Klang Food Centre – How ’bout Pau for breakfast instead?February 28, 2010 | 10,829 views
Constantly bewildered by the repetitive visits to Bah Kut Teh (BKT) restaurants in Klang, when it comes to breakfast in town? Yeah, so Klang’s THE place for possibly the most porky-licious breakfast one could ever have (step aside bacons and sausages!), but then again, how can one stomach the barrage of BKT indulgences morning after mornings, and sometimes even for lunch/dinner?!!!
Unpretentious, no fancy serving platters, nor funky/whimsical decor – Klang Food Centre serves possibly the most authentic and true-blue version of Hainanese pau in Klang
And then this unassuming, almost overshadowed by the countless BKT restaurants in its vicinity (Taman Intan of Klang, THE definite area for BKT hunt if you’re not fond of reaching the traffic-madness of Klang town) comes along, nestled in the middle of a row of shophouses, which of course …. also houses a few famous BKT outlets itself. Remember the famous Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh, when we saw Klang-ites and BKT-aficionados alike getting into squabbles over the BEST BKT Klang has to offer …..
Stepping inside this kopitiam (resembles a classic coffee shop more than a restaurant, that’s for sure, albeit the Restoran Klang Food Centre on the signboard), one can’t help but smile at the vaguest memory of those days of yore, from the painstakingly ‘crafted’ creases on the ‘pau’, to the intense concentration the workers were putting into the pau production on the spot, in clear view of the customers. Goes to show that they do take great pride in their signature creations such as Curry Chicken Pau, the made to be shared “BIG” Pau, and other pau with savoury or sweet fillings.
But of course, Klang Food Centre is not just another run of the mill type of Chinese coffee shop famous for their pau and some savoury snacks (such as Lor Mai Gai or Steamed Glutinous Rice with Chicken, Mushroom and Waxed Sausages), for they have been featured in various means of media publicity, from the Chinese dailies pasted on the tiled walls, to the proudly displayed badge from 8TV’s food show, Ho Chak.
The “pau” (by the way, in case you’re scratching your head wondering what in the blue hell is PAU?!!, they’re actually fluffy steamed Chinese buns, also known as ‘baos’ in other languages, with an assortment of fillings) at Klang Food Centre were mostly satisfactory, with their Curry Chicken Pau being the most sought-after item on the menu. Resembling Kampar’s famous Curry Chicken Bread in some ways, you actually can find an aluminium container containing curry chicken, encased within the dough, then baked together. And at an inflated size, the same as their equally famous “Tai Pau” (or BIG Pau, literally), the Curry Chicken Bun is definitely made for sharing as well.
The Lor Mai Gai was slightly disappointing though, tasting rather bland as far as I can remember. Note that this visit was made sometime a few months ago, hence the faint memory. But do try the purplish/orange-tinged varieties of pau, made from natural dyes of sweet potato’s extract. The homemade dough was evidently more interesting than the usual stick-to-your-teeth generic dough from other pau manufacturers/shops, and some other disappointingly over-rated commercialized creations.
Click on the picture for a larger view of the price list on the wall
Don’t walk past without a sneak peek at their almost machine-like pau production process going on … and of course, a cup of tea and a bite of their fluffy, satisfying pau can never go wrong to start your mornings!
Take note that currently I am blogging at a much slower pace, for some reasons. My apologies, and I promise the posts will pick up in days or weeks to come. Currently I’ll be clearing off the backlogs, concentrating on mostly food excursions in the Klang Valley back in 2009. Before memory fails me again …..
Klang Food Centre
10, Jln Batai Laut 5,
Tmn Intan, Klang,
Telephone : 603-3342 8122
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to the place.
If you’re wondering why the name Taman Intan sounds familiar? That is because the famous Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh is also located in the area, as well as some other equally famous BKT restaurants.