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December 11, 2009

Xhin Fhong Bak Kut Teh @ Sungai Way, PJ

In food blogging or column writing, people may or may not agree with your point of view. While I get one or two angry emails about my negative reviews every once in a while, I also get plenty of emails on good food recommendations. I have to thank one of my readers TL for recommending Xhin Fhong Bak Kut Teh to me. He took the trouble to email me the details of the place and some pictures for easy reference — one of the tips he gave me was to call to reserve their yau char kwai. It runs out fast.At close to 12.30pm, people were starting to crowd the place. As soon as we were seated, I quickly ordered 3 bowls of yau char kwai (fried crullers), Bak Kut Teh (RM9 per person) and oil rice (RM0.80 per bowl). I think we were very lucky that day, because there was no more yau char kwai left after our order. Service was good — the aunties were very friendly, and the uncle who manned the cooking station was shy, but accommodating. Though they were busy serving their customers (most of them were regulars), there was always a smile on their faces.For the uninitiated, Bak Kut Teh (also known as meat bone tea) is a herbal soup base made from pork ribs and pork bones, and seasoned with dry herbs and spices. I don’t know about you, but Bak Kut Teh is a good hangover cure for me. There is something about this soup that clears my sinuses and jolts me out of my zombie mode. a online casino display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 300px; height: 400px;” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_L9ggJC7Y_4o/Sx_vHW2tepI/AAAAAAAAI1k/19U-4Nbsgi0/s400/IMG_0860.jpg” alt=”” id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5413308186795801234″ border=”0″ />While some people like their Bak Kut Teh pale and peppery, I like my soup dark, concentrated and strong. Our order of Bak Kut Teh came with ingredients such as taufu pok, fu chuk, pork ribs, pork belly, straw mushrooms and some greens. It is usually eaten with minced raw garlic, chopped chilli padi and light or dark soy sauce. I skipped the garlic, as I didn’t want to go back to work with garlic breath.The soup was dark and flavourful from the herbs, although not overpowering. The meat, especially the pork belly was meltingly tender — a result of hours of cooking. The yau char kwai (RM3 per bowl) was average, but it tasted very good with the herbal soup. It would have been super yummy if it was freshly fried — nothing beats freshly fried yau char kwai.

Oil rice


I liked that they were not calculative, and gave us three soup refills to go with the yau char kwai. Ah Sang is so stingy; they won’t entertain your soup request. Even if they do, it will come in a puny bowl. Lunch came up to RM43 for the three of us, and I didn’t feel thirsty after that. We were all very satisfied with lunch — I don’t think I will ever go back to Ah Sang, unless this place is closed. Thanks so much TL, for your BKT recommendation. A great find indeed!

Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 7/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Forget Ah Sang. This is better in taste and service.

557 Jalan SS9A/2
Sungai Way 47300
Petaling Jaya
03 78744154
GPS Coordinates: N3 05.301 E101 36.938


20 Responses

  1. TL

    Glad you enjoyed it
    :D

    TL

  2. thule a.k.a leo

    gotta find this place soon :) coz I wanna compare with Ah Sang's version. Actually I didn't encounter any problem with ah sang so far..

  3. Baby

    everybody's taste is different. some like it and others don't. we can't satisfy everyone. so just tell how we feel about it.

    i'm not a big fan of bak kut teh coz i always tummy not well after eating. i eat coz hubby wants to eat only

  4. J2Kfm

    I can't imagine eating BKT when the place does NOT permit refilling of soups!

  5. worldwindows

    This is nice place to eat with trees, space and airy.

  6. mimid3vils

    ur post remind me that I long time didnt have BKT…since my last 2 months of pregnancy, until now my girl girl 3 mths dy, hehe :P

  7. Wallis Mcfadden

    http://bestcafeindulge.com/. Give a try for this new opening cafe at Kuchai Lama with top sell MILLE CREPE. They sincerly serving delicious food

  8. ~Christine~Leng

    I've not had any BKT for… months! time to top up the dose :)

  9. Julene Chia

    Repeated food recommendation!

  10. Julene Chia

    BORING! NOTHING NEW!

  11. jeen

    Julene Chia,
    Why bother leaving comments if you have nothing constructive or positive to add?

    It is a waste of time for readers and it begs the question: Have you nothing better to do?

    You can always choose not to read… that is, of course, if you have a mind to choose with

    loving regards,
    :)

  12. Bangsar-bAbE

    Julene – Pity you find my reviews boring. But thanks for dropping by, and for your comments.

  13. Bangsar-bAbE

    Christine – Months?? 0_o

    Wallis Mcfadden – Ooooooo….mille crepe! Thanks for the recommendation. =)

    mimi – Time to indulge in some meat bone tea!

    worldwindows – I don't know if it's going to be nice and cooling on a hot day. But the weather was very breezy when I was there.

    J2Kfm – So true!

    Baby – Yup…one man's meat is another man's poison. ;)

    leo – It's very nearby Ah Sang. Just down the road only…in the housing area. If you need directions, let me know!

    TL – Very much!! *burp*

    Thanks again for the rec!

  14. Lee

    Huh! I tried the Xhin Fhong Bak Ku Teh.. very nice. Slup slup… delicious and aroma.

  15. Myhorng

    u went there finally.

  16. Bangsar-bAbE

    Horng – Yuppp!!!

    Lee – I can't wait to go back for more! ;)

  17. Chung

    I bring 6 of my colleagues, who all tried Ah Sang b4 to try this bak kut teh today. Thank you to Bangsar-bAbE for the Gps coordinates, find it easily with Gps. We all find this bak kut teh much better than Ah Sang. The soup and meat are great!! The environment is more cooling than Ah Sang as well. Cant wait to go back again…Thank you for the recommendation.

  18. Bangsar-bAbE

    Chung – Glad you guys liked it. =D

  19. Kelvin

    hi bangsar babe,

    bah kut teh originated from Klang.

    so let me tell u of a few places that i frequent and i may say is good.

    restaurant angsa emas in taman chi liung. check out the crowd for breakfast, esp on weekends.

    fatty bah kut teh at taman gembira. the brother is the one running the angsa emas bah kut teh. almost the same but prefer the angsa emas one

    bah kut teh at emporium makan. there is this one shop that opens at 12.30am and they start serving by 1.30am. a great place to go for supper.

  20. Sammy

    I've been eating Ah Sang for 5 years now, never knew that there was a better one in Sg Way! Will check it out one day an recommend my lunch buddies!

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