“BAK KUT TEH”.
Three words that can spark debate and form circles in Klang. I’ve seen people argue over where to find the best bowl of bak kut teh in Klang – some only eat this herbal treat in porcelain bowls rather than claypot.
Ah Her Bak Kut Teh has a strong cult following, evident from the large crowd at their newly opened branch in Setia Alam. Jien and I went to Ah Her in Setia Alam to dodge the crowd but found ourselves sitting among them a couple of weeks back.
The original outlet in Klang only opens at night, while the Setia Alam branch caters to diner from 8am till 2pm. Bak Kut Teh is served in small porcelain bowls – apparently the “proper” way to eat this Klang delicacy. As first timers, Jien and I shared a portion of tua kut (large bone), pork ribs and three-layer meat, each priced at RM11 per bowl.
Unlike the other bak kut teh joints I’ve been to, yau char kwai (rice cruller) isn’t served at Ah Her. Instead, you’re expected to enjoy the intensity and thickness of the herbal broth; achieved through hours and hours of stewing over the stove.
And the meats. So tender and packed with flavour. Even the colouring at the centre is beautifully brown. Don’t get me started on the skin – soft, gelatinous and creamy. The tua kut was a tad small so I ordered another bowl just for myself.
For those who aren’t big on fatty cuts, your best bet would be the pork ribs. Ah Her’s version is tender enough to work through with a fork. If you ask me though, I much prefer fattier cuts like the three-layer meat and big bone.
Service is quick and relatively friendly. If you can’t speak Hokkien or Chinese for that matter, the young lady manning the shop is fluent in English so you’ll get by. Soup refills are allowed if you’re a guzzler like me – but don’t go overboard as they have limited broth to spare.
Overall, I think Ah Her Bak Kut Teh is good. You get traditional style Klang Bak Kut Teh without any adulteration from mushrooms and lettuce. Soup-wise, it’s comparable to Chow Kiat but the latter serves better meats.
Food: 7.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Thick, concentrated broth and tender meat cuts. Order the tua kut.
Ah Her Bak Kut Teh
No. 1-1, Jalan Setia Prima (S)U13/S,
Setia Alam, Seksyen U13,
40170 Shah Alam,
Tel: 012-831 8381
Business hours: 8am till 2pm