Fancy your Bak Kut Teh fix at 630am?
For this place, the phrase “the early bird catches the worm” rings true. According to some reliable sources & die hard fans, Teh Kim Tek opens at 5 am and you will be scraping the pot if you arrive any later than 9am.
(pic below: See?? The skies were still dark when we arrived!)
The restaurant boasts of 2 shoplots & for those who wish to breathe the “chi” of the morning, feel free to settle yourself under the trees right outside .
I confess that I’m not much of a Bak Kut Teh person, and this post is probably my very first on BKT. It doesn’t mean that I have not tried BKT in KL; I have of course, though reluctantly, as I preferred the “Penang version” (if there is such a thing) .
However, this is the place that the other half would actually rise & drive out for breakfast at the ungodly hour of 530am, which spoke volumes of how good the BKT must be, since getting him to drive far out for food is nothing short of a miracle.
Myself? I sulkily but resentfully tagged along, & muttered thoroughout the journey that this better be worth it.
Gawd!! Did you see all that above?? Mixed meat and offals and ears and knuckles! All parts of the pig available!
And below: Slabs of pork bellies & chunks of meat. *swoons*
Sulkiness aside, I had to admit everything was starting to look promising 😉 .
The “sai kuat” , meaning “small bone” in Chinese, was huge in my opinion. The soup was thick & there was so much herbs & god knows what else in it that they had to strain the soup for each pot of order.
I love the thick, gelatinous soup and all the meat thrown inside has a delightful melting texture, even the lean meat chunks. While lean meat are usually coarser/stringy, typically drier in texture and bland in taste, it is not impossible to have tender meat given the right cooking methods. Here at Teh Kim Tek, the meat are rightly so & has fully absorbed the BKT flavours. Even the “sai kuat” has its meat falling off the bone.
Below: Teh Kim Tek’s faithful patrons at 6am. ‘Yau char kwai’ (chinese crullers), to soak up the meaty broth.
A family run business, we saw the mother, daughters, son & father having their breakfast of …..Bak Kut Teh! What else 😉
Verdict: Better than most BKT in Klang IMHO.
Total bill for our pot (with sai kuat, offals, meat etc ) + chinese tea + a bowl of fragrance rice was merely plus/minus RM12. (can’t recall exact amount).
Kim Tek Restaurant
Jalan 2/1A, Kepong Indah, Kepong, 52100, Tel: 03-6365545