First, let me clarify that the owner is not related to me. In fact, I have no idea how to name this post since this shop doesn’t have a business signboard. However, the place would still be thronged with people especially at night, enjoying the sumptuous BKT concocted by the ingenious owner simply known as “Ah Gan”. What’s unique is that the restaurant only opens at night, from 8pm to 8am.
Let’s face it, if I’m not wrong there are more than 15 shops or stalls selling Bak Kut Teh in the morning for breakfast. If you have been to a typical shoplot for Bak Kut Teh in the morning, do you still remember the kind of heat and sweat you have to go through, with the heat from the kitchen and the flames from the mobile stoves boiling water in the kettles? This man took a different approach selling only at night. Imagine, you are seated comfortably on a cool night (or early morning), sipping green tea while anticipating the piping hot claypot of soup. The experience can be pretty heavenly!
The photo above has not been enhanced or manipulated in any way. It really does look that good!
I would consider the soup as of medium viscosity. It’s not too thin that it’s tasteless, and not too thick that you don’t feel like tasting it after a few sips. Although it feels a bit oily (possibly due to the fried “Tow Kee” / soy sheets they put in). The soup is dark, with a balanced, medium-strong herbal taste but not bitter. Other ingredients include button mushrooms and fried “Tow Kee” which has a very good texture.
The problem with most Bak Kut Teh that you find in Kuala Lumpur is that the meat is in huge chunks and are not cooked long enough to allow the meat to soften. They are usually so tough and tasteless (the chinese call it “doesn’t absorb taste”). This version however has smaller chunks of meat and boiled to perfection. Most BKT in Banting is that good, anyway. My family and I was just about to leave at 6am to the airport, when we saw the chef already boiling 2 big pots of soup for the next night. Talk about determination!
PROs: Relatively clean outlet, great BKT, cool environment (electric hot water dispensers only), situated in a quiet neighbourhood.
CONs: Soup is rather oily, only serves BKT (no greens, chicken, others), lack of parking spaces (shouldn’t be a problem at night).