Bak Kut Teh Lah!
On your food trail down the streets of Kuala Lumpur, one of the mandatory dish is the famous Bak Kut Teh – literally ‘meat bone tea’ in Chinese – which is said to have been introduced in Malaysia in the 19th century thanks to the Hokkien immigration.
It can be prepared with variations, but will basically include a flavored broth of herbs and spices marinated for hours, pork ribs, and should be served with noodle or rice and soy sauce with chili. Despite the literal meaning, no tea is involved in the preparation – it is actually supposed to be eaten with tea, which pairs the Bak Kut Teh perfectly and helps digesting the fat.
One of the best Bak Kut Teh in town is prepared at Big Mouth in Chinatown, in one of the covered alleys nearby Petaling street. The food stall was established in 1966, and since then its popularity has never ceased to increase with locals and adventurous caucasians alike. The stall is next to the Guandi temple, and offers the traditional hawker food to be eaten seated on plastic stools outside or in an air cond area. The staff doesn’t speak much english, so it’s the right time to practice your Bahasa, lah – or simply show on the menu what you wish to delight your tastebuds with.
Decades of experience means the Bak Kuh Teh served by Big Mouth has superb balanced flavors and the pork meat is texture perfect. Served in a claypot, the Bak Kuh Teh has a clear yet strong perfumed herbal soup, Enokitake mushrooms, Chinese white cabbage, flavorful pork and You Tiao (fried dough) to dip into the soup for your greatest pleasure.
The meal is mastered to perfection, it is an authentic experience of malaysian food, in a typical local environment : that makes a great recipe for a fantastic lunch!
With whom? lovey dovey, friends
Price range? RM7– RM12
Favorite place ? in the alley
Contact: Big Mouth, hawker alley, Jalan HS Lee – Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: everyday 11.30 am – 10pm
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