classic Bak Kut Teh, the phrase “simple is best” would provide an accurate representation for Kee Heong. With a rich broth that is stewed meticulously over long hours, the flavour of Kee Heong’s Bak Kut Teh will satisfy your palate with its pots of Bak Kut Teh. Of course, the broth is not the only thing that is delicious in Kee Heong—its meat being another aspect of Kee Heong’s Bak Kut Teh that you will find irresistible. Soft yet meaty, the meat will melt in your mouth with a bite. Besides that, if you are a fan of the dry variation of Bak Kut Teh, rejoice, as both the soup and dry variation of Bak Kut Teh is offered in Kee Heong.
2. Lai Hing
Even if you aren’t a huge fan of rice, in Lai Hing, you will find a stack of empty rice plate in front of you in no time. The complementary flavour combination of the fragrant onion rice and herby Bak Kut Teh is simply a delight that will have you devouring your meal in no time. If you are health-conscious, you would be glad to know that you could customise your Bak Kut Teh serving by asking for lean meats instead of fatty meats. Besides that, if you’re not feeling the mood for soup Bak Kut Teh, they offer the dry variation of Bak Kut Teh too, so there’s always something for you at Lai Hing. Due to its immense popularity, you should visit them before lunch hours as it usually sells out by noon.
3. Hock Lai
Although many Bak Kut Teh restaurants offer both the soup and dry variations of Bak Kut Teh, the star of the restaurant is typically the soup Bak Kut Teh. However, this is not the case at Hock Lai. When it comes to dining at Hock Lai, their signature dish is none other than the Claypot Dry Bak Kut Teh. So if you’re a fan of dry Bak Kut Teh, Hock Lai should be the next on your to-go list. With that said, the soup Bak Kut Teh at Hock Lai is worth a try too. Having a clear broth that is on the lighter side in terms of flavour intensity, it is sure to warm you up on a chilly day and is absolutely delectable when paired with Yar Char Kuai and a pot of Pu Er tea. In addition to its great flavour, the price of the Bak Kut Teh at Hock Lai is placed at an affordable rate, which makes it an excellent place to eat as a group.
4. Ah Her Bak Kut Teh
If you like your Bak Kut Teh broth on the more strong and intense side of the flavour spectrum, then Ah Her Bak Kut Teh would be your go-to. As Ah Her Bak Kut Teh prides themselves in serving rich broth, they only have a limited amount of broth, so, unfortunately, you wouldn’t get a lot of broth at this Bak Kut Teh restaurant. Though the owner could’ve easily diluted the soup with water to offer more servings of Bak Kut Teh soup, the owner refuses to do that, which goes to show their willingness in maintaining the quality of their broth. With that said, if you order an extra helping of rice, you may get lucky and get a refill of Bak Kut Teh broth! If you’re planning to visit this restaurant for dinner, do note that it is only open from 5.30 pm onwards for dinner.
5. Under the Bridge Bak Kut Teh
Although the more specific location of this Bak Kut Teh restaurant is beside the bridge rather than under, Under the Bridge Bak Kut Teh would definitely come to mind when the question of the best Bak Kut Teh place arises. Although this restaurant has been operating since 1979, its Bak Kut Teh recipe is even older, having a history of over 70 years, which explains why the flavour of Bak Kut Teh in this restaurant has an edge above the rest. Having a broth that is on the lighter side in terms of flavour, the Bak Kut Teh broth here has a more elegant taste with just the right mix of herbs—being pleasant and not too overwhelming. So, if you like drenching your rice with soup, the Bak Kut Teh at Under the Bridge would be right up your alley.
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