When you mention Bah Kut Teh, the first thing that strike you is Klang. Klang is always known for Bak Kut Teh and also believed to be the home of Bak Kut Teh. Bah kut teh or “meat bone tea” (direct translation to English) consists of meaty pork ribs simmered in a complex broth of Chinese herbs and spices for hours. Additional ingredients like pork intestines, mushroom, tofu puffs are sometimes added. There are a few variants of bah kut teh. The Hokkien variant has a darker soup base with a strong herbal taste, which you will be able to find in Malaysia. In Singapore, the bah kut teh is of the Teochew variant. It has a lighter soup base and it’s loaded with peppers. For me, the darker version is my all time favorite.
Just the other day, our friend was telling us about how she stumbled upon this place while having coffee in Siglap. When she mentioned Klang bak kut teh, our eyes lit up. It is difficult to find the dark version in Singapore, even if you are able to find, they are usually peppery in taste. So, we went there for dinner today, Klang Clan Bah Kut Teh at Siglap.
I was expecting the bah kut teh to be served in a big claypot (just like in Malaysia) with a variety of ingredients – pork belly, pork ribs, mushroom, tofu etc but instead, you have to order individually and they were served in bowls…that was not what I was expecting 😦 Nevermind. We ordered pork belly, pork ribs, pork knuckle, pig intestines, tofu puffs and “yu char koay” (Chinese fried dough – which you dip in the soup and let it soak in all the goodness before eating it). We didn’t wait too long for our orders to arrive. When our food arrived, the first thing all of us did was to take a sip of the soup. Verdict: Em commented that it tasted more like those pre-packed bah kut teh used for home cooking. I find that the taste is not that sharp and it has a mild herbal taste. However, the meat were soft and tender and the “yu char koay” were simply awesome – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Overall, it was quite a pleasant dinner and price-wise, it was not too expensive. One thing we enjoyed the most was the constant topping up of the soup – it is bottomless!! 🙂 Will I come back again? Yes, until I find a better one.
Klang Clan Bah Kut Teh
17, Upper East Coast Road,