Ah Ping Bak Kut Teh @ SS14, Subang JayaJuly 12, 2012 | 12,741 views
Good Bak Kut Teh stalls are hard to come by, unless you’re residing within the town of Klang where you can throw a stone from anywhere and 50% probability of hitting someone who’s cooking Bak Kut Teh at their restaurant or home. (read Best of Klang Bak Kut Teh for a dizzying range of BKT specialists in town)
Outside of Klang however, I have countless disappointment with BKT outlets claiming to be the ‘authentic’ Klang bak kut teh, or the BEST bak kut teh, or whatever else they conjured up with. So far, the only ones noteworthy outside of Klang are Yap Chuan in Puchong for their irresistible dry bak kut teh, and Ah Sang Bak Kut Teh in Sungei Way.
And no, I did not enjoy Jalan Ipoh’s Ban Lee or Fatty’s on Old Klang Road.
But now … there might be a piece of good news. A saving grace in the form of Ah Ping Bak Kut Teh in SS14 in Subang Jaya.
I have passed by this area a few times, dropping by for Kar Heong for Ipoh’s ‘kai see hor fun’, Well Cook Gourmet for their fried laksa and various noodles, and bearing the intention to try Wong Soon Kee‘s crazily popular nasi lemak with fried chicken yet failed miserably every time.
Ah Ping usually would be packed to the brim, especially if you come on a rainy evening or during peak dinner hours. Finding a seat can be a slight hassle, but they work in such a speedy and impressive manner, you’d be thinking whether did they prepare your Bak Kut Teh 5 minutes before your arrival!
Apparently, the owner learned the ropes from his brother who has had experience serving Bak Kut Teh in Teluk Pulai of Klang back in the 80’s. Then Ah Ping himself started this restaurant in during the late 80’s and the rest … was pure porky history!
They serve two versions of bak kut teh; the soup version in claypot and the dry version coated in a sticky sauce with a balance of savoury and sweet flavours; lightly permeated with a slight briny hint from the dried cuttlefish bits cooked within. This dry version of BKT clearly is not their forte, paled in comparison to their soup version.
Served bubbling hot in a claypot, the serving came with optional golden mushroom (enoki), and sheets of beancurd (foo chook) and an awkward piece of lettuce. I specifically ordered lean meat this time around, to lessen the guilt after repeated bouts of indulging as of late.
Blame it on the stress factor.
The soup version was a winner in my books, comparing this to similar outlets in KL and PJ. This was even better than my last visit to Teluk Pulai BKT last month! However, the soup here may carry a relatively faint hint of herbs, thus may not appeal to those in favour of fragrant and thick brew (a common trait of original Hokkien BKT served in bowls).
For me? Good enough on a cold, rainy evening. Plus, the advantage of fairly ample parking spots around the vicinity and shorter distance to home made Ah Ping one of the top choices when I crave for BKT in a jiffy around PJ-Subang area.
Care to disagree? Throw me some good ones then! 🙂
AH PING BAK KUT TEH (non-Halal)
42, Jalan SS14/2
Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS : N 3 4.37273 E 101 35.4513
Opens for Lunch and Dinner.
Go there before 9pm to be safe, BKT usually sold out after 8.30pm