Klang may have the best bak kut teh, but for Puchong-ites who aren’t able to drive that far (or are just lazy to, like me :D), a closer alternative may be at Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh in Bandar Puchong Utama, Puchong (not to be confused with Taman Puchong Utama. The resto is in the area near SJKC Han Ming).
The place is quite popular as they have appeared on numerous TV shows and in magazines. Brought N to try it on a Friday night. Spanning several floors, we managed to find a seat on the second floor that was less crowded.
Simple but comfy dining area.
Their specialty is the ‘dry’ bak kut teh, but wanted N to try it in the original form, so we ordered a small (RM14) soup mix instead.
What is bak kut teh?
For those of you reading this who aren’t from Malaysia, bak kut teh (which literally translates to pork bone tea) is a pork dish served in herbal broth, usually accompanied by ingredients such as garlic, beancurd, beancurd sheets and needle/Shiitake mushrooms. The conventional version features a mix of meat cuts such as ribs, belly and offal, but one can opt to have just offal or just ribs as well.
The one served at Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh was pretty good – the broth had a well balanced herbal flavour that was not too thick or thin, and it complemented the porky flavour of the meat well. Meat was tender, although not fall off the bone, and had soaked up the broth’s taste.
Also ordered a separate bowl of pork intestines. Was disappointed with this though – wasn’t cleaned very well and still had a gamey, iron-like taste with a lingering bitterness.
The single portions were large enough for two, to the point that we regretted our order of extra fuchok (bean curd sheets) (Rm4 – although it was tasty). Of course, one can’t have bak kut teh without yau char kuai (fried Chinese crullers) which when dipped into the soup soaks up the broth and tastes heavenly.
YAP CHUAN BAK KUT TEH
53, Jalan BPU 2, Bandar Puchong Utama
Opening hours: (Daily) 9.30AM – 9PM
Bonus: Took N for some boardgame fun at Meeples! We played Mr Jack, a two player game that pits Mr Jack (the criminal) and the detective in a battle of tactics and wit.