Kuala Lumpur 2012 - Bak Kut Teh in Klang
Bak Kut Teh in Klang is justly famous so on a recent trip there we seized the opportunity to dine on this delicacy - and at a famous shop to boot. The shop is called Restoran Weng Heong. This was my first time there, but I had read about the place in numerous blogs.
A typical kopitiam, you wouldn't think it is anything special from the simple shopfront. But looking at the crowd you know you are onto something special.
The shop is also famous for this portable stove converted from a gas tank. I get a bit nervous sitting so close to it, but apparently they haven't had any mishaps with this ingenious contraption so far.
There are many pots and pans in the cooking area where the Bak Kut Teh is prepared. Like any good Bak Kut Teh joint, many of the ingredients are cooked separately so that the tastes do not contaminate each other during the cooking process. They are combined just before serving.
So how is the Bak Kut Teh ? It is good ! With just a hint of herbs and spices - all the nice porky flavours have been extracted into the soup without the gaminess that can sometimes spoil the taste. The different cuts of pork were cooked just right and retained their unique texture and flavours - avoiding the mushiness that results from overcooking. I would say this is one of the best Bak Kut Tehs I have tasted so far.
If you like Bak Kut Teh, a visit to this shop is a must. The area is a bit difficult to find so you may need a local to guide you. Getting there from KL is also not easy, but it is worth all the trouble.