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2013-11-09 329 views
Bak Kut Teh, literally means "meat bone tea," but is actually a soup consisting of meaty pork ribs simmered in a broth of with herbs and spices including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds, cloves, coriander and garlic for hours. Despite its name, there is in fact no tea in the dish itself. The name refers to a strong oolong Chinese tea which is usually served alongside the soup in the belief that it dilutes or dissolves the copious amount of fat consumed in this pork-laden dis
This dish dates back to the 19th century when Chinese immigrants working as coolies and especially workers of Hokkien origin in Malaya used cheap pork ribs, herbs and spices to boost their energy. The dish is reported to supplement the meagre diet of port coolies and as a tonic to boost their health.
Bak Kut Teh is usually eaten with rice, and often served with "yau char kwai" or twisted fried dough for dipping into the soup. Light soy sauce and dark soy sauce is preferred as a condiment served with chopped chilli padi and minced garlic is taken together as they really goes well with the Bak Kut Teh. My recent visit to Bak Kut Teh Yu Yi was truly a memorable one as the food were really appetising and together with the friendly and warm hospitality extended by Mr.Tam (founder and co-owner), I have to say that it was a pleasant MakanVenture trip for me that night. Established over 30 years ago, they not only serves Bak Kut Teh alone but a variety of others dishes like Hakka Yong Tau Foo, in-house Special "Drunken" Chicken, Steamed Fish Head, Pork Stomach in Pepper soup, Pork Kidney/Liver in Yellow wine and even the Pork Leg in soy sauce. Wide selection of home style dishes such as the Egg plant with Minced meat, Bitter gourd with Egg, Thai sauce Fish cake among others are offered in the menu. The selections are so good that you would want to savour each delicious goodness all by yourself. This outlet has a comfortable air conditioned indoor and airy outdoor setting. Spacious, clean and good place to dine with your family and friends especially when you're around the city centre. Strategically located off Jalan Imbi, walking distance to the shopping malls - Times Square, Sungei Wang & Low Yat too. Pleasant indoor air-conditioned dining setting environment with spacious seating capacity. Pictures of mouthwatering treats all up on the wall are enough to make ones drools while waiting for food to arrive.
The walls were adorned with photos of celebrities, artistes, actors & actresses both from local & international scene gracing the restaurant while savouring the delicious treats Yu Yi have to offer. Bak Kut Teh Yu Yi make their presence felt by having 3 others branches @ Old Klang Road, Puchong and Jalan Kuching too. We started off with Taufoo pok in Bak Kut Teh soup. It was good old simple taufoo pok; well cooked, soaking up the flavourful soup and nice to eat on its own even without the rice. I loved the soup, slurping my way through the delicious goodness of the excellent robust soup, and you will find that one bowl is never enough. My favourite of the night without a doubt was the unassuming simple and light "Yard-long Bean Rice". The moist, aromatic and flavourful rice really stand out with the use of fragrant fried dried shrimp with shallots and garlic that weaves traces of light sweetness into the rice. An unforgettable delight, a creative marriage of the common ingredients such as long beans, shallots, garlic and dried shrimps only. Next up is the Bak Kut Teh in Clay Pot. Plentiful portions of meaty pork served together with 3 types of mushrooms mainly the shiitake, straw and button mushroom. It must have been the sweetness of the mushrooms, or the rich herbal and aromatic taste of the broth, but the combination of it all was nothing less than addictive. I couldn’t stop myself from slurping the savoury and delicious soup! It was both hearty and delicious food that has maintained its quality and standard thru the years. And for that, it’s get a thumbs up from me! My all time favourite - "Hakka Yong Tau Foo", a dish which I have a high expectation of. I basically grew up eating my dearest mum's Hakka home made Yong Tau Foo with tenggiri fish paste and minced pork, and it has been my favourite for a long time. Well, this dish certainly met all my expectation. The fish paste was firm and tasty with generous fillings too. The brinjals and taufoo were especially good as they were really large in serving size. The next dish on the menu was the "Pork Stomach Soup with Pepper". The broth flavour was strong and had a distinct peppery taste. According to Senior Tam, specially selected good grade pepper was used for the soup to bring out the special taste. I found it a tad too peppery strong for my taste buds as I would prefer a lighter version of this kind of soup. Senior Tam came across as a friendly, warm and hospitable person, truly passionate with what he's been doing for so many years. I wished him well here and hope his son can continue this legacy of serving one of KL's best Bak Kut Teh in many more decades to come.
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