Klang Teluk Pulai Bak Kut TehOctober 5, 2009 | 12,017 views
Bubbling hot cauldron of porky goodness @ Telok Pulai Bak Kut Teh
I’ve successfully earned the ire of Bak Kut Teh aficionados with my post on Klang’s Famous Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh, especially those staying in Klang, or born/bred/raised in the royal town of Selangor. Much like how we Ipohans quarrel, fight and swear by his/her own favourite Tauge Ayam (Nga Choy Kai/Bean Sprout Chicken – the undisputed champ of Ipoh street food), and the constant tirade against Lou Wong and/or Onn Kee being over-rated, commercialized and so forth.
The REAL Telok Pulai Bak Kut Teh?
To each his own, one might say. Imagine you’re a first time traveler to Ipoh. And repeatedly poisoned by the incessant gloats about Ipoh’s Nga Choy Kai, especially Lou Wong’s, would you have pushed your luck and went for the Fifteen Tower Ayam Tauge, Buntong Ayam Tauke (yup, it’s spelled that way), or even Kam Hor‘s classic version instead? I’m darn sure, you would have joined the crowd, be them from Ipoh, Perak, Selangor, Singapore, Tunisia or even Abu Dhabi. For the larger the crowd, the longer the waiting time, equals to the better food-hunting experience. Am I wrong? Worse come to worst, the priceless experience would have earned you bragging rights, a “Be there, Done that” rants in the office, anyone?
Scalding hot when served, but lukewarm within minutes. After the photography session, of course.
That’s exactly my sentiment. The Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh located in Taman Intan, Klang, is just off the Federal Highway, right before entering Klang town. And the area alone is a hotspot for Bak Kut Teh hunts, with at least more than 5 outlets serving the Klang’s famous delicacy. (Though no arguments on its origin in this post, no fret). Some may think that the REAL Bak Kut Teh MUST be served in the true-blue authentic manner; in porcelain bowls, with the soup being thick, dark and gelatinous, from all the boiling of the bones, meat, skins etc from the pig. Not in claypots (!), and certainly not the herbal-tinged, diluted soup we’ve all came to recognize the dish with. Seng Huat Klang Bak Kut Teh (the one under the bridge) serves the traditional BKT, in bowls, and your preferred cuts being chopped and served on the spot.
My personal favourite, though supposedly a tourists-only eatery …. Or is it not?
Teluk Pulai in Klang is a place commonly associated with good Bak Kut Teh. Though reality is, you can literally find a BKT stall at every corner in Klang, in shophouses, stalls, restaurants, and even in houses renovated for business purposes.
Restoran Telok Pulai Bak Kut Teh on Jalan Teluk Pulai, Klang is one such outlet. A row of shops in the midst of residential area, there is another equally popular BKT shop named Klang Lek Bak Kut Teh (which I’ll write about in the near future) on the same row as Telok Pulai’s.
Boil your own water, pick your preferred tea (or bring your own), and brew away. Don’t expect them to serve you/top-up for you!
Comparing both outlets head to head, (the original Telok Pulai BKT on Jalan Teluk Pulai, and the newer branch of Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Teluk Pulai (Pottery) Ba Kut Teh in Taman Intan), I found that the latter still served the better version of the hearty dish, with perfect complements of fried crullers (you tiao/yau char kwai), rice drizzled with onion oil and a side of fried shallots, and optional dark soy sauce. I still enjoy the stomach-warming concoction, with just the right nuance of herbal ingredients, and delectably tender cuts of pork of choice.
Working around the clock? Nah …. for breakfast-brunch’s your best bet. Though some BKT outlets in Klang are opened for dinner nowadays.
The shop on Jalan Teluk Pulai serves a rather good braised chicken feet, though the BKT lacked oomph. Piping hot? Yes. But the soup was a tad bland for my liking. A 3-person portion cost RM43 with additional enoki mushrooms (kam cham koo), and a small serving of braised chicken feet. But a meal at the outlet in Taman Intan beside the highway was a definitely pricier experience, possibly to cater to the out-of-towners? A deja vu of sorts, with prices at Lou Wong Tauge Ayam being a little higher than its counterparts all around Ipoh. It’s universal, you know? This commercialization bane. With fame, come fortune perhaps.
- – Restoran Telok Pulai Bak Kut Teh
No 27H, Jalan Teluk Pulai,
41100 Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
- – Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Teluk Pulai (Pottery) Ba Kut Teh
32, Jalan Batai Laut 5,
Kawasan 16, Taman Intan,
41300 Klang, Selangor, Malaysia