Bak Kut Teh is one of the many things one should try when visiting Malaysia – this concoction of herbal broth and pork cuts simmered for hours until the fats dissolve, making the broth concentrated and packed with flavour. A colleague of Jien highly recommends Nan Feng Bak Kut Teh which we checked out a couple of weeks back.
The uncle who runs the plan seems like a pleasant guy, despite my horrible Chinese-speaking skills. We opted for a portion of dry bak kut teh, soup bak kut the and rice crullers, with a plate of oil rice each. Chilli padi and chopped garlic are available for those who want more “oomph” in their bak kut teh.
Nan Feng’s dry bak kut teh is by far the best I’ve tried in Klang Valley thus far. The gravy has plenty of flavour from the dried cuttlefish, chillies and bak kut teh seasoning. I like how the meat is tender and flavourful from herbal concentrate – delicious with white rice. It was so good I ordered a second portion (RM12.50 per person) for myself.
The soup bak kut teh (RM12 per person) is also good stuff; thick, rich and full of herbal aroma and taste. I didn’t like the addition of mushroom and lettuce in the claypot as it changes the flavour of the original broth. That said, it is still one of the better bak kut tehs I’ve eaten and they are fairly generous with refills.
I wished they gave better rice crullers though – Nan Feng’s were cold and chewy, which didn’t absorb the bak kut teh broth very well. Extra points for having fried shallots on the side to add to the oil rice as it does make the bak kut teh experience more enjoyable.
Overall, I think Nan Feng’s bak kut teh is quite good though they are quite heavy-handed with the MSG. That took a point off the overall rating as we were quite thirsty after the meal, versus our meal at Chow Kiat. With that said, the dry bak kut teh is really good and I wouldn’t mind going back for more of that.
Food: 7.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Best dry bak kut teh I’ve eaten so far. The soup version is also quite tasty, albeit laden with MSG.
Nan Feng Bak Kut Teh
49, Jalan Raja Bot,
Business hours: 7am till 3pm
Tel: 016-278 5525