Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The best of both worlds

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If i said that this is Bak Kut Teh... you probably wouldn't believe me,

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But seriously folks, this is where the good people of Klang...(as well as PJ/KL) come to sample the famous DRY Bakuteh.

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The name of this place is Lai Choon Bakuteh. It is situated in Meru, Klang, just behind Klang Parade.


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The owner Mr. Cheong, cooks a mean Bakuteh. He hardly has time to look up and smile for the picture.. but no worries... We knew he was concentrating on making our meal!

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His missus.. with the KILLER special secret sauce for the BKT. What a cool contraption - milk bottle with a hole in the cap to dispense the black sauce. Ingenious:D

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"For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble! "
-W. Shakespeare, Macbeth


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We could tell that we were in for a feast. I ordered the normal BKT, so that we could see what the soup tasted like as well. The best of both worlds, really.

Because we got there late, i.e. 2pm, all the Pun Fei Sau(half fat, half lean meat) Pai Kuat(Bone), Cheong(intestine), Tow(stomach) were gone!
Wot?! No intestine... no fatty meat... groan.. what bad luck.

Wait a minute, Mr Cheong yells.. he reaches into the depths of the caldron and yanks out one last, lonesome, hunk of meat hanging on soft bone. Thank God! There is hope yet for a good meal:D

What a Champion.


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Anyways, we sound found out that the Wet BKT, taste extremely meaty and sweet. Less herbal, so if you are the sort who likes your BKT herbally, then this would be just so-so for you. However, the soup was very sweet and pungent so I would rate it as above average. It gets a 6/10.

The Dry BKT was gorgeous. I have never tried this sort of concoction before and found it really addictive! The strange taste that hits you first when you bite into the black meat, is the Ham Yee(dry salted fish) and then followed by the burn, from the Chili Padi (Small green chili). Very unusual and very, very good. It gets a 7/10.

So, the cost for the claypot BKT, both dry and wet, are RM9 each. If you ask for the wet BKT in just a bowl (no claypot) then it is RM7. Not any cheaper than KL standards, right, though people keep saying it's cheaper to eat in Klang. But this is no wonder as raw materials are just sky-rocketing in prices and the owners are having a hard time keeping their prices reasonable. Apparently Pork has gone up in price, 4 times in the last 4 months. So, a raise from the RM8 per bowl, to RM9 is actually considered being KIND to its patrons!

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Because we over-eat (as usual), we decided to go check out the biscuit shop next door that is Sin Hup Heng food trading co.
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What are they making??

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Every body is hard at work... Why do they need so many staff?

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Oh... then it dawned on me..

The ladies are mass producing the Moon cake!

What a cool process... from kneading the dough to rolling them into balls, to the final product...
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VIOLA! Cute huh?

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Here is the starting material all spread out over the tables.
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After buying our mooncakes, we were still full.. so we decided to walk some more and to check out Klang Parade.

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Wow... this place is really cool. We just realised that we haven't been to Klang Parade... like, ever!

Looking at the neon, we knew that Klang people know how to shop and have a good time;D

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Even the sales girls in the boutiques looked like they were ready to hit the party, immediately after work... Short skirts and stilettos were the average uniform here.

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2 hours later, the food had settled and the man said.. let's go. I had shopped Klang Parade dry (? teehee) and eaten my fill. And so I was happy.

We left, but one day we will be back to explore the other hidden gems in Klang, for sure:D


19 comments:

Life for Beginners said...

Never tried dry BKT before... definitely something to look forward to! ;)

As for the mooncakes, methinks I'm all caked out oredi... I looked like a lunar satelite myself --- very round! :P

Lim said...

if u r there in the evening, the corner restaurant (to your left) serves up a mean tong yuen and also mua chee, soft yet chewy......do try their coconut version of mua chee

Big Boys Oven said...

Both type of the BKT looks so delicious. We so envy of your great exploration, so fantastic!

backstreetgluttons said...

this shop you went to is the famous dry version bkt. theres one more famous one in tmn sentosa on the other end of klang. BKT cheap n? hell no its pretty expensive considering the bones and the skin ( and fats ).

a good 8X eating odyssey in klang will take all of 8 hours
( only with team BSG , 1st week september08 will be fine !)

J2Kfm said...

yummy wet n dry BKT!
combine the flavours in one meal, amazing stuff.
I've only tried Yap Beng in Pandamaran, but the wait was horrendous.

Tummythoz said...

The dry version I've had so far taste like 'kung-po' or even 'tau-yu-bak'. Gimme the wet ones anytime.

*turn to colleague* U Klang girls wear like this on weekends-ar?

CUMI & CIKI said...

kenny:
iv seen ur latest shots.. where got lunar face?! still skinny ler.. :D

lim:
thx for the tip... sounds yum!

bbo:
both were equally delicious:D

bsg:
8 hours eating spree.. i like the sound of that.. but can my stomach take it?! only BSG - with guts of steel haha!

j2kfm:
yea, i know what you mean - go early and be prepared to wait. Go late and run the risk of no more good parts! lol

Nic (KHKL) said...

woooo..dry bkt...sounds like con low mean (dry noodle) to me...your description got me salivating...

klang parade? ok lar, will try to find...hehehe...

fatboybakes said...

oooh, jackson brought me once for dry BKT, in klang...dunno if its the same one. corner coffee shop right? it was good! been craving for it ever since. nic, jom.

CUMI & CIKI said...

nic:
klang parade! klang parade! (she chants.. hurhur)

fbb:
it's sorta like the middle lot - maybe there's another better one! Lets go:D

CUMI & CIKI said...

tummythoz:
lol.. i remember from my teenage MYF days.. Klang gals are hot! *grin*. Anyway, this dry BKT taste like Ham Yee(salted fish) with a sweet, rich, dark sauce and garlic aroma. it was good. not so bad shape, un-original as kung-po or tau-yu-bak la.. haha

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

aiyoh..u just had to stroke the fire for bkt over to me ar?..hahaha just when its been a few weeks..

babe_kl said...

gosh how unbecoming hahaha the non-chinese are making mooncakes! :p

mimid3vils said...

I got addicted to dry BKT since my 1st try~~ Very aromatic with my favorite dry squid, hmm... so yummylicious~~

CUMI & CIKI said...

joe:
yea yea yea!

babe:
lol

mimi:
bkt addict!

fatboybakes said...

hey, ciki, re your triannual ipoh sojurn, do you have a cousin by the name of richard foo, as he also has elderly grandparents in ipoh.

CUMI & CIKI said...

fbb:
no wor.. none that i know of anyway?!

Julian Si said...

WELL DONE! Haha ... thought I was the only one who has enjoyed (well, NEARLY enjoyed) DRY BKT ... I still prefer the soup variety though, especially the ones served in a BOWL. I have gone off CLAYPOT style , hmmm .... :-)

ps - Great photos once again!!

CUMI & CIKI said...

julian:
yar, from ur blog, i can tell u r the BKT connaisseur! i have yet to eat as many.. lol ;D