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Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh, Puchong

Dark, soy sauce-glazed goodness!

You know those moments when you’re living overseas and crave Malaysian food? There was a time I was desperately craving for bak kut teh and would cook it almost every day using the BKT sachets my mother got for me. I still remember how good my kitchen smelt and how it worried my flatmate Kinga because she thought I was ill. And that large pot of herbal goodness would only last me for 3-4 days max.

Lunch crowd

Soup Bak Kut Teh

I don’t cook bak kut teh anymore now that I’m back in KL; not when there are plenty of good ones around. Our recent lunch at Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh in Puchong was a pretty satisfying affair. Four of us shared a dry bak kut teh (RM11 per pax), soup bak kut teh (RM10 per pax), stir-fried lettuce (RM8) and a steamed red snapper (RM38). The place can be chaotic and crowded, so go there early to avoid disappointment.

Pork ribs

I skipped the innards and spare parts from my soup bak kut teh, so my claypot came with just pork ribs, pork belly and fu chuk. The soup had a moderate herbal flavour was justly thick. However, I found Yap Beng’s version a tad better; the latter had a stronger herbal flavour which I liked.

Dry Bak Kut Teh

The dry bak kut teh however, hit the spot for me. This dark, soy sauce-glazed dish of pork belly, trotters, chilli and medicinal herbs boasted a good aroma from the cuttlefish. The sauce was well caramelised, slightly spicy and quite addictive with white rice. My only complaint is that there was too much trotter and not enough pork belly.

Steamed Red Snapper

I also enjoyed the steamed red snapper, where the fish is steamed in a tangy-savoury sauce and served with pickled onions and lime. The sweetness on the fish was accentuated by the light yet tangy gravy. I couldn’t stop lapping up the gravy, even though there was no fish left. The lettuce was average. If you’re not particular about having greens with your meal, I suggest you skip it and order more of the dry bak kut teh.

Stir-fried Lettuce

*Pictures taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note

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Ambiance: 5.5/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 7/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Tasty dry bak kut teh and steamed red snapper. Give it a try!

Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh
3, Ground & 1st Floor,
Jalan BPU,
Bandar Puchong Utama,
47100 Puchong, Selangor,
Tel: 012 674 4440/019 328 5392.
Business hours: 9.30am – 9pm

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16 Responses

  1. oooh, it’s been months since i last had bak kut teh! i’m not sure whether i’ve actually even had it this year, but now i’m definitely craving some. the fish looks really good too, almost like it was just plucked out of the river and put into a cooking pot 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Time to get your BKT fix! 😀

  2. ulric

    Ooo…such a unique way of steaming fish…always love a tangy-savoury sauce 🙂

    As for the dry bak kut teh…it looks delish…just ask for more pork belly lar…hehe =)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      You should go try! Yes, next time…I’ll just say no pork trotters. 😛

  3. I tried there few times..
    At first it is very nice but now the quality wasn’t very good…
    I prefer the Klang BKT…

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hmmm…I’m the opposite of you. I thought the Klang one jatuh standard. That’s why I like this more. Hehehe

  4. i think i wan to try the fish more than the BKT..lol…the fish do look very fresh, it’s color almost similar to when it’s still raw…

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hahaha…yes, it was really yummy!

  5. DON

    I’m so gonna try the DRY BKTeh. Great shots with the NOTE 😉

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Thanks Don! 😉

  6. Ooh Wendy likes dry BKT! We shall remember to tell them to put more pork belly..hehe

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yes, you should! Enjoy! 😉

  7. I prefer dry BKT than the soupy version anytime 😛

    1. Bangsar Babe

      You’ll love this then. I was so tempted to ask for extra rice. Kekeke

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