Mention the word “bak kut teh” or BKT, and most patrons would prefer the classic herbs-infused soup version packed with assorted ingredients, namely pork meat and yau char kwai (Chinese fried crullers). But the dry version of bak kut teh deserves a mention too, even though it might not be as popular as the former. They typically serve it in a claypot and has a robust and spicy flavour by comparison with a mix of dark soy-sauce blend, pork meat and dried chillies. Below are the 8 Places To Enjoy Dry Bak Kut Teh in Klang Valley.
1) Restoran Yap Beng
Located at Equine Park, Seri Kembangan, the corner-lot Restoran Yap Beng specialises in claypot bak kut teh. They offer soup and dry versions, both of which are among the best I’ve ever tasted so far. But let’s talk about the latter. Their dry bak kut teh is flavourful, with all the ingredients such as pork meat and okra nicely coated with thick dark soy sauce. The meat itself is tender while the added dried chillies not only give the dish a nice, spicy kick but also tastes more appetising. Do note that Restoran Yap Beng is originally from Port Klang (Jalan Mesra at Taman Chi Leong, to be exact) and the one found in Seri Kembangan happens to be a branch.
Address: 26, Jalan Equine 9D, Taman Equine, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor.
2) Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh
My friend used to bring me here a few years ago and I remember it was the first time I get to try the dry version of bak kut teh. Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh turns out to be a crowd favourite, often packed to the brim during lunch hours. Even for a restaurant that stretches across 3 shop lots. Their dry bak kut teh has a nice balance of savoury and spicy flavours to it, thanks to the caramelisation of the thick dark soy sauce and dried chillies. It certainly goes well with the tender and juicy cuts of pork occupying the claypot. If possible, do order their herbal-licious soup version of bak kut teh as well.
Address: Kaw 16, 32, Jalan Batai Laut 5, Taman Intan, 41300 Klang, Selangor.
3) Kheong Kee Bak Kut Teh
Kheong Kee Bak Kut Teh has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a small corner shop. But it wasn’t until a few years ago they relocated to a bigger space and yes, it happens to be a corner shop lot too. You have a choice of the usual pork or chicken bak kut teh served in a piping-hot claypot, with the latter commonly known as Chic Kut Teh. Then, there’s the dry bak kut teh, which has a savoury-spicy blend of dark soy sauce and dried chillies mixed together with the succulent cuts of pork and other ingredients.
Address: 70G & 70A, Jalan Pandan Indah 4/6b, Pandan Indah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Those who prefer a milder version of bak kut teh might want to check out Sun Fong Bak Kut Teh at Imbi, Kuala Lumpur. The restaurant actually has been around for 50 years since its establishment in 1971. They sell both soup and dry bak kut teh, with the latter coming highly recommended. Expect juicy pork meat coated with a thick soy-sauce blend while the okra and dried chillies add some bites and spiciness.
Address: 37, Medan Imbi, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
One of Nam Seng’s most popular dishes turns out to be their dry bak kut teh. They cook the pork with chopped onions and dried chillies and coat everything with a dark soy-sauce blend. Not only does the dry bak kut teh tastes savoury and spicy but also has a subtle hint of sweetness. If possible, don’t forget to order their soup version as well, where Nam Seng commonly serves them in a bowl.
Address: 21, Jalan Klang Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur.
6) Restoran Kee Heong
Be it soup or dry, Kee Heong’s bak kut teh happens to be a crowd favourite among many Klangites and of course, fans of bak kut teh. Their dry bak kut teh is served in a claypot, offering all the usual suspects — pork meat, dried chillies and dark soy-sauce gravy blanketed all over the dish.
Address: 7, Lorong Kawasari 4A, Taman Eng Ann, 41150 Klang, Selangor.
Situated at the corner side of the shop lot, you can easily spot Restoran Nan Feng, thanks to its bright yellow signage. One of the must-order items has to be their dry bak kut teh, where it is cooked and served in a hot claypot. Here, you will get plenty of tender pork meat, coupled with dried chillies, dried cuttlefish and okra. And of course, the herbal-and-savoury combo of bak kut teh and dark soy sauce that makes their dry bak kut teh such a flavourful dish. Best paired with a plate of white rice topped with fried shallots.
Address: 49, Jalan Raja Bot, Kawasan 18, 41400 Klang, Selangor.
Operating since 1989, Ah Ping Bak Kut Teh is no stranger to most Subang folks who fancy for some good bak kut teh fix. They have dry bak kut teh available here, where they combine thick dark soy sauce with bak kut teh-flavoured pork meat, dried cuttlefish and the added spiciness of dried chillies.
Address: No. 42, Jalan SS 14/2, SS 14, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.